Important progress is being made in international climate talks and at the national and sub-national levels towards addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. Nonetheless, some scientists have suggested that more action may be required to curb rising temperatures in this century and have begun to discuss intentional large-scale interventions in the planetary environment as an additional response strategy. But even theoretical work on geoengineering can be controversial and field experiments have the potential to cause environmental harm. This has led to widespread calls for the development of governance and regulatory frameworks for geoengineering.
A new study by legal researchers at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Anna-Maria Hubert and David Reichwein, provides a comprehensive examination of a possible international code of conduct for geoengineering research. The IASS Working Paper entitled ‘An Exploration of a Code of Conduct for Responsible Scientific Research Involving Geoengineering’ is being released in collaboration between IASS and the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society.