research for a safe future

SilverLining’s 2019 report for U.S. policymakers, Ensuring a Safe Climate: A National Imperative for Research in Climate Intervention and Earth System Prediction, highlights society’s exposure to near-term climate risks and the need for research in technological interventions in climate as part of a broad portfolio of responses to ensure safety.

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Key findings from the report include the following:

  • Warming climate poses grave risks to people and ecosystems within the next 10 to 30 years, sooner than greenhouse gas reduction or removal are likely to counter these risks.

  • Techniques to increase sunlight reflection from the atmosphere (sometimes called “solar geoengineering”) might prevent the worst impacts of climate change, but today there is limited scientific information, no technology, and no formal funding for research.

  • Climate interventions have risks and limitations and are not a replacement for reducing greenhouse gases, which must be restored to pre-industrial levels as rapidly as possible.

  • Investments are needed to assess interventions and develop approaches for governance, including a decade of modeling, observations, and small-scale experiments and substantial improvements in climate prediction.

The report’s contributors include co-authors for the Fourth National Climate Assessment and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports as well as experts from the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Stanford University, the University of Washington, the United Kingdom Department for International Trade (former), and other institutions.

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