Governing Climate Engineering: A Proposal for Immediate Governance of Solar Radiation Management

Sikina Jinnah, Simon Nicholson, David R. Morrow, Zachary Dove, Paul Wapner, Walter Valdivia, Leslie Paul Thiele, Catriona McKinnon, Andrew Light, M.H. Lahsen, Prakash Kashwan, A. Gupta, A. Gillespie, Richard Falk, Ken Conca, Dan Chong, Netra Chhetri

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Solar radiation management (SRM) technologies would reflect a small amount of incoming solar radiation back into space before the radiation can warm the planet. Although SRM may emerge as a useful component of a global response to climate change, there is also good reason for caution. In June 2017, the Academic Working Group on Climate Engineering Governance released a policy report, “Governing Solar Radiation Management”, which developed a set of objectives to govern SRM in the near-term future: (1) keep mitigation and adaptation first; (2) thoroughly and transparently evaluate risks, burdens, and benefits; (3) enable responsible knowledge creation; and (4) ensure robust governance before any consideration of deployment. To advance the governance objectives identified above, the working group developed twelve recommendations, grouped into three clusters: (1) create politically legitimate deliberative bodies; (2) leverage existing institutions; and (3) make research transparent and accountable. This communication discusses the rationale behind each cluster and elaborates on a subset of the recommendations from each cluster.
LanguageEnglish
Article number3954
Number of pages9
JournalSustainability
Volume11
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • solar geoengineering
  • global governance
  • solar radiation management
  • climate change

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Jinnah, S., Nicholson, S., Morrow, D. R., Dove, Z., Wapner, P., Valdivia, W., ... Chhetri, N. (2019). Governing Climate Engineering: A Proposal for Immediate Governance of Solar Radiation Management. Sustainability, 11(14), [3954]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143954
Jinnah, Sikina ; Nicholson, Simon ; Morrow, David R. ; Dove, Zachary ; Wapner, Paul ; Valdivia, Walter ; Thiele, Leslie Paul ; McKinnon, Catriona ; Light, Andrew ; Lahsen, M.H. ; Kashwan, Prakash ; Gupta, A. ; Gillespie, A. ; Falk, Richard ; Conca, Ken ; Chong, Dan ; Chhetri, Netra. / Governing Climate Engineering: A Proposal for Immediate Governance of Solar Radiation Management. In: Sustainability. 2019 ; Vol. 11, No. 14.
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Governing Climate Engineering: A Proposal for Immediate Governance of Solar Radiation Management. / Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon; Morrow, David R.; Dove, Zachary; Wapner, Paul; Valdivia, Walter; Thiele, Leslie Paul; McKinnon, Catriona; Light, Andrew; Lahsen, M.H.; Kashwan, Prakash ; Gupta, A.; Gillespie, A.; Falk, Richard; Conca, Ken; Chong, Dan; Chhetri, Netra.

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