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House committee weighs in on ‘climate engineering’

atmosphere-NASA-338.jpg The US House Science and Technology Committee released a report on Friday looking into the nascent science of geoengineering and how federal programs could be aligned to study technologies – from the ordinary to the controversial – that could be used to alter the earth’s climate in order to counteract global warming.

The report adopts the term “climate engineering” in lieu of geoengineering and advocates pressing forward with research on all fronts. It also serves to counterbalance a decision by the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, where delegates included a moratorium on any significant geoengineering activities in the agreement on biodiversity reached Friday. The House report is available online here.

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