Based on two stylised Sulphate Aerosol Injection (SAI) deployment scenarios (“emergency” and “peak shaving”), this session investigates under which conditions SAI research and deployment can be ethically defensible (permissible or mandatory). The session also considers what this implies for present policy making and research programs.
Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott is chair for philosophy and ethics of the environment at Christian Albrechts University Kiel and member of the university’s initiative “Future Ocean”. His fields of research and teaching include theories of justice, general environmental ethics, concepts of sustainability, ethical aspects of climate change, and foundation of environmental policy making. Current research projects range from deposals for radioactive waste, ocean acidification, protests against renewable energies in Germany to ethical aspects of climate engineering.
Konrad Ott obtained his Master’s in philosophy from the University of Frankfurt/Main and wrote his PhD thesis under the supervision of Jürgen Habermas. From 1997 to 2012 he has been working as a professor for environmental ethics at Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald within the interdisciplinary “Landscape Ecology and Nature Conversation” program. He has been member of the German Environmental Advisory Council from 2000 till 2008.
Christian Baatz, based at the Department of Philosophy at Kiel University, recently completed his Ph.D. thesis titled “Compensating Climate Change victims in Developing Countries. Justification and Realization”. Since 2011, he is also working on ethics of Climate Engineering, publishing on the so called moral hazard argument and conditions of morally permissible CE deployment. Despite his focus on climate change, he is dealing with justice and human rights theories, environmental ethics and sustainable development.
David Morrow studies the ethics and governance of climate engineering. He is a Faculty Fellow with the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment at American University in Washington, DC, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy at George Mason University. Prior to moving to Washington, he was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Frederike Neuber has studied philosophy, logic, literary studies and theater studies at Free University Berlin and Leipzig University. Her research interessts are argumentation theory, rational discourse, practical and virtue ethics and education. She is currently employed at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology where she is working in the C-E-thics project group of the SPP Climate Engineering. Neuber has submitted her PhD thesis about the buying time argument in favor of climate engineering. She lives in Stuttgart with her husband and two children.