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Geneva Dialogues 7.4

Geneva Dialogues 7.4

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“If Climate Negotiations Cannot Do it,What Will? Considering ‘Plan B’:Climate Geoengineering”
Geneva Dialogues, 7 April 2011
Catherine RedgwellProfessor of International LawFaculty of LawsUniversity College Londonc.redgwell@ucl.ac.uk
What is geoengineering?
Includes all methods which involve
deliberate large-scale intervention in the working of the Earth’snatural climate system
E.g. 2009 UK Royal Society Report
Geoengineeringthe Climate: Science, Governance and Uncertainty
divides methods between
direct carbon dioxideremoval
(CDR) such as ocean fertilization and aircapture, and
solar radiation management
(SRM) todecrease warming eg. space sunshades, cloudbrightening, stratospheric particulates (‘aerosols’).
RS Report concludes that ‘the safest and mostpredictable method of moderating climate change is totake early and effective action to reduce emissions ofgreenhouse gases’ (‘Plan A’).acknowledges that geongineering methods -CO2removal (CDR) (‘slow and sure’) and solar radiationmethods (SRM) (‘quick and dirty’) –could be useful to
other efforts to mitigate anthropogenic climatechange (but geoengineering not a ‘magic bullet’;potential, & complementary, ‘Plan B’). Could do it, butside effects and risks. Reduce uncertainties throughfurther R & D.Chapter 4 addressed to Governance issues (includinglaw)

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