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The relevance of ethics for geoengineering research

Dr. Toby Svoboda, assistant professor of philosophy, considers the ethics of geoengineering in response to climate change. “In assessing this and other justifications for research, we need to get clear on the values that are involved. In what sense might a geoengineered world be better than one of unabated climate change – by reducing economic damages, increasing overall human welfare, distributing harms and benefits more justly? For whom is it likely to be better – persons in developing countries, future generations, non-human animals? What counts as a genuine climate emergency? And so on.”

Posted in The Washington Geoengineering Consortium on July 23, 2014

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