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Solar radiation management is a theoretical approach proposed to reduce the impacts of climate change by increasing the amount of solar radiation that is reflected back into the atmosphere to have a net cooling effect on global temperatures. While it is not posited as a substitute for climate change ...

Solar radiation management is a theoretical approach proposed to reduce the impacts of climate change by increasing the amount of solar radiation that is reflected back into the atmosphere to have a net cooling effect on global temperatures. While it is not posited as a substitute for climate change mitigation and adaptation it is proposed as one of the suite of options that can be deployed to reduce the climate change impacts, including the increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather and climate events.

The goal of this Research Topic to explore and frame the risk management aspects of solar radiation management and the related humanitarian considerations in the event that solar radiation management is deployed or not deployed. Editors of this topic hope to curate a special article collection that represents the multifaceted debate on the humanitarian considerations of solar radiation management. Therefore, we invite papers that explore new dimensions of the discourse. We also especially encourage perspectives from people and places that have been under-represented in ongoing discussions around solar radiation management and its humanitarian implications.

In this Research Topic, we collate studies addressing the following:

• Humanitarian perspectives, humanitarian consequences
• Risk management, risk communication, most vulnerable people in decision-making
• Ethics, invocation of the most vulnerable as justification
• Governance, policy perspectives
• Geo-politics, security considerations, institutional architectures
• Risk management strategies including insurance,
• Incentives, trade-offs, debating or communicating choices

Keywords: Humanitarian perspectives, climate change, Solar Geoengineering, policy perspectives, humanitarian


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