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Workshop 1: August 7-8, 2019, Boulder, CO
 

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Webinar: July 22, 2019

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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.

Scenarios

Speaker Biographies

AGENDA:

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

Melanie Nakagawa, Head of Climate Initiative, Princeville Capital

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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Keck Center
500 Fifth St., NW
Washington, DC
Room 101

MEETING GOALS

  • 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

12:30 P.M.: Working Lunch

1:30 P.M.: SESSION #2: OVERVIEW OF RECENT SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH GOVERNANCE EXPLORATORY EFFORTS

3:15 P.M.: Break

3:30 P.M.: SESSION #3: STUDY SPONSORS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THE COMMITTEE’S TASK

  • 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

 

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