16.02.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Khaleej Times: Tampering with the weather could end in disaster

"To avoid crossing the 1.5°C threshold, the world must nearly halve its CO2 emissions by 2030, and reach net zero emissions by 2050. This will be possible only if we completely eliminate fossil fuels from the economy within the next few decades. Attempts to circumvent that reality will only make matters worse. We're at risk of doing just that. A growing number of people are now considering the once-unthinkable strategy of geoengineering our way out of the climate crisis."

LINK


Read more »

11.02.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Chatham House: Cool idea or hi-tech madness?

"As the threat from climate change looms ever larger, growing attention is being paid to proposals that sound as if they come straight from a sci-fi novel. One idea is to spray the stratosphere with particulates to reflect sunlight, thus reducing the temperature of planet Earth."

LINK


Read more »

11.02.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Union of Concerned Scientists: UCS Position on Solar Geoengineering

"Deep cuts in emissions of heat-trapping gases and investments in adaptation to now unavoidable impacts must remain humanity’s first-line responses to climate change. Emission reductions and adaptation must be carried out at a greatly accelerated pace, and in a manner consistent with sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty."

LINK


Read more »

04.02.2019

# Calls & events

0 Comments

Call for Abstracts: The Regulation of New Technologies

Deadline: 28. February 2019

"The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (“TILT”) is organizing the second edition of the PhD Colloquium on "The Regulation of New Technologies" which will take place at Tilburg University on 20 June 2019. The organizers invite PhD researchers working on any of the themes covered by this Call for Papers (“CfP”) to submit an abstract of max. 300 words by 28 February 2019."

LINK


Read more »

21.01.2019

# New Publications

0 Comments

Callies, D. (2019): Institutional Legitimacy and Geoengineering Governance

Callies, D. (2019): Institutional Legitimacy and Geoengineering Governance. In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 26 (1), S. 1–17. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562523.

"There is general agreement amongst those involved in the normative discussion about geoengineering that if we are to move forward with significant research, development, and certainly any future deployment, legitimate governance is a must. However, while we agree that the abstract concept of legitimacy ought to guide geoengineering governance, agreement surrounding the appropriate conception of legitimacy has yet to emerge."

LINK


Read more »

21.01.2019

# New Publications

0 Comments

Hourdequin, M. (2019): Climate Change, Climate Engineering, and the ‘Global Poor’

Hourdequin, M. (2019): Climate Change, Climate Engineering, and the ‘Global Poor’. What Does Justice Require? In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 19 (6), S. 1–19. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562525.

"In recent work, Joshua Horton and David Keith argue on distributive and consequentialist grounds that research into solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering is justified because the resulting knowledge has the potential to benefit everyone, particularly the ‘global poor.’ I argue that this view overlooks procedural and recognitional justice, and thus relegates to the background questions of how SRM research should be governed."

LINK


Read more »

14.01.2019

# New Publications

0 Comments

Jinnah, S.; et al. (2019): Toward Legitimate Governance of Solar Geoengineering Research

Jinnah, S.; Nicholson, S.; Flegal, J. (2019): Toward Legitimate Governance of Solar Geoengineering Research. A Role for Sub-State Actors. In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 6 (3), S. 1–20. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562526.

"Two recently proposed solar radiation management (SRM) experiments in the United States have highlighted the need for governance mechanisms to guide SRM research. This paper draws on the literatures on legitimacy in global governance, responsible innovation, and experimental governance to argue that public engagement is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for any legitimate SRM governance regime."

LINK


Read more »

07.12.2018

# Media

0 Comments

New Security Beat: Panelists Call for Creation of World Commission to Handle Solar Radiation Management

"'Right now, it’s the Wild West in regard to governance with geoengineering,' said Paul Wapner, a professor at the School of International Service at American University at a recent panel about solar radiation management (SRM) at the Arizona State University’s Washington Center. According to the Governing Solar Radiation Management report which was the focus of the event, SRM, which theoretically would cool the planet by reflecting sunlight back into space, may be a viable last-resort option if climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts fail. Wapner said that 'there’s a danger in SRM, there’s a danger in climate change. And, balancing those risks is part of the exercise and will continue to be part of the exercise.'"

LINK


Read more »

15.11.2018

# Media

0 Comments

E-International Relations: The Emerging Politics of Geoengineering

"As droughts, forest fires and centennial floods become more commonplace, people around the world are feeling the consequences of climate change. As a result, some scientists are putting forth ideas to engineer the climate, collectively summarized as ‘Geoengineering’. But no matter whether one thinks of massive attempts to filter greenhouse gases from the air or planetary sheets of reflective material, geoengineering will have significant political effects."

LINK


Read more »

12.11.2018

# Political Papers

0 Comments

C2G2: Governing Solar Radiation Modification (SRM)

"Solar Radiation Modification (SRM), also known as Solar Radiation Management, Radiation Modification Measures or Solar
Geoengineering, would aim to address a symptom of climate change by reflecting more sunlight back into space, or by
allowing more infrared radiation from Earth to escape, in order to reduce the Earth’s temperature. It includes numerous
proposed methods which differ significantly. None are ready for deployment. Solar Radiation Modification could not be a
substitute for reducing emissions, or removing atmospheric CO2."

LINK


Read more »