Hubert, Anna-Maria; Kruger, Tim; Rayner, Steve (2016): Geoengineering. Code
of conduct for geoengineering. In Nature 537 (7621), p. 488–488. DOI
Code of conduct for
Geoengineering is central
to scenarios that limit global
warming to 2 °C — for example,
by removing carbon dioxide
from the atmosphere or
increasing the planet’s albedo
(see Nature 527, 436–438; 2015).
However, the environmental
and social implications of
such technology are holding
back research. Developing an
international code of conduct
could resolve this conundrum
by ensuring that geoengineering
proposals are subject to societal
scrutiny and oversight. The code would provide
flexible governance for a
wide range of projects, along
with general principles
and procedures to guide
responsible research and to
inform regulatory processes for
technologies as they develop
(see go.nature.com/2ceitmv). As well as encouraging early
cooperation and coordination
of research, equity and
sustainable development in
the spirit of the 2015 Paris
climate agreement, the code
should promote precaution, risk
assessment, public participation
Anna-Maria Hubert University
of Calgary, Canada.
Tim Kruger, Steve Rayner
University of Oxford, UK.
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