Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies

The Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies was a conference prepared by Margaret Leinen of the Climate Response Fund and chaired by Michael MacCracken of the Climate Institute. The eu lieu conference in March 2010 and the recommendations Were published in November 2010. The goal Was Identify and minimize Risks Involved with climate engineering (geoengineering), and Was based on the 1975 Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA qui Discussed the potential biohazards and regulation of biotechnology . A group of over 150 scientists and engineers, together with lawyers, environmentalistsdisaster relief workers in an open meeting to avoid accusations of consipiracy during this discussion. [1] The Asilomar Conference focused exclusively on the development of risk reduction guidelines for climate intervention experiments. [2]

Goals of the Conference [2]

  • Identify potential risks associated with climate
  • Provides a system to assess experiment design for potential hazard risks clarification needed ] and
  • Proposes voluntary standards for climate intervention research for the international scientific community

Recommendations [3]

  • The core rationale for the pursuit of climate engineering is to advance the collective well-being of society and the environment;
  • Climate engineering research is planned and coordinated;
  • Appropriate scoped governmental oversight, public involvement, and decision-making.
  • Transparency and exchange of research plans, data, and reports and
  • Regular, independent evaluation and assessment of the extent of understanding and uncertainty.

Steering Committee [4]

  • Michael C. MacCracken (chair), Climate Institute , USA
  • Scott Barren, Columbia University , USA
  • Roger Barry, World Data Center for Glaciology and University of Colorado , USA
  • Paul Crutzen (corresponding member), Max Planck Institute , Germany, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography , USA
  • Steven Hamburg, Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund , USA
  • Richard Lampitt, National Oceanography Center and University of Southampton , UK
  • Diana Liverman, University of Arizona , US, and Oxford University , UK
  • Thomas Lovejoy , Heinz Center for Science and the Environment , USA
  • Gordon McBean , The University of Western Ontario , Canada
  • John Shepherd, National Oceanography Center, University of Southampton , and Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, UK
  • Stephen Seidel, Pew Center on Global Climate Change , USA
  • Richard Somerville , Scripps Institution of Oceanography , University of California, San Diego , USA
  • Tom ML Wigley , University of Adelaide , Australia


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