Workshop on the Science and Governance of Solar Radiation Management
The workshop on solar radiation management geoengineering takes place on 6 June 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Solar radiation management geoengineering (SRM) is a controversial and theoretical proposal for addressing some of the risks of global. If ever implemented, it would involve blocking out a small amount of sunlight to cool the planet - for instance by spraying tiny reflective particles into the upper atmosphere to replicate the cooling effect of volcanoes. If it could be made to work, SRM would be the only known way to quickly slow, stop, or even reverse the rise in global temperatures. As such, it might be helpful for addressing some of the committed risks of climate change. However, its effects are still highly uncertain, there might be damaging side effects, and any impacts would not be restricted by national boundaries.
Developing countries have the most to gain or lose from any decisions over SRM, as they are typically less resilient to environmental changes, whether caused by global warming or geoengineering. However, much of the research and discussion of SRM is taking place in developed countries.
The workshop will seek to kick-start a discussion of SRM research governance in the Kenyan climate community. Featuring expert presentations and group exercises, it will provide an introduction to the science of SRM, and the many socio-political and ethical issues it raises. The workshop and the organisations that are hosting it are neutral on the issue of SRM. They solely seek to expand the discussion around this important topic, rather than promoting or opposing it.