Climate Change Geoengineering: Philosophical Perspectives, Legal Issues, and Governance Frameworks
The international community is not taking the action necessary to avert dangerous increases in greenhouse gases. Facing a potentially bleak future, the question that confronts humanity is whether the best of bad alternatives may be to counter global warming through human-engineered climate interventions. In this book, eleven prominent authorities on climate change consider the legal, policy, and philosophical issues presented by geoengineering.
One of these geoengineering strategies, ocean iron fertilization (OIF) has been the subject of considerable attention recently in domestic and international climate change regulation contexts. The purpose of OIF is to sequester carbon from the atmosphere through deliberate alteration of ocean iron composition. Covering approximately 70 percent of the earth's surface, the oceans may offer potentially effective opportunities for carbon dioxide removal as part of the international community's response to climate change.