Climate Engineering

EAS A315 — Fall

Ben Kravitz
Days and Times
Course Description

Climate change is real, and we’re not moving fast enough to stop it. To prevent the worst effects of climate change, people are talking about climate engineering: temporarily and deliberately modifying the climate. Why are people talking about this? How would it work?
Who gets a say in how it’s done? What might happen? Will there be climate winners and losers? How does science fit into the overall debate about whether and how it might be done?

EAS A315 introduces climate engineering from a physical science perspective, delving into how and why it works. We cover the major climate engineering proposals that have been put forward, such as stratospheric sulfate aerosols and marine cloud brightening. We also explore issues of distributional justice, ethics, governance, and geopolitics related to climate engineering.