Kategorie: Media

Will Direct Air Capture Ever Be Affordable? The Rise of DAC 3.0

by  Jonte Boysen & Torben Schreiter on medium.com, February 07, 2024

„Direct Air Capture (DAC) has been a prominent topic in mainstream media for over two years now and has often been portrayed through a fairly narrow lens focusing mainly on two specific technologies: Climeworks’ solid sorbent and Carbon Engineering’s liquid solvent systems. This narrow focus, however, overlooks the broader, dynamic landscape of over 80 companies innovating in this field. This article aims to dispel some common, oftentimes overly pessimistic, misconceptions about DAC and its potential. We aim to offer a more optimistic yet grounded and comprehensive view on the topic and — hopefully — inspire new angles for looking at DAC.“


EU unveils controversial climate target: what scientists think

by Katharine Sanderson, Carissa Wong on nature.com, February 06, 2024

„The European Commission has unveiled an ambitious climate target for 2040 — aiming to cut net greenhouse-gas emissions by 90% compared with 1990 levels. Researchers say that the goal, although admirable, risks relying too much on technologies such as carbon removal — which is largely unproven — rather than prioritizing the cutting of fossil-fuel use. Political shifts to the right, with many European Union member states electing governments that are unlikely to prioritize climate policy, might also make the goal difficult to achieve.“


Exclusive: World’s largest carbon removal plant is about to open

by Corbin Hiar on eenews.net, February 06, 2024

„A startup backed by Bill Gates plans this week to begin operating what could be the largest carbon removal facility on the planet — a potentially remarkable achievement for a firm that’s only a year old. The southern Arkansas plant owned by Graphyte aims to use carbon-rich sawdust and other woody waste from nearby paper mills to create biomass bricks that can be stored underground for centuries. The company’s Loblolly facility — named after the pine tree species grown in the area — intends to start manufacturing the shoe-box-sized blocks no later than Friday and gradually scale up production, CEO Barclay Rogers told E&E News.“


Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal: Issue Brief

by Isabella Corpora on carbonbusinesscouncil.org, January 23, 2024

„The Carbon Business Council published an issue brief about Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal (mCDR). Given its enormous scale, the ocean has an outsized potential role to play in advancing carbon removal to the level required to meet Paris Agreement targets. mCDR has the potential, when responsibly deployed and scaled, to offer significant climate benefits, while also contributing to sustainable economic development for coastal communities, maritime nations, and small island developing states. Additionally, certain mCDR approaches may yield co-benefits such as improvements to ocean health, via local mitigation of ocean acidification, to coastal ecosystems and commercial aquaculture.“


Carbon Removal Prices To Continue Going Down According To Report From AlliedOffsets And Carbon Herald

by Vasil Velev on carbonherald.com, January 18, 2024

„2023 was a milestone year for carbon removal with the industry graduating from a field largely populated with startups, to one that has a growing number of scaleups, government and private investment in the billions and its own voice when it comes to influencing policy and how we tackle emissions in the atmosphere. With this in mind the AlliedOffsets team has been meticulously gathering data on hundreds of metrics throughout last year, looking for the trends and patterns defining this congregation of technologies that share the common goal of removing CO2.“


The ‚dark earth‘ revealing the Amazon’s secrets

by Zaria Gorvett on bbc.com, January 16, 2024

This layer of charcoal-black soil, which can be up to 3.8m (12.5ft) thick, is found in patches across the Amazon basin. It is intensely fertile – rich in decaying organic matter and nutrients essential for growing crops, such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. But unlike the thin, sandy soils typical of the rainforest, this layer was not deposited naturally – it was the work of ancient humans. This rich soil is a relic from a very different time – an era when indigenous groups formed a thriving network of settlements across this rainforest world. 


Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

by Juliane El Zohbi and Diana Rechid on openaccessgovernment.org, January 9th, 2024

„The agricultural sector plays a decisive role in tackling climate change. GERICS explores what actors of the agricultural sector think of removing carbon dioxide and what support they need from science.“