Suck It

It’s looking less and less likely that humans will be able to substantially reduce carbon emissions in time to stave off some seriously bad outcomes. That makes it more likely that we’re going to have to figure out a way to remove some carbon from the air in a way that is efficient and cost effective enough to make a dent in the problem. And there’s no time for waiting to inhale. As a species, we really need to suck it up. From the NYT: The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change. “The technicians had in front of them 12 large devices, stacked in two rows of six, that resembled oversize front-loading clothes dryers. These were ‘direct air capture’ machines, which soon would begin collecting carbon dioxide from air drawn in through their central ducts. Once trapped, the CO₂ would then be siphoned into large tanks and trucked to a local Coca-Cola bottler, where it would become the fizz in a soft drink.”

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