Future Events

CEC14 is one of many events investigating the impacts, risks and uncertainties of climate engineering. If you would like to share a future event on CE, please feel free to contact info@ce-conference.org and we will post it here. Please include (1) title, (2) date, (3) place and (4) website or contact details.

Event: Is there Anything New under the Sun? The Governance Challenges and Social Risks of Climate Engineering (Session)

Where: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Main Conference, Glasgow, UK

When: 5 September 2014


  • Jesse Reynolds (convener)
  • Axel Michaelowa, Inken Krause, Matthias Honegger: A Just Decision Making Framework on Climate Engineering
  • Jesse Reynolds: Is Ignorance Bliss? A Multidisciplinary Critique of the Moral Hazard/Risk Compensation Argument Against Climate Engineering Research
  • Clare Heyward: Is there Anything Special about the Challenges of Climate Engineering Governance?
  • Bronislaw Szerszynski: On the Governability of Climate Engineering
  • Harald Stelzer: The Slippery Slope(s) in Climate Engineering Research

Description: Climate change is presently among the greatest global challenges, yet existing efforts to reduce its risks—greenhouse gas emission cuts and adapting societies and ecosystems to a changed climate—are widely considered to be inadequate. In response, some scientists and other observers are increasingly considering large-scale, international interventions in Earth systems in order to counteract some effects of climate change. Although these ‘climate engineering’ (CE) or ‘geoengineering’ methods would present environmental risks of its own, models presently indicate that some CE techniques may be able to significantly reduce net climate risks. However, CE has been controversial, and until recently, taboo. Key reasons for this are governance challenges and social risks. Specifically, the consideration, research, and development of CE could exceed the capacity of international institutions and alter political and social conditions in such ways as to make the optimal implementation of CE, as well as optimal greenhouse gas cuts and adaptation, unlikely. The presentations on this panel will examine some of these governance challenges and social risks of CE, asking to what extent and under what conditions widely-held concerns are legitimate and robust. First, noting that some CE techniques might be essentially global in effect, it remains unclear whether they could be legitimately governed. Would it fundamentally alter both society and the environment, overwhelming any international institutions and rending CE ungovernable? Or, despite its challenges, does CE lack truly novel characteristics in relation to other new powerful technologies? Second, it is widely believed that consideration of CE will undermine efforts toward greenhouse gas cuts. Third, CE research could catalyze the formation of vested economic interests which could influence subsequent decision-making processes. Under what conditions are these latter two concerns legitimate? Are there potential policy responses? Do these concerns obscure options beyond CE?

Time: 5 September 2014, 11:00am

Location: University of Glasgow; Building Joseph

Black Floor: 4

Room: B406

Event: Geoengineering the Climate through (Solar) Radiation Modification (Session)

Where: Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco

When: 15-19 December 2014

Description: Engineering ideas to reduce the impact of climate change have been proposed that involve (e.g.) injection of aerosol particles, modification of clouds and/or surface albedo. This session solicits papers that examines processes associated with these techniques and studies where such techniques have been implemented in either high resolution and/or global climate models. Case studies are welcome. Geoengineering research has significantly moved on from the first simple climate model experiments. Papers could give key insights into the effectiveness and side effects from different techniques, and how detectable these will be with the limitations of our observing system and climate variability. They could also provide  insights into the engineering challenges and give unique tests for climate models, for example, identifying robust patterns of climate change caused by rapid adjustment to radiative perturbations. For more information, please proceed here.

EVENT: Human Alternation of Climate: Engineering, Ethics, and Politics (Session)

Where: 95th Annual Meeting, American Meteorological Society, Phoenix, Arizona USA

When: 4-8 January 2015

Description: Climate engineering (CE) refers to approaches that attempt to diminish the effects or concentrations of greenhouse gases that have already been emitted to the atmosphere, but are not mitigation efforts. One category of CE deals with the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (CDR), and another category deals with the modification of shortwave and longwave radiation through the Earth’s atmosphere, known as radiation management (RM) or solar radiation management (SRM). A broad spectrum of RM and CDR approaches have been proposed. This session focuses on RM methods, especially those employing clouds to cool global surface temperatures and the impact of stratospheric aerosol injection CE on clouds and precipitation, although other studies on stratospheric aerosol injection will also be considered. CE has proven to be very controversial, and contributions on the ethics and politics of CE are also encouraged for this session. For more information, please download this PDF document.

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