18.07.2018

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Merk, Christine; et al. (2018): Do climate engineering experts display moral-hazard behaviour?

Merk, Christine; Pönitzsch, Gert; Rehdanz, Katrin (2018): Do climate engineering experts display moral-hazard behaviour? In: Climate Policy 37 (6), S. 1–13. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2018.1494534.

"Discourse analyses and expert interviews about climate engineering (CE) report high levels of reflectivity about the technologies’ risks and challenges, implying that CE experts are unlikely to display moral hazard behaviour, i.e. a reduced focus on mitigation. This has, however, not been empirically tested. Within CE experts we distinguish between experts for radiation management (RM) and for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and analyse whether RM and CDR experts display moral hazard behaviour."

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18.07.2018

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Nori: Are Geoengineers Basically Immoral?

"Had to reference Paul Heyne’s famous essay, “Are Economists Basically Immoral?” Your tl;dr to both questions is no, they are not, but like any group some members can get a bit silly. Once you forgive me for abusively clickbaiting you, I hope you’ll feel fairly compensated if I lay out how the moral hazard argument works in climate change discussions in light of three main intellectual currents: mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering."

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19.03.2018

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Medium: Is Geoengineering an Immorality of Last Resort?

"In this paper, I employ Ben Hale’s nomenclature for the various moral hazard pathways to examine whether they are logically sufficient to de-justify geoengineering research and deployment. The small body of empirical evidence collected on public perception of geoengineering and moral hazard is discussed. I conclude that the inadequacy of carbon control regimes significantly weakens the persuasive appeal of moral hazard arguments in all its forms."

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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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09.10.2016

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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

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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

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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

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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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