01.08.2017

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Corry, Olaf (2017): The international politics of geoengineering. The feasibility of Plan B for tackling climate change

Corry, Olaf (2017): The international politics of geoengineering. The feasibility of Plan B for tackling climate change. In Security Dialogue 48 (4), pp. 297–315. DOI: 10.1177/0967010617704142.

"This article puts forward what it calls the ‘security hazard’ and argues that this could be a crucial factor in determining whether a technology is able, ultimately, to reduce climate risks. Ideas about global governance of geoengineering rely on heroic assumptions about state rationality and a generally pacific international system. Moreover, if in a climate engineered world weather events become something certain states can be made directly responsible for, this may also negatively affect prospects for ‘Plan A’, i.e. an effective global agreement on mitigation."

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23.01.2017

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Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law

Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law. In: Nevada Law Journal 15 (2), S. 1060–1089.

"As this note shows through congressional hearings, newspaper articles, and international agreements, geoengineering and weather modification have been lingering matters in international law for several decades and will continue to be reviewed, researched, and developed in the years to come. This note examines how international law can provide legal accountability for geoengineering in the event of a catastrophic accident."

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19.12.2016

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Corry, Olaf (2016): Globalising the Arctic Climate: Geoengineering and the Emerging Global Polity

Corry, Olaf (2016): Globalising the Arctic Climate: Geoengineering and the Emerging Global Polity. In: Kathrin Keil und Sebastian Knecht (Hg.): Governing Arctic Change. Global Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan, S. 59–78.

"The emergence of the Arctic climate as a potential target of governance with the help of geoengineering techniques provides a case in point."

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08.12.2016

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Climate Home: UN to extend freeze on climate change geoengineering

"Draft documents suggest countries will agree to further ban on large-scale climate techno-fixes, warning risks of damage to biodiversity outweigh potential benefits"

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17.11.2016

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Rabitz, Florian (2016): Going rogue? Scenarios for unilateral geoengineering

Rabitz, Florian (2016): Going rogue? Scenarios for unilateral geoengineering. In Futures 84, pp. 98–107. DOI 10.1016/j.futures.2016.11.001.

"I develop a conceptual framework for the study of unilateral geoengineering which distinguishes different types of actors, their capacities and decision-making contexts. Focusing on Ocean Iron Fertilization and Stratospheric Aerosol Injections, I develop several short- and long-term scenarios in which actors are conceivably both willing and able to deploy those technologies on a scale sufficient for impacting the climate system. Beyond being the first paper to develop a systematic approach to unilateral geoengineering, I show that some scenarios which stir public concern are implausible."

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25.10.2016

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Burns, William C. G. (2016): The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Governance. The Need for a Human Rights-Based Component

Burns, William C. G. (2016): The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Governance. The Need for a Human Rights-Based Component (CIGI Papers, 111).

"This paper suggests a framework for achieving the objective of protecting human rights in the context of climate change response measures. [...] The paper suggests that the parties to the Paris Agreement utilize a human rights-based approach as a framing mechanism to ensure that the potential human rights implications of climate geoengineering options are assessed in the policy-making process moving forward."

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10.08.2016

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FCEA Blog: The international human right to science and its application to geoengineering research and innovation

"However, there are conceptual limits to the application of environmental law for governing upstream R&D, as environmental obligations primarily aim at preventing or minimizing actual physical harm to the environment. Precautionary risk assessment and management are examples of governance tools for asserting greater control over research and innovation processes. However, although environmental law is increasingly informed by a broader framework of sustainable development that draws upon a range of legal subject areas, an environmental framing does not directly target the social and ethical concerns that dominate the early stages of science and the development of emerging technologies."

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17.04.2016

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Inverse: When Climate Change is a National Security Issue, Geoengineering is a Disaster

"It’s hard to see how you feel good about a future in which we’re forced to fundamentally alter the planet to save it from burning and drowning – but warning about that nightmare scenario might be what it takes to kick the world’s leaders into high gear."

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02.11.2015

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Reichwein, David; et al. (2015): State Responsibility for Environmental Harm from Climate Engineering

Reichwein, David; Hubert, Anna-Maria; Irvine, Peter J.; Benduhn, François; Lawrence, Mark G. (2015): State Responsibility for Environmental Harm from Climate Engineering. In Climate Law 5 (2-4), pp. 142–181. DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00504003 

"This article examines the question of international accountability of states for an increased risk of environmental harm arising from a large-scale climate intervention using SAI, and the legal consequences that would follow. Examination of the applicability of customary rules on state responsibility to SAI are useful for understanding the limitations of the existing accountability framework for climate engineering, particularly in the context of global environmental problems involving risk-risk trade-offs and large uncertainties."

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02.11.2015

# New Publications

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Craik, Neil (2015): International EIA Law and Geoengineering: Do Emerging Technologies Require Special Rules?

Craik, Neil (2015): International EIA Law and Geoengineering: Do Emerging Technologies Require Special Rules? In Climate Law 5 (2-4), pp. 111–141. DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00504002

"This article explores the adequacy of the international rules on environmental impact assessment to contribute to geoengineering governance, with a focus on three fundamental challenges."

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