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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
 
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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’).
 
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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
support 
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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