The Who, What, and Wherefore of Geoengineering Governance

18 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2012 Last revised: 3 Feb 2013

Daniel Bodansky

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: September 9, 2012

Abstract

The potential of geoengineering to reverse global warming rapidly and cheaply makes it alluring to groups across the political spectrum. But geoengineering also poses significant risks and raises the specter of technology gone awry. This article analyzes the basic governance issues raised by geoengineering, including the possible functions, forms, objects and agents of governance. It then explores these issues by focusing on four scenarios of particular concern: inadequate research funding, premature rejection, unilateral individual action, and unilateral state action.

Keywords: climate, global warming, geoengineering, international law, governance

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Bodansky, Daniel, The Who, What, and Wherefore of Geoengineering Governance (September 9, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2168850 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2168850

Daniel Bodansky (Contact Author)

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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