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Geoengineering: a brave new world?

This event will introduce the science of geoengineering, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of geoengineering.

Since the industrial revolution, mankind has made choices that have led to significant emissions of greenhouse gases, causing climate change that is expected to become much more serious during this century. Several proposals have been put forward to reduce future climate change by intervening directly in the Earth's natural climate system and these have collectively become known as geoengineering. This is a very new and rapidly developing area of science and technology and the proposals range from placing giant mirrors in space to reflect sunlight to fertilising the oceans with nutrients in order to produce more phytoplankton to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide.

This event will introduce the science, technology and governance of geoengineering, discuss the possible benefits, drawbacks and uncertainties of the various options that have been proposed and provide an opportunity to discuss the prospects and problems that may arise with further research into this area.


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Date and Time:

19 January 2010 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
+44 20 74 51 2500

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