Just in case: What do we need to know about climate intervention?

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Can we afford to engineer the climate? Can we afford not to? This conversation breaks the taboo on discussing solar radiation management, asking not whether we should or shouldn’t do it, but rather, what we need to know to answer one of the biggest questions of our age.

The best available science strongly suggests that even rapid decarbonization and m carbon drawdown may not be enough–or happen soon enough–to avoid tipping points and catastrophic climate outcomes. Yet, even discussing large-scale climate engineering remains taboo. This groundbreaking event poses critically important questions such as: What do we know about geoengineering? Can we afford to ignore it? What might make it worth considering such drastic measures? And what more would we need to know in order to make an informed choice?


November 3, 2021 3:00pm–4:00pm ET
Kelly Wasner
Kelly Wasner

Executive Director, SilverLining

Portrait of Doug MacMartin
Doug MacMartin

Senior Research Fellow, Cornell University Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Events in this series

Seeing the future: What do success and failure look like?

Visualizing our future is critical to motivating wise choices today. In this endeavor, speculative fiction is a powerful complement to scientific projections.

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Going negative: How much carbon can we capture?

Preventing catastrophic climate change will require not only the elimination of fossil fuel emissions, but also removing significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.

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Tipping points: Is there a point of no return?

Ecosystems that have long absorbed and stored carbon threaten to become emissions sources, and ice sheets may be committed to complete melting long before they've disappeared.

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Internalizing risk: What 1.5°C (and beyond) looks like

Despite public perceptions, 1.5C degrees of warming has never been “safe,” and current events are raising awareness of the severity of impacts we face.

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Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

Join us for a series of events aimed at deepening our relationships with Indigenous communities in the places where we work and amplifying Indigenous voices within our broader community.

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Earth Day 2021: Where Do We Stand?

A Kaneb Lecture  |  The Biden Administration has made climate change a higher priority than any previous administration, and is widely expected to announce new commitments at the Earth Day Summit.

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