Date: 05/21/2024
Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Climate Interventions: Solar Geoengineering

Hosted by

The Institute for Science & Policy

In partnership with

The Institute for Responsible Carbon Removal



In our three-part Climate Interventions series, we look at the scientific understanding and uncertainties around a range of interventions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cool the planet, along with a robust discussion on ethics, risks, and governance.  

In this session, we explored solar geoengineering approaches, also known as solar radiation modification/management (SRM), which seek to cool the planet by reflecting some of the incoming energy back to space. To date, most of the research approaches have been restricted to computer modeling. Some proponents, however, are looking to field experiments, and perhaps ultimately, wide-scale deployment. While some options might help ameliorate the impacts of climate change, they also might pose serious risks. Our panel of experts discuss the latest deliberations around research, governance, impacts, and more.


Wil Burns, Co-Director, The Institute for Responsible Carbon Removal, American University & Visiting Professor, Environmental Policy & Culture Program, Northwestern University 

Lisa Dilling, Assistant Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund 

Shuchi Talati, Founder & Executive Director, The Alliance for Just Deliberation on Solar Geoengineering 

Moderated by Kristan Uhlenbrock, Executive Director, The Institute for Science & Policy 


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The Institute for Responsible Carbon Removal is a research center in the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC. Its mission is to build ways of doing carbon removal that are responsible, democratic, just, and equitable.