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Public Conceptions of Justice in Climate Engineering: Evidence from secondary analysis of public deliberation

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JournalGlobal Environmental Change
DateSubmitted - 5 May 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 6 Sep 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 21 Sep 2016
DatePublished (current) - Nov 2016
Pages (from-to)64-73
Early online date21/09/16
Original languageEnglish


Secondary analysis of transcripts of public dialogues on climate engineering indicates that justice concerns are an important but as yet under-recognised dimension influencing public reactions to these emerging techniques. This paper describes and explores justice issues raised by participants in a series of deliberative public engagement meetings. Such justice issues included the distribution of costs and benefits across space and time; the relative power and influence of beneficiaries and others; and the weakness of procedural justice measures that might protect public interests in decision making about climate engineering. We argue that publics are mobilising diverse concepts of justice, echoing both philosophical and practical sources. We conclude that a better understanding of conceptions of justice in this context could assist exploration and understanding of public perceptions of and attitudes towards climate engineering and the different technologies involved. Such detailed public engagement would appear essential if sound, well-informed and morally justifiable decisions are to be made regarding research or development of climate engineering.

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    Research areas

  • climate engineering, geoengineering, environmental justice, public attitudes, climate change

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