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Climate Geoengineering and the Role of Public Deliberation: A Comment on the us National Academy of Sciences’ Recommendations on Public Participation

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Visiting Professor, Environmental Policy & Culture Program Northwestern University

Dr. Wil Burns is a Visiting Professor in the Environmental Policy & Culture Program at Northwestern University. Prior to this, he was the Founding Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon...

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The feckless response of the world community to the mounting threat of climate change has led to a growing interest in climate geoengineering research. In early 2015, the us National Academy of Sciences released two major reports on the topic. While it is notable that both reports recommended some form of public participation to inform research, this article argues that the vagueness of these recommendations could mean that their implementation might not comport with optimal approaches for public deliberation. We outline some options for public deliberation on climate geoengineering and important design considerations.

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Matt Chester on Sep 2, 2020

The feckless response of the world community to the mounting threat of climate change has led to a growing interest in climate geoengineering research.

Interesting and strong take on the situation, Wil! If the leaders across the world were slow and reticent to take the early necessary actions on climate change, can you comment on what you think would be the difference with geoengineering solutions? Are those same leaders going to be backed into the corner where they have to adopt something like geoengineering? Will new leaders come into positions of power that support these actions? What will make the political situation tomorrow than the one from yesterday, if you will?

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