An Earth System Governance Perspective on Solar Geoengineering

Reynolds, Jesse L., and Joshua B. Horton. 'An earth system governance perspective on solar geoengineering.' Earth System Governance (2020): 100043.

12 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2020 Last revised: 12 Jul 2021

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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

Joshua Horton

Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA)

Date Written: February 27, 2020

Abstract

Solar geoengineering appears capable of reducing climate change and the associated risks. In part because it would be global in effect, the governance of solar geoengineering is a central concern. The Earth System Governance (ESG) Project includes many researchers who, to varying degrees, utilize a common vocabulary and research framework. Despite the clear mutual relevance of solar geoengineering and ESG, few ESG researchers have considered the topic in substantial depth. To stimulate its sustained uptake as a subject within the ESG research program, we identify significant contributions thus far by ESG scholars on the subject of solar geoengineering governance and survey the wider solar geoengineering governance literature from the perspective of the new ESG research framework. Based on this analysis, we also suggest specific potential lines of inquiry that we believe are ripe for research by ESG scholars: nonstate actors’ roles, polycentricity, public engagement and participation, and the Anthropocene.

Keywords: Climate change, Geoengineering Climate engineering, Earth system governance, Environmental governance, Environmental politics

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Jesse L and Horton, Joshua, An Earth System Governance Perspective on Solar Geoengineering (February 27, 2020). Reynolds, Jesse L., and Joshua B. Horton. 'An earth system governance perspective on solar geoengineering.' Earth System Governance (2020): 100043., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3574724 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3574724

Jesse L Reynolds (Contact Author)

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

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Joshua Horton

Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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