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Why deleting carbon from the atmosphere is controversial

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Illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on Wired or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: The recent focus on carbon removal technologies at COP28 highlights the growing controversy and necessity of these strategies in addressing climate change, especially as the goal of limiting warming seems increasingly out of reach

🔭 The context: The COP28 climate agreement's mention of accelerating carbon removal technologies underscores their pivotal role in complementing emission reduction efforts

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective carbon removal is essential but contentious, with concerns that it might distract from reducing emissions or enable continued fossil fuel use

⏭️ What's next: The development and scaling of carbon removal technologies, balancing them with emission reduction efforts, remains a critical aspect of global climate strategy

💬 One quote: "Carbon removal unequivocally needs to work in tandem with the important work of reducing emissions" (Ben Rubin, Carbon Business Council)

📈 One stat: By 2050, it's estimated that removing about 2.3 gigatons of CO2 annually could require an investment of 1-2% of global GDP

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