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… the situation is a little bit frightening! Kelly Wanser, Silver Lining Institute: climate modelling, interventions, and unlocking global south talent “quickly”

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Nick Breeze

Climate journalist and host of the ClimateGenn podcast.

In this ClimateGenn episode, I speak to Silver Lining Institute Executive Director, Kelly Wanser about the urgent need to invest billions of dollars into expanding our global coverage of climate modelling capacity. 

The worsening risks we face mean climate interventions to cool the planet are back in discussion in the corridors of power. We discuss the hold-ups and the necessity for research that could give all of us a clear idea as to whether such schemes should be deployed or not.

We also discuss how engaging the talents of global south scientists beyond the current superficial level could be a game changer in advancing our ability to respond, and to intervene, in order to counter the catastrophic impacts of warming we are seeing accelerating all around us.

Quotes:

“We are in the far end of what looks like a really bad place for climate change.”

“The media is telling us the math doesn’t add up and the situation is getting a little bit frightening.”

On climate interventions: “Looking at the system where it is and the dangers to people… and the dangers to natural systems, ecology and biodiversity, we are now seeing there is more openness in those communities who were extremely opposed to this than they were in the past… and that’s new!”

“Ultimately, in the United States, and we’ll make this call to the rest of the world, we think there needs to be a step function, a real multi-billion dollar increase in investing against our observations and out model improvements. Separate from climate intervention, just to do the problems, we are not investing enough.”

“We quickly need money and this technical access for researchers in the global south if we want to say that their participation is meaningful… I’ll speak bluntly, I think their participation is more superficial than it should be because they don’t have the capacity to actually do the science.”

Excerpts from interview with Kelly Wanser, Exec Director of SilverLining Institute.

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