Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
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Earth & Planetary Sciences, 20 Oxford St., Cambridge

Solar Geoengineering Seminar

The Weatherhead Initiative on Climate Engineering presents "Climate Engineering: Anticipating Future Governance Challenges" with Ted Parson, Professor of Environmental Law; Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA Law School. 

Although early governance debates on climate engineering (CE) have presumed an extended period of research, consultation, and norm-building before any consideration of operational deployment, it is increasingly clear that such rational and orderly issue development cannot be confidently assumed. On a decadal scale there are significant risks, likely increased by recent political events, of CE-related challenges to international order. Such CE challenges might involve surprising coalitions of actors, and may include not just announced deployments, but also demands or claims of right to conduct them, or charges that other actors have done them. I will explore the nature of the risks such CE challenges would pose, how these are likely to interact with characteristics of the proposed intervention technologies in shaping the interests of major states, and potential interactions with other components of climate policy. 

Contact Name: 

Joshua Horton

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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