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Caribbean researchers examine option to limit global warming

In the race to delay global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, which presents a significant threat to the Caribbean, regional researchers from The UWI Mona and the Instituto de Meteorologia (Cuba) have turned their attention to solar geoengineering and, in particular, solar radiation management (SRM) as a possible silver lining. Their findings from phase one of the research into SRM, which looks at reducing the impacts of climate change by reflecting a small amount of inbound sunlight back into space, are published in Atmosphere, in a paper titled ‘The Caribbean and 1.5 degrees Celsius: Is SRM an option?’ The research effort, funded to the tune of US$70,000 by Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative and led by Dr Leonardo Clarke, examines the Caribbean climate under various scenarios of an SRM-altered versus an SRM-unaltered world for the global warming targets of 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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