Report urges research on climate remediation



The U.S. federal government should initiate a coordinated research program on climate remediation so that such measures—defined as intentional actions to counter climate effects of past greenhouse gas emissions on the atmosphere—could be modeled and evaluated, according to a task force of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D. C., think tank. During a 4 October briefing to release the report, task force members said that some climate remediation measures, which also have been referred to as geoengineering, may need to be considered in an emergency if the climate system undergoes rapid change or experiences a tipping point that presents severe threats. The report by the center's Task Force on Climate Remediation Research pointedly does not recommend deployment of climate remediation technologies, noting that “far more research is needed to understand the potential impacts, risks, and costs associated with specific technologies.” In addition, the task force argues that climate remediation measures should not be considered as a substitute for controlling risk through climate mitigation measures.