Saving the Planet: Overcoming Challenges of Emissions Monitoring and Climate Engineering

Speakers: A. Neil Craik Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty Freedom-Kai Phillips Oonagh E. Fitzgerald

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March 22, 2018

Saving the Planet: Overcoming Challenges of Emissions Monitoring and Climate Engineering

As governments, industry and civil society struggle to achieve the necessary emissions reductions to address climate change, scientists are increasingly looking at new technological pathways such as direct carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere, solar geoengineering (cooling the planet by reflecting heat away from the Earth) and the use of sophisticated satellite technologies capable of monitoring greenhouse gas emissions remotely. While a broader portfolio of climate response actions and compliance tools may significantly contribute to meeting global climate objectives of limiting warming to well below 2°C, these technologies come with considerable physical, social and governance risks. This talk, led by climate law experts Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty and Neil Craik, explores the international legal and ethical dimensions of these important, but controversial, technology pathways and considers how Canada may approach the governance challenges connected to these technologies.

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From September to May each year, the CIGI Speaker Series are presented on important international topics to raise public awareness and understanding on a variety of current global issues. This series features some of the most prominent and acclaimed figures in their respective areas of global governance.

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