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Generationally Parochial Geoengineering: A Threat to the Young and Other Future Generations by Prof. Stephen M. Gardiner
15 Nov 2022

‘Geoengineering’ has come to refer to massive technological interventions into fundamental earth systems on a planetary scale, often with the aim of counteracting human-induced climate change. Despite a burgeoning literature, some ethical issues surrounding geoengineering remain under-analyzed, barely identified, or in effect ignored. In this paper, we explore one such issue, the threat of generationally parochial geoengineering (GPG) and identify some early warning signs in the current discourse, focusing on stratospheric sulfate injection, a form of solar radiation management. Our emphasis is on motivating the claim that generationally parochial geoengineering is a threat that should be taken seriously at all levels of work on geoengineering, including research, development, and deployment. We also propose some initial guidelines and recommendations for future research and governance.

You are welcome to join this online lecture organised by the Hong Kong Catastrophic Risk Centre on the 15th of November 2022 (Tuesday) from 10:00am to 11:30am (Hong Kong Standard Time, GMT +8).

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