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Some Early Ethics of Geoengineering the Climate: A Commentary on the Values of the Royal Society Report

Stephen M. Gardiner

Environmental Values 20 (2011): 163-188. doi: 10.3197/096327111X12997574391689

ABSTRACT

The Royal Society's landmark report on geoengineering is predicated on a particular account of the context and rationale for intentional manipulation of the climate system, and this ethical framework probably explains many of the Society's conclusions. Critical reflection on the report's values is useful for understanding disagreements within and about geoengineering policy, and also for identifying questions for early ethical analysis. Topics discussed include the moral hazard argument, governance, the ethical status of geoengineering under different rationales, the implications of understanding geoengineering as a consequence of wider moral failure, and ethical resistance to invasive interventions in environmental systems.


KEYWORDS

Intentional climate change, political legitimacy, justice, solar radiation management, carbon dioxide removal

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption. Stephen M. Gardiner
Remediation and Respect: Do Remediation Technologies Alter Our Responsibility?. Benjamin Hale and W.P. Grundy

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Terrible Economics, Ecosystems and Banking. Clive L. Spash

Re-Thinking the Unthinkable: Environmental Ethics and the Presumptive Argument Against Geoengineering Christopher J. Preston

Editorial: Response and Responsibility. Clive L. Spash

Editorial: The Ethics of Engineering the Climate. Christian Baatz, Clare Heyward and Harald Stelzer

Can We Have It Both Ways? On Potential Trade-Offs Between Mitigation and Solar Radiation Management. Christian Baatz

Aerosol Geoengineering Deployment and Fairness. Toby Svoboda

Climate Engineering and the Cessation Requirement: The Ethics of a Life-Cycle . Christopher J. Preston


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