The Intergenerational Transfer of Solar Radiation Management Capabilities and Atmospheric Carbon Stocks

  title={The Intergenerational Transfer of Solar Radiation Management Capabilities and Atmospheric Carbon Stocks},
  author={Timo Goeschl and Daniel Heyen and Juan Moreno-Cruz},
  journal={Environmental and Resource Economics},
Solar radiation management (SRM) technologies are considered one of the likeliest forms of geoengineering. If developed, a future generation could deploy them to limit the damages caused by the atmospheric carbon stock inherited from the current generation, despite their negative side effects. Should the current generation develop these geoengineering capabilities for a future generation? And how would a decision to develop SRM impact on the current generation’s abatement efforts? Natural… 

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