04.07.2017

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Environmental Guru: Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP) Oxford Workshop on a Code of Conduct for Responsible Geoengineering Research

"In this blog post, I will discuss recent developments in our Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP), by providing an update on our GRGP Code of Conduct Workshop held at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford on 21-23 June 2017. I will describe the objectives and format of the workshop, reflect on some of the insights gained from this meeting, and then outline next steps for the project."

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20.05.2017

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American Branch: The Logic and Controversies of Geoengineering

"In this podcast hosted by Professor Myanna Dellinger, Dr. Stefan Schäfer presents his view on the pros and cons of the ever-controversial, but, in his view, also promising aspects of climate geoengineering."

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27.04.2017

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University of Santa Cruz: Sikina Jinnah named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

"Jinnah is one of 35 winners selected from a field of nearly 200 nominees who were put forward by their home institutions. Jinnah's project was submitted by Chancellor George Blumenthal, who described Jinnah as "arguably one of the most qualified scholars to take on a study of the contentious topic of international regulation of climate geo-engineering.""

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09.02.2017

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Reynolds, Jesse (2016): Solar Climate Engineering, Law, and Regulation

Reynolds, Jesse (2016): Solar Climate Engineering, Law, and Regulation. In Roger Brownsword, Eloise Scotford, Karen Yeung (Eds.): The Oxford handbook of the law and regulation of technology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

"This chapter offers an introduction to solar climate engineering, and explores its potential, risks, and legal and regulatory challenges. It also contextualizes these proposals with respect to other emerging technologies and the broader socio-political milieu. The chapter discusses the contours of existing and potential regulation, particularly at the international level. These aspects include regulatory rationales, diverse characteristics of proposed regulatory regimes, difficulties in defining the regulatory target, and the management of uncertainty through precaution."

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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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17.01.2017

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The Global Energy & Environmental Law Podcast: Climate Geoengineering and Its Governance

"What can we do today to work toward adequate governance of climate engineering down the road? In this podcast, Myanna Dellinger discusses with Matthias Honegger why governance urgently requires a global conversation open to all, which can help unearth concerns, risks and opportunities associated with various new ways to dealing with climate change in the context of expected future impacts from climate change itself. "

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04.01.2017

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Ryngaert, Cedric (2016): Climate Change Mitigation Techniques and International Law. Assessing the Externalities of Reforestation and Geoengineering

Ryngaert, Cedric (2016): Climate Change Mitigation Techniques and International Law. Assessing the Externalities of Reforestation and Geoengineering. In: Ratio Juris. DOI: 10.1111/raju.12154.

"The article reviews such global public goods-protecting techniques as compensation payments for keeping rainforests intact, and climate engineering, for their adverse impact on human rights and biodiversity. Espousing a consequentialist ethical perspective, it calls for increased vigilance in institutionally designing and implementing climate change mitigation mechanisms, however well-intentioned these may be."

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04.11.2016

# Political Papers

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Craik, Neil; Burns, William C. G. (2016): Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement. A Legal and Policy Primer

Craik, Neil; Burns, William C. G. (2016): Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement. A Legal and Policy Primer. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Waterloo (Special Report).

"This report examines the specific provisions of the Paris Agreement with a view to identifying where legal and policy questions in relation to climate engineering are likely to arise. Inclusion of CDR technologies as part of a state’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) is permissible under article 4 of the Paris Agreement, but will likely trigger concerns respecting technological readiness and equity. SRM technologies would appear to have little entry room within the Paris Agreement, but the process mechanism of the agreement provides opportunities to satisfy SRM research governance demands for transparency and public deliberation."

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25.10.2016

# New Publications

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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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14.10.2016

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LawSci Forum: Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property

"The potential role of private actors in SCE is unclear. On the one hand, decisions regarding whether and how to intentionally alter the planet’s climate should be made through legitimate state-based processes. On the other hand, the private sector has long been the site of great innovation, which SCE technology development requires. Such private innovation is both stimulated and governed through governmental intellectual property (IP) policies."

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