13.12.2017

# New Publications

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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.
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11.12.2017

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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."

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22.11.2017

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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. "

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24.08.2017

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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."

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11.05.2017

# New Publications

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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."

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10.04.2017

# New Publications

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Lawford-Smith, H.; Currie, A. (2017): Accelerating the carbon cycle: the ethics of enhanced weathering

Lawford-Smith, H.; Currie, A. (2017): Accelerating the carbon cycle: the ethics of enhanced weathering. In Biology letters 13 (4). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0859

"We argue that ethical concerns have a place alongside empirical, political and social factors as we consider how to best respond to the critical challenge that anthropogenic climate change poses. We review these concerns, considering the ethical issues that arise (or would arise) in the large-scale deployment of enhanced weathering. We discuss post-implementation scenarios, failures of collective action, the distribution of risk and externalities and redress for damage."

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01.04.2017

# New Publications

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Heyward, Clare; et al. (2017): Early Geoengineering Governance. The Oxford Principles

Heyward, Clare; Rayner, Steve; Savulescu, Julian (2017): Early Geoengineering Governance. The Oxford Principles. In David M. Kaplan (Ed.): Philosophy, technology, and the environment. Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England: The MIT Press, pp. 103–120.

About the volume: "In this book, prominent scholars from both fields illuminate the intersections of environmental philosophy and philosophy of technology, offering the beginnings of a rich new hybrid discourse. All the contributors share the intuition that technology and the environment overlap in ways that are relevant in both philosophical and practical terms. They consider such issues as the limits of technological interventions in the natural world, whether a concern for the environment can be designed into things, how consumerism relates us to artifacts and environments, and how food and animal agriculture raise questions about both culture and nature."

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01.04.2017

# Media

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Remineralize the Earth (blog): The Ethics of Climate Change: Geoengineering and Geotherapy

"All favor geotherapy, but there is reason to favor deep ecology: thinking of environmental problems with the focus entirely on humans (whether focused on our benefits, on our duties as stewards, or on our virtues) led us to this disaster in the first place. Respect for life in general is important."

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19.12.2016

# New Publications

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Isla, Ana; von Werlhof Claudia (2017): Mother Earth Under Threat. Ecofeminism, the Land Question, and Bioengineering

Isla, Ana; von Werlhof Claudia (2017): Mother Earth Under Threat. Ecofeminism, the Land Question, and Bioengineering. Inanna Pubns & Education Inc.

"The volume re-examines existing analyses from this new and much broader point of view in theory and reality, and points to the need for a new concept of nature and the earth as a living being, a cosmic being, so that it is the life of the earth herself that today must be protected."

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27.09.2016

# New Publications

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Gool, V. J. van (2016): Engineered Dependency: The Threat of Forced Choice through Plutocratic Influence in Geoengineereing and Climate Change

Gool, V. J. van (2016): Engineered Dependency: The Threat of Forced Choice through Plutocratic Influence in Geoengineereing and Climate Change (master thesis)

"In the absence of clearly defined structures of regulation, the current, largely void, governance of geoengineering could well compound the dependency of individuals unable to exert influence over geoengineering. Alongside other players, wealthy individuals who finance the research and development of various geoengineering technologies, procure an ability to influence the commissioning of these, as well as the discussion surrounding climate change."

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