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Implementing the Precautionary Principle for Climate Engineering

Implementing the Precautionary Principle for Climate Engineering

The precautionary principle once operationalized can guide decisions to better protect the environment and human well-being.

The precautionary principle is used in arguments both for and against climate engineering: On the one hand, the principle can suggest caution against climate engineering so as to minimize the (unknown) risks of proposed techniques to the environment and health. On the other hands, arguments can be made that climate engineering is a precautionary measure against the (known) risks of climate change. This article, written by Elizabeth Tedsen and Gesa Homann, provides an overview of this debate and what the precautionary principle means in a climate engineering context.

The article explores, first, how the precautionary principle is interpreted in international law, examining its history, content, legal nature, and operationalization in other areas. Next, the authors consider how the principle can be applied in a climate engineering context, both generally and under existing legal instruments. Finally, the article offers reflections on how the principle can be further operationalized for climate engineering in a meaningful way.

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Citation

Tedsen, Elizabeth and Gesa Homann 2013: “Implementing the Precautionary Principle for Climate Engineering”. Carbon & Climate Law Review, Vol. 2/2013, 90-100.

Language
English
Publisher
Year
2013
Published In
Publisher Website: Carbon & Climate Law Review (CCLR) , Vol.7 | No.2
ISSN
1864-9904, Online 2190-8230
Dimension
10 pp.
Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. The Precautionary Principle in International Law

1. History and Development
2. Definition and Content of the Principle
3. Legal Nature
4. Operationalization

III. The Precautionary Principle and Climate Engineering

1. General Considerations
2. Linkages between the Precautionary Principle and Climate Engineering in International Law

IV. Reflections on Operationalizing the Precautionary Principle for Climate Engineering
V. Conclusions

Keywords
precautionary principle, climate engineering, geoengineering, International law, environmental Law, governance, climate, legal framework, World, global