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The Debate: Geoengineering Steps Onto Center Stage

The Debate: Geoengineering Steps Onto Center Stage

Author: 

Shuchi Talati - Union of Concerned Scientists, Robert A. James - PIllsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Wil Burns - American University Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy

Column: 

The Debate

Current Issue: 

Volume: 

37

Issue: 

3

Climate geoengineering was once the province only of a few radical scientists gaming worst-case scenarios. Today, it is a dynamic and rapidly emerging suite of potential responses to climate change. Indeed, deliberate interference in the atmosphere has become a credible option as a consequence of the catastrophic implications of a warmer world. But what are the legal frameworks governing research into geoengineering — and what is the best policy to manage global deployment?