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Climate Change Geoengineering: Philosophical Perspectives, Legal Issues, and Governance Frameworks

By: Wil CG Burns(Editor), Andrew L Strauss(Editor)

328 pages, b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2015 | #222521 | ISBN-13: 9781107502635
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The international community is not taking the action necessary to avert dangerous increases in greenhouse gases. Facing a potentially bleak future, the question that confronts humanity is whether the best of bad alternatives may be to counter global warming through human-engineered climate interventions. In Climate Change Geoengineering, eleven prominent authorities on climate change consider the legal, policy and philosophical issues presented by geoengineering. Climate Change Geoengineering asks: when, if ever, are decisions to embark on potentially risky climate modification projects justified? If such decisions can be justified, in a world without a central governing authority, who should authorize such projects and by what moral and legal right? If states or private actors undertake geoengineering ventures absent the blessing of the international community, what recourse do the rest of us have?


Part I. Ethics and Philosophy
1. Ethics, geoengineering and moral schizophrenia: what's the question? Stephen M. Gardiner
2. The ethical foundations of climate engineering Clive Hamilton
3. The psychological costs of geoengineering: why it may be hard to accept even if it works Gareth Davies

Part II. Law and Governance
4. Geoengineering and climate management: from marginality to inevitability Jay Michaelson
5. Climate engineering and the anthropocene era Lee Lane
6. Political legitimacy in decisions about experiments in solar radiation management David R. Morrow, Robert E. Kopp and Michael Oppenheimer
7. Geoengineering and the myth of unilateralism: pressures and prospects for international cooperation Joshua B. Horton
8. International legal regimes and principles relevant to geoengineering Albert C. Lin
9. Climate geoengineering: solar radiation management and its implications for intergenerational equity William C. G. Burns
10. Ocean iron fertilization: science, law, and uncertainty Randall S. Abate
11. Ocean iron fertilization: time to lift the research taboo Kerstin Gussow, Andreas Oschlies, Alexander Proelss, Katrin Rehdanz and Wilfried Rickels
12. Remaking the world to save it: applying US environmental laws to climate engineering projects Tracy Hester

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Dr Wil Burns is the Associate Director of the Energy Policy and Climate Program at The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy and as Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He is also the former Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, and Chair of the International Wildlife Law Interest Group of the Society. He has held academic appointments at Williams College, Colby College, Santa Clara University School of Law, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College. Prior to becoming an academic, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs for the State of Wisconsin, and worked in the non-governmental sector for twenty years, including as Executive Director of the Pacific Center for International Studies.

Andrew Strauss is the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and a Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law. Professor Strauss is co-author of the fourth edition of International Law and World Order, and his articles have appeared in international journals such as Foreign Affairs, the Harvard Journal of International Law and the Stanford Journal of International Law. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School and taught on the law faculties of the National University of Singapore and Rutgers Camden Law School. In addition, he has been a lecturer at the European Peace University in Austria, served as the Director of the Geneva/Lausanne International Law Institute and the Nairobi International Law Institute and been an Honorary Fellow at New York University School of Law's Center for International Studies.

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