The notion of geoengineering includes a wide array of technologies centred around reflecting sunlight back into space or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. All seek to intervene in and alter earth systems on a large scale – a “technofix” to climate change.
The technologies proposed all come with far-reaching and profound social, political, and environmental risks and impacts. The effects would - by nature of the intervention - be transboundary, as well as potentially large-scale, unpredictable and irreversible.
Our three explanatory videos describe how geoengineering technologies are supposed to work on land, in the oceans and in the atmosphere, and the risks associated with these large-scale technological approaches.
A technofix for the climate? Land-based geoengineering (BECCS) - Heinrich-Böll-StiftungWatch on YouTube
A technofix for the climate? Atmospheric geoengineering (Solar Radiation Management) - Heinrich-Böll-StiftungWatch on YouTube
Solar Geoengineering: Warnings from Scientists, Indigenous Peoples and Climate Activists
Solar Geoengineering: Warnings from Scientists, Indigenous Peoples and Climate Activists - ETC GroupWatch on YouTube
Greta Thunberg, Vandana Shiva, Tom Goldtooth, Naomi Klein, Åsa Larsson Blind, Bill McKibben, Michael Mann, Raymond Pierrehumbert and Jennie Stephens share their perspectives — and their warnings — on the growing issue of solar geoengineering.
Say no to Solar Geoengineering - Heinrich-Böll-StiftungWatch on YouTube
SolarGeoengineering is a dangerous bogus solution to the climate crisis that poses serious risks to the environment and society.
Climate Justice Law Session: Geoengineering and the climate crisis - Heinrich-Böll-StiftungWatch on YouTube
Video recording of the online event "Climate Justice Law Session: Geoengineering and the climate crisis - Environmental and human rights risks posed by geoengineering and potential litigation opportunities" on September 14, 2021.
The event was hosted by the Center for International Environmental Law, the Climate Justice Fund and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
Webinar: Three Reports, One Story: Geoengineering is Dangerous... and Unnecessary - Center for International Environmental LawWatch on YouTube
Join CIEL, Heinrich Böll, Oil Change International, and DiCaprio Foundation/OneEarth for three short presentations and a Q&A on three seminal reports on geoengineering.The presenters answered questions following presentations about each of these reports.
Our recent work on Geoengineering
Civil society positions and reports
Factsheets on Geoengineering
- Cirrus Cloud Thinning
- Stratospheric Aerosol Injection
- Microbubbles / Sea Foam
- Artificial Upwelling
- Ocean fertilization
- Surface Albedo Modification
- Enhanced Photosynthesis
- Direct Air Capture
- Carbon Capture Use and Storage
- Bio-Energy with carbon capture and storage
- Enhanced weathering
- Marine Cloud Brightening Project
- Carbon Capture and Storage
This interactive geoengineering map, prepared by ETC Group and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, sheds light on the worldwide state of geoengineering by showing the scope of research and experimentation. There is no complete record of weather and climate control projects so this map is necessarily partial.
For further information and background on geoengineering and its ecological, economic, social and justice implications please see geoengineeringmonitor.org.
Videos & Podcasts
Lili Fuhr on geoengineering
CEC17 - Climate Engineering in the Wake of Paris - RIFS PotsdamWatch on YouTube
"Geoengineering should not be on the table for adressing climate change" - input of department head Lili Fuhr on Geoengineering at the Climate Engineering Conference 2017: Critical Global Discussions in Berlin.
Podcast on Geoengineering
Can and should the global climate be regulated by technological means, the so called geoengineering? In our first episode of our podcast "Tipping point" our host took off to hear from experts what these approaches mean for the planet’s environment and society.