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Task Force Recommends U.S. Conduct Research Into Geoengineering As a Strategy for Averting Climate Change (October 4, 2011)

posted Oct 11, 2011, 5:37 AM by James Hodina
A task force convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center released a report calling for a coordinated federal research program to explore the potential effectiveness, feasibility and consequences of geoengineering, or climate remediation, as a means for averting climate change. The task force noted that climate remediation is not a substitute for undertaking efforts to reduce, sequester or avoid emissions of greenhouse gas (GHGs) or to adapt to projected climate change. However, the task force said the U.S. must undertake research on climate remediation in order to judge whether particular climate remediation techniques could offer a meaningful response to the risks of climate change and so the U.S. can lead the international discussions that are likely to emerge around these issues in the years ahead. Climate remediation or geoengineering programs generally fall into two categories: 1) strategies that aim to remove GHGs directly from the atmosphere and 2) solar radiation management strategies, which aim to counteract or mask the effect of rising GHG concentrations in the atmosphere by increasing the
amount of solar energy that is reflected back into space. [For further information: http://www.bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/task-force-climate-remediationresearch]
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