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Governing Climate Engineering: A Proposal for Immediate Governance of Solar Radiation Management

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Department of Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
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School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA
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Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA
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Department of Politics, University of California Santa Cruz, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
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Mercatus Center, George Mason University, 3434 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Department of Political Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Department of Politics, University of Exeter, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4PY, UK
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Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
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Department of Social Sciences, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
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Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand
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Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Department of Political Science, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA
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School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 875603, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
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Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3954; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143954
Received: 31 May 2019 / Revised: 17 July 2019 / Accepted: 18 July 2019 / Published: 20 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Law, Policy and Governance for Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

Solar radiation management (SRM) technologies would reflect a small amount of incoming solar radiation back into space before the radiation can warm the planet. Although SRM may emerge as a useful component of a global response to climate change, there is also good reason for caution. In June 2017, the Academic Working Group on Climate Engineering Governance released a policy report, “Governing Solar Radiation Management”, which developed a set of objectives to govern SRM in the near-term future: (1) keep mitigation and adaptation first; (2) thoroughly and transparently evaluate risks, burdens, and benefits; (3) enable responsible knowledge creation; and (4) ensure robust governance before any consideration of deployment. To advance the governance objectives identified above, the working group developed twelve recommendations, grouped into three clusters: (1) create politically legitimate deliberative bodies; (2) leverage existing institutions; and (3) make research transparent and accountable. This communication discusses the rationale behind each cluster and elaborates on a subset of the recommendations from each cluster. View Full-Text
Keywords: Solar geoengineering; global governance; solar radiation management; climate change Solar geoengineering; global governance; solar radiation management; climate change
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Jinnah, S.; Nicholson, S.; Morrow, D.R.; Dove, Z.; Wapner, P.; Valdivia, W.; Thiele, L.P.; McKinnon, C.; Light, A.; Lahsen, M.; Kashwan, P.; Gupta, A.; Gillespie, A.; Falk, R.; Conca, K.; Chong, D.; Chhetri, N. Governing Climate Engineering: A Proposal for Immediate Governance of Solar Radiation Management. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3954.

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