Global efforts to limit carbon emissions are to date insufficient to prevent dangerous and rapid warming of the climate. If left unchecked, rising temperatures threaten disastrous consequences for human institutions and natural ecosystems, especially in the global South. As a consequence, increasing attention is being devoted to a series of potential responses that were once considered taboo—climate engineering. Climate engineering comprises large scale technological schemes that would either enhance sequestration of carbon dioxide or block out a percentage of the sun’s radiation. These interventions hold both the promise of great benefits and potentially greater risks.

This panel will consider some of the legal, ethical and moral considerations related to the growing discussion around climate engineering research and deployment scenarios.

Lunch will be served.

Mark Templeton, Director, Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, University of Chicago Law School

Wil Burns, Co-Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment
Jeff Goodell, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
David A. Weisbach, Walter J. Blum Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Brian Citro
David A. Weisbach
Mark N. Templeton

Cost: Free

Brian Citro:

Areas of Focus: Climate Change
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