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~ A ~ - Solar Geoengineering Could Be Consistent with International Law

from Debate 10: Solar Radiation Management

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 June 2021

Benoit Mayer
Affiliation:
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Alexander Zahar
Affiliation:
Southwest University of Political Science and Law
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This chapter debates the consistency of the deployment of Solar Radiation Management (SRM) with international law. SRM might help to counter global warming at relatively low cost, but it could also have substantial negative environmental impacts. Jesse Reynolds, reviewing all the relevant international treaties, as well as customary international law, argues that solar geoengineering could be consistent with international law. There is even some evidence, he argues, that solar geoengineering may be required by international law. Kerryn Brent reaches the exact opposite conclusion. She argues that solar geoengineering at scale would violate the no-harm rule and is prohibited by the UNFCCC and other treaties.

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Debating Climate Law , pp. 257 - 273
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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