SPICE

TitleSPICE
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Ross, J, Skipper, RB
Corporate AuthorsAssociation of Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published01/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsCLIMATOLOGY , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , SCIENCE
AbstractStratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE) is a project sponsored by several UK universities and funded by the UK government. In 2011, SPICE was set to test a technique to manage radiation by pumping water up a one kilometer long hose to see if water molecules would deflect radiation from the earth and have a cooling effect. Just before its implementation, the UK honored a request by the international organization, ETC (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration), and other environmentalists across the globe, to put SPICE on hold. ETC and others advocate taking a step back to develop best practices for proposing and implementing projects like SPICE. They want to develop guidelines for vetting future geoengineering projects, guidelines that address scientific efficacy and anticipate possible unintended consequences such as induced droughts or altered rainfall patterns. Some worry about the political possibility that developing mitigating solutions for global warming will give governments an excuse to loosen emissions controls.
Notes© Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 2013 Case from the February 28, 2013 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/SPICE.pdf
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