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Climatic Change

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 309–321 | Cite as

May we engineer the climate?

  • Daniel Bodansky
Article

Abstract

Not only is the science of climate engineering uncertain; the legal issues are also highly uncertain. Although existing international law does not specifically limit the freedom of states to undertake climate engineering, the international community would likely demand a say should climate engineering move from the realm of speculation to concrete proposals. The experience of other environmental regimes, however, suggests that developing an international decision-making mechanism would be difficult, and that the international community might opt for a simple prohibition on climate engineering on grounds of ‘precaution’.

Keywords

International Community Legal Issue Environmental Regime Climate Engineering Concrete Proposal 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Bodansky
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  1. 1.University of Washington School of LawSeattleU.S.A.

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