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Climate Intervention Reports (2015)

Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration and Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth


Media Coverage

Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth’s Thermostat
National Public Radio (with audio)

Panel Urges Research on Geoengineering as a Tool Against Climate Change
New York Times

Scientists urge global ‘wake-up call’ to deal with climate change
The Guardian

In Geoengineering Study, Science Academy Sees Merit in CO2 Removal, Risk in Reflecting Sunlight
Dot Earth (New York Times)

U.S. should fund climate engineering research, report concludes
Science Magazine

Fed report: Time to examine purposely cooling planet idea
Associated Press

Climate geoengineering schemes come under fire

National Academy: Geoengineering No Substitute for Carbon Cuts
Inside Climate News

Climate intervention is no substitute for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and adaptation efforts aimed at reducing the negative consequences of climate change. However, as our planet enters a period of changing climate never before experienced in recorded human history, interest is growing in the potential for deliberate intervention in the climate system to counter climate change. This study assesses the potential impacts, benefits, and costs of two different proposed classes of climate intervention: (1) carbon dioxide removal and (2) albedo modification (reflecting sunlight). Carbon dioxide removal strategies address a key driver of climate change, but research is needed to fully assess if any of these technologies could be appropriate for large-scale deployment. Albedo modification strategies could rapidly cool the planet’s surface but pose envi­ronmental and other risks that are not well understood and therefore should not be deployed at climate-altering scales; more research is needed to determine if albedo modification approaches could be viable in the future.


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For more on the study which generated these reports: Background on the Study