UCLA Law Expert Available to Discuss National Academy of Sciences Report on Climate Engineering


February 12, 2015 


WHAT: On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a pivotal, long-awaited, two-volume report on climate engineering (also called geoengineering). The NAS report calls for research on climate-engineering capabilities, which might help counteract global climate change, but carry serious environmental and social risks. Climate-engineering research is intensely controversial and poses significant governance challenges.  

WHO:  Edward A. (Ted) Parson, Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, is the world’s leading expert on legal and governance issues raised by climate engineering. Professor Parson served as an expert reviewer for the recent NAS report, and is available to discuss the report and its implications. 

Professor Parson’s related publications include:

  • Climate Engineering in Global Climate Governance: Implications for Participation and Linkage, 3(01) Transnational Environmental Law 89-110 (2014). Full Text
  • End the Deadlock on Governance of Geoengineering Research (with David W. Keith), 339 Science 1278-79 (March 15, 2013).
  • International Governance of Climate Engineering (with Lia N. Ernst), 14 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 307 (2013). Full Text
  • Research on Global Sun Block Needed Now (with D.W. Keith and M. Granger Morgan), 463 Nature 426-27 (Jan. 28, 2010). Full Text
  • Reflections on Air Capture: The Political Economy of Active Intervention in the Global Environment, 74 Climatic Change 1-11 (2006). Climate Change | Full Text

CONTACT: Lauri Gavel, (310) 206-2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu