What is the SRMGI?
The Solar Radiation Management Research Governance Initiative (SRMGI) was convened by a partnership of theEnvironmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Royal Society, and TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world. Theproject was launched in March 2010 in response to the 2009 Royal Society report
Geoengineering the climate
. That reportconcluded that
geoengineering is not an alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
, but that it might be theonly option to reduce temperatures quickly in the event of a climate emergency. It emphasised the importance of goodgovernance, and the need for international partners to work together on this matter.Key SRMGI activities to date have included:The establishment of an expertworking groupand large network of stakeholder partner organisationsThe firstSRMGI conference, held in March 2011 at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre in the UKThe publication of theSRMGI reportin December 2011Further meetings in Pakistan, India, China andSenegalForthcoming meeting inSouth Africa(28 November 2012)
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Introduction to SRMGI
This video explains more about the initiative and the importance of a global conversation about governing research. AChinese versionis also available.
"We are clear that serious consideration for the regulatory arrangements forgeoengineering needs to start now, not once highly disruptive climate change isunder way."
UK Parliament response to a House of Commons report on geoengineering
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