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The risks of climate change have become more urgent while efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are not proceeding at an adequate pace to avoid passing critical thresholds. The Climate Interventions series explores new interventions being researched and debated around the world.

Join The Institute for Science & Policy in person and virtually for a series of expert panel discussions held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on emerging climate interventions from reducing incoming solar radiation to drawing down carbon dioxide through technology and nature-based solutions. We'll look at the scientific understanding and uncertainties around a range of interventions, along with a robust discussion on ethics, risks, and governance. The series is presented in partnership with the Institute for Responsible Carbon Removal.

Climate Interventions: Carbon Dioxide Removal at Scale

Breakfast and Panel Discussion at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Monday, June 17, 2024

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. MT

Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Program and livestream begins at 9:00 a.m.

From nature-based to technological solutions, carbon dioxide removal could help address the root cause of climate change by cleaning up Earth’s atmosphere. Exploring removing carbon at scale means examining the environmental, economic, and social benefits and tradeoffs. During the second panel discussion in our three-part series, we will discuss issues of verification, ethics, and community engagement on an array of solutions that exist across broad geographic scales. Join a panel of experts for breakfast at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science or live online. 

Panel includes Wil Burns, Co-Director, Institute for Responsible Carbon Removal, American University and Visiting Professor, Environmental Policy & Culture Program, Northwestern University; Freya Chay, Program Lead, Carbon Plan; Alicia Karspeck, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, [C]Worthy; Celina Scott-Buechler, Senior Resident Fellow for Climate Innovation, Data for Progress; and moderated by Kristan Uhlenbrock, Executive Director, The Institute for Science & Policy. 

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Climate Interventions: Carbon Removal in Colorado

As Colorado works to achieve its climate goals to reach net zero emissions by 2050, carbon removal and storage are prominent conversations and policy considerations. Building on part two of this series, this discussion will focus on Colorado-specific nature-based and technological solutions, policies, community engagement, economic incentives, uncertainties, and risks.  

Stay tuned for more details about our third discussion in the series held in July 2024.  

Speakers to be announced soon!  

Moderated by Kristan Uhlenbrock, Executive Director, Institute for Science & Policy and Wil Burns, Co-Director, The Institute for Responsible Carbon Removal, American University & Visiting Professor, Environmental Policy & Culture Program, Northwestern University. 

 

Climate Interventions: Solar Geoengineering

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Our first discussion 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 expert panel discussed the latest deliberations around research, governance, impacts, and more. 

Panelists include Wil Burns, Co-Director, 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; and moderated by Kristan Uhlenbrock, Executive Director, The Institute for Science & Policy.

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