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Regulation of Geoengineering

Regulation of Geoengineering

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HC 221
Published on 18 March 2010by authority of the House of CommonsLondon: The Stationery Office Limited£0.00
House of CommonsScience and TechnologyCommittee
The Regulation ofGeoengineering
Fifth Report of Session 2009–10
Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence
Ordered by the House of Commonsto be printed 10 March 2010
 
 
The Science and Technology Committee
The Science and Technology Committee is appointed by the House of Commonsto examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Government Officefor Science. Under arrangements agreed by the House on 25 June 2009 theScience and Technology Committee was established on 1 October 2009 with thesame membership and Chairman as the former Innovation, Universities, Scienceand Skills Committee and its proceedings were deemed to have been in respectof the Science and Technology Committee.
Current membership
Mr Phil Willis
(Liberal Democrat, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chair)
 Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods
(Labour, City of Durham)
 Mr Tim Boswell
(Conservative, Daventry)
 Mr Ian Cawsey
(Labour, Brigg & Goole)
 Mrs Nadine Dorries
(Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire)
 Dr Evan Harris
(Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon)
 Dr Brian Iddon
(Labour, Bolton South East)
 Mr Gordon Marsden
(Labour, Blackpool South)
 Dr Doug Naysmith
(Labour, Bristol North West)
 Dr Bob Spink
(Independent, Castle Point)
 Ian Stewart
(Labour, Eccles)
Graham Stringer
(Labour, Manchester, Blackley)
 Dr Desmond Turner
(Labour, Brighton Kemptown)
 Mr Rob Wilson
(Conservative, Reading East)
Powers
The Committee is one of the departmental Select Committees, the powers ofwhich are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally inSO No.152. These are available on the Internet via www.parliament.uk
Publications
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The StationeryOffice by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including pressnotices) are on the Internet at http://www.parliament.uk/scienceA list of reports from the Committee in this Parliament is included at the back ofthis volume.
Committee staff
The current staff of the Committee are: Glenn McKee (Clerk); Richard Ward(Second Clerk); Dr Christopher Tyler (Committee Specialist); Xameerah Malik(Committee Specialist); Andy Boyd (Senior Committee Assistant); Camilla Brace(Committee Assistant); Dilys Tonge (Committee Assistant); Melanie Lee(Committee Assistant); Jim Hudson (Committee Support Assistant); and BeckyJones (Media Officer).
Contacts
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Science andTechnology Committee, Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Thetelephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 2793; the Committee’s e-mail address is: scitechcom@parliament.uk.
 
The Regulation of Geoengineering
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Contents
Report
Page
 
Summary 3
 
1
 
Introduction 5
 
Previous scrutiny of geoengineering 5
 
Coordinated working with US House of Representatives Science and TechnologyCommittee 8
 
The inquiry 9
 
Structure of this Report 10
 
2
 
Categories of geoengineering 11
 
Introduction 11
 
Definition of geoengineering 11
 
Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) 11
 
Solar Radiation Management (SRM) 13
 
Differences between CDR and SRM 14
 
Weather modification techniques 15
 
Conclusions on definition 16
 
Conclusions on grading for the purposes of regulation 17
 
3
 
Need for regulation of geoengineering 19
 
Geoengineering techniques currently subject to regulation 19
 
Geoengineering techniques currently not subject to regulation 20
 
Urgency 21
 
Geoengineering is too unpredictable 24
 
Conclusions on the need for the regulation of geoengineering 25
 
Public attitudes 25
 
4
 
Future regulatory arrangements 27
 
The formulation of a regulatory regime 27
 
Principles to be applied to geoengineering research 29
 
Research 35
 
Research: climate impact testing 38
 
Research: international confidence and cooperation 38
 
Formulating international regulatory arrangements for geoengineering 39
 
Role of the UK 42
 
5
 
Collaborative working with the US Congress 44
 
Introduction 44
 
Arrangements for collaborative working 45
 
Review of procedural arrangements 45
 
Conclusion on collaborative working 47
 
6
 
Conclusion 48
 

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