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Climate Engineering, Law, and Regulation

The Oxford Handbook on the Law and Regulation of Technology (Edited by Roger Brownsword, Eloise Scotford, and Karen Yeung, OUP, 2016)

Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 17/2016

32 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2016  

Jesse L Reynolds

Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University School of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2016

Abstract

Solar climate engineering — intentional modification of the planet’s reflectivity — is coming under increasing consideration as a means to counter climate change. At present, it offers the possibility of greatly reducing climate risks, but would pose physical and social risks of its own. This chapter offers an introduction to solar climate engineering, exploring its potential, risks, and legal and regulatory challenges. It also contextualizes these proposals with respect to other emerging technologies and the broader socio-political milieu. The contours of existing and potential regulation, particularly at the international level, are explored. These aspects include regulatory rationales, diverse characteristics of proposed regulatory regimes, difficulties in defining the regulatory target, and the management of uncertainty through precaution. The chapter closes with suggested future research directions in the law and regulation of solar climate engineering.

Keywords: climate change, climate engineering, geoengineering, solar radiation management, technology, regulation

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Jesse L, Climate Engineering, Law, and Regulation (November 1, 2016). The Oxford Handbook on the Law and Regulation of Technology (Edited by Roger Brownsword, Eloise Scotford, and Karen Yeung, OUP, 2016); Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 17/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2862471

Jesse L Reynolds (Contact Author)

Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University School of Law ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

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