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Deliberating stratospheric aerosols for climate geoengineering and the SPICE project

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JournalNature Climate Change
DateE-pub ahead of print - 14 Apr 2013
DatePublished (current) - May 2013
Issue number5
Volume3
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)451-457
Early online date14/04/13
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Increasing concerns about the narrowing window for averting dangerous climate change have prompted calls for research into geoengineering, alongside dialogue with the public regarding this as a possible response. We report results of the first public engagement study to explore the ethics and acceptability of stratospheric aerosol technology and a proposed field trial (the Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE) 'pipe and balloon' test bed) of components for an aerosol deployment mechanism. Although almost all of our participants were willing to allow the field trial to proceed, very few were comfortable with using stratospheric aerosols. This Perspective also discusses how these findings were used in a responsible innovation process for the SPICE project initiated by the UK's research councils. 

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