WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Resources for the Future (RFF) released a new installment of Resources Radio: “Carbon Dioxide Removal, with Greg Nemet of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”
Host Kristin Hayes talks with Greg Nemet, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. They discuss different ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the economic feasibility of carbon dioxide removal, and the future of negative emissions technologies.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “Unlike other environmental problems, just stopping the flow of emissions into the atmosphere doesn’t quite do the job like it might for particulates or acid rain . . . with climate change, you put [pollutants] up in the atmosphere and they’re there for 100 years. And so there’s no quick fix, even if we took radical efforts to stop the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”—Greg Nemet (5:30)
- “We’re talking about needing tens of billions of tons of removal, so again about 25 percent of what we’re emitting right now, by mid-century.”—Greg Nemet (18:26)
- “So if we really want to be doing, say, 10 gigatons of removal by mid-century, we need to have these [carbon dioxide removal] technologies out there on a pretty substantial scale in the next ten years, and that really means starting right now with developing the technologies and starting to test them and looking at some of the side effects.”—Greg Nemet (18:58)
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