There are growing calls in recent years for research on “solar geoengineering“, a set of entirely speculative technologies to reduce incoming sunlight on earth in order to limit global warming. Our initiative stands against such emerging initiatives to explore planetary techno-fixes as a climate policy option. Solar geoengineering deployment at planetary scale cannot be fairly and effectively governed in the current system of international institutions. It also poses unacceptable risk if ever implemented as part of future climate policy. A strong political message from governments, the United Nations and civil society is urgently needed.
What is Solar Geoengineering?
Solar geoengineering (also known as solar radiation management or modification, SRM), refers to a set of speculative technologies to lower global temperatures by artificially intervening in the climate systems of our planet.
Read here our Open Letter calling for an International Non-Use Agreement on Solar Geoengineering
The Open Letter is based on an extended peer-reviewed article published in WIREs Climate Change on 17 January 2022.
Solar Geoengineering: Why Bill Gates Wants It, But These Experts Want To Stop It
In Major Move, Global Coalition Pushes for Moratorium on Solar Geoengineering
An international “coalition” of scientists and governance scholars launched an initiative on January 17 that calls for a moratorium on the study and development of a controversial climate-change mitigation strategy known as solar geoengineering.