Can Sunlight Reduce Climate Risks? New Report Outlines Potential Approaches
A recent United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction report highlighted a sharp increase in disasters with the vast majority of effects borne by low-income countries. With this in mind, the Council on Foreign Relations, with input from an advisory committee including DRI President and CEO Chloe Demrovsky, describes the need for information and policy on reflecting sunlight from the atmosphere – or “solar climate intervention” – to reduce climate risks.
The report, “Reflecting Sunlight to Reduce Risk,” recommends deepening U.S. and global understanding of evolving climate threats, including natural-system tipping points and their consequences, and assessing whether sunlight reflection methods could reduce these risks.
It emphasizes that evidence-based approaches and international cooperation are essential for decisions on interventions to respond to climate risks, also highlighted in a series of Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
The advisory committee consisted of 25 experts from various fields, including jesse ausubel, Daniel Bodansky, Elizabeth Chalecki, Chloe Demrovsky, Sarah Doherty, David Fidler, Stephen M. Gardiner, Michael Gerrard, Sherri Goodman, Alice Hill — Resilience, Joshua Horton, Sikina Jinnah, Miles Kahler, Douglas MacMartin, Simon Nicholson, Andy Parker, Edward A. Parson, Janos Pasztor, Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Jesse L. Reynolds, Ph.D., Ted Roosevelt, Chris Sacca, Jonathan Silver, and Gernot Wagner.