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Climate Engineering Field Research: The Favorable Setting of International Environmental Law


Jesse Reynolds


Tilburg University - Department of European & International Public Law; Tilburg Sustainability Center

September 17, 2013

Forthcoming in Washington and Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment, Vol. 5 No.2 (2014)

Abstract:     
As forecasts for climate change and its impacts have become more dire, climate engineering proposals have come under increasing consideration and are presently moving toward field trials. This article examines the relevant international environmental law, distinguishing between climate engineering research and deployment. It also emphasizes of the climate change context of these proposals, and the enabling function of law. Extant international environmental law generally favors such field tests, in large part because, even though field trials may present uncertain risks to humans and the environment, climate engineering may reduce the greater risks of climate change. Notably, this favorable legal setting is present in those multilateral environmental agreements whose subject matter is closest to climate engineering. Secondary reasons for the favorable setting are that several relevant multilateral environmental agreements encourage scientific research and technological development, and that climate engineering research is consistent with principles of international environmental law. Existing international law imposes some procedural duties on the states which would be responsible for the field research, as well as a handful of particular prohibitions and constraints.

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Keywords: climate change, climate engineering, geoengineering, international environmental law

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Date posted: September 17, 2013 ; Last revised: December 5, 2013

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Reynolds, Jesse, Climate Engineering Field Research: The Favorable Setting of International Environmental Law (September 17, 2013). Forthcoming in Washington and Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment, Vol. 5 No.2 (2014) . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2326913

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Jesse Reynolds (Contact Author)
Tilburg University - Department of European & International Public Law ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
Tilburg Sustainability Center ( email )
Tilburg
Netherlands
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