Geoengineering techniques currently not subject to regulation

39. In contrast, regulatory regimes for many SMR techniques have yet to be developed.
Again the Royal Society summarised the position:
For SRM technologies there are fewer existing institutions that could manage
research and development. Land surface albedo modification could be managed
under national regulatory frameworks as there are unlikely to be major transboundary issues. The oceanic cloud brightening technologies would not fall under
national jurisdiction and no existing international institutions have a clear mandate,
so modifications and extensions of existing treaties (e.g. ENMOD) and institutions
would be required. Existing treaties governing the atmosphere and space (CLRTAP79
& OST)80 would similarly not be adequate to regulate stratospheric aerosols and
space mirrors. There is a risk that these methods could be applied by an individual
nation or corporation which highlights the need for international regulation for
deployment (and in some cases research).81
Dr Blackstock pointed out that for SRM “we do not have the appropriate regulatory
mechanisms in place, and I do not believe we have even a forum in which that discussion
has begun to occur”.82
40. The Government appeared to share this view. It told us that geoengineering was an
emerging policy area and there “were at present no international treaties or institutions
with sufficient mandate to regulate the broad range of possible geoengineering activities”

 

More here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmsctech/221/221.pdf

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