Wired argues that while there have been announcements about the possibility of usable carbon removal technologies at an affordable cost they are being hyped to the point where we may not take any action to mitigate the damage we are doing.
Scientists have long speculated that so-called "negative emissions" technologies like CO2 removal could not only slow the accumulation of carbon in the air, but even reverse it. Before last week, though, all that speculation was, well, largely speculative; nobody had convincingly demonstrated how to pull off negative emissions at scale. Previous estimates had pegged the cost of sucking carbon from the skies, for instance, at $600 per ton—way too pricey to qualify as a viable cleanup solution. The findings from Carbon Engineering, which appear in the latest issue of the journal Joule, point the way toward a future in which negative emissions are not only technically possible but financially feasible.
So yeah—it's big, significant, encouraging news. But it's not all blue skies and rainbows.
|Climate Name Change: Petition to Name Extreme Storms After Climate Change Deniers|
|Using Micromotors to Combat Ocean Acidification and Global Warming|
|“I think the bigger challenge for the global population is growing food in these conditions.”|
|How to Explain a Dangerous Place to People 10,000 Years from Now|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|The Pirate Supply Store|
|“A dystopian vision of the future is already happening in China.”|
|“When Life Gives You Lemons.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|Flying into Pape station. #ttc|
|“The world’s first hydrogen-powered train.”|
|“Google isn’t liable because it is nothing and nowhere and endless.”|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|“The first-ever driverless mass transit test program.”|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|