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Carr, Wylie A.; Preston, Christopher J.; et al. (2012): Public Engagement on Solar Radiation Management and Why it Needs to Happen Now

Carr, Wylie A.; Preston, Christopher J.; et al. (2012): Public Engagement on Solar Radiation Management and Why it Needs to Happen Now (in review process)

"Calls for public engagement have grown alongside burgeoning political and scientific interest in geoengineering in recent years. However, there has been little discussion of why the public should have a say or what the public can be expected to contribute to geoengineering discussions. We explore how public engagement exercises can contribute to the research, development, and governance of one branch of geoengineering, solar radiation management (SRM), in three key ways: 1. by fulfilling ethical requirements for inclusion of affected parties in democratic decision making processes; 2. by collecting and examining public perceptions and opinions in ways that enhance scientific communication; and 3. by improving science, technology, and/or policy via the incorporation of broader knowledge. Finally, we argue that diverse global publics are currently ready to participate in engagement processes despite the nascent state of many SRM technologies."

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