VEC BLOG

Find news and updates on VEC here, as well as other interesting news items around GHG-removal.

  1. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Carbon removal: Where will all the carbon go?

    It is becoming increasingly likely that our society will need to remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere in order to avoid dangerous climate change. The question then becomes: how are we going to store all of this CO2 that we remove from the atmosphere? The main approaches for carbon sequestration today fall into two buckets: geologic and biologic. Geologic sequestration involves […]

  2. Monday, December 15, 2014 Exploring the promise of restoring ecosystems to reverse global warming

    by Adam D. Sacks |Executive Director | Biodiversity for a Livable Climate On November 21-23, 2014 at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (Bio4Climate) presented its ground-breaking (no pun intended) conference, Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming. Building upon the improvements and tolerances found within ‘conventional’ mitigation and adaptation, it […]

  3. Friday, September 12, 2014 Zero-carbon fuels in sight as Climeworks unveils industrial Direct Air Capture system

    In their latest technology milestone, VEC finalists Climeworks have unveiled the “CO2 Kollektor”, their first industrial-scale CO2 capture module, at the 2014 Swiss Energy and Climate Summit in Bern earlier this month. Through their partnership with Audi’s synthetic fuels programme, we may see the world’s first fuels produced directly from atmospheric CO2 as early as […]

  4. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Recap from the first global Climate Engineering Conference: how long can CDR stay in this conversation?

    By Guy Lomax Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) A decade ago, one would have had to look very hard to find anyone who had heard of Climate Engineering (CE), deliberate large scale attempts to manipulate the Earth’s climate systems. But in the five years since the landmark Royal Society […]

  5. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 On cows’ potential to improve the environment: thoughts from the Savory Institute Conference

    By Noah Deich For the last half century, Allan Savory has promoted the idea that “Holistic Land Management” (“HLM”) — or intensive, rotational livestock grazing — can have myriad environmental and economic benefits. Savory argues that livestock such as cattle, when moved around ranches in patterns that simulate the movements of large herds of wild grass eaters, can help stimulate the […]

  6. Thursday, July 24, 2014 Costs and Supply of Greenhouse Gas Removal: Is GGR Affordable and Available at Scale?

    This VEC guest blog by Noah Deich examines what is and isn’t known about the cost of removing carbon from the atmosphere. I often hear critics dismiss carbon removal approaches as both too expensive and too small-scale to have a material impact on mitigating climate change. And while that assessment may be true today, many experts predict that, […]

  7. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Buildings: an untapped source for Greenhouse Gas Removal?

    By Noah Deich In the US, buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of all carbon emissions. Such building-related CO2 emissions can be reduced in numerous ways — from installing more energy-efficient appliances to powering the buildings with renewable energy sources. But buildings may also provide an opportunity to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Such building-related CDR […]

  8. Friday, July 11, 2014 Three Graphics from the IPCC that help Explain the Science Behind Greenhouse Gas Removal

    By Noah Deich In 2013, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a comprehensive report outlining many approaches to Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) (section 6.5 starting on page 546). The report is quite technical, but has a number of interesting charts that help explain CDR: 1. A diagram showing the global carbon cycle, […]

  9. Monday, April 28, 2014 Climeworks AG Closes Series B Financing Round

    (c) Climeworks AG The ETH Spin-off company and VEC finalists Climeworks AG recently announced the closing of their CHF 3 million series B financing round to further industrialize Climeworks’ CO2 product and build their first commercial scale CO2 capture plant. Climeworks was founded end of 2009 and has since then developed its proprietary technology from laboratory to […]

  10. Thursday, April 17, 2014 Should Removing Greenhouse Gases from the atmosphere be more than a Plan B?

    In this VEC blog, Guy Lomax notes that the IPCC has become the latest major institution to propose removing billions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere to meet climate targets. But, he asks, is the Greenhouse Gas Removal debate focusing on the wrong questions? The oceans and chalk cliffs: two sinks of CO2 from […]