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Andy Parker

Former Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, July 31, 2014–November 2014; Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, August 20, 2012–July 30, 2014

 

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Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, July 31, 2014–November 2014; Research Fellow,  Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, August 20, 2012–July 30, 2014

 

 

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2015

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January 29, 2015

"What's the Right Temperature for the Earth?"

Op-Ed, Washington Post

By Andy Parker, Former Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, July 31, 2014–November 2014; Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, August 20, 2012–July 30, 2014 and David Keith, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"...[A]ttention is turning to solar geoengineering, also known as solar radiation management. Although the concept of injecting sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere has so far been tested only using computer simulations, there's high confidence that it would work to cool the Earth because it would mimic the well-understood cooling effect of large volcanic eruptions."

 

2014

Asa Mathat for Techonomy Media

Spring 2014

"Andrew Parker: Uncertainties and Implications of Geoengineering"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Abigail Collins and Andy Parker, Former Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, July 31, 2014–November 2014; Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, August 20, 2012–July 30, 2014

In his State of the Union address on January 28, 2014, President Obama told the nation, “The debate is settled, climate change is a fact.”

Faced with this reality, scientists and policymakers continue to look for ways to limit climate change and to counteract it, and some have started to look seriously at technologies like geoengineering.

 

2013

January 2013

"The Fate of an Engineered Planet"

Journal Article, Scientific American, issue 1, volume 308

By David Keith, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Andy Parker, Former Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, July 31, 2014–November 2014; Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, August 20, 2012–July 30, 2014

Solar engineering and other exceptionally ambitious new technologies to deal with the reality of rising global temperatures come riddled with uncertainties. To illustrate how complex the problem is and what kind of challenges lie ahead, here are three contrasting, and somewhat fantastical, scenarios.

 

2012

September 2012

"Impacts of Climate-Related Geoengineering on Biological Diversity"

Report Chapter

By Phillip Williamson, Robert Watson, Georgina Mace, Paulo Artaxo, Ralph Bodle, Victor Galaz, Andy Parker, Former Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, July 31, 2014–November 2014; Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, August 20, 2012–July 30, 2014, David Santillo, Chris Vivian, David Cooper, Jaime Webbe, Annie Cung and Emma Woods

Working from a mandate from the 2010 Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this report compiles and synthesizes available scientific information on the possible impacts of geoengineering techniques on biodiversity, including preliminary information on associated social, economic, and cultural considerations.

 

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