Research in Solar Climate Intervention: a Science-Policy Conversation

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A Conversation With Science and Policy Leaders on Research in Rapid Response Options for Climate

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As climate risks escalate, policymakers are seeking information on the potential and risks of technological interventions to rapidly arrest or reverse warming. Early focus centers on approaches recommended as priorities for research in assessments from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and U.K. Royal Society for increasing the reflection of sunlight from the atmosphere by dispersing particles to reflect sunlight directly or change the reflectivity of clouds ("solar climate intervention" or "solar geoengineering").

In a groundbreaking dialogue, U.S. political and scientific leaders will discuss motivations, plans and considerations for research in solar climate intervention, including emerging federal agency efforts, recent Congressional proposals, a new National Academy of Sciences study and developments in the United Nations. The discussion will include consideration of how research in solar climate intervention might influence international cooperation and the overarching imperative of reducing greenhouse gases.

Panelists:

  • Congressman Jerry McNerney, U.S. Representative for California's 9th District; House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • David Fahey, Director of the Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division, NOAA; Co-Chair of the Scientific Assessment Panel of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
  • Jean-Francois Lamarque, Director of the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Kelly Wanser, Executive Director, SilverLining; Senior Advisor, University of Washington Marine Cloud Brightening Project

Moderator:

  • Nishan Degnarain, Visiting Professor at London School of Economics Ocean Finance Initiative; Former Chair, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Oceans

We hope that those who are have interested in this area able to join, and this invitation may be forwarded or shared. Space is limited. If the event is sold out and you still wish to attend, please register for the waitlist and we will make efforts to accommodate you. If you register and are unable to attnd, please ley us know. For this and other questions, please contact rburns@firstround.com.

Learn more about solar climate intervention in SilverLining’s report for policymakers.

More about SilverLining:

Founded in 2018, SilverLining is a policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring safety for communities and stability for natural systems in the face of near-term (10-30 year) climate risks. Its work focuses on promoting effective governance and increased resources for exploration and assessment of climate interventions, and accerating climate prediction. SilverLining's team and advisors include experts in science, policy, law, technology, international development and communications.

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