The Desperation Argument for Geoengineering

PS: Political Science and Politics, 2012

11 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2012

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Stephen Gardiner

University of Washington, Seattle

Date Written: November 1, 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.

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

Suggested Citation

Gardiner, Stephen, The Desperation Argument for Geoengineering (November 1, 2012). PS: Political Science and Politics, 2012, Available at SSRN:

Stephen Gardiner (Contact Author)

University of Washington, Seattle ( email )

Seattle, WA 98195
United States


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