Climate engineering (CE), also known as geoengineering, encompasses a set of proposed ideas that aim to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere or to reflect sunlight away from the Earth to counter some of the effects of climate change. In the past decade, CE has garnered prominent attention in scientific and policy circles and environmental discourse in Europe, North America and other regions and countries. In the United States, the National Academy of Sciences is set to present its report on geoengineering by the end of the year. At the international level, the IPCC recently included climate engineering in the summary for policy makers of its working group I and working group III reports in its Fifth Assessment, as well as including extensive sections on the topic in all three of its full working group reports.
In spite of the numerous initiatives around the topic in different countries, transatlantic initiatives have been more limited thus far. The European Commission funded project “European Trans-disciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering” (EuTRACE) and the Washington Geoengineering Consortium are partnering to co-host a lunch event to exchange views between members of the government, academic and non-governmental sectors in Europe and the United States.
*The event will take place under the “Chatham House Rule”