Geoengineering, or climate engineering, is the umbrella term for large-scale technological interventions into the climate system that seek to counter some of the effects of global warming. Due to limited progress in reducing global greenhouse-gas emissions thus far, geoengineering has been increasingly investigated as a potential addition to the portfolio of climate responses. At this point, however, the shape and role that geoengineering will take in the future remain highly uncertain.
In a new report, fellows of the Global Governance Futures program (GGF) present two hypothetical scenarios of geoengineering’s evolution, with the goal of providing policy recommendations for its effective governance. The report focuses on the geoengineering technique of solar radiation management (SRM), which aims to reflect sunlight away from the earth. Although SRM is still in its infancy and may take decades to research, develop and deploy, it is precisely this early stage of development that offers a critical window of opportunity for developing collaborative and inclusive approaches to effective global governance of SRM.
In a public event on 5 May 2015, the GGF fellows of the Geoengineering Governance Working Group will present their new report at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and discuss their results with three experts: David Goldston, Nathan Hultman and Simon Nicholson.
Event Details 5 May 2015, 12:30-14:00 Brookings Institution (Stein Room) 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC
The presentation will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Food and refreshments will be served.