An announcement today without much substance yet, from Phil Willis MP in charge of the UK House of Commons Science and Technology committee:
Commons Committee to work in unique collaboration with US Congressional Committee
The Science and Technology Committee has today announced a new
inquiry into the regulation of geoengineering. The House of Commons
inquiry is being coordinated with an inquiry into geoengineering which
the US Congressional Science and Technology Committee starts today.
The Commons inquiry follows on from the major inquiry that the
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee completed in
March 2008, Engineering: turning ideas into reality, which took
‘geoengineering’ as a case study. The Report examined activities
specifically and deliberately designed to effect a change in the global
climate with the aim of minimising or reversing man-made climate change.
Building on the earlier work the new inquiry will focus on one
aspect of geoengineering: the regulation of geoengineering,
particularly international regulation and regulation within the UK. The
following terms of reference will be used for the Commons inquiry.
- Is there a need for international regulation of geoengineering and
geoengineering research and if so, what international regulatory
mechanisms need to be developed?
- How should international regulations be developed collaboratively?
- What UK regulatory mechanisms apply to geoengineering and
geoengineering research and what changes will need to be made for
purpose of regulating geoengineering?