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Geoengineering - taking control of our planet's climate

Event

Starts:

November
082010

09:00

Ends:

November
092010

17:00

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

 

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andy Ridgwell, Professor Chris Freeman and Professor Richard Lampitt

Society seems unable or unwilling to make the drastic reductions in CO2 emissions necessary to avoid 'dangerous' (unacceptable) climate change.

A new science 'Geoengineering' that until recently would have seemed pure science fiction, promises an alternative way of temporarily regaining control of climate. This meeting considers the state of this new science, and its implications to society.

Biographies of the organisers and speakers and recorded audio of the presentations are available below. The proceedings have been published in Philosophical Transactions A.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Welcome

Dr Peter Collins

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Introduction

Professor Andy Ridgwell, University of Bristol, UK

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"Dangerous" climate change and geoengineering

Professor John Mitchell OBE FRS, Met Office, UK

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The runaway greenhouse: the last great geoengineering challenge

Professor Andrew Watson FRS, University of Exeter, UK

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Ocean acidification: a powerful argument to reduce future CO2 emissions

Dr Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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Cumulative carbon as a policy framweork for avoiding dangerous climate impacts

Professor Damon Matthews, Concordia University

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Session 1 Discussion

Session 1 Discussion

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Session 2

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Geoengineering the climate: an overview and update

Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS, University of Southampton, UK

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Solar radiation management through stratospheric particle injection

Dr Matthew Watson, University of Bristol

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Session 2, 1st Discussion

Session 2, 1st Discussion

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Increasing cloud albedo

Professor John Latham, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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Cooling with crops

Dr Joy Singarayer, University of Bristol

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Session 2, 2nd Discussion

Session 2, 2nd Discussion

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Session 3

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CO2 capture from the air

Professor David Keith, University of Calgary

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Terrestrial carbon capture: a peatland case study

Professor Chris Freeman, Bangor University

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Session 3, 1st Discussion

Session 3, 1st Discussion

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An overview of proposed enhanced weathering methods

Tim Kruger, University of Oxford

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Interactions between geoengineering and emissions mitigation

Dr Naomi Vaughan, University of East Anglia

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Session 3, 2nd Discussion

Session 3, 2nd Discussion

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Session 4

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Geoengineering: preparations and options for governance

Dr Margaret Leinen, Climate Response Fund

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Public perception of geoengineering- knowledge, risk and acceptability

Professor Nicholas Pidgeon, Cardiff University

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Session 4 Discussion

Session 4 General Discussion

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Geo-governance: assuring the future

Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future, UK

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Political dimension and perspectives

Professor Robert Watson, DEFRA

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Future Directions and Panel Discussion Overview

Geoengineering - taking control of our planet's climate The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK