“Go out and make the world a better place.”
This concludes with the preface to CDR Primer, an online, downloadable multimedia booklet co-authored by over a dozen earth scientists, social scientists, engineers and authors in a dialogue, and its crucial role in the resolution of our climate crises.
Carbon dioxide waste is removed, transported to a disposal facility, and deposited in such a manner that it cannot reenter the environment using CDR technology such as carbon capture use or sequestration (CCUS), reforestation, and carbon-friendly soil management, among others. Carbon reduction techniques are typically divided into three categories: biological, which involves trapping carbon in wetlands, crop systems, or aquatic environments; geologic, which involves capturing and storing carbon underwater or in rock formations; and carbon-utilization, which involves capturing carbon and using it to make things like plastic or cement.
Since 15-40% of the carbon dioxide we emit will remain in the atmosphere for almost 1,000 years, carbon reduction is critical. Furthermore, all potential paths to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, require CDR “to neutralize pollution from sources for which no mitigating steps have been found and, in most situations, even to reach net negative emissions to return global warming.”
We have to raise the question of how we will be able to accomplish them, considering the more optimistic, long-term targets on the issue of neutral carbon (president Joe Biden’s renewable energy strategy aims at achieving 100% clean energy and the net-null emissions by 2050. According to the writers of the prime, however, “misconceptions and inconsistencies remain a barrier to the creation of fair CDR delivery strategies,” according to the authors. It was critical for scientists and politicians to clarify certain contradictions in terminology, definition, and structural structure about CDR technology to achieve substantive progress in our clean energy objectives.
The CDR Primer covers not just the technological aspects of CDR structures and quantifying pollution (Chapters 2 and 4), but also CDR’s present situation (Chapter 5), how CDR is linked to social justice (Chapter 1), and global prospects for increasing CDR (Chapter 1). (Chapter 3). It is clear that finding appropriate solutions to reduce and even reverse the impacts of our climate crisis is a difficult and interdisciplinary task; understanding the natural, technical, social, and economic implications necessitates cooperation in many fields.
The difficulties of our climate crisis are embedded in the fact that it is a global problem that requires localized efforts, legislation, and actions, as well as the specific equity barriers that would be required to manage a genuinely just energy transition.
CDR Primer is a debate on CDR innovations, not a consensus; this study is still in progress and will continue to evolve. It is a priceless resource for those of us who want to learn more about what we can do to improve the world but are uncertain where to begin. The authors write, “Educating ourselves about such topics will help ingrain this awareness into our global consciousness.”
So go and learn about CDR with this available resource in just a few minutes (or many more!), and aspire to make the world a better place too.