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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)
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
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).
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
Summary 3
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
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
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
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
Collaborative working with the US Congress 44
Introduction 44
Arrangements for collaborative working 45
Review of procedural arrangements 45
Conclusion on collaborative working 47
Conclusion 48

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