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March 2008 A discussion on how global investment can be encouraged to forward low carbon technologies.     Watch the talks

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Scientists issue warning that technology to beat global warming may backfire

Engineering solutions to modify the Earth's environment and climate may be necessary if humanity is to adapt to global warming, a group of influential scientists will say today. =

Engineering our climate / In The News / Scientists issue warning that technology to beat global warming may backfire

Necessity’s inventions

The infant science of geo-engineering – one that so many would gladly see strangled in its cradle – could grow into the best job creation scheme for universities ever invented.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Necessity’s inventions

Royal Society to research potential of geoengineering to limit global warming

The Royal Society has announced plans today to study which planetary-scale geoengineering techniques might play a practical role in stemming the worst impacts of climate change.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Royal Society to research potential of geoengineering to limit global warming

Farms to take heat out of warming

Farmers could help curb rising global temperatures by selecting crop varieties that reflect solar energy back into space, researchers say.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Farms to take heat out of warming

EU spending spree brings carbon capture closer to reality

Europe-wide plan proposes €1.25bn for carbon capture at coal-fired power plants; €1.75bn earmarked for better international energy links

Engineering our climate / In The News / EU spending spree brings carbon capture closer to reality

Every silver lining has a cloud

Plans to engineer the climate may be less effective than had been hoped

Engineering our climate / In The News / Every silver lining has a cloud

Geo-engineering our climate

Events / Geo-engineering our climate

Can geo-engineering rebuild the planet?

As global warming worsens, the idea of vast projects to alter the Earth's environment is moving from fantasy to necessity.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Can geo-engineering rebuild the planet?

What is geoengineering?

Read about engineering solutions to directly modify the Earth's environment and climate to help ease the warming of the planet

Engineering our climate / Focus / What is geoengineering?

Sulphur screens

Could a screen of chemicals in the stratosphere help to cool the earth?

Engineering our climate / 60 Seconds / Sulphur screens

Fifth of world carbon emissions soaked up by extra forest growth, scientists find

Trees in the tropics are getting bigger, which means they are soaking up an extra 5bn tonnes of CO2 a year

Razing the Rainforest / In The News / Fifth of world carbon emissions soaked up by extra forest growth, scientists find

Meet the panel for ‘Engineering our climate’

Read the biographies of the panel for 'Engineering our climate' event. Prof David Keith is an internationally renowned environmental scientist, based at Calgary Univeristy, Canada and Dr Paul Johnston, Head of Science Unit for Greenpeace International

Engineering our climate / Focus / Meet the panel for ‘Engineering our climate’

Artificial trees and brightened clouds may help to cool us down

Techniques for geo-engineering are coming under serious scrutiny as temperatures and CO2 emissions continue to rise

Concreting the countryside / In The News / Artificial trees and brightened clouds may help to cool us down

Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

The global warming situation has become so dire that Barack Obama's chief scientific adviser has raised with the president the possibility of massive-scale technological fixes to alter the climate known as 'geo-engineering'.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

The emissions reductions gospel is failing – we need something more

NGOs who oppose geo-engineering are running the risk of climatic catastrophe

Engineering our climate / In The News / The emissions reductions gospel is failing – we need something more

Engineers set to convert carbon dioxide into solid rock

Engineers in Iceland are set to convert carbon dioxide to solid rock as a way to tackle global warming.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Engineers set to convert carbon dioxide into solid rock

Key role of forests ‘may be lost’

Forests' role as massive carbon sinks is "at risk of being lost entirely", top forestry scientists have warned.

Razing the Rainforest / In The News / Key role of forests ‘may be lost’

UK set to miss climate change targets

The UK is set to miss climate change targets despite a reduction in greenhouse emissions caused by the recession, analysts have warned.

Future of low carbon energy / In The News / UK set to miss climate change targets

UK government to unveil plans for coal-powered future

Key to the plans will be boosting carbon capture and storage technology. CCS has the potential to capture 90% of emissions but has never been proven at commercial scale.

Engineering our climate / In The News / UK government to unveil plans for coal-powered future

Budget 2009: Darling gives renewables a £5bn shot in the arm

British Wind Energy Association welcomes package, but planning and grid connections still restrict renewables revolution

Future of low carbon energy / In The News / Budget 2009: Darling gives renewables a £5bn shot in the arm

Pollution ‘fights global warming’

Air pollution may be helping the fight against global warming by enhancing the ability of plants to absorb carbon dioxide, scientists say.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Pollution ‘fights global warming’

Interview: James Lovelock on how to save Gaia

James Lovelock suggests that the technology for reversing climate change may be within our grasp

Engineering our climate / In The News / Interview: James Lovelock on how to save Gaia

Clean coal push marks reversal of UK energy policy

Decision not to allow any new coal-powered plants to be built in Britain without carbon capture represents a major victory for the new Department for Energy and Climate Change and green pressure groups

Engineering our climate / In The News / Clean coal push marks reversal of UK energy policy

Clean coal is future for energy supplies

Greenhouse gas emissions from new power stations will be collected and permanently stored deep underground

Engineering our climate / In The News / Clean coal is future for energy supplies

New coal power plants must capture carbon

New coal-fired power stations to be built in the UK must have carbon capture and storage facilities, the government said on Thursday.

Engineering our climate / In The News / New coal power plants must capture carbon

Trees are growing faster and could buy time to halt global warming

Plants and trees are growing faster because of rising carbon dioxide levels, potentially buying Earth more time to address global warming, according to scientists.

Razing the Rainforest / In The News / Trees are growing faster and could buy time to halt global warming

Winds of change blow for offshore power operators

It's official: it's getting windier down south. This unexpected quirk of climate change has given a much needed boost to offshore wind-farm developers.

Future of low carbon energy / In The News / Winds of change blow for offshore power operators

Britain’s only wind turbine plant to close

Vestas is to shut down its Isle of Wight factory in the face of collapsing demand from a wind-farming industry hobbled by the recession and red tape

Future of low carbon energy / In The News / Britain’s only wind turbine plant to close