Climate Change

Sep 2, 2011   //   by Administrator   //   Pivot Points in the Environment

Though the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC) has cautioned that we should work diligently to avoid reaching 450 Parts Per Million of CO2 (PPM’s), scientists now predict that CO2 levels may reach 650 to 700 PPM’s in the next century. Additionally it is now known that CO2 remains in our atmosphere for approximately 1000 years. Scientists around the world are becoming alarmed by these statistics and recent observed environmental impacts. In fact, Scientists now warn about the potential for abrupt climate change or tipping points that would pose a profound threat to our sustainability.

CLIMATE INTERVENTION TECHNOLOGIES

Many in the scientific community are calling for an emergency preparedness plan or a “Plan B” — an exploration of ways that humans might intervene directly with our climate to reduce the threat to our sustainability. These techniques are commonly called Climate Intervention Technologies or Geoengineering. Even if scientific studies prove these technologies to be successful, they are not a replacement for our most necessary commitment to green house gas reduction.

There is a broad portfolio of Climate Intervention Technologies. Some of these technologies are Albedo Technologies which help to reflect the sun from the planet in order to keep the planet cooler and other technologies focus on pulling CO2 from our atmosphere.

THE CLIMATE RESPONSE FUND

The Climate Response Fund is a nonprofit fund focused on supporting an international effort to understand the potential of climate intervention techniques, the ability of these techniques to play an integrated role in our response to climate change and how to reduce the risk of deploying these strategies.

GUTTMAN INITIATIVES ROLE

Guttman Initiatives is proud to take an active role in developing the Climate Response Fund and helping to structure the initial efforts of the foundation. This foundation is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on the field of Climate Intervention Technologies or Geoengineering. Guttman Initiatives is proudly working to build International Strategic Partnerships to focus on reducing the risk of Climate Intervention Technologies studies and working to understand the promises and risks associated with the portfolio of options this science has to offer.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

  • It is not wise to wait until we are in a planetary emergency to identify the merit of potential climate intervention, also known as ‘geoengineering’, responses to climate change.
  • If we study potential responses now, we can greatly reduce the risk of their use – if and when these solutions are necessary.
  • It makes sense to study a portfolio of intervention responses in order to understand the best alternatives.
  • The most thoughtful rules and guidelines must be adopted to guide scientific inquiry as well as any potential deployment.
  • Studying these intervention techniques in no way reduces or alleviates the need to reduce emissions or to create clean technology and conserve resources. In fact it is essential that we invest in emissions reduction and clean technologies to avoid the need for indefinite use of climate intervention technologies.

THE CONFERENCE

The International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies will take place at the Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey California, from the 22nd-26th of March 2010. This conference will outline the initial global rules and guidelines for the geoengineering studies on climate intervention. The rules set at this conference will then be assessed with international participation on a regular basis to incorporate the learning’s which the science unveils.

This is not an ethical conference. It is explicitly focused on facilitating international safety standards to reduce risk. The Climate Response Fund is working under the advice of Dr. Paul Berg (Nobel Prize Winner) who successfully implemented the historic Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA and set the rules and guidelines in place for that science.