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The Desperation Argument for Geoengineering

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2013

Stephen M. Gardiner*
University of Washington


Geoengineering has been roughly defined as “the intentional manipulation of planetary systems at a global scale” (Keith 2000; Schelling 1996). This definition is neither as precise nor as informative as some would like. Nevertheless, we can fix ideas by focusing on the most prominent current proposal, which is to inject sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere to deflect incoming radiation and so cool the Earth's surface. This is a paradigm case: if anything counts as geoengineering, stratospheric sulfate injection (hereafter SSI) does.

Symposium: Climate Change Justice
Copyright © American Political Science Association 2013

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