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Geoengineering: A Climate Conundrum?


February 4, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Webinar Only


This event is free and open to the public but you must register.

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An ELI Public Seminar

Recent international assessments suggest limiting a global average temperature increase below 2˚C is unlikely without deploying large-scale technologies that reduce solar insolation or remove greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere. However, real-world research remains deeply controversial, especially given the lack of international oversight of these relatively low-cost, transboundary technologies.

Which geoengineering technologies seem most promising and which seem inauspicious? What are the legal frameworks, if any, governing the research and implementation of geoengineering? Should the policymakers addressing climate change today rely upon the technologies of tomorrow?

Panelists will delve into these questions and explore the risks and opportunities in geoengineering mechanisms including solar radiation management (SRM) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR). Join ELI and our expert panelists as they consider the role of geoengineering to curb climate change.

Wil Burns, Co-Director, Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, American University, Moderator
Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director, California Strategic Growth Council (invited)
Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO and Co-Founder, Global Thermostat (invited)
Robert A. James, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Shuchi Talati, Geoengineering Research, Governance, and Public Engagement Fellow, Union of Concerned Scientists

Materials will be posted as they are received...

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