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Arctic Climate Interventions

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Peer-reviewed

Type

Article

Change log

Authors

Bodansky, Daniel 

Abstract

The melting of the Arctic poses enormous risks both to the Arctic itself and to the global climate system. Conventional climate change policies operate too slowly to save the Arctic, so unconventional approaches need to be considered, including technologies to refreeze Arctic ice and slow the melting of glaciers. Even if one believes that global climate interventions, such as injecting aerosols into the stratosphere to scatter sunlight, pose unacceptable risks and should be disqualified from consideration, Arctic interventions differ in important respects. They are closer in kind to conventional mitigation and adaptation and should be evaluated in similar terms. It is unclear whether they are feasible and would be effective in saving the Arctic. But given the importance of the Arctic, they should be investigated fully.

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Keywords

Arctic, geoengineering, climate change

Journal Title

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARINE AND COASTAL LAW

Conference Name

Journal ISSN

0927-3522
1571-8085

Volume Title

35

Publisher

Brill
Sponsorship
EPSRC (via University of Bristol) (EP/101473X/1 - DR M WATSON)