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Trump-Funded Study Finds Better Carbon Capture Needed to Prevent Climate Disaster

October 24, 2018

A new climate study partly funded by the Trump administration calls for a major federal initiative to speed the development of carbon capture technologies needed to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord.

The National Academies of Sciences released the study on Wednesday calling for the rapid development of “negative emissions technologies” that can remove carbon dioxide, a key contributor to climate change, directly from the air.

The study says that the current versions of the technologies won't be enough to meet the current goals spelled out under the 2015 Paris climate accord, which Trump withdrew the U.S. from in June 2017.

“Therefore, a concerted research effort is needed to address the constraints that currently limit deployment of NETs, such as high costs, land and environmental constraints, and energy requirements,” the report concludes.

The technologies are essential to offsetting carbon emissions and “should be viewed as a component of the climate change mitigation portfolio,” said Stephen Pacala, the Princeton University professor who chaired the study.

The study follows a report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change earlier this month that concluded that similar technologies that remove carbon from the air would be required to keep the climate from warming 1.5 degrees by the middle of the century.

Currently, the Paris climate accord agrees to prevent the Earth’s temperature from rising 2 degrees. The U.N. may consider changing that goal based on the new U.N. study. (Daily on Energy)

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