2020 Could Be the Year Carbon Removal Takes Off

World Resources Institute

2020 Could Be the Year Carbon Removal Takes Off

Global greenhouse gas emissions are on track to rise once again to their highest level in history. Our time is shrinking to reduce climate-warming emissions enough to limit global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius (2.7-3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

As the urgency of decisive climate action grows, so too has interest in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. What was seen just a year ago as a “radical fix” is now increasingly recognized as a necessary tool to address the climate crisis, alongside rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Recent advances in policy, technology, and on-the-ground projects show that the field of carbon removal, including both nature-based approaches and cutting-edge carbon capture technologies, is quickly heating up. But how do we translate that momentum into decisive action in 2020?

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