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Geoengineering our Climate?
Ethics, Politics, and Governance

ISBN 9781849713740
Published August 28, 2018 by Routledge
314 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

If the detrimental impacts of human-induced climate change continue to mount, technologies for geoengineering our climate – i.e. deliberate modifying of the Earth's climate system at a large scale – are likely to receive ever greater attention from countries and societies worldwide. Geoengineering technologies could have profound ramifications for our societies, and yet agreeing on an international governance framework in which even serious research into these planetary-altering technologies can take place presents an immense international political challenge.

In this important book, a diverse collection of internationally respected scientists, philosophers, legal scholars, policymakers, and civil society representatives examine and reflect upon the global geoengineering debate they have helped shape. Opening with essays examining the historic origins of contemporary geoengineering ideas, the book goes on to explore varying perspectives from across the first decade of this global discourse since 2006. These essays methodically cover: the practical and ethical dilemmas geoengineering poses; the evolving geoengineering research agenda; the challenges geoengineering technologies present to current international legal and political frameworks; and differing perceptions of geoengineering from around the world. The book concludes with a series of forward looking essays, some drawing lessons from precedents for governing other global issues, others proposing how geoengineering technologies might be governed if/as they begin to emerge from the lab into the real world.

This book is an indispensable resource for scientists, activists, policymakers, and political figures aiming to engage in the emerging debate about geoengineering our climate.

Table of Contents

1. Geoengineering Our Climate: An Emerging Discourse Jason J. Blackstock and Sean Low

Part I: Historical Context

2. Philosophy of Technology and Geoengineering Dane Scott

3. Geoengineering and the Sacred: A Brief History in Four Characters Bronislaw Szerscynski

4. A History of Weather and Climate Control James Rodgers Fleming

5. Nitrogen Geoengineering Oliver Morton

Part II: Contemporary Framings

6. Can Emergency Geoengineering Really Prevent Climate Tipping Points? Timothy M. Lenton

7. The Economics of Climate Engineering Juan B. Moreno-Cruz, Katharine L. Ricke and Gernot Wagner

8. Framing Geoengineering Assessments Rob Bellamy

9. Public Perceptions of Geoengineering Rose Cairns

10. Geoengineering and the Inexact Science of Communication, Jeff Tollefson

11. ‘This is God’s Stuff We’re Messing With’: Geoengineering as a Religious Issue Wylie Carr

12. The Ethical Dimensions of Geoengineering: Solar Radiation Management through Sulphate Particle Injection Nancy Tuana

Part III: Geoengineering Experiments: Early Days

13. The Early Evolution of Climate Engineering Research  Mark G. Lawrence and Paul J. Crutzen

14. Use of Models, Analogs and Field-tests for Geoengineering Research Alan Robock and Ben Kravitz

15. Past Forays into SRM Field Research and Implications for Future Governance Jack Doughty

16. Village Science Meets Global Discourse: The Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation’s Ocean Iron Fertilization Experiment Holly Jean Buck

17. Capturing the Imagination: Prospects for Direct Air Capture as a Climate Measure Duncan McLaren

Part IV: Existing Institutions and Emerging Frameworks

18. The Emergence of the Geoengineering Debate Within the IPCC Arthur Petersen

19. The International Legal Framework for Climate Engineering Jesse Reynolds

20. Why the UNFCCC and CBD Should Refrain from Regulating Solar Climate Engineering Jesse Reynolds

21. Solar Geoengineering and the Problem of Liability Joshua B. Horton, Andy Parker and David Keith

Part V: National, Regional and Sectoral Perspectives

22. Managing Climate Risks in Africa: The Role of Geoengineering Mulugeta Mengist Ayalew and Florent Gasc

23. A Chinese Perspective on Solar Geoengineering Weili Weng and Ying Chen

24. Climate Engineering and Small Island States: Panacea or Catastrophe? Penehuro Fatu Lefale and Cheryl Lea Anderson

25. Strange Bedfellows: Climate Engineering Politics in the United States Simon Nicholson and Michael Thompson

26. Geoengineering and the Humanitarian Challenge: What Role for the Most Vulnerable? Pablo Suarez, Bidisha Banerjee and Janot Mendler de Suarez

27. Opposition to Geoengineering: There’s no Place like H.O.M.E. ETC Group

28. Is Solar Geoengineering a US National Security Risk? Chad Briggs

Part VI: Geoengineering Governance: From Research to the Real World

29. Research Ethics and Geoengineering, David R. Morrow, Robert E. Kopp and Michael Oppenheimer

30. A Commentary on the Oxford Principles Tim Kruger

31. Environmental Institutions, International Research Programmes, and Lessons for Geoengineering Research Arunabha Ghosh

32. The Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative: Advancing the International Governance of Geoengineering Research Alex Hanafi and Steven P. Hamburg

33. Foresight in Climate Engineering Johannes Gabriel and Sean Low

34. Towards the Anticipatory Governance of Geoengineering Rider W. Foley, David H. Guston and Daniel Sarewitz

35. Geoengineering Our Climate into the Future Sean Low and Jason J. Blackstock

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Jason J. Blackstock is the founding head of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy at University College London.

Sean Low is a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany.