2 Indon. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 329 (2015)
The Common Law of Geoengineering: Building an Effective Governance for Stratospheric Injections

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       THE COMMON LAW OF GEOENGINEERING

 BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE FOR STRATOSPHERIC INJECTIONS


                           EDWARD J. LARSON
                       Pepperdine University School of Law
                       E Fmail Ed.Larson@pepperdine.edu

A landmark report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued in 2015
is the latest in a series of scientific studies to assess the feasibility ofgeoengineering
with stratospheric aerosols to offset antbropogenic global warming and to
conclude that they offers a possibly viable supplement or back-up alternative to  329
reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Evidence for this once taboo form of climate
intervention relies heavily on the known past effect of major explosive volcanic
eruptions to moderate average worldwide temperatures temporarily. In the
most extensive study to date, an elite NAS committee now suggests that such
processes for adjusting global temperature, while still uncertain, merit further
research and field testing. With the benefits of such interventions certain to be
unevenly distributed and the risks of them not fully known, every study stresses
the need for transparent international governance of stratospheric injections.
After examining the roadblocks to such governance, this paper explores the
statutory and common law frameworks that could provide some form of stop-
gap approaches until the needed regulatory regime emerges.
Keywords: Climate    Change, International Environmental Law, Global
Governance, Global Warming, Law and Technology, Law and Science.




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