Climate change is one of the great challenges we currently face, and tech is looking for its own solutions. In this post-industrial world, planting trees alone won’t stop the changes. The next tech frontier is carbon (CO2) removal.
What is carbon removal?
Climate scientists came up with a process called direct air capture. It directly pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and buries the captured CO2 underground. This process didn’t become tenable to even the leading experts in that field until the year 2018.
Why do we need carbon removal?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that we have to remove between 100 and 1,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the 21st century. Why? They said this action would limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times and avoid climate change’s worst effects. For comparison, a toddler elephant weighs about one ton. We need to suck out at least 100 billion toddler elephants’ worth of CO2 as a start.
Some big corporations have pledged to have zero-carbon emissions in the coming years. And tech visionaries from Bill Gates to Elon Musk are backing the discoveries of more streamlined carbon removal methods with lesser-known explorers diving in constantly.
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