Who May Geoengineer: Self-defense, Civil Disobedience, and Revolution (Part One) – Patrick Taylor Smith

Much of the discussion about the appropriateness or usefulness of geoengineering has relied upon a shared assumption about who might end up deploying these new tools- rich and powerful nations. But what if weak and less powerful nations deploy geoengineering to defend themselves against climate impacts?

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A talk by Holly J Buck – Why Climate Engineering and Sustainable Agriculture Need to Be Part of the Same Conversation

Holly J Buck, FCEA Faculty Fellow and PhD candidate at Cornell University gave a brief talk this afternoon on her recent work investigating the cultural, practical, and conversational binaries that imagine geoengineering as distinctly, problematically separate from agriculture. She argued that the false dichotomy between issues of food security, land reform, and progressive farming must be deconstructed and replaced with a language of cooperation.

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Climate-induced migration and climate engineering: Three notes on how to think through them together – Holly J. Buck

All scholarship on the relationship between climate migration and unrest (including Kelley et al’s paper) makes clear that there is always a complex of factors, which begs the question: can international law make decisions on conferring migrant or refugee status if someone is, say, a 30% climate migrant, a 20% economic migrant, and a 50% war refugee? The crux of the challenge is obvious. Governing climate engineering, with its uncertainty and difficulty in attributing consequences, is a similarly complex institutional design challenge.

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Solar Radiation Management: Foresight for Governance (SRM4G) – Miranda Boettcher & Sean Low

How are we to govern Solar Radiation Management (SRM) technologies? This is far from a straightforward question. SRM4G is 3-workshop project being conducted over the course of 2015 which seeks develop a process for structuring future-oriented deliberations on SRM governance.

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Energy and Climate Justice: Two sides of the Same Coin – Kartikeya Singh

First time here?  Read our “what is climate engineering” page. The Indian Minister of Power was quoted recently in a New York Times article titled “Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change.”  He said “India’s development imperatives cannot be sacrificed at the altar of potential climate changes many years in the future,” India’s…

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Forum Exchange – Is Climate Engineering Worthy of Consideration? – Andy Parker (IASS-Potsdam) and Jim Thomas (ETC Group)

The Washington Geoengineering Consortium is pleased to present the first in a new series of forums on climate engineering. This new series is designed to produce open and frank exchange between people with divergent viewpoints on critical issues. We have invited Jim Thomas of the ETC Group and Andy Parker of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in…

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No silver bullet: why geoengineering alone won’t save the planet – Guest Post – David Morrow, Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy at George Mason University

  Erin Biba’s Newsweek article on geoengineering commits one of the classic blunders in thinking about geoengineering: treating it as if it might be a silver bullet capable of “solving” climate change. Biba writes that geoengineering “can either bypass governmental red tape or reverse [climate] change so quickly and with such great efficacy that it…

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