Science and Technology Committee Announcement

Session 2009-10

18 March 2010




UK AND US TEAM UP IN UNIQUE COLLABORATION ON GEOENGINEERING

UK COMMITTEE CHAIR GIVES EVIDENCE TO US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE

Phil Willis MP, Science and Technology Committee Chair, today gives evidence via video link to the US House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology as part of a novel approach to parallel scrutiny.

Both Committees have been examining geoengineering - activities designed to change the global climate with the aim of reducing human caused climate change. The Commons Committee has published its report on the regulation of geoengineering today.

Mr Willis will give evidence as part of the US House Committee's hearing on domestic and international governance of geoengineering research.

Commenting, Phil Willis MP said: "What better subject than geoengineering - where international collaboration is essential if we are to explore and understand fully its potential - to provide the backdrop to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between UK and US scrutiny committees.

"As we conclude in our report, it is vital if future global challenges are to be met that parliamentarians across the globe realise the benefits of working together."

Phil Willis will give evidence at 1600 GMT and the hearing is available to watch online: http://science.house.gov/publications/hearings_markups_details.aspx?NewsID=2764