Governing geoengineering sustainably: A scenario exercise to inform Australian geoengineering policy development

Governing geoengineering sustainably: A scenario exercise to inform Australian geoengineering policy development

Monday, 4 February 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Geoengineering is the technofix to climate change – a complex, contentious and high-stakes proposal that, in the absence of credible long-term global emissions reduction, cannot be overlooked. Anita's PhD project adopts a sustainability perspective within which scenarios are often used in the management of long-term, complex, and uncertain issues. It investigates how a scenario exercise can inform sustainable geoengineering governance in Australia.

This seminar provides an overview of the thesis and a detailed view of one chapter in which a meta-analysis of geoengineering scenarios is undertaken. The chapter finds that the treatment of geoengineering within existing scenario-based research does not align with sustainability concepts due to an emphasis on technological solutions, a focus on global effects and actions rather than local or regional issues, and portrayal of only a narrow range of perspectives.

Event Location: 
Australian-German Climate and Energy College
Level 1, 187 Grattan Street
3010 Parkville , VIC

Anita Talberg completed her PhD research on geoengineering at the University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now the Science Coordinator for the Climate and Energy College's bilateral Australia-wide research project, the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub. Previously, Anita worked for the Research Branch of the Parliamentary Library in Canberra, providing analysis and advice on climate and energy to Federal parliamentarians.

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