Via Dot Earth, the American Meteorological Society is soliciting comments/discussion on its “draft Policy Statement on Geoengineering the Climate System”- the deadline is April 23rd. The concluding paragraphs jibe nicely with my stance on the issue-
Therefore, the American Meteorological Society recommends:
1) Enhanced research on the scientific and technological potential for geoengineering the climate system, including research on the unintended as well as intended environmental responses.
2) Additional study of the historical, ethical, legal, political and societal aspects of the geoengineering issues.
3) Development and analysis of policy options to promote transparency and international cooperation in exploring geoengineering options along with restrictions on reckless efforts to manipulate the climate system.
Geoengineering will not substitute for either aggressive mitigation or proactive adaptation. It could contribute to a comprehensive risk management strategy to slow climate change and alleviate its negative impacts, but the potential for adverse and unintended consequences implies a need for adequate research, appropriate regulation and transparent consideration.
As I’ve said before, it’s my hope that transparently evaluating geo-engineering will increase support for rather than distract from emissions-reduction mitigation. It’s also nice to see that the AMS seems to be aware of the political, legal, security etc. pitfalls that make geo-engineering decidedly less practical than an international emissions reduction treaty.