Why Talk about Carbon Removal?

Carbon Removal Briefing Paper (Washington, DC: Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, American University), DOI/10.17606/M6H66H, 2018

28 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2019

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David R. Morrow

Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy; Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment

Holly Jean Buck

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

William C. G. Burns

Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy, American University

Simon Nicholson

American University

Carolyn Turkaly

American University

Date Written: October 24, 2018

Abstract

Talk of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is spilling out of scientific circles and into the realm of climate politics and policy. Civil society has a vital role to play in ensuring that this conversation is responsive to social needs and develops in constructive and appropriate ways. This report provides a starting point to help environmental and social justice non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engage in the growing conversation about carbon removal.

Section 1 of the report argues that the world needs to grapple seriously with large-scale carbon removal and long-term storage, exploring both the rationale for considering carbon removal and the associated risks and downsides. Section 2 provides a brief introduction to the range of options for large-scale carbon removal. Section 3 surveys the existing conversation in different domains, from academia to philanthropy to civil society. Section 4 considers the relationship between carbon removal and mitigation. Section 5 sketches a research agenda for assessing various approaches to carbon removal.

Keywords: carbon removal, carbon dioxide removal, negative emissions, geoengineering, climate policy, climate change

Suggested Citation

Morrow, David R. and Buck, Holly Jean and Burns, William C.G. and Nicholson, Simon and Turkaly, Carolyn, Why Talk about Carbon Removal? (October 24, 2018). Carbon Removal Briefing Paper (Washington, DC: Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, American University), DOI/10.17606/M6H66H, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3295439

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Holly Jean Buck

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability ( email )

Los Angeles, CA
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William C.G. Burns

Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy, American University ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

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Simon Nicholson

American University ( email )

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Washington, DC 20016
United States

Carolyn Turkaly

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

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