Into the Great Wide Open? The Promise and Peril of Climate Geoengineering

The School of Law and the Hanley Sustainability Institute are bringing international scholar, Dr. Wil Burns, co-director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment at American University, to present, "Into the Great Wide Open? The Promise and Peril of Climate Geoengineering." Please join us on Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the Keller Hall Courtroom. This free event is open to the Dayton community.

The feckless response of the global community to the steadily growing threat of anthropogenic climate change has led to increasing attention on devoted to a series of potential responses that were once considered taboo, climate geoengineering, defined by the National Academy of Sciences as “options that would involve large-scale engineering of our environment in order to combat or counteract the effects of changes in atmospheric chemistry.” These options have the potential to substantially ameliorate, or reverse, current warming trends. At the same time, many of these schemes could have serious negative ramifications, including adverse regional impacts with momentous equitable implications, e.g. disruption of monsoonal cycles or increases in regional temperature trends, or potential global impacts, e.g. depletion of the ozone layer. This presentation will seek to unpack the prospects and risks of climate geoengineering, as well as examine how research, and potential deployment, might be regulated at the international level.

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