Aaron Tang

PhD Student

Aaron is an interdisciplinary PhD Scholar investigating the feasibility, desirability, and governance of last-ditch efforts to address climate change (developing new technologies to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, and reflecting sunlight to cool the Earth).

Looking across the history of technological development and potential catastrophes in the future, Aaron looks to inform effective climate & technology governance.

In policy, he has worked at the Academy of Science advising on policy issues ranging from greenhouse gas removal to net zero strategy, and has collaborated with Australian climate negotiators on improving youth engagement in international climate policy.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in International Relations and Geography from the Australian National University. Aaron's Honours thesis investigated how World Trade Organisation legal disputes overlap with environmental policy.

Aaron is Co-Convenor and Lecturer of ENVS3020/6307: Climate Change Science, Society, and Policy, and is a Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge.

Peer reviewed journal articles

Tang, A. (2023) ‘The Slippery Slopes of Climate Engineering Research’, Global Environmental Change, 80, p. 102674. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2023.102674.

Tang, A. and Kemp, L. (2021) ‘A Fate Worse Than Warming? Stratospheric Aerosol Injection and Global Catastrophic Risk’, Frontiers in Climate, 3, p. 144. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2021.720312.

Xu, H., Tang, A. and Pittock, J. (2021) ‘The dark side of ambition: side-effects of China’s climate policy’, Environmental Research Letters, 16(11), p. 111001. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac30bf.


Public access articles

Tang, A. (2023) Dead before arrival: The governance of stratospheric aerosol injection, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Available at: https://thebulletin.org/2023/03/dead-before-arrival-the-governance-of-stratospheric-aerosol-injection/

Tang, A. (2023) Can clouds of Moon dust combat climate change?, The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/can-clouds-of-moon-dust-combat-climate-change-199592

Kemp, L. and Tang, A. (2022) Trying to cool the Earth by dimming sunlight could be worse than global warming, The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/trying-to-cool-the-earth-by-dimming-sunlight-could-be-worse-than-global-warming-175455