Contested Remedies: Geo-Engineering Proposals and Climate Change


  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•10•09    15:00 - 16:30

    There is an ever-more-striking gap between what we, as a species, need to achieve in order to avoid a wide spectrum of destructive impacts of climate change, and the effectiveness of the governance measures that we have put in place in order to avoid such impacts.

    Reflecting an increasingly urgent understanding of this gap, there have been a wide range of proposals about what should now be done. Amongst those is an emerging literature concerning the possibility of instituting technical measures at planetary scale to reduce the impacts of increasing anthropogenic atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. These measures are often collectively referred to as “geoengineering” (or more recently “climate engineering”). The literature is growing very rapidly and at an accelerating rate. The possibilities are already being canvassed at the level of major government and commercial agencies. There are a large number of research projects underway, there have been relevant patents taken out, and momentum is building for test deployments. A great deal is at stake.

    In this seminar, Prof. Jim Falk (University of Melbourne) will outline some of these developments and a range of technical, political, ethical, economic and policy issues that they raise for science, government, market organizations and civil society.

    This seminar is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

    For more information, see the event announcement on the UNU-IAS website.

    About the speaker

    Prof. Jim Falk is an Honourary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne School of Land and Environment, and an Affiliate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong and Visiting Professor at the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (Yokohama). His previously was Director of Climate Change Research for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities World Initiative.

    Prof. Falk’s PhD is in theoretical physics, but over the past 25 years he has specialized in the study of the nature, impact and management of science and technology in their social contexts. His research has focussed particularly on issues associated with globalization, technological change and the environment; nuclear technology, arms races and militarization; and information and communication technology in their social settings.


  • Meeting Room 1, UNU-IAS
    Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai
    Nishi-ku, Yokohama

  • For further information, please contact UNU-IAS at or 045-221-2300.