Global Warming and Carbon-Negative Technology: Prospects for a Lower-Cost Route to a Lower-Risk Atmosphere

Energy and Environment, 2009

11 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2010

See all articles by Graciela Chichilnisky

Graciela Chichilnisky

Columbia University

Peter Eisenberger

Columbia University

Roger W. Cohen

Columbia University - Dept. of Economics; Dept. of Statistics

Nicholas M. Eisenberger

GreenOrder Inc.; Global Thermostat LLC

Ronald R. Chance

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Global Thermostat LLC

Christopher W. Jones

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Date Written: October 1, 2009

Abstract

Aggressive efficiency improvements and a shift away from fossil fuels cannot offset climate change threats. This realization creates an imperative for ‘carbon-negative’ mitigation measures; that is, measures that can reduce atmospheric carbon faster than emissions will load the atmosphere. Among such measures, air extraction technology, coupled with secure sequestration, offers advantages of centralization and control without direct intervention in the biosphere or major collateral environmental impact. Significant new scientific developments in air extraction show promise of greatly reduced costs, such that decreasing the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere to substantially lower risk levels may be economically practicable. These developments create a strong case for expanded R&D efforts aimed at advancing air extraction technology.

Suggested Citation

Chichilnisky, Graciela and Eisenberger, Peter and Cohen, Roger W. and Eisenberger, Nicholas M. and Chance, Ronald R. and Jones, Christopher W., Global Warming and Carbon-Negative Technology: Prospects for a Lower-Cost Route to a Lower-Risk Atmosphere (October 1, 2009). Energy and Environment, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1522281

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Peter Eisenberger

Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Roger W. Cohen

Columbia University - Dept. of Economics; Dept. of Statistics ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Nicholas M. Eisenberger

GreenOrder Inc.

205 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States

Global Thermostat LLC

New York, NY
United States

Ronald R. Chance

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

Global Thermostat LLC

New York, NY
United States

Christopher W. Jones

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

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