A lot has been happening in the United Kingdom with regard to carbon removal. Patricia Silva, Co-founder and Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Removal Centre, comes on the show to explain The Oxford Offsetting Principles, the UK's general climate policies and Boris Johnson's recent statements on the matter, a collaboration between Carbon Engineering and Pale Blue Dot Energy, and some news about BrewDog.
Here is the piece Patricia mentions writing for CRC.
The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act involves billions of dollars being allocated across the carbon removal ecosystem. It just passed the US House of Representatives, and President Trump has stated his intent to veto it if it reaches his desk, but right now the focus is on its way through the Senate. Our panelist this week is Dr. Shuchi Talati, senior policy advisor at Carbon180. You can also read her recap of the bill here.
Nori's Director of Corporate Development Alexsandra Guerra, and AirMiners and Negative's Tito Jankowski, join the show to talk about Shopify's big announcement of the companies included in their new Sustainability Fund. It features two separate portfolios: Frontier & Evergreen, with the former focusing more on industrial tech, and the latter on biological/ecological sequestration. We dig into nuance around the permanence discussion, a succession theory for carbon removal, and celebrate so many cool companies trying to scale carbon removal. Congrats to all of them, and to Shopify!
Shopify's announcement: "Fighting for the Future: Shopify Invests $5M in Breakthrough Sustainability Technologies"
Fast Company article about Running Tide
Amazon Climate Pledge's first companies announced
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In March, the Department of Energy (DoE) announced they were going to putting $22M into research for capturing carbon dioxide from the air. They just announced the fundees! Join panelist Tito Jankowski of AirMiners and Negative and follow along on this page with us as he walks us through the groups and some of the science behind these processes.
This episode features Dr. Jane Zelikova, Chief Scientist at Carbon180, and Dr. Trisha Shrum, behavorial and environmental economist at the University of Vermont.
Jane organized The Royal Society's new Interface Focus issue on carbon dioxide removal called, "Going negative: An interdisciplinary, holistic approach to carbon dioxide removal". She additionally wrote an article in it, "The future of carbon dioxide removal must be transdisciplinary". Trisha also wrote an article in this issue, "Behavioural frameworks to understand public perceptions of and risk response to carbon dioxide removal". We walk through what this issue covers and then discuss in greater detail Trisha's research and the basics of behavioral economics & science and what that has to say about carbon removal.
This week's guests are Nori's Director of Corporate Development, Alexsandra Guerra; and Carbon180's Senior Policy Advisor Ugbaad Kosar, and Policy Advisor Vanessa Suarez.
Here are the topics and articles we discussed:
Microsoft's RFP for their carbon negativity commitments, and Apple's carbon neutrality commitment.
Full Committee Hearing to Examine Development and Deployment of Large-Scale Carbon Dioxide Management Technologies
FARM Act (& its biochar provisions)
N.B. The self-titled Beyonce is the one Ross had in mind; crucial shownote, we know. Here is Carbon180's newsletter as well.
This week's panelists are Dr. Jane Zelikova, Chief Scientist at Carbon180; Vanessa Suarez, Policy Advisor at Carbon180; and Aldyen Donnelly, Director of Carbon Economics at Nori.
Here are the articles we discussed this week:
Carbon removal represented in the Appropriations process in both Energy & Water and Agriculture.
The Biden-Sanders climate plan: "Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations: Combating the Climate Crisis and Pursuing Environmental Justice" [PDF].
"Potential for large-scale CO2 removal via enhanced rock weathering with croplands" in Nature.
This week's panelists are Ugbaad Kosar, Senior Policy Advisor at Carbon180; Tito Jankowski, cofounder of Negative, a startup making jewelry from captured carbon dioxide, and host of the AirMiners community; and Aldyen Donnelly, Director of Carbon Economics at the Nori carbon removal marketplace.
This week's stories are:
Rhodium Group's new report: "Capturing New Jobs and New Business: Growth Opportunities from Direct Air Capture Scale-Up" details how direct air capture might create jobs, be supported by policy, etc. Ugbaad wrote up a short summary of it here.
The Growing Climate Solutions Act had a full committee hearing, and we learn more about what happens moving forward.
The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a new report, "Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Just, and Resilient America" that has implications for carbon removal.
This week's panelists are Aldyen Donnelly, Nori's Director of Carbon Economics, and Tito Jankowksi, cofounder of Negative (a startup making products out of captured atmospheric carbon dioxide) and host of the AirMiners community.
Here are the articles discussed:
"Unilever’s New Climate Plan Puts Carbon Labels on 70,000 Products" by Akshat Rathi in Bloomberg Green.
"Impossible Foods CEO says the meat industry will be obsolete in 15 years — ‘That’s our mission’" by Tyler Clifford on CNBC.
WRI's webinar on soil carbon: "Why Regenerative Agriculture Is Good for Soil Health, but Has Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change".
Here's the link to apply to join the AirMiners Slack community, and here is Cool Farm Tool.
This week's panelists are Nori's Director of Corporate Development Alexsandra Guerra, Director of Carbon Economics Aldyen Donnelly, and Carbon180's Chief Scientist Dr. Jane Zelikova.
Here are the articles we discussed:
"Rising sea levels could wipe out mangroves by 2050" by Justine Calma in The Verge
"The Energy 202: Two GOP senators join with Democrats to back bill to help cut emissions from farms" by Dino Grandoni in The Washington Post
"Inside Microsoft's Mission to Go Carbon Negative" by Dina Bass in Bloomberg Green
"Swiss Re Sees Opportunities for Insurers in Carbon-Capture Push" by Alastair Marsh & Marion Halftermeyer in Bloomberg Green
This week's panelists are all Norinauts! We had on Nori's Director of Corporate Development Alexsandra Guerra, Director of Carbon Economics Aldyen Donnelly, and "moonlighting marketer" Mellina White.
We discussed four topics:
Climate justice: Mellina and Ross recorded a bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change earlier this week as a brief introduction to Black Lives Matter, climate justice, and carbon removal. Mellina is back to follow up and also share about the reform efforts of Campaign Zero.
Climeworks closed a 73M CHF financing round.
Savory Institute and Timberland have a new partnership around regenerative leather for a new line of boots.
New rules for the 45Q tax credit.
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An entirely new format! Carbon Removal Newsroom is now a panel show. We are finding our cadence now, and new episodes should come out weekly, biweekly, monthly—we will see—with panelists from the world of carbon removal to give listeners the latest in carbon removal news.
This week's news: Stripe has announced its first negative emissions purchases! Climeworks, Project Vesta, CarbonCure, and Charm Industrial were selected after a rather interesting and open-source vetting process. The panelists discuss issues of permanence, the tradeoffs between various industrial, ecological, and hybrid approaches to carbon removal, and what this means for the sector as a whole.
This week's panelists:
Noah Deich, Founder and Executive Director of Carbon180
Tito Jankowski, Cofounder of Negative and the AirMiners virtual community
Aldyen Donnelly, Cofounder and Director of Carbon Economics at Nori
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Dr. Jane Zelikova is Carbon180's Chief Scientist, and she is one of the contributors of their latest report, "Leading with Soil: Scaling Soil Carbon Storage in Agriculture". Which sorts of policy changes may be necessary to make carbon farming the dominant paradigm of agriculture? Jane shares her expertise on the topic.
"Leading with Soil: Scaling Soil Carbon Storage in Agriculture", a report by Cabron180
"Why is soil carbon measurement so tricky?—w/ Dr. Jane Zelikova of Carbon180", Jane's appearance on Reversing Climate Change
500 Woman Scientists
Dr. Greg Dipple is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia—Vancouver,and a Nori podcast alumnus! On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Greg joins Ross to give us an update on his research around carbon mineralization in mine tailings, reminding us how the process works and explaining why it’s not already common practice.
Dr. Michael W. Beck, professor at the University of California Santa Cruz, coauthored a new paper in Scientific Reports entitled, "The Global Flood Protection Benefits of Mangroves". Today we dig into how mangroves work against flooding, their carbon sequestration potential, how to quantify their financial benefit, and how that helps make them legible to financial systems.
The State of California has set a goal of becoming net-zero by 2045. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's researchers have produced a report called Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California, detailing the various pathways available to California using actually-existing carbon removal technologies needed to do so. Carbon180's Managing Director, Giana Amador, is on the show to explain how this process works, the report's contents, and what happens now.
Erin Burns is the Director of Policy and Ugbaad Kosar is the Senior Policy Advisor at Carbon180, a climate-focused NGO that partners with policymakers, scientists and businesses to advance solutions that transform carbon from a liability to an asset. On this episode of Carbon Removal Newsroom, Erin and Ugbaad join Ross to discuss the policy proposals involving carbon removal currently making their way through Congress.
Carbon Removal Newsroom is a Nori podcast which tracks carbon removal policy, technological development, and deployment. Episodes are typically +/- 10-20 minutes long, and come out whenever we see something in the news that we feel deserves an episode.
Microsoft has joined the ranks of prominent tech companies pledging to remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit. Elizabeth Willmott, Microsoft's Carbon Program Manager, comes on the show to tell us more.
Boulder, Colorado is making moves to support carbon removal as a city. Brett KenCairn, the City of Boulder's senior policy advisor for climate & resilience, and director of the Urban Drawdown Initiative, comes on the show to explain what is happening on the front range.
Intuit has partnered with Project Drawdown to negate fifty times its emissions through carbon removal by 2030. Project Drawdown's Executive Director, Dr. Jonathan Foley, is on the show to explain Intuit's commitment, their collaboration, and whether this is the beginning of the tech industry's surge into carbon removal.
Vote Climate U.S. PAC published a voter's guide for 2020 presidential candidates which includes a section for ranking candidates on carbon dioxide removal. Today, the founder and president of the organization, Karyn Strickler, joins the show to tell us more. We've never seen this as a criterion for evaluating politicians and is probably a reflection of carbon removal's growing prominence.
Tito Jankowski and his team at AirMiners and beyond have created a carbon-negative bracelet called Negative with direct air captured CO2 from ClimeWorks and Carbon Upcycling Technologies. It's being funded and is for sale through Kickstarter.
The Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR)'s CEO Rick Parnell joins us from the United Nations to tell us about their First Annual Global Climate Restoration Forum, and the creation of their Global Coalition for Climate Restoration. They're raising the profile of carbon removal and trying to foster scalable climate solutions with decisionmakers.
People can now buy Carbon Removal Certificates from the Nori marketplace. This is the first time this has happened and is the first step in Nori launching its full platform. Nori CEO Paul Gambill is on the show to share the news. This episode is posted on Reversing Climate Change and Carbon Removal Newsroom.
The Green Amendment Movement is an effort to constitutionally protect the environment, and Maya van Rossum has been leading this charge. Two states have them, most do not, and others are working on it. Andrew Yang recently announced his support for such an amendment at the federal level, which had us wondering: if governments are constitutionally required to provide a clean environment and stable climate, does that obligate their support for carbon removal?
Last month Stripe announced a major initiative to support carbon removal. Last week Shopify followed suit. What is going on in tech that is helping carbon removal get so much traction? Nori CEO Paul Gambill joins the show to help explain.
Duncan McLaren, Professor in Practice and Research Fellow at Lancaster University, comes on the show to talk about a paper he cowrote called "Beyond “Net-Zero”: A Case for Separate Targets for Emissions Reduction and Negative Emissions". Alexsandra Guerra hosts and digs into if and how emissions reductions and carbon removals should be treated as distinct activities.
Pipa Elias, Director of Agriculture, North America at The Nature Conservancy, comes on the show to tell us about the progress with OpTIS, The Operational Tillage Information System, and how this intersection of data science and agtech could affect agriculture and food systems in the United States.
Anthony Myint has been one of the leading restauranteurs using regenerative agricultural products in their food. He recently won the Basque Culinary World Prize for his efforts, and his activism—now more on the policy front—hasn't slowed down.
GreenBiz is hosting VERGE 19 from October 22nd-24th in Oakland, California. They have a special Carbon track of the conference, featuring quite a lot on carbon removal. There is a special exhibition that entrepreneurs can apply for called the Carbon Removal Startup Showcase. The deadline is August 30th, 2019.
Dr. Dorn Cox comes on the show to tell us about the work of OpenTEAM (Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management), and their efforts to foster the interoperability of farm data platforms by using an open-source ethos and scaling by collaboration.
Erin Burns, Director of Policy at Carbon180, testified in front of the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy regarding the Fossil Energy Research and Development Act. Erin explains what it is and how it might play out. We also get a brief update on the USE IT Act, which Erin told us about last time she was on Carbon Removal Newsroom.
Ed Smith, VP of Indigo Ag and head of Indigo Carbon, joins the show to talk about The Terraton Initiative: Indigo Ag's new effort to sequester one trillion tons of carbon dioxide through regenerative agriculture.
On June 1st, 2019, the Future Coalition held over one hundred press conferences around the country to raise awareness of the potential landmark case, Juliana v. United States, in which Our Children's Trust is suing the United States federal government on constitutional grounds to provide a stable climate on behalf of youth plaintiffs. Katie Eder, the Executive Director of Future Coalition, joins the show to weigh in on the youth movement, Future Coalition, and gives us the latest on the case.
Wired's article "What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?" piqued Nori's interest. Prof. Roland Dittmeyer, whose work is cited in the article, comes on the show to discuss the possibility of a distributed direct air capture future via air conditioning units and "crowd oil", and how that may play out against a more centralized economy-of-scale refinery-style DAC approach.
VERGE Carbon conference chair Jim Giles joins the show to tell us all about the event, October 22nd-24th in Oakland, California. Alexsandra Guerra will be speaking, and a fair number of Norinauts will probably be there too.
You can register with our 10% discount code V19NORI here: https://www.greenbiz.com/events/verge-conference/oakland/2019/verge-carbon.
Puro's carbon removal marketplace in Finland has launched with its first auctions taking place. Antti Vihavainen, Business Development at Puro, comes on the show to discuss their progress, how biochar and the other methodologies within their marketplace work, and what they're looking to do moving forward.
The Keeling Curve Prize just announced its twenty finalists across five categories for its second year run. Jacquelyn Francis, Director of the Board of the Keeling Curve Prize, joins the show to discuss the prize and the 2019 finalists in the Carbon Capture & Utilization category.
2020 Democratic presidential primary contender Andrew Yang discusses his plans for carbon removal and geoengineering if elected United States president.
Olivine is a mineral that can sequester carbon dioxide through weathering. It's also one of the most common minerals in the Earth's upper mantle. A lot of it is just sitting around as waste rock from other mining operations. Project Vesta is working to turn olivine from waste into value, reverse climate change, and deacidify the world's oceans. Project Vesta cofounder Eric Matzner comes on the show to tell us how that works and what they're up to.
Nori's Director of Carbon Economics Aldyen Donnelly shares her thoughts on what's happening with Canada's carbon tax and federal backstop.
Ramez Naam discusses his recent article "The Third Phase of Clean Energy Will Be the Most Disruptive Yet" with guest host, Nori Head of Product, Michael Leggett. We dig into the economics of clean energy, and how that could be a boon to carbon removal.
Nori advisor and cleantech evangelist Ramez Naam came by the office to fill us in on his great analysis of how the Green New Deal could be successful, and the role of carbon removal within such a plan.
Dr. Heather Price of North Seattle College stops by the office to share her and her family's experience of School Strike for Climate (#fridaysforfuture) at Seattle's City Hall and beyond, and to what degree she's heard talk of carbon removal in these circles.
General Mills recently issued a $650k grant to Kiss the Ground and Soil Health Academy to train farmers in regenerative agricultural practices.
Carbon180 just launched the first and only startup accelerator for carbontech, hoping to link entrepreneurs to the resources they need, derisk early-stage technologies, and transition them towards their first double-bottom-line investment.
Erin Burns of Carbon180 discusses the USE IT Act which has been introduced in both houses of Congress with bipartisan sponsorship. The bill would provide resources for growing carbon removal now, and pave the way for future infrastructure that captures and uses carbon dioxide.
Alexsandra is on to talk about the 2019 State of Green Business Report from GreenBiz. She talks about sustainability efforts undertaken by companies with food in their supply chains like General Mills, Land O'Lakes, Walmart, Monsanto (Bayer), Danone, and more to get more carbon dioxide removed and sequestered in soils.
Christophe was at the launch for Climeworks's facility in Switzerland in 2017. Now there's a new article in the New York Times about how Climeworks can help push the direct air capture industry forward.
Paul and Aldyen discuss the outline for the Green New Deal released by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on February 7th, 2019. They talk about the small references made to carbon removal, and share their opinions on whether this is a good plan for the future of carbon removal.
In this first episode of Carbon Removal Newsroom, Alexsandra and Aldyen discuss what happened at the United Nations COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December 2018, and what it means for market-based mechanisms for trading carbon dioxide certificates.