CALL FOR PAPERS – The Ethics of Geoengineering


The Ethics of Geoengineering: Investigating the Moral Challenges of Solar Radiation Management

Interest in the idea of deliberately altering the climate in order to mitigate the worst effects of global climate change has accelerated dramatically. While 2010 saw a rush of books and articles published on geoengineering from a popular and a scientific perspective, there has still been very little devoted to the ethical, legal, and social issues. Yet it is widely acknowledged that these issues – rather than the scientific or technical ones – may be the determining factors about whether or not to proceed. To fill this gap, we are issuing a call for papers for an anthology that will clearly and insightfully articulate the ethical territory surrounding geoengineering.

Topics being sought for the anthology include risk, precaution, and uncertainty; social, procedural, and environmental justice; the moral hazard and the technological fix; public trust in science; environmental ethics; privatization and vested interests; public participation; vulnerable populations; governance; and other topics. We are requesting 5000-8000 word original contributions (single-authored or co-authored).

This will be a scholarly anthology. However, given the interdisciplinary nature of the ethical, legal, and social issues, we ask that you write in a style suitable for an engaged and multi-disciplinary audience.

Please contact Christopher Preston ( if you are interested in contributing. If you have colleagues or friends that you know are interested in these topics, please let them know about the anthology and/or pass their names on to Christopher.


Download as a PDF: The Ethics of Geoengineering