In 2012, Shared Challenges funded a review of the potential impacts of geoengineering technology on biodiversity and ecosystems and to identify gaps in our knowledge that need further research. The review concentrated on two categories of geoengineering technology, or intervention:
- Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and sequestration, to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
- Solar Radiation Management, which uses technology to reflect a small proportion of sunlight away from earth to offset warming from greenhouse gases
Work on this review is ongoing, and it will provide a very useful reference guide for those seeking to research or respond to developments in geoengineering. It will also help people to access the latest information on twenty of the geoengineering techniques currently being discussed and their potential positive or negative impacts on biodiversity.
Sutherland, W.J. et al. (in prep) A review of the potential impacts of geoengineering technology on biodiversity and ecosystems, Cambridge conservation Initiative Report, Cambridge, UK.