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The Desperation Argument for Geoengineering

Stephen Gardiner

University of Washington, Seattle

November 1, 2012

PS: Political Science and Politics, 2012

Some argue that geoengineering by desperate nations would be justified, and that the developed nations ought to aid them through research on how to do it. In this paper, I explore two interpretations of such arguments and find them wanting. I also argue that, whether or not geoengineering by the desperate would be justified, focusing on justification alone obscures important aspects of the ethics of geoengineering.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: solar radiation management, ethics and geoengineering, self-defense, consent, domination

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Date posted: December 2, 2012  

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Gardiner, Stephen, The Desperation Argument for Geoengineering (November 1, 2012). PS: Political Science and Politics, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2183457

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United States
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