Climatic Change

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 303–307 | Cite as

The economic diplomacy of geoengineering

  • Thomas C. Schelling


‘Geoengineering’ is a new term, still seeking a definition. It seems to imply something global, intentional, and unnatural. For the radiation balance, geoengineering may be fifty years in the future; today's means may be out of date then, and the future means are not yet known. It might immensely simplify greenhouse policy, transforming it from an exceedingly complicated regulatory regime to a problem in international cost sharing, a problem that we are familiar with. Putting things in the stratosphere or in orbit can probably be done by ‘exo-national’ programs, not depending on the behavior of populations, not requiring national regulations or incentives, not dependent on universal participation. It will involve merely deciding what to do, how much to do, and who is to pay for it.


Radiation Regulatory Regime National Regulation Cost Sharing Radiation Balance 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas C. Schelling
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  1. 1.School of Public Affairs, University of MarylandCollege ParkU.S.A.

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