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March 22, 2021

Climate Change
Geoengineering Is Coming, Whether It’s Governed or Not

Some deployment of geoengineering is inescapable. The world urgently needs to begin crafting strong principles and rules for geoengineering's collective governance.

Large white geotextile sheets cover northern Italy's Presena glacier in order to delay snow melting on skiing slopes and reflect sunlight during summer months, at Passo del Tonale, near Trento, Italy on July 13, 2020.

March 17, 2021

Climate Change
An Internationalism that Protects: Why We Need to Reboot the Baruch Plan for Geoengineering

New planet-changing geoengineering technology is available to help humanity combat an existential security threat. However, like atomic fission, this technology is not to be jumped at without caution…

The sun reflects off the water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed on July 17, 2014.

April 29, 2021

Global Governance
Can Solar Geoengineering Be Used as a Weapon?

The premise that solar geoengineering is weaponizable is either false or grossly overstated. It is time to leave such distractions behind and focus more squarely on the real dilemmas of this otherwis…

The bright sun rises over a sky filled with hazy clouds behind Saint Michael's Church and Glastonbury Tor, in Glastonbury, Britain.

May 18, 2021

Global Governance
When Assessing Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering, Don’t Assume the Future Will Look Like the Past

Attempting to shut down discussion of the potential weaponization of geoengineering is unwise. We can only see a short way into the future.

Three trees tightly packed together with ominous dark rain clouds are lit by the setting sun near the village of Chernogorovo, Bulgaria on July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

December 21, 2020

Climate Change
Can We Use Geoengineering to Defend Ourselves?

The world needs to consider geoengineering uses now before we are forced into a hasty decision with potentially disastrous consequences.

Clouds gather but produce no rain as cracks are seen in the dried up municipal dam in drought-stricken Graaff-Reinet, South Africa on November 14, 2019.

September 13, 2021

Climate Change
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: "The Fight for Climate After COVID-19"

The Fight for Climate After COVID-19 draws on the troubled and uneven COVID-19 experience to illustrate the critical need to ramp up climate resilience rapidly and effectively on a global scale. Afte…

Play A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames as the Springs fire continues to grow on May 3, 2013 near Camarillo, California. The wildfire has spread to more than 18,000 acres on day two and is 20 percent contained.

July 25, 2019

Global Governance
The World May Need Geoengineering, and Geoengineering Needs Governance

Failing to study and develop geoengineering methods to help prevent the severe effects of climate change would be irresponsible. Failing to govern them properly would be even more so.

Residents flee as winds whip flames from the Morgan fire near Clayton, California on September 9, 2013.

April 8, 2019

Climate Change
Geoengineering Is Inevitable in the Face of Climate Change. But at What Cost?

Geoengineering is moving from the radical fringe to the center of global public policy, yet a multilateral governance framework for large-scale environmental manipulation remains lacking. 

A participant in front of a screen showing a world map during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015.

October 25, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Tim Ryan Bows Out, Warren on Israel, and Geoengineering

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy.

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking in Hanover, New Hampshire, on October 24.

March 10, 2010

International Organizations
Developing an International Framework for Geoengineering

As the international community continues to work toward emissions reductions, some climate scientists are turning to the concept of geoengineering—the deliberate manipulation of the Earth’s climate—t…

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