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Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE)

SPICE (Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering) is an EPSRC, NERC and STFC co-funded 3 1/2 year collaboration between the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh which began in October 2010.

The SPICE project is investigating the effectiveness of Solar Radiation Management (SRM). SRM involves offsetting the effects of greenhouse gas increases by causing the Earth to absorb less radiation from the Sun. [1]

The project had attracted a forceful protest campaign from NGOs such as Friends of the Earth and ETC group. A petition signed by more than 50 organisations was handed in the same day as the decision to pause the project was announced by the EPSRC. They objected to the project in part because they feared that a "plan B" approach of engineering the climate will offer politicians an excuse for not taking tough decisions on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fules such as oil, coal and gas. - "Scientists criticise handling of pilot project to 'geoengineer' climate" [2]

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"Aims and Background." Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE)
Ruz, Camila. "Scientists criticise handling of pilot project to ‘geoengineer’ climate." The Guardian (2011)
"Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering." University of Cambridge Engineering Department (2011) •
"The SPICE project: a geoengineering feasibility study." Natural Environment Research Council (2011)
"ETC Group calls on UK government to halt Geoengineering Experiment." ETC Group (2011)
"Open letter about SPICE geoengineering test." ETC Group (2011)
"SPICE Opposition Letter." Hands Off Mother Earth (2011)
Marshall, Michael. "Political backlash to geoengineering begins." New Scientist Ltd. (2011)

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