The Degrees Initiative welcomes the Climate Overshoot Commission’s call for more SRM research in developing countries

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Bristol, UK, 14 September 2023: The Degrees Initiative welcomes the Climate Overshoot Commission’s recommendations for more solar radiation modification (SRM) research in and led by developing countries, which is set out in its new report Reducing the Risks of Climate Overshoot.

These recommendations echo the mission of the Degrees Initiative, which has been changing the global environment in which SRM is evaluated since 2010 to put the Global South at the centre of the conversation.

The Degrees Initiative has funded SRM research since 2018 through the Degrees Modelling Fund. The Fund is the largest SRM research initiative in the world by number of scientists and the first international SRM modelling fund aimed exclusively at scientists in developing countries and emerging economies.

SRM is a controversial proposal for reducing some of the impacts of climate change by reflecting a small fraction of sunlight away from the Earth. It remains the only known way to quickly stop or reverse the global rise in temperature, but it could have damaging side effects and unintended consequences.

“It is great to see the Climate Overshoot Commission call for more SRM research in developing countries. Coming from such a collection of high-level figures, this is further evidence that SRM is moving up the climate policy agenda and that developing countries must be central to the conversation.” Andy Parker – CEO – The Degrees Initiative, United Kingdom.

“Support for the Global South to research climate and SRM impacts will foster international connections and improve knowledge transfers, enabling local scientists and policymakers to make wise and informed decisions.” Dr Pornampai (Ping-Ping) Narenpitak – Degrees Modelling Fund scientist – The National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand.

“We need to take a leading role in research on SRM so that we do not let other countries decide for us.” Dr Casimir Y. Da-Allada – Degrees Modelling Fund scientist – National University of Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Benin.

“It is very important that those countries that suffer the most from climate change should lead the conversation about SRM. And they can’t lead the conversation if they don’t know what it’s about.” Dr Romaric C. Odoulami – Degrees Modelling Fund scientist – African Climate and Development Initiative, South Africa.

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