We have the technology to capture and store millions of tons of carbon globally. Now all that’s lagging is the policy.
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Researchers and businesses are finding innovative ways to use carbon dioxide captured from power plants or the air.
David Goldberg recently returned to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory after a visiting appointment at the University of Montpellier on a “Make Our Planet Great Again” award.
The initiative will help to drive business models, investment vehicles, and policies for a new carbon economy.
These ideas hold merit no matter where you fall on the political spectrum
China became the world’s largest carbon polluter in 2006, surpassing the U.S. But it is also rapidly going green through cutting coal use, investing heavily in renewable energy and launching the world’s largest carbon trading system.
Though still requiring more research and development, direct air capture, a technology that extracts CO2 from ambient air, offers reason for optimism. It is economically viable in several areas and can permit negative emissions to eventually stabilize atmospheric concentrations. While current support for the pioneers in this industry comes from private and philanthropic investment, here are 10 reasons why policy makers should take direct air capture seriously.