VEC BLOG

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

  1. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Mutual trust in dialogue with the public – an essential element for success

    In this VEC guest blog, the climate policy consultant and researcher Matthias Honegger, gives us an impression from his work on the governance issues of climate responses, including greenhouse gas removal. In particular, the post sheds some light on upcoming work in partnership with the Risk Dialogue Foundation exploring ways to engage the public on these emerging […]

  2. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Rebuilding the Earth’s soils

    As rising food demands place ever more pressure on the world’s soils, can a smartphone app for soil health unlock a global win-win-win for climate, societies and the environment? We predict that it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing soil scientists (yes, soil scientists) gracing the front covers of our most prestigious […]

  3. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 BERCShop: Closing the Carbon Cycle

    Photo credit: angeloangelo / Foter / CC BY As Noah Deich discusses in this VEC Guest Blog – today, February 18th, 2014, BERC will host a BERCshop on the topic of: Closing the Carbon Cycle – Scaling Up Carbon Removal Solutions (Registration page). So what exactly is the notion of removing greenhouse gases from the […]

  4. Wednesday, January 22, 2014 A letter from Prof. Olaf Schuiling to the Dutch Government

    In the pursuit of scalable and sustainable ways of removing GHGs from the atmosphere, VEC has encountered a wide range of approaches and opinions! In the VEC guest blog, Enhanced Weathering advocate and head of VEC finalists The Olivine Foundation Prof. Olaf Schuiling describes why he felt compelled to write to the Dutch govenrnment recently: […]

  5. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Audi backs Direct Air Capture on the road to zero-carbon fuels

    In an exciting milestone for Direct Air Capture (DAC) systems, Audi has recently announced that it is teaming up with VEC finalists Climeworks in their quest for the world’s first carbon-neutral synthetic fuels. The ambitious Audi e-gas project reacts hydrogen produced using renewale energy with CO2 to make synthetic methane, or e-gas, that is used […]

  6. Monday, November 11, 2013 A Pleistocene Park – pt.2

    In the second and final instalment of this VEC guest blog series, journalist/filmmaker Luke Griswold-Tergis discusses the potential magnitude, remaining questions and the hope of Sergey and Nikita Zimov’s work in the Pleistocene Park Read part 1 here. The Zimovs calculated just how much carbon is stored in these Siberian Yedoma soils: it is around […]

  7. Friday, November 8, 2013 A Pleistocene Park – pt.1

    Potentially scalable and sustainable ways of removing GHGs from the atmosphere range from novel pieces of process engineering to activities looking to understand and restore ecosystems. In part 1 of this 2-part VEC guest blog series, journalist/filmmaker Luke Griswold-Tergis accounts his experiences with Russian Scientist Sergey Zimov, his unusual “Pleistocene Park” experiment, and what it […]

  8. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Can cows help save the planet?

    In this VEC guest blog, the journalist and author Judith Schwartz, gives us a taster from her new book: Cows Save the Planet, in which soil is examined as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, […]

  9. Friday, August 9, 2013 Full Circle Biochar featured in Grist article on the role of photosynthesis as a response to climate change

    Those involved with VEC all share a profound admiration of and respect for the elegance, optimisation, logic and ‘antifragility’ found throughout nature. In fact all of the VEC finalists are looking to sustainably remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere either as a co-benefit of restoring natural systems to their rightful states; and/or by learning lessons […]

  10. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Carbon Engineering: cost-effective chemical capture of carbon directly from the air

    The recent floods in the Canadian city of Calgary forced over 100,000 residents from their homes. The damage from the rising water has been projected to cost between $3 billion and $5 billion in direct losses, it will likely cost further billions from impacts to future productivity and economic output in the region and a […]