ontologically cherished for existing beyond the sphere of humanity, will indefinitely become amachination of our Promethean convictions.This permanent, intentional alteration of Earth’s environment is the main consideration of this case study; therefore, I will first address the procedural/legal justice issues for sovereignnations and indigenous communities in shaping possible SRM schemes. Without ensuringmultilateral justice by means of tort-law, treaties and consent, geoengineering violates basic moral pluralistic principles. Equity problems and conflicts of interest also arise when we consider that arelatively small number of elite researchers from the US and the UK are influencing dialogue onthis weighty and difficult topic.Set in the context of moral and political failure to stem global emissions, thegeoengineering model is recognized by Gardiner in his summary of The UK Royal Society’steleological analysis of the topic to be the lesser evil: i.e. when governments are strained by thespecter of severe climate change, geoengineering the climate may remain the permissible moralcourse of action. (2010: p 290).
While intentional manipulation of earth’s climate has been arguedto be economically negligible, perhaps as little as $2billion
, and technologically feasible
as patentsand necessary infrastructure (military cargo and commercial aircraft) already exist, others
rebutthe claim; due to the relatively long atmospheric life of CO
, geoengineering schemes mustinvariably be continued over many generations with uncertain effects on weather.Multigenerational equality is thus the second issue considered in this study.In the next module section of this paper, I examine who gets to control the Earth’sthermostat (is it really that simple?). Strong advocates of accelerated research into possiblegeoengineering scheme, such as The UK Royal Society, clearly recognizes recognize that the
The scientists involved envision SRM as a combined strategy with CO
removal from the atmosphere in addition tomitigating GHG emissions to 50% of 1990 levels.
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ibid; Barrett, Scott, The incredible Economics of Geoengineering, Environmental and Resource Economics
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