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World’s largest air capture plant opens in Europe. Is it really a ‘misguided scientific experiment’?

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🗞️ Driving the news: Iceland now hosts the world's largest direct air carbon capture and storage (DAC+S) plant, operated by Climeworks
• Named Mammoth, the plant significantly scales up the company's carbon capture capabilities, aiming to remove up to 36,000 tonnes of CO2 annually from the atmosphere

🔭 The context: Located within the Hellisheiði geothermal park, the Mammoth plant utilizes renewable geothermal energy to power its operations
• This method captures CO2 directly from the air, different from traditional carbon capture technologies that target emissions at the source

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The new facility is part of broader efforts to mitigate climate change through technological innovation
• However, it also stirs debate about the viability and environmental impact of relying heavily on such technologies for climate solutions, particularly regarding resource use and potential ecosystem disruption

⏭️ What's next: As Climeworks continues to expand its operations with the goal of reaching gigaton capacity by 2050, the effectiveness and environmental impacts of large-scale carbon capture will be closely monitored and debated

💬 One quote: "Constructing multiple real-world plants in rapid sequences makes Climeworks the most deployed carbon removal company with direct air capture at the core." – Jan Wurzbacher, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Climeworks

📈 One stat: The Mammoth plant aims to capture 36,000 tonnes of CO2 annually

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