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Questioning the technological fix to climate change: Lay sense-making of geoengineering in Sweden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . (LUCE)
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. (LUCE)
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. (LUCE)
2015 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, Vol. 7, no May, 23-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper explores how Swedish laypeople make sense of emerging ideas of the large-scale deliberate technical manipulation of the global climate, known as geoengineering (GE). The paper is based on semi-structured focus group interviews with open-ended questions, allowing participants to express their spontaneous thoughts about GE. Although the focus group participants expressed great concern about climate change, GE was largely met with a sceptical, negative response. Participants perceived GE to: have negative environmental side-effects, address the symptoms rather than causes of climate change, create moral hazard and give rise to various governance challenges. Participants did not just reject the idea of GE outright; rather, social representations started to form in the focus groups through testing and negotiating arguments both pro and contra GE research and deployment.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 7, no May, 23-30 p.
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Geoengineering; Climate change; Focus groups; Social representations; Public engagement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119732DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2015.03.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-119732DiVA: diva2:826539
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Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-25 Last updated: 2016-01-19Bibliographically approved

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