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Technical Capabilities and Impacts of Geoengineering -- Committee Meeting Sept. 10-11

A National Research Council committee evaluating a set of proposed technologies for intervening with changing climate, also known as geoengineering, will hold a public meeting to gather information from federal agencies, science and policy communities, and interested stakeholders. The committee's report, expected to be released next year, will describe what is known about the science of several techniques such as solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal, their risks and intended and unintended consequences, and the technological capabilities and potential costs needed to pursue them. The study intends to provide a scientific foundation to inform ethical, legal, and political discussions surrounding geoengineering. No original research, development, or testing of new technologies will occur during this study.

DETAILS:
The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 10 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Room 125 of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Advance registration is required; seating is limited. Those who cannot attend can watch a live video webcast at www.nationalacademies.org.  Reporters who wish to attend should contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu. A full agenda and more information about the project can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingId=6805.