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It seems likely that if geoengineering is to happen then the UN would have to be the ultimate responsible authority. At present, there are no specific UN based regulations against geoengineering. However, several existing frameworks are thought to have relevance to some types of geoengineering, for example: The Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (1972) might be applied to iron fertilization of the oceans, and The Environmental Modification Convention (1978) could potentially be applied more widely to geoengineering schemes in general.

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Commercial methods of CO2 circulation promote dissolution into remaining oil, or into deep groundwater, making this one of the most secure storage methods, and a method which could find utility as a transient method of generating government taxes, or could be hypothecated to finance capture and transport infrastructure. Set against that, however, is the ugly fact that commercial interests utilise CO2 to produce additional oil. The carbon balance cannot be reconciled, unless injection to promote CO2 storage is deliberatively planned, or unless CO2 injection continues for about the same number of years as oil was produced, beyond the final oil production date.

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