Integrating physical, engineering and social sciences to construct a framework for assessing effectiveness and side effects of geoengineering proposals.
Presenter Gaia Vince interviews IAGP Project Manager Dr Naomi Vaughan for BBC Radio 4's Frontiers programme. In dialogue with leading geoengineering researchers, the programme explores the technical feasibility, as well as the social, political and governance issues surrounding solar radiation management.
IAGP Principal Investigator Professor Piers Forster is one of only three UK-based leading authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policymakers, based on the IPCC’s Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. The WGI AR5 Summary for Policymakers and final draft of the WGI report, released 30 September 2013 is available from the WGI website.
IPCC Report and geoengineering: See Nature article
‘Opening up’ geoengineering appraisal: Multi-Criteria Mapping of options for tackling climate change
New IAGP research article published with Global Environmental Change: ‘Opening up’ geoengineering appraisal: Multi-Criteria Mapping of options for tackling climate change. In response to the ‘closing down’ identified in the first systematic review of climate geoengineering appraisals, geoengineering appraisal is ‘opened up’here for the first time to a diversity of framings, knowledges and pathways using a Multi-Criteria Mapping methodology.
Further to the IAGP paper published earlier this month, Messing with nature? Exploring public perceptions of geoengineering in the UK, Adam Corner looks at the issues in his latest Guardian article, Messing with nature? Geoengineering and green thought. See original news item.
This week the Science Media Centre, London, convened a press briefing to look at why global surface temperature averages have not risen in the last 10-15 years. An accompanying briefing note was published.
In front of a team of journalists five senior climate scientists addressed questions such as: Have climate models failed to predict a fundamental shift in the warming trend? Is this an important change that climate science must account for, or just a short-term irrelevance? What are the other indicators of a warming world showing us?
New open access, IAGP article published in Global Environmental Change
This paper provides "the first in-depth examination of public views about how geoengineering technologies relate to nature, exploring the reasons why 'messing with nature' is such a powerful narrative in public perceptions of geoengineering..."
Led by IAGP teams at Cardiff and UEA four 'deliberative workshops' were convened in UK cities, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Norwich at which members of the public discussed geoengineering and its social and ethical implications. The paper reflects on the views put forward and on the implications for how society relates to nature.
Deployment timescales for geoengineering technologies are “optimistic”, and larger trials are inevitable if governments are serious about exploring their potential says IAGP Principal Investigator, Piers Forster in a recent RTCC article.
IAGP Research Fellow, Adam Corner, presents at this year's AGU Chapman Conference in Granby, Colorado, USA.
Adam's talk, "A New Conversation with Conservatives About Climate Change: Values Frames & Narratives" will be streamed live from the conference website on Weds 12 June, 1:00 pm-1:20 pm (8.00pm-8.20pm BST)
AGU Chapman Conference: Communication Climate Science: A historic look to the future
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New study in Nature Geoscience
A new analysis, looking at temperature rise in the most recent decades, has shown that following rapid heating in the late 20th century the Earth warmed only slowly in the last decade, partly as a result of natural cycles in the climate system. The study, resulting from an international collaboration of climate scientists, suggests that the Earth will warm more slowly over the current century than previously thought, so allowing a little more time to cut emissions and prevent dangerous climate change.
New IAGP Book Chapter: Deliberation and Responsible Innovation: A Geoengineering Case Study. Authors: Karen Parkhill, Nick Pidgeon, Adam Corner, Naomi Vaughan.
Published in, Richard Owen, John Bessant, Maggie Heintz (eds), Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society.
Innovation is at the centre of current economic policy in most nations. Taking individual case studies this book scrutinizes various aspects of responsible innovation and asks "How do we ensure the responsible emergence of innovation in democratic society?"
- Tropical coral reef habitat in a geoengineered, high-CO2 world
- The impact of abrupt suspension of solar radiation management (termination effect) in experiment G2 of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP)
- Reduced efficacy of marine cloud brightening geoengineering due to in-plume aerosol coagulation: parameterization and global implications
- Sea spray geoengineering experiments in the geoengineering model intercomparison project (GeoMIP): Experimental design and preliminary results
- Bounding the role of black carbon in the climate system: A scientific assessment
- An observationally based constraint on the water-vapor feedback