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Task Force on Climate Remediation Research

Related: Climate Change

In 2010 and 2011, Meridian staff facilitated the Task Force on Climate Remediation Research, which was convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. The task force was made up of 18 leading experts on climate change science and technology, including leaders from the natural science, social science, science policy, foreign policy, national security, and environmental communities.

In late 2011, the task force released a report containing recommendations for the U.S. government concerning research and oversight of what is commonly referred to as "geoengineering," and which the task force referred to as “climate remediation.” The report calls for a coordinated federal research program to explore the potential effectiveness, feasibility, and consequences of climate remediation technologies.

The report argues that managing risk is a central principle of effective climate policy, and emphasizes that climate remediation is no substitute for controlling risk through climate mitigation (i.e., reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases) and climate adaptation (i.e., enhancing the resilience of man-made and natural systems to climate change).

Furthermore, the report emphasizes that it is far too premature to contemplate deployment of any climate remediation technology. However, the report finds that it is time for the U.S. to undertake a climate remediation research program to understand the risks, costs, and feasibility of these approaches.

For more about the task force and to read the final report, visit the Bipartisan Policy Center’s website.

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