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News Posted on November 6, 2012

Professor Lin Publishes Op-ed on Geoengineering

Professor Albert Lin has published an op-ed on the need for regulatory oversight of geoengineering research.  The essay, "International forum must rein in rogues," was published in the Viewpoints section of the Sacramento Bee on October 28.

Geoengineering, which refers to a variety of unconventional proposals to attempt to respond to climate change, is not governed by any treaty or regulatory organization, Lin writes, and this has led to an increasing number of reckless experiments such as American businessman Russ George's recent dumping of 100 tons of iron in the Pacific Ocean to test ocean fertilization.

"We must create a system of geoengineering oversight that is comprehensive, global and backed by sanctions," Lin writes. "Oversight must be comprehensive in its coverage of all methods of geoengineering, and it must encompass geoengineering deployment and field research."

Albert Lin is a professor at the UC Davis School of Law with special interests in environmental law, natural resources law, and evidence.

Lin op-ed: "International forum must rein in rogues"