Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies

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The Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies was a conference developed by Margaret Leinen of the Climate Response Fund and chaired by Michael MacCracken of the Climate Institute. The conference took place in March 2010 and the recommendations were published in November 2010. The goal was identify and minimize risks involved with climate engineering (geoengineering), and was based on the 1975 Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA which discussed the potential biohazards and regulation of biotechnology. A group of over 150 scientist and engineers gathered together with lawyers, environmentalists and disaster relief workers in an open meeting to avoid accusations of consipiracy during this discussion.[1] The Asilomar Conference focused exclusively on the development of risk reduction guidelines for climate intervention experiments.[2]

Goals of the Conference[2][edit]

  • Identify potential risks associated with climate intervention experiments
  • Propose a system to assess experiment design for potential categorical risks[clarification needed] and suggest precautions to assure their safe conduct
  • Propose voluntary standards for climate intervention research for the international scientific community

Recommendations[3][edit]

  • The core rationale for pursuit of climate engineering research is to advance the collective well-being of society and the environment;
  • Climate engineering research is internationally planned and coordinated;
  • Appropriately scoped governmental oversight, public involvement, and decision-making takes place during consideration and conduct of planned activities;
  • Transparency and exchange of research plans, data, and findings minimize the need for environmentally disruptive experiments and maximize the learning from experiments that are conducted; and
  • Regular, independent evaluation and assessment of the extent of understanding and uncertainty is carried out to provide optimal information and confidence for the public and policymakers.

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