IPCC report: carbon removal is now required to meet climate mitigation targets
Progress, but more is needed, fast
Carbon removal is more important than ever
Accounting for justice and equity in carbon removalDespite the promise, carbon dioxide removal, like many forms of emissions mitigation, has social, economic, and environmental sustainability implications. Just as the impacts of climate change stand to disproportionately impact indigenous and disinvested communities, the report warns that some removal programs can also have adverse effects, stating that the ”impacts, risks, and co-benefits of [carbon dioxide removal] deployment for ecosystems, biodiversity and people will be highly variable depending on the method, site-specific context, implementation and scale.”
The call for scalable carbon management and removal
About the author
Dr Julio Friedmann is Chief Scientist and Chief Carbon Wrangler at Carbon Direct. He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy. More recently, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA.