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Andy Parker

Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program




Andy Parker's research focuses on the governance and politics of research into solar geoengineering. Before moving to Harvard, he spent four years as a senior policy advisor at the Royal Society (UK), leading the Society's work on geoengineering, including the production of the 2009 report Geoengineering the Climate, and the SRM Governance Initiative (SRMGI). As a central figure with SRMGI since its inception in 2010, he has planned and run geoengineering outreach meetings in India, China, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, and Ethiopia. He was also a member of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's expert working group on geoengineering and co-led the Royal Society's policy work on climate change, environment, and energy.

Previously, he researched and wrote on human security for the Canadian government and worked in home energy efficiency. Andy has an M.Sc. in international policy analysis from the University of Bath and a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Warwick (both UK).



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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, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

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.



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, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

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.



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, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, 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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