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Risky geoengineering should be banned, climate group says

A facility for capturing CO2 from air of Swiss Climeworks AG is placed on the roof of a waste incinerating plant in Hinwil, Switzerland July 18, 2017. Picture taken July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo
A facility for capturing CO2 from air of Swiss Climeworks AG is placed on the roof of a waste incinerating plant in Hinwil, Switzerland July 18, 2017. Picture taken July 18, 2017.
REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

Controversial technologies intended to offset the effects of atmospheric carbon should banned until properly assessed, a group of politicians and scientists have warned, even as they urged developed nations to lead in cutting CO2 emissions.


A report by the Climate Overshoot Commission, chaired by former WTO boss Pascal Lamy and formed in 2022, said it was increasingly likely the world would exceed the target to keep temperature rises within 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

It said richer countries needed to take the initiative to cut CO2 emissions and mobilise finance for poorer countries to adapt. Carbon removal technologies that minimise the risks of CO2 leaking back into the atmosphere should be promoted, the report said.

But potentially dangerous experimental geoengineering methods – including controversial “solar radiation modification” – need to be halted until they have been researched thoroughly, the report said.

It said richer countries needed to take the initiative to cut CO2 emissions and mobilise finance for poorer countries to adapt. Carbon removal technologies that minimise the risks of CO2 leaking back into the atmosphere should be promoted, the report said.


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But potentially dangerous experimental geoengineering methods – including controversial “solar radiation modification” – need to be halted until they have been researched thoroughly, the report said.

“The world does not yet know enough to make informed decisions about solar radiation modification,” the report said, adding that routine international reviews should take place to assess the potential risks.

“Early scientific evidence suggests that solar radiation modification could reduce some climate risks but would also introduce significant new risks,” it said.

The report said slashing emissions should be a priority but will not be enough on its own and efforts need to be made to adapt to global warming, and deploy technologies to remove CO2 and “create space for the least industrialized countries to pursue their clean and sustainable energy transitions while fighting poverty and fulfilling their development imperatives.”

The Climate Overshoot Commission also includes senior politicians from Canada, India, Pakistan, Spain and China.

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