The Climate Engineering Conference 2014 (CEC14) was the largest geoengineering meeting to date, bringing over 350 people together in Berlin in August 2014. The most prominent controversy at CEC14 was the introduction of a document – the “Berlin Declaration” –that those attending could choose to support. The document, drafted by representatives of the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, suggested some steps forward for governing solar geoengineering research. The story of the response to this document and its eventual withdrawal should hold interest for anyone concerned with the governance of emerging technologies or openness in science policy
In the coming weeks, I’ll be studying whether or not NGOs will release new statements about climate engineering in light of last week’s National Academy of Sciences National Research Council reports on the topic.
The matter of geoengineering is too important to reduce to assumed storylines about how the world works, and the humanitarian implications are too important not to think through.