Climate Intervention: Is Geo-engineering in Earth’s Future?

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Session ID#: 26627

Session Description:
The goal of last year’s ratified Paris accord to limit global warming to 2°C (=3.6°F) is unlikely achieved by voluntary emission reductions.  Beyond greenhouse gas actions, climate intervention – a form of geo-engineering – is a means of limiting and even reducing the extent of global warming. This approach builds on humanity’s tradition of devising practical solutions to human needs and challenges, but is highly controversial as it presents a host of complex scientific, technical, economic, policy, and ethical challenges. The topic, therefore, requires public and professional discourse. This session will bring together speakers that address societal issues, policy and technical approaches, and 40min of moderated, interactive panel discussion that engages the in-room audience and online viewers through a live-polling interface that gauges perceptions. The topic is both timely and controversial, so we are confident that it will have broad interest among meeting attendees, media, and general public.
Primary Convener:  Ben van der Pluijm, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Conveners:  Ariel D Anbar, Arizona State University, School of Molecular Sciences, Tempe, AZ, United States and Linda R Rowan, UNAVCO, Inc. Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
Co-Organized with:
Global Environmental Change, Biogeosciences, Public Affairs, and Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences

  • B - Biogeosciences
  • PA - Public Affairs
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Jonathan Proctor1, Solomon M Hsiang1, Jennifer A Burney2, Marshall Burke3 and Wolfram Schlenker4, (1)University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States, (2)UCSD, La Jolla, CA, United States, (3)Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, (4)Columbia University, New York, United States
Anthony Crawford Jones1, James Matthew Haywood1, Matt Hawcroft2, Andy Jones3, Nick J Dunstone4 and Kevin Hodges5, (1)University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4, United Kingdom, (2)University of Exeter, CEMPS, Exeter, United Kingdom, (3)Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services, Exeter, United Kingdom, (4)Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, United Kingdom, (5)University of Reading, Reading, RG6, United Kingdom
Adil Alshammari1, Duke Brantley2, Camelia C Knapp2 and Venkataraman Lakshmi3, (1)University of South Carolina Columbia, Columbia, SC, United States, (2)University of South Carolina, School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Columbia, SC, United States, (3)Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Columbia, SC, United States
Qin Wang, John Moore and Duoying Ji, Beijing Normal University, College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing, China