Albert Lin

Professor of Law, UC Davis

Albert Lin is a professor at the UC Davis School of Law, where he specializes in environmental and natural resources law.  His research interests include toxic torts, public nuisance, and the governance of geoengineering and other emerging technologies.  Lin served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that authored the consensus report, Reflecting Sunlight: Recommendations for Solar Geoengineering Research and Research Governance (2021).  Prior to entering academia, Lin was a trial attorney for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked for Judge James Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then-Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Lin received his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law and an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government.

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Geo-Engineering Climate Solutions

In an emergency, we’re told to “break the glass” and reach for the fire extinguisher.  Some would argue we’re in the midst of a climate emergency – so what’s the solution? Can we spray a firehose into the sky to cool down our atmosphere?  It may sound like science fiction, but there are climatologists who believe we can – and should – do something very much like it.

Geoengineering: Who Should Control Our Atmosphere?

Solar geoengineering – such as putting sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of the sun’s heat from reaching the earth – could provide an emergency brake on the disruptive and deadly effects of carbon emissions. But the subject is full of complex, difficult questions about research, politics and global governance.