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The Conversation: Here’s a harsh reality check on using trees and carbon capture to fight climate change

The Conversation

Most proposals to remove carbon dioxide make a difference only at the edges

This is one way to remove carbon dioxide from the air.


When politicians talk about reaching “net zero” emissions, they’re often counting on trees or technology that can pull carbon dioxide out of the air. What they don’t mention is just how much these proposals or geoengineering would cost to allow the world to continue burning fossil fuels.

There are many proposals for removing carbon dioxide, but most make differences only at the edges, and carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have continued to increase relentlessly, even through the pandemic.


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