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The government’s view on geoengineering research


Geo-engineering research: the government’s view

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Based on the evidence currently available, it is premature to consider geoengineering as a viable option for addressing climate change. The priority is, and must be, to tackle the root cause by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities and adapting to those impacts that are unavoidable. Mitigation of climate change, by reducing emissions and protecting natural carbon sinks, remains the surest way of increasing our chances of avoiding dangerous climate change in the future.

Published 27 February 2013
Last updated 12 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated in light of recent developments within regulatory frameworks, and to update recommended further reading
  2. First published.