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Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI)

The Royal Society has launched a Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) in partnership with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and the U.S. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to explore regulatory issues pertaining to SRM techniques. We welcome this initiative which will help us develop a formal position and future strategy. [1]

Our Mission

Our goal is to transform the environment in which decisions about SRM geoengineering will ultimately be made, ensuring informed and confident representation from climate-vulnerable countries.

How We Work

Our workshops took the SRM conversation to the Global South. Our Global Forum brought new voices into international discussions. Our DECIMALS Fund helps Southern scientists develop their own SRM expertise. [2]

Convening organisations

SRMGI was launched in 2010 by EDF, TWAS and the Royal Society.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a leading national non-profit organization representing more than 2 million members. Since 1967, it has linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society’s most urgent environmental problems. EDF is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people. Guided by science, it creates practical solutions that win support because they are non-partisan, cost-effective and fair.

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. It aims to expand the frontiers of knowledge by championing the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet.

The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS) works to advance innovation and sustainable development through research, education, policy and diplomacy. TWAS, a global science academy, has nearly 1,200 elected Fellows from more than 90 countries; 15 of them are Nobel laureates. TWAS annually offers more than USD$1 million in research grants and over 500 PhD and post-doctoral fellowships.

Convening organisations

SRMGI is funded by the Open Philanthropy Project and SilverLining’s Safe Climate Research Initiative which is supported by LowerCarbon Capital, Matt Cohler, the Pritzker Innovation Fund, Bill Trenchard, and the LAD Climate Fund. Previous funding sources include the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), UNESCO, Zennström Philanthropies, the Carbon War Room, and the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research (FICER). [3]

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Related Timeline Entries


"Government Response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee 5th Report of Session 2009-10: The Regulation of Geoengineering." Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by Command of Her Majesty (2010).
"Our Mission." Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) (2010).
"About Us: Convening organisations." Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) (2010).
"Solar radiation management governance." The Royal Society (2011).
"Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative." The World Academy of Sciences (2012). •
"International groups call for coordinated oversight of geoengineering research." The Environmental Defense Fund (2011).

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