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Geoengineering

March 24, 2010

Cribbing this announcement from Roger. Here are some earlier posts and thoughts on geoengineering (12345), as well as some more formal articles (6789). I should probably re-read them to figure out what the hell I’m gonna say.

PANEL DISCUSSION GEOENGINEERING AND CLIMATE CHANGE:
POSSIBILITIES, PROMISES, PERILS

MONDAY, MARCH 29 AT 3:30 PM
CIRES AUDITORIUM
Directions

With a certain amount of anthropogenic climate change now “built in” to the system, the potential for rapid, irreversible outcomes, and doubts about the speed with which we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, scientists and governments are beginning to contemplate deliberately engineering the earth’s climate system. Opinions among the scientific community span the spectrum from “it’s our responsibility to provide this tool for the toolbox” to revulsion at the hubris of the idea, and concerns that it could reduce pressure for greenhouse gas reductions. A flurry of reports and conferences have considered the feasibility of developing and deploying geoengineering, potential unintended consequences, and the difficulty of governing the technology in which some options may be unilaterally undertaken. This panel seeks to illuminate the many questions surrounding research on geoengineering, and the technology’s political and ethical dimensions; how does it compare with other solutions to global warming? Should we research it, much less seek to implement it? Is geoengineering acceptable because it addresses harms already done? How would we know when to use it? And who decides?

PANELISTS INCLUDE:

– Max Boykoff, CU Environmental Studies and Geography
– Lisa Dilling, CU Environmental Studies
– Benjamin Hale, CU Environmental Studies and Philosophy
– Roger Pielke, Jr., CU Environmental Studies
– Bill Travis, CU Environmental Studies and Geography

A reception will start at 3:00 pm in the CIRES auditorium (338), with the talk beginning at 3:30 PM. This event is being co-sponsored by the CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, the CU Environmental Studies Program, the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), and the Institute of Behavioral Science, Environment and Society Program.

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3 comments

  1. No Maggie Tolbert?


  2. i can’t believe people are actually considering geo-engineering in the first place! have we actually gone that mad?

    heads are literally gonna roll when/if that starts happening…


  3. Well actually eyes are already rolling if you look at some of the things that have been proposed by folk like the Breakthrough Boys. Eli used to call them Climate McCarthy’s, but on reflection they are the dummy version.



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