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Asilomar geoengineering conference report released

Last March we reported on a conference in California that featured more than 175 experts from various disciplines trying to come up with some guidance for conducting geoengineering research. It took a while, but the final conference report is now out. Here’s a quick summary of the five recommendations:

(1) climate engineering research should be aimed at promoting the collective benefit of humankind and the environment;

(2) governments must clarify responsibilities for, and, when necessary, create new mechanisms for the governance and oversight of large-scale climate engineering research activities;

(3) climate-engineering research should be conducted openly and cooperatively, preferably within a framework that has broad international support;

(4) iterative, independent technical assessments of research progress will be required to inform the public and policymakers; and

(5) public participation and consultation in research planning and oversight, assessments, and development of decision-making mechanisms and processes must be provided.

The full report is available on the conference website or from the Climate Institute. Our coverage is available here and here. And in case you missed it, you can pick up a quick summary of some of the latest geoengineering developments here.


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    Tanya MacDonald said:

    “Climate engineering research should be aimed at promoting the collective benefit of humankind and the environment.” So who gets to decide what truly benefits mankind and the environment, and will “mankind”, ie. the public have any say into if or how these experiments are conducted?

    Based on overwhelming evidence suggesting that geoengineering is ALREADY taking place WORLDWIDE, and without any public input or consent, and based on the evidence demonstrating the damage pumping multi-megatonnes of heavy metal particulates into the air we breathe (contaminating our soil and drinking water, of course) has ALREADY inflicted on ecosystems and all living organisms on this planet, I can only conclude that the vast majority of the worlds citizens do not have a say in whether or how geoengineering will take place and that the values and priorities of the handful of elite who will be making these decisions do not reflect the values and priorties of the average citizen of this planet, nor will their decisions be in our best interest.

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