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First commercial carbon-sucking facility in U.S. opens in California

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🗞️ Driving the news: The United States has inaugurated its first commercial facility for direct air capture (DAC) of carbon dioxide in California
• Built by Heirloom Carbon Technologies, this facility marks a significant step in the carbon removal industry, capable of removing and storing up to 1,000 tons of CO2 annually

🔭 The context: This nascent technology, which extracts CO2 directly from the ambient air, is crucial in the fight against climate change
• Heirloom's facility, although smaller compared to upcoming plants in Texas and Louisiana, represents a milestone in DAC technology
• The company has received significant investment, including from Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund and Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: DAC technology is essential for achieving global warming targets, as it helps in decarbonizing the economy by removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere
• This technology is particularly vital as it complements efforts to reduce emissions, addressing the excess CO2 already present in the atmosphere

⏭️ What's next: Heirloom aims to operate at a cost of $100 per ton of carbon removed by 2030, a significant reduction from current costs
• The Biden administration's support and the potential for tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act could accelerate the development and deployment of DAC technology, contributing to a larger-scale impact on carbon removal

💬 One quote: "Research shows that gathering billions of tons of the greenhouse gas from the air each year by mid-century, in addition to rapid emissions reductions, will almost certainly be needed to limit global warming to 1.5C.” (Nadia Lopez, journalist)

📈 One stat: The carbon market, driven by technologies like DAC, could reach $1 trillion by 2037 if focused on high-quality carbon removals

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