18 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2012 Last revised: 3 Feb 2013
Date Written: September 9, 2012
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
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