Science and Technology Innovation Program


GAO REPORT RELEASE: Climate Engineering; Technical status, future directions, and potential responses

October 12, 2011 // 12:30pm2:00pm

WASHINGTON – Reports of rising global temperatures have raised questions about responses to climate change, including efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, adapt to climate change, and design and develop climate engineering technologies for deliberate, large-scale interventions in Earth’s climate. In response to a congressional request for a technology assessment on climate engineering, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report in August. An interdisciplinary team prepared the report, employing a multi-method approach based on GAO’s quality assurance framework and best practices in technology assessment. The report examined the current state of climate engineering science and technology, experts’ views of the future of U.S. climate engineering research, and potential public responses to climate engineering.  The report also discusses key considerations for the use of climate engineering technologies and their policy implications. 

Join us on Wednesday, October 12th, at 12:30 p.m. for a discussion of the new U.S. Government Accountability Office report that assesses climate engineering technologies, focusing on their technical status, future directions for research and potential responses.


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • David Rejeski // Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program; Interim Director, Commons Lab
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