From ScienceInsider there’s word that the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology will hold joint hearings with its counterpart in the U.K. House of Commons on geoengineering. This was announced on Thursday by both committees. The U.S. committee was holding a hearing on geoengineering, and the U.K. committee (and its predecessor) had started inquiries on the subject in 2008.
Granted, it’s two minor committees, but at least someone will be looking, and trying to set guidelines before the fact. While the following will be the questions guiding the U.K. part of the process, I suspect the U.S. committee will be thinking about similar questions.
• Is there a need for international regulation of geoengineering and geoengineering research and if so, what international regulatory mechanisms need to be developed?
• How should international regulations be developed collaboratively?
• What UK regulatory mechanisms apply to geoengineering and geoengineering research and what changes will need to be made for purpose of regulating geoengineering?