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Public Panel: Geoengineering: The Next Frontier of Climate Change Policy?


A public panel to stimulate community discussion of geoengineering technologies and their governance.

Start Date

23 Oct 2018 5:30 pm

End Date

23 Oct 2018 7:00 pm


Centenary Lecture Theatre, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Geoengineering technologies are the next challenge for climate change law and governance. These are proposals to counteract climate change by removing CO2 directly from the atmosphere, or by reflecting sunlight away from the earth to reduce global temperatures. These proposals may have an important role to play alongside traditional mitigation strategies to meet the Paris Agreement temperature targets. However, they present significant governance and ethical challenges.

This event brings together experts from the United Kingdom, IMAS, CSIRO and the Faculty of Law to discuss the potential role of geoengineering in international climate change policy, and the role of law and governance. The purpose of this panel is to increase public awareness and understanding of geoengineering, and stimulate public discussion of these proposals.

The panel will include:

Prof Phillip Boyd, Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Dr Clare Heyward, Professor in Philosophy, Arctic University, Tromsø, Norway. Clare is interested in the issues of justice raised by global climate change.  She is the co-editor (with Dominic Roser) of the book "Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World", published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Clare also researches on the ethics and governance of geoengineering technologies.

Dr Andrew Lenton, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research, and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

Chris Harries, community representative, has spent most of his working life in the environment sector, primarily in sustainable community development and energy supply & demand issues. Chris is a member of the Climate Tasmania advisory board.

Dr Kerryn Brent, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UTAS and Deputy Director, Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Law and Governance

Dr Jeff McGee, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law & IMAS, UTAS, and Director of the Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Law and Governance.

Dr Phil Williamson, Science Coordinator, UK Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry research programme, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.

This event is hosted by the Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Governance and supported by the Faculty of Law, IMAS, and the Climate Justice Network initiative.