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Wednesday, 5th October 2011

Geoengineering: A National Strategic Plan for Research on the Potential Effectiveness, Feasibility, and Consequences of Climate Remediation Technologies

Source: Bipartisan Policy Center

From the press release:

Leading experts on climate change science and technology comprising the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Task Force on Climate Remediation Research today released a report calling for a coordinated federal research program to explore the potential effectiveness, feasibility, and consequences of climate remediation technologies.

The group of 18 leaders from the natural science, social science, science policy, foreign policy, national security, and environmental communities was convened by the BPC in early 2010. This is the first expert report to address what the federal government should do about research in this area.

Initially constituted as a task force on "geoengineering," the group determined that the term "geoengineering" was problematic, partly because is used in other disciplines to describe engineering applied to a geological problem or setting. The task force prefers the term "climate remediation," which more accurately describes techniques intended to counteract the climate effects of past greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, and does not assume anything about the efficacy, feasibility, or desirability of those techniques.

+ Direct link to full report (PDF; 4.80 MB)


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Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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