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Solar Geoengineering: The Case for an International Non-use Agreement

Published on 14 January 2022

Solar geoengineering is gaining prominence in climate change debates as an issue worth studying; for some it is even a potential future policy option.

We argue here against this increasing normalization of solar geoengineering as a speculative part of the climate policy portfolio. We contend, in particular, that solar geoengineering at planetary scale is not governable in a globally inclusive and just manner within the current international political system. We therefore call upon governments and the United Nations to take immediate and effective political control over the development of solar geoengineering technologies. Specifically, we advocate for an International Non-Use Agreement on Solar Geoengineering and outline the core elements of this proposal.

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Biermann, F.; Oomen, J.; Gupta, A.; Ali, S.H.; Conca, K.; Hajer, M.A.; Kashwan, P.; Kotzé, L.J.; Leach, M.; Messner, D.; Okereke, C.; Persson, A.; Potočnik, J.; Schlosberg, D.; Scobie, M. and VanDeveer, S.D. (2022) 'Solar Geoengineering: The Case for an International Non-use Agreement', WIREs Clim Change. 2022;e754, London: Wiley-Blackwell


Melissa Leach

Emeritus Fellow

Frank Biermann
Jeroen Oomen
Aarti Gupta
Saleem H. Ali
Ken Conca
Maarten A. Hajer
Prakash Kashwan
Louis J. Kotzé
Dirk Messner
Chukwumerije Okereke
Åsa Persson
Janez Potočnik
David Schlosberg
Michelle Scobie
Stacy D. VanDeveer

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