Occasional Paper #2 - Technofix, Plan B or Ultima Ratio? A Review of the Social Science Literature on Climate Engineering Technologies

In public discussion, scientific publications, political debate and economic analysis alike, climate engineering is always presented in a certain way which alleviates the importance of some aspects of it and neglects others – climate engineering is framed. Frames are considered very relevant for this issue in social science literature. The aim of this paper is to discover which representations of climate engineering (CE) are considered most salient, and how they are approached. The author argues that the understanding of climate engineering as (part of) a solution to the political problem of climate change is the dominant frame in the discourse on the issue. On the basis of this frame, other, more specific frames are analyzed in the literature.

About the Author

Judith Kreuter is a Research Fellow at the Political Science Institute of the University of Münster, Germany.

Technofix, Plan B or Ultima Ratio? A Review of the Social Science Literature on Climate Engineering Technologies (pdf)

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