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Climate Change: A Coordinated Strategy Could Focus Federal Geoengineering Research and Inform Governance Efforts, Report to the Chairman, Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Policymakers have raised questions about geoengineering--large-scale deliberate interventions in the earth's climate system to diminish climate change or its impacts--and its role in a broader strategy of mitigating and adapting to climate change. Most geoengineering proposals fall into two categories: carbon dioxide removal (CDR), which would remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, and solar radiation management (SRM), which would offset temperature increases by reflecting sunlight back into space. GAO was asked to examine (1) the state of geoengineering science, (2) federal involvement in geoengineering, and (3) the views of experts and federal officials about the extent to which federal laws and international agreements apply to geoengineering, and any governance challenges. GAO examined relevant scientific and policy studies, relevant domestic laws and international agreements, analyzed agency data describing relevant research for fiscal years 2009 and 2010, and interviewed federal officials and selected recognized experts in the field"

Report Number:
GAO-10-903
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Date:
2010-09-23
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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