Geoengineering as Collective Experimentation

TitleGeoengineering as Collective Experimentation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsStilgoe, J
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsClimate , CLIMATIC , CLIMATOLOGY , collective , ENVIRONMENTAL , experiments , Geoengineering , GLOBAL , governance , Responsible
AbstractGeoengineering is defined as the 'deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth's climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming'. The technological proposals for doing this are highly speculative. Research is at an early stage, but there is a strong consensus that technologies would, if realisable, have profound and surprising ramifications. Geoengineering would seem to be an archetype of technology as social experiment, blurring lines that separate research from deployment and scientific knowledge from technological artefacts. Looking into the experimental systems of geoengineering, we can see the negotiation of what is known and unknown. The paper argues that, in renegotiating such systems, we can approach a new mode of governance-collective experimentation. This has important ramifications not just for how we imagine future geoengineering technologies, but also for how we govern geoengineering experiments currently under discussion. 
NotesStilgoe, Jack 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: University College London, Gower Street London WC1E 6BT UK; Source Info: Jun2016, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p851; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL engineering; Subject Term: EXPERIMENTS; Subject Term: GLOBAL warming; Subject Term: CLIMATOLOGY; Subject Term: CLIMATIC changes; Author-Supplied Keyword: Climate engineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: Collective experimentation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Geoengineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: Governance; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsible research and innovation; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article