Geoengineering : Technology and Governance Assessments of Climate Engineering

Geoengineering : Technology and Governance Assessments of Climate Engineering

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Overview

The United States has joined with other nations to express concern about climate change. In the absence of a comprehensive policy direction, technological advances are creating alternatives to the traditional approaches to climate change (mitigation and adaptation). If deployed, these new technologies could modify the Earth's climate on a large scale. The term "geoengineering" describes this array of technologies that aim, through large-scale and deliberate modifications of the Earth's energy balance, to reduce temperatures and counteract anthropogenic climate change. Most of these technologies are at the conceptual and research stages, and their effectiveness at reducing global temperatures has yet to be proven. This book addresses the possibility of geoengineering technologies which may warrant policymakers attention at the federal and international levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621008644
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Inc
Publication date: 12/31/2011
Series: Climate Change and its Causes, Effects and Prediction Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology Series
Pages: 259
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Geoengineering: Governance and Technology Policy
(Kelsi Bracmort, Richard K. Lattanzio, Emily C. Barbour, CRS)

Climate Change: A Coordinated Strategy Could Focus Federal Geoengineering Research and Inform Governance Efforts
(GAO)

Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses
(GAO)

Engineering the Climate: Research Needs and Strategies for International Coordination
(Chairman Bart Gordon, Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives)

Index

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