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

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Jesse L Reynolds

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law; Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University School of Law

Date Written: January 21, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Jesse L, Why the UNFCCC and CBD Should Refrain from Regulating Solar Climate Engineering (January 21, 2015). Geoengineering Our Climate Working Paper Series, Online, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2559643 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2559643

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