World Ocean Council to discuss ocean climate geo-engineering

The World Ocean Council (WOC) has disclosed that it is working to support the implementation of the International Climate Agreement (Paris 2015) requirements for negative emission technologies (NETs) to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

With the growing evidence that the ocean is the dominant player in global carbon cycling and storage, the WOC noted that the ocean-based NETs must be given serious consideration for contributing to climate mitigation.

The WOC stated that it is advancing this by developing a global “Ocean NET” platform to bring together science, policy, business and other stakeholders.

The ocean body noted that the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies is hosting a roundtable on 5 February to launch a new report published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), entitled “Ocean Climate Geoengineering: An Assessment of Potential Risks, Benefits and Governance”.

According to the ocean body, roundtable participants will include the report’s authors, Wil Burns, Professor of Research and Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy at American University, Jeffrey McGee, Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, Marine and Antarctic Law at the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Law, and Kerryn Brent, a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania.

The event will be moderated by Johannes Urpelainen, Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment & Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University.

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