Why study solar radiation management? A case study in the cost of acquiring new evidence
Eric Winsberg (University of South Florida), Eric Winsberg (University of South Florida), Eric Winsberg

part of: Evidence, Models and Explanations
September 12, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
PhilSci India

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Hyderābād
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International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
University of California, San Diego

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Lecture Title: Why study solar radiation management? A case study in the cost of acquiring new evidence

Speaker: Eric Winsberg

Date: 12th September 2020 (Sat)

Time: 6PM (IST) || 2.30PM (SAST) || 5.30AM (PDT) || 1.30PM (BST) || 8.30PM (HKT)

Zoom Link: https://iiit-ac-in.zoom.us/j/93997563252

Abstract: Recently, research into the possibilities of developing Solar Radiation Management (SRM) and other geoengineering technologies has gained new momentum. Just this year, Cambridge University announced the opening of a “Centre for Climate Repair” as part of the university’s Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative. A recent paper published in Nature gives hope that SRM could confer more benefits than previously thought. But opposition to even conducting research into SRM remains strong. I use the case study of SRM to develop a framework for thinking about the benefits and costs of acquiring new evidence and for thinking about the conditions under which new evidence could be harmful.

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