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Buying Time with Climate Engineering? An analysis of the buying time framing in favor of climate engineering

Neuber, Frederike

Abstract (englisch):

Can climate engineering help provide more time for an ambitious mitigation program? And if so, is a buying time deployment of climate engineering morally acceptable? The work at hand means to thoroughly scrutinize this specific argument of the climate engineering discourse – the buying time argument (BT-argument). The point of departure of this research is the notion that climate engineering (CE) is not inherently morally wrong. The guiding question is: Is there a possible buying time deployment of a climate engineering technology absent any general moral constraints? This question will be answered in several steps: First, a deductively valid version of the BT-argument is established.  In particular, this argument implies that deployment of CE is to be finite and should not interfere with mitigation efforts. Containing a placeholder for a specific climate goal and a placeholder denoting a specific CE technology, the argument can only be fully evaluated, if the placeholders are instantiated. By doing so, this thesis aims at providing a comprehensive discussion of two CE technologies, Sulfate Aerosol Injection (SAI) and Bio-energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), and sheding some light on the moral aspects of potential CE deployment. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000084294
Veröffentlicht am 24.07.2018
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften – Institut für Philosophie (PHIL)
Institut für Technikzukünfte (ITZ)
Publikationstyp Hochschulschrift
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator urn:nbn:de:swb:90-842946
KITopen-ID: 1000084294
Verlag Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Umfang XI, 143 S.
Art der Arbeit Dissertation
Fakultät Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (GEISTSOZ)
Institut Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften – Institut für Philosophie (PHIL)
Prüfungsdatum 10.04.2018
Projektinformation SPP 1689 (DFG, DFG KOORD, LE 834/6-1)
Schlagwörter Climate Engineering, BECCS, negative emission technologies, climate ethics, ethics, argument mapping, argumentation theory
Referent/Betreuer Betz, G.
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