About us

Our mission is to build the capacity of developing countries to evaluate SRM and play a central role in the global conversation around this controversial technology. The Degrees Initiative was launched in 2010 as the SRM Governance Initiative (SRMGI), a partnership between the Royal Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). In 2021, Degrees registered as an independent non-profit organisation based in the United Kingdom.

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Our work

Working in partnership with local organizations, Degrees runs outreach meetings on the science and governance of SRM throughout the Global South. Since 2011, we have organised workshops in over 20 countries. In 2018, we launched the DECIMALS Fund, the first ever SRM modelling research fund for scientists from the developing world.

Degrees is neutral on SRM and does not take a position on how any research should be governed or on whether SRM geoengineering should ever be used. Instead, we believe that broadening the international conversation, in particular by bringing in more voices from the Global South, will strengthen humanity’s ability to handle the issue prudently and equitably.

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Degrees has partnered with a wide range of environment and development NGOs, industry, and civil society organizations across the globe. Like us, they are neutral on SRM and do not promote or oppose it, instead seeking to expand the discussion of its potential risks and benefits, science and governance.

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People

Degrees is governed by an experienced board of trustees and run by a team that operates from several locations around the world, including France, Italy, and the UK.

Meet our team

Degrees is, first and foremost, the product of voluntary work and international collaboration. For over a decade, eminent experts have been donating their time to advise and support us because they believe in our mission. Our work wouldn’t be possible without them.

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Funding

Degrees is funded by the Open Philanthropy Project, the Safe Climate Research Initiative (which is supported by LowerCarbon Capital, Matt Cohler, the Pritzker Innovation Fund, Bill Trenchard, and the LAD Climate Fund), and the Climate Pathfinders Foundation. Previous funding sources include the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), UNESCOZennström Philanthropies, the Carbon War Room, and the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research (FICER).