20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Smith, Patrick Taylor (2019): Legitimacy and Non-Domination in Solar Radiation Management Research

Smith, Patrick Taylor (2019): Legitimacy and Non-Domination in Solar Radiation Management Research. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 341–361. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562528.

"he purpose of this paper is to explore what I take to be a significant limitation of the proposed regimes: their failure to grapple with the significant power imbalances between the scientific and policy-making communities of the developed world doing the research and those of the developing world that will suffer the worst consequences of both climate change and climate engineering. This paper will argue that the value of non-domination, including and especially how it relates to global inequality, should guide our thinking about how to legitimately engage in research into solar radiation management."

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20.05.2019

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Gardiner, Stephen M.; Fragnière, Augustin (2019): Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice

Gardiner, Stephen M.; Fragnière, Augustin (2019): Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 265–269. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562524.

"The aim of this special issue is to move forward the normative discussion of political legitimacy and justice specifically. Our starting assumption is that it would be unwise to proceed with particular technologies and develop governance systems without at the same time addressing hard questions about justice and legitimacy. One reason for this is that clarifying the central normative questions is key to understanding obstacles to, parameters for, and constraints on research, policy and governance. In particular, it matters for policy if some kinds of geoengineering turn out to be easier from the point of view of justice and legitimacy than others."

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20.05.2019

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Conca, Ken (2019): Prospects for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate engineering

Conca, Ken (2019): Prospects for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate engineering. In Environmental Politics 28 (3), pp. 417–440. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1522065.

"Lessons from the literature on multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) that are relevant to the debate on climate engineering (CE) are examined. MSDs have been used to prod slow-to-develop intergovernmental regulatory processes on a range of transnational and global controversies. A CEMSD might push forward anticipatory governance of CE by promoting social learning, sharpening and legitimizing governance norms, and starting to arrange the political space for governance by states."

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20.05.2019

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Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon (2019): Introduction to the Symposium on ‘Geoengineering. Governing Solar Radiation Management'

Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon (2019): Introduction to the Symposium on ‘Geoengineering. Governing Solar Radiation Management'. In Environmental Politics 28 (3), pp. 385–396. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1558515.

"The term solar radiation management (SRM) describes a set of speculative technologies that might help humanity respond to climate change. SRM technologies would operate, if ever developed and deployed at scale, by reflecting a small amount of solar energy back into space before that energy warms the planet."

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20.05.2019

# Media

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Climate Strategies Blog: Solar Geoengineering, Governance, and Parametric Insurance

"In a new article published in the journal Climate Policy , David Keith and I propose a novel approach to addressing these issues.  We begin by recognizing that one or more countries attempting to implement solar geoengineering against the objections of key states would probably not succeed.  Opposing states would have a large suite of tools—trade and financial sanctions, diplomatic isolation, cyber attacks, etc.—they could employ to raise the costs of unilateral deployment far above the direct, near-term benefits any country could expect to gain."

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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance. A tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering?

Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance. A tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering? In Climate Policy 4, pp. 1–7. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1607716.

"We propose that multilateral parametric climate risk insurance might be a useful tool to facilitate agreement on solar geoengineering deployment. With parametric insurance, predetermined payouts are triggered when climate indices deviate from set ranges. We suggest that states favouring deployment could underwrite reduced-rate parametric climate insurance."

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13.05.2019

# New Publications

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Grieger, Khara D.; et al. (2019): Emerging risk governance for stratospheric aerosol injection as a climate management technology

Grieger, Khara D.; Felgenhauer, Tyler; Renn, Ortwin; Wiener, Jonathan; Borsuk, Mark (2019): Emerging risk governance for stratospheric aerosol injection as a climate management technology. In Environ Syst Decis 103 (46), pp. 1–12. DOI: 10.1007/s10669-019-09730-6.

"Robust governance strategies are needed to manage the many potential benefits, risks, and uncertainties related to SAI. This perspective reviews the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)’s guidelines for emerging risk governance (ERG) as an approach for responsible consideration of SAI, given the IRGC’s experience in governing other more conventional risks. We examine how the five steps of the IRGC’s ERG guidelines would address the complex, uncertain, and ambiguous risks presented by SAI."

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08.05.2019

# New Publications

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Low, Sean; Schäfer, Stefan (2019): Tools of the trade. Practices and politics of researching the future in climate engineering

Low, Sean; Schäfer, Stefan (2019): Tools of the trade. Practices and politics of researching the future in climate engineering. In: Sustain Sci 8 (1), S. 898. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-019-00692-x.

"We take a systemic and synthesizing view of some of the (inter)disciplinary methods by which these futures are derived: climate and integrated assessment modeling, ‘deductive’ modes of social science inquiry, deliberative stakeholder engagement, and foresight-based scenarios. We speak to the epistemologies, objectives, and user communities surrounding these research practices, highlighting that different modes of constructing and interpreting evidence about an unformed future yield different kinds of results and signals for actions to be taken. We show how different methods for exploring ‘futures’ form an evolving history of how the risks of CE have been assessed (or constructed), and conclude by echoing calls for a stronger shared understanding of the practices and politics that underpin future-oriented research."

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29.04.2019

# Media

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Business Standard: Letters to BS: Climate geoengineering experiments are fraught with risk

"This refers to “Governing uncertainty in geoengineering” (April 23). Experiments with atmospheric and natural forces are more dangerous than containing and repairing damage. "

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29.04.2019

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Global Challenges Foundation: Rethinking the future of governance through games

"Games could reveal systemic shortcomings in current frameworks, they could deepen the role of citizens in day-to-day governance mechanisms, and even improve the workings of major UN bodies. They could trigger new ways of approaching unfamiliar problems, and harness the power of creative thinking to develop new solutions for the world’s greatest challenges."

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