The Ethics of Cooling the Planet through Geo-Engineering, Part II

Date & Time

Wed, 11/03/2010
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Overview

The Ethics of Cooling the Planet through Geo-Engineering, a three part series.

 

Part II, Five Hard Questions About Geo-Engineering a Cooler Planet

Attempts by scientists to find ways of reversing global warming are real, and so are the ethical questions about manipulating nature for human benefit.

Dr. Moellendorf  will address this topic from the intersection of science and philosophy by leading the audience in discussing five moral concerns:

  • Is geo-engineering playing God?
  • How do we deal with the fact that our knowledge is limited?
  • How should geo-engineering be governed?
  • Who has the right to intentionally alter the earth’s climate?
  • Does investment in geo-engineering create a moral hazard?

 

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This series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University

 

 

Speaker

Darrel Moellendorf
San Diego State University

Darrel Moellendorf is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University. He is the author of Cosmopolitan Justice (Westview Press, 2002) and Global Inequality Matters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst. He has been a visitor at the Institut für Interkulterelle und Internationale Studien, Universität Bremen, the Forschungskolleg, Johann Goethe Universiät, and a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. He is the author of several papers on climate change and morality and is currently writing a book on that topic.

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