Climatic Change

, Volume 121, Issue 3, pp 499–512

The Oxford Principles

  • Steve Rayner
  • Clare Heyward
  • Tim Kruger
  • Nick Pidgeon
  • Catherine Redgwell
  • Julian Savulescu
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0675-2

Cite this article as:
Rayner, S., Heyward, C., Kruger, T. et al. Climatic Change (2013) 121: 499. doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0675-2

Abstract

Scientific momentum is increasing behind efforts to develop geoengineering options, but it is widely acknowledged that the challenges of geoengineering are as much political and social as they are technical. Legislators are looking for guidance on the governance of geoengineering research and possible deployment. The Oxford Principles are five high-level principles for geoengineering governance. This article explains their intended function and the core societal values which they attempt to capture. Finally, it proposes a framework for their implementation in a flexible governance architecture through the formulation of technology-specific research protocols.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve Rayner
    • 1
  • Clare Heyward
    • 2
  • Tim Kruger
    • 3
  • Nick Pidgeon
    • 4
  • Catherine Redgwell
    • 5
  • Julian Savulescu
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Science, Innovation and SocietyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Department of PhilosophyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Oxford Geoengineering Programme, Oxford Martin SchoolUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  4. 4.School of PsychologyUniversity of CardiffCardiffUK
  5. 5.Faculty of LawsUniversity College LondonLondonUK