04.06.2018

# New Publications

0 Comments

Ott, Konrad (2018): On the Political Economy of Solar Radiation Management

Ott, Konrad (2018): On the Political Economy of Solar Radiation Management. In Front. Environ. Sci. 6, p. 29. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00043.

"The paper concludes that the U.S. economic system has strong affinities to SRM supported by an emerging agency network that tries to establish a pro-SRM narrative and launch SAI research initiatives. There is recent evidence that SRM has found support from policy makers. To supporters of “green” variants of capitalism, the main claims of the article provide reasons against SAI-research. The article finishes with some remarks why SAI-research should be conditional."

LINK


Read more »

04.06.2018

# New Publications

0 Comments

Attfield, Robin (2018): The Ethics of Geo-engineering

Attfield, Robin (2018): The Ethics of Geo-engineering. In : Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy: Philosophy Documentation Center, pp. 23–27.

"Some favor this measure as a quick and inexpensive replacement for mitigation; but its possible side-effects and lack of an exit-strategy mean that its deployment would be misguided, and that researching it might undermine determination to reach a mitigation agreement. Some forms of Carbon Dioxide Removal (seeding the oceans with iron filings to grow carbon-reducing algae) face similar objections, but others, like afforestation and Carbon Capture and Storage (itself not yet operative), comprise acceptable enhancements of current technology. Even if they do not buy time, these measures could beneficially supplement a global Climate Change agreement."

LINK


Read more »

16.04.2018

# Media

0 Comments

Ecologist: I'm skeptical of the synthetic age, says ecology philosopher Christopher Preston

"Christopher Preston, the environmental philosopher, has observed how human beings have transformed every aspect of the environment, leading to a new era in natural history. His book The Synthetic Age suggests we human beings make conscious decisions about how we influence this impending future."

LINK


Read more »

16.03.2018

# New Publications

0 Comments

Thiele, Leslie Paul (2018): Geoengineering and sustainability

Thiele, Leslie Paul (2018): Geoengineering and sustainability. In Environmental Politics 2 (1), pp. 1–20. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1449602.

"Geoengineering is regarded by advocates as a creative and responsible technological option in the face of a climate emergency. Critics often see it as a hubristic attempt to play God, with disastrous consequences for the planet and humanity. These antipodal perspectives are represented by the ideal types of Prometheans and Gaians. Prometheans and Gaians typically talk past each other. The geoengineering debate can be made more fruitful by well articulating their respective positions and subsequently situating them in the discourse of sustainability."

LINK


Read more »

23.02.2018

# Media

0 Comments

The Plastocene Blog: Philosopher Meets Meteorologist to Talk About Climate Engineering

"In a recent article for Grist, meteorologist Eric Holthaus claims that we are already locked into a devil’s bargain on climate change. The bargain asks us to weigh a trade-off between two things that pollution in the atmosphere does for us. On the one hand, it causes serious health and respiratory problems that kill over 6 million people per year. On the other, it has the side-effect of keeping global temperatures down by reflecting a small portion of the incoming solar heat back out into space."

LINK


Read more »

13.12.2017

# New Publications

0 Comments

Katz, Corey (2017): Rerview of Toby Svoboda: The Ethics of Climate Engineering

Katz, Corey (2017): Toby Svoboda: The Ethics of Climate Engineering. Solar Radiation Management and Non-Ideal Justice. In Notre Dame Philosphical Reviews, 12/10/2017.

"Toby Svoboda navigates these worries and makes the case that, in certain situations, it would be ethically justifiable to deploy SRM technology. He argues that we should think about climate policy in terms of "nonideal justice." This is because the past thirty years have shown that climate action by developed countries that meets broadly agreed-upon ideals of distributive fairness faces serious feasibility constraints.
"

LINK


Read more »

11.12.2017

# New Publications

0 Comments

Lawford-Smith, Holly (2017): The Comparative Culpability of SAI and Ordinary Carbon Emissions

Lawford-Smith, Holly (2017): The Comparative Culpability of SAI and Ordinary Carbon Emissions. In Ethics int. aff. 31 (04), pp. 495–499. DOI: 10.1017/S0892679417000478.

"In his article “Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms,” Christopher J. Preston compares the culpability of carbon emitters versus that of geoengineers deploying stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI). This comparison relies on a parallel between carbon emitters and SAI deployers that requires both to be agents. However, both are not."

LINK


Read more »

22.11.2017

# Media

0 Comments

The Mirror: The earth in human hands

"The thing is, we’re already geo-engineering the Earth, but we’re just not conscious of it. So says David Grinspoon in his new book, Earth in Human Hands. "

LINK


Read more »

24.08.2017

# Media

0 Comments

Environmental Guru: Why Procedural Justice Matters for Climate Engineering

"It is fairly obvious that substantive justice matters for climate engineering policies. This is true of both solar radiation management and greenhouse gas removal varieties, because either could affect the distribution of burdens and benefits among persons. Because of this, we could evaluate whether some such policy is likely to secure the distribution required by substantive justice (whatever that might be). The result of this evaluation might give us ethical reasons to oppose or support the policy in question."

LINK


Read more »

11.05.2017

# New Publications

0 Comments

Muraca, Barbara; Neuber, Frederike (2017): Viable and convivial technologies. Considerations on Climate Engineering from a degrowth perspective

Muraca, Barbara; Neuber, Frederike (2017): Viable and convivial technologies. Considerations on Climate Engineering from a degrowth perspective. In: Journal of Cleaner Production. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.04.159

"This paper articulates a critical analysis of Climate Engineering technologies from a point of view situated within the degrowth discourse. In the first part two approaches discussed within the degrowth debate are presented: the concept of viability based on a biophysical perspective and the concept of conviviality based on a socio-cultural approach. In a second step formalized arguments from the point of view of applied ethics are articulated and applied to three Climate Engineering Technologies: Sulfate Aerosol Injection, Bio-energy with Carbon Capture and Storage, and Afforestation. In a third step, an extended version of the trade-off argument about mitigation versus Climate Engineering solution is discussed from a degrowth perspective: accordingly, within the current dominant growth paradigm, climate engineering technologies might lead to reduced mitigation efforts."

LINK


Read more »