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Climate change & Solar Radiation Management Workshop Caribbean: Live Stream

You’re invited to a WORKSHOP on Solar Radiation Management: Research, Governance and Uncertainty

Thursday, July 7, 2016

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Physics Lecture Theatre,

The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica

The presentations will be streamed live from 9.00 am-12 noon at http://tv.mona.uwi.edu/srm-meeting

Objectives

  • To introduce the science of SRM geoengineering
  • To introduce the numerous ethical and governance issues that SRM raises
  • To encourage participants to share their opinions and ideas on SRM and governance of research, and how Jamaica can become more involved in global discussions.
  • The ultimate goal is to start a conversation and to develop the capacity of Jamaican academics, NGO representatives and policymakers to have their voices heard in future international discussions

About Solar Radiation Management (SRM)

Solar radiation management geoengineering (SRM) is a controversial proposal for addressing some of the risks of climate change by blocking a small fraction of inbound sunlight. Its potential importance should not be underestimated, as it is the only known method for quickly slowing (or even

reversing) rises in global temperatures. This means that it has the potential be a helpful complement to mitigation and adaptation in the fight against climate change. However its environmental and political effects are still poorly understood and would not be restricted by national boundaries.

SRM also has the potential to be very damaging. While it is unclear whether SRM would be helpful or harmful overall, one thing is clear: many developing countries would stand to gain or lose the most if SRM were ever used. They are often less resilient to environmental change, whether caused by global warming or by any SRM geoengineering attempts to address it. Despite this, most research and discussion of SRM has taken place in developed countries.


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