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Governing geoengineering research for the Great Barrier Reef

McDonald, J ORCID: 0000-0002-7953-1458, McGee, J ORCID: 0000-0002-2093-5896, Brent, K ORCID: 0000-0003-0983-2906 and Burns, W 2019 , 'Governing geoengineering research for the Great Barrier Reef' , Climate Policy, vol. 19, no. 7 , pp. 801-811 , doi: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1592742.

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Coral reefs are highly vulnerable to the impacts of rising marine temperatures andmarine heatwaves. Mitigating dangerous climate change is essential and urgent,but many reef systems are already suffering on current levels of warming.Geoengineering options are worth exploring to protect the Great Barrier Reef (GBR)from extreme warming conditions, but we contend that they require stronggovernance and public consultation from the outset. Australian governments arecurrently funding feasibility testing of three geoengineering proposals for the GBR.Each proposal involves manipulating ocean or atmospheric conditions to lowerwater temperatures and thereby reduce the threat of mass coral bleaching events.Innovative strategies to protect the GBR and field testing of these is essential, butcurrent laws do not guarantee robust governance for field testing of thesetechnologies. Nor do they provide the foundation for a more coherent nationalpolicy on climate intervention technologies more generally. Responsiblegovernance frameworks, including detailed risk assessment and early publicconsultation, are necessary for geoengineering research to build legitimacy andpromote scientific progress.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McDonald, J and McGee, J and Brent, K and Burns, W
Keywords: climate change, geoengineering, solar radiation management, Great Barrier Reef
Journal or Publication Title: Climate Policy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-3062
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1592742
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