Thursday, April 12, 2012
Australia's Chief Scientist Advocates Research
Australia's Chief Scientist, charged with advising the federal government on scientific matters, has released a brief report calling for research on geoengineering. The document is generally unremarkable, highlighting potential advantages and disadvantages of various techniques and underlining possible risks. But its authors conclude by stating, "Scientific research into the usefulness and safety of geoengineering needs to proceed so that the best information is available for policy discussions." The Australian government currently provides limited funding for research related to CCS and carbon farming.