23.10.2017

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Unity Colledge Online: The Ethics of Climate Engineering: A Primer for Students Pursuing an M.S. in Sustainability

"Some scientists advocate another solution: Apply new technologies to correct the harms of the old. Using technology to engineer the climate itself, these experts claim, could be the best way to ensure humanity continues to thrive and survive on this planet. The trouble is that large-scale engineering of this sort has never been attempted, and critics worry about the consequences of getting it wrong. Want a little insight into this debate? Here are some of the interesting ethical questions surrounding climate engineering."

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17.10.2017

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Whitehorsepress: Perspectives from the Front Lines of Climate Engineering

"Christopher Preston, whose co-authored article with Wylie Carr, ‘Skewed Vulnerabilities and Moral Corruption in Global Perspectives on Climate Engineering’,  is forthcoming in the next issue of Environmental Values (26.6, December 2017, pre-print access to author’s Word version available) here offers some thoughts on the controversial issue of climate engineering amid fears that, in terms of environmental justice, it could prove ‘a bad way out of a dire situation’."

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17.10.2017

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Clingerman, Forrest; et al. (2017): Character and Religion in Climate Engineering

Clingerman, Forrest; O'Brien, Kevin J.; Ackerman, Thomas P. (2017): Character and Religion in Climate Engineering. In Issues in Science & Technology 34 (1).

"Here we seek to point out a useful but often-neglected conversation partner that can aid these discussions: religion. Religious traditions offer concepts and vocabularies for addressing ethics and policy. Religion is formatively influential for a majority of the world’s population, but is too often ignored in discussions of the social dimensions of climate engineering. Though we are not suggesting that all ethics and policy must “be religious,” we do argue that everyone (believers and nonbelievers alike) can profit from analyzing the distinctive moral and political ideas emerging from religious traditions and worldviews. In particular, we hold that religion is important to broaden the conversation to include the moral issue of character."

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27.04.2017

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Lenferna, Alex; et al. (2017): Relevant Climate Response Tests for Stratospheric Aerosol Injection. A Combined Ethical and Scientific Analysis

Lenferna, Alex; Russotto, Rick; Tan, Amanda; Gardiner, Stephen; Ackerman, Thomas (2017): Relevant Climate Response Tests for Stratospheric Aerosol Injection. A Combined Ethical and Scientific Analysis. In Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000504.

"In this paper, we focus on stratospheric sulfate injection as a geoengineering scheme, and provide a combined scientific and ethical analysis of climate response tests, which are a subset of outdoor tests that would seek to impose detectable and attributable changes to climate variables on global or regional scales. We assess the current state of scientific understanding on the plausibility and scalability of climate response tests. Then we delineate a minimal baseline against which to consider whether certain climate response tests would be relevant for a deployment scenario. Our analysis shows that some climate response tests, such as those attempting to detect changes in regional climate impacts, may not be deployable in time periods relevant to realistic geoengineering scenarios. This might pose significant challenges for justifying SSI deployment overall."

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10.04.2017

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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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17.01.2017

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Transition Studies: Ethics of Climate Change and Climate Engineering

Lecture at the University of California given by Margaret Leinen.

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14.12.2016

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Carnegie Council: The Ethics and Governance of Geoengineering

"Now of course, the most important serious action is to redouble our efforts to reduce emissions. Absolutely that is what we all need to do, and there is a lot of potential. And theoretically, from a geophysical point of view, we can reach those targets—no problem. The question is: Can we also do that from a political standpoint and social acceptance point of view?"

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25.10.2016

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Baatz, Christian; Ott, Konrad (2016): Why Aggressive Mitigation Must Be Part of Any Pathway to Climate Justice

Baatz, Christian; Ott, Konrad (2016): Why Aggressive Mitigation Must Be Part of Any Pathway to Climate Justice. In Christopher J. Preston (Ed.): Climate Justice and Geoengineering: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Chapter in Preston, Christopher J. (Ed.) (2016) by two SPP researchers. "This contribution's aim is twofold: on the one hand, we argue that wealthy high-emitting countries are obligated to radically lower their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and if undertaken properly, this will very likely not overburden their respective citizen (section 2); on the other hand, we defend the primacy of mitigation duties arguing that possible obligations to adopt further supplementary strategies do not diminish these (section 3)."

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25.05.2016

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Lambini, Cosmas Kombat (2016): Internalising Solar Radiation Management Technological Externalities. An ethical review on the design of economic instruments

Lambini, Cosmas Kombat (2016): Internalising Solar Radiation Management Technological Externalities. An ethical review on the design of economic instruments. In Advances in Climate Change Research. DOI 10.1016/j.accre.2016.04.003.

"Technical and ethical challenges need to be assessed and addressed before any possible compensation system is designed and implemented. Further research need to be conducted and scenarious analysis on SRM possible effects and effective control policies to be tested and implemented."

 

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17.05.2016

# New Publications

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Kim, DaEun (2016): Geoengineering: Taking "Changing the World" to the Extreme

Kim, DaEun (2016): Geoengineering: Taking "Changing the World" to the Extreme. In Seana Moran (Ed.): Ethical ripples of creativity and innovation. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 37–44.

General ethical paper on CE.

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