Why the UNFCCC and CBD Should Refrain from Regulating Solar Climate Engineering
Geoengineering Our Climate Working Paper Series, Online, Forthcoming
6 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2015 Last revised: 18 Oct 2019
Date Written: January 21, 2015
Many scholars argue that the international regulation of solar climate engineering should be developed within those existing legal institutions that have (near-) universal participation -- such as those of the UNFCCC or the CBD -- and often toward binding rules. I believe that it would be counterproductive, at least for the foreseeable future. It is presently not a relatively productive endeavour to dwell on how states might collectively govern technologies which do not yet exist; whose forms, benefits, risks, costs, and reversibilities remain unknown; and under what circumstances and for what purposes they might be used are likewise still indefinite. We should conceptualize the unfolding of international regulation of solar climate engineering as a process instead of a singular, final, and known destination.
Keywords: climate change, global warming, climate engineering, geoengineering, regulation, international law
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