Restoring the Carbon Balance- Session 2: The technologies

by Arturo Herrera on December 15, 2016

 

image003The capacity of the Earth’s atmosphere to safely hold excess carbon without too much warming is  limited. The situation is growing more urgent. Even after the December 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, the pace to transform economies away from dumping fossil carbon into the atmosphere will likely be too slow to achieve the goal of holding the temperature increase to two degrees Celsius.

Unless that pace is dramatically accelerated, the planet will almost certainly  exceed its “carbon budget” within two decades, if it hasn’t already. This concern has led the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to conclude that Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs), which remove CO2 from the air, will be needed to meet climate  goals.  However, NETs are still in the research, development or demonstration stages of commercialization and may not be ready in time, or feasible at the necessary scale. That poses a conundrum.  Technologies cannot develop without policy drivers; policy cannot lead the way without the assurance of demonstrably affordable and scalable technologies. 

Restoring the Carbon Balance – Webinar 2: The Technologies from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

Download the slides. 

Joel Makower, Executive Director of GreenBiz, will moderate the second webinar on Negative Emissions Technologies in the three-part “Restoring the Carbon Balance” webinar series.

He will be joined by Klaus Lackner, Director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University and Susan Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, at The University of Texas at Austin.
 Susan Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

Joel Makeower will be joined by Eric Larson, a senior research engineer at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and a senior scientist with Climate Central.

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Paul Smith January 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Thanks for this 2nd forum. So important in today’s political climate.

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Sev Clarke January 11, 2017 at 1:31 am

Reversing global warming and re-establishing desirable carbon balances can still possibly be achieved using combinations of the conceptual technologies described at http://www.climate-restoration-foundation.com/winwick-business-solutions – provided that their validation, refinement, approval and global deployment are undertaken rapidly.

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