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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09.10.2016

# New Publications

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Fairbrother, Malcolm (2016): Geoengineering, moral hazard, and trust in climate science. Evidence from a survey experiment in Britain

Fairbrother, Malcolm (2016): Geoengineering, moral hazard, and trust in climate science. Evidence from a survey experiment in Britain. In Climatic Change. DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1818-7.

"This paper presents the results of survey experiments testing whether hearing about solar radiation management (SRM) affects people’s support for taxing polluting energy and/or their trust in climate science. For a nationally representative sample of respondents in Britain, I found that receiving a brief introduction to SRM had no impact on most people’s willingness to pay taxes, nor on their trust in climate science."

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15.09.2016

# New Publications

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Lockley, Andrew; Coffman, D’Maris (2016): Distinguishing morale hazard from moral hazard in geoengineering

Lockley, Andrew; Coffman, D’Maris (2016): Distinguishing morale hazard from moral hazard in geoengineering. In Environmental Law Review 18 (3), pp. 194–204. DOI 10.1177/1461452916659830.

"We investigate the definitions and use of the term ‘moral hazard’, and the related (but significantly different) concept of ‘morale hazard,’ in relevant law, economic and insurance literatures. We find that ‘moral hazard’ has been generally misapplied in discussions of geoengineering, which perhaps explains unexpected difficulties in detecting expected effects experimentally."

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17.01.2016

# Media

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Slate: Geoengineering’s Moral Hazard Problem

"Would treating the symptoms of climate change give people permission to ignore the causes?"

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17.02.2015

# Media

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Huffington Post: Geoengineering and the Fight Against Climate Change: An Interview with David W. Keith

"At the forefront of this research is David W. Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and president of Carbon Engineering, a Calgary-based technology company developing methods to capture and sequester carbon dioxide. I spoke with him in advance of his February 17th talk at The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco."

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28.11.2014

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BBC News: How could we intervene to change the climate?

"Imagine the trouble that would ensue if China resorted to desperate measures to cool its climate but the result was that the Indian Monsoon suddenly failed."

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23.09.2014

# New Publications

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Stilgoe, Jack; et al. (2013): Developing a framework for responsible innovation

Stilgoe, Jack; Owen, Richard; Macnaghten, Phil (2013): Developing a framework for responsible innovation. In Research Policy 42 (9), pp. 1568–1580. DOI 10.1016/j.respol.2013.05.008.

"We describe a framework for responsible innovation that addresses social and ethical concerns. [...] We describe the application of this framework to one geoengineering research project."

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18.08.2014

# New Publications

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Svoboda, Toby; Irvine, Peter (2014): Ethical and Technical Challenges in Compensating for Harm Due to Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering

Svoboda, Toby; Irvine, Peter (2014): Ethical and Technical Challenges in Compensating for Harm Due to Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 17 (2), pp. 157–174. DOI 10.1080/21550085.2014.927962.

"First, there is scientific uncertainty in detecting particular harmful impacts and causally attributing them to SRM. Second, there is ethical uncertainty regarding what principles should be used to determine responsibility and eligibility for compensation, as well as determining how much compensation ought to be paid."

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18.08.2014

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Climate Change National Forum: Teaching Climate Change through Six Questions

On climate change education with some paragraphes on CE. "Below I’ve put together a fairly quick overview that I’ve used for teaching, which might be helpful to others."

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28.07.2014

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 30 and Week 31

The news review of calendar week 29 and week 30 in 2014 is now available here.


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