Workshop 2: September 10-11, 2019, Palo Alto, CA
Workshop 1: August 7-8, 2019, Boulder, CO
Webinar: July 22, 2019
Solar climate intervention, often referred to as solar radiation management (SRM) or solar geoengineering, is a proposed climate response strategy that would employ technologies designed to reflect sunlight in order to cool the planet. If deployed, such technologies would not have the same effect as reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The Committee on Developing a Research Agenda and Research Governance Approaches for Climate Intervention Strategies that Reflect Sunlight to Cool Earth has been tasked with developing a research agenda and research governance approaches for solar climate intervention.
For this webinar, speakers were asked to consider five climate intervention scenarios and identify the questions that they would want answered before they could make an informed decision about pursuing a research program for solar geoengineering (inclusive of outdoor experiments with possible transboundary impacts) or deploying solar geoengineering.
In particular, they were asked to identify those high level considerations (e.g., efficacy, attribution or traceability, known risks, risks of inaction because of climate impacts, potential for – and extent of – unintended consequences, costs, technological readiness, technical capacity, political risk, etc.) that would most likely affect their decision making.
During this information gathering webinar, members of the committee engaged speakers in a discussion about decision making within the context of the five scenarios.
12:00 PM: Opening Remarks and Introductions—Chris Field, Perry L. McCary Director, Stanford Woods Institute and Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Stanford University, Committee Chair
12:05 PM: Webinar Overview—Andrew Light, University Professor, George Mason University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, Member of the Committee and Webinar Moderator
12:10 PM: Speaker Opening Statements
Pete Ogden, Vice President for Energy, Climate, and the Environment, United Nations Foundation
Franz Xaver Perrez, Head, International Affairs Division, Switzerland’s Federal Office and Lecturer of International Environmental Law, University of Bern School of Law
Nigel Purvis, Founding President and CEO, Climate Advisers
12:30 PM: Discussion
2:00 PM: Adjourn
Meeting 1: April 30, 2019, Washington, DC
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500 Fifth St., NW
- Gain perspective on the current landscape of solar climate intervention research and research governance efforts
- Discuss the committee’s task with the sponsors to understand their needs and expectations
- Hear from interested stakeholders
10:30 A.M.: Introductions and Brief Overview of the Study—Sue Biniaz and Chris Field, Committee Co-Chairs
11:00 A.M.: SESSION #1: OVERVIEW OF U.S.-BASED SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH PROGRAMS/EFFORTS
- Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project / GLENS / Geoengineering Modeling Research Consortium—Ben Kravitz, Indiana University
- Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program—David Keith, Harvard University [remote]
- Marine Cloud Brightening Project / SilverLining—Kelly Wanser, Silver Lining
12:30 P.M.: Working Lunch
1:30 P.M.: SESSION #2: OVERVIEW OF RECENT SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH GOVERNANCE EXPLORATORY EFFORTS
- Governing Solar Radiation Management—David Morrow, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (American University)
- Exploring Democratic Governance of Solar Geoengineering Research—Daniel Sarewitz, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (Arizona State University)
- Geoengineering Research Governance Project—Anna-Maria Hubert, University of Calgary
- Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative—Steve Hamburg, Environmental Defense Fund
3:15 P.M.: Break
- What are the most important issues to be covered in the report?
- Explore nuances of committee’s task – what should be included in report?
- What is hoped for out of study? What would “success” look like?
4:15 P.M.: SESSION #4: PERSPECTIVES FROM A SAMPLE OF SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION STAKEHOLDERS
- Janos Pasztor, Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
- Lili Fuhr, Heinrich Böll Foundation [remote]
- Kyle Whyte, Michigan State [remote]
- Pablo Suarez, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (Note: Due to technical issues, a recording could not be provided for this presentation. View the slides here.)
- Michael Stoever, Office of U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney
5:30 P.M.: Adjourn Open Session