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Professor Wil Burns Organizes Panel to Discuss the Potential Role of Geoengineering to Combat Climate Change

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What: Into the Great Wide Open? The Potential Role of Geoengineering to Combat Climate Change

When: Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:00-7:30 pm

Where: San Francisco Public Library,  Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B Main Library, 100 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102

The purpose of this panel will be to assess the potential benefits of climate geoengineering, as well as potential negative impacts. The panel will discuss how geoengineering research and potential deployment should be governed, including the potential role of international institutions, or alternatives, including voluntary scientific codes of conduct or unilateral development. The panel will also discuss ethical issues, including whether geoengineering could create a “moral hazard” problem, i.e. divert attention from reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Panel members include Wil Burns (visiting Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies of Middlebury College), Dan Whaley (Climos), Jane C.S. Long, (Associate Directory of Energy and Environment Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory),  and Ken Caldeira, (Senior Scientist in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University) to discuss geoengineering to combat climate change.

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