There is a lot to learn about Carbon Dioxide Removal. This resource library is maintained for learners of all levels, including those completely new to the subject. It includes up-to-date links to great CDR articles and content.
4C in the News
Recent reporting and commentary about our coalition.
- Why Boulder County and Flagstaff are enlisting cities to suck carbon out of the atmosphereGrist – May 2022
- Colorado, Arizona local governments partner on carbon removal technologyThe Hill – May 2022
- Boulder, Flagstaff Asking Other Communities to Help Strip CO2 From the AirThe Weather Channel – May 2022
- The importance of local government in making carbon removal a public serviceThe Hill – May 2022
- Flagstaff AZ: The Case for Carbon Dioxide RemovalCity Climate Corner Podcast – July 2022
- Flagstaff And Boulder County Set An Example On Proactive Climate ActionThe Carbon Herald – August 2022
- Coalition of local governments will fund carbon removal projects in Four Corners regionKNAU Arizona Public Radio – October 2022
- Boulder County joins regional coalition to fight climate changeYahoo News
- Salt Lake City and Santa Fe join Boulder County and the city of Flagstaff in fighting the climate crisis through regional partnershipUtah News – October 2022
- 4 Corners Carbon Coalition | KUNCColorado Public Radio – October 2022
New to CDR?
Some short introductory reading to get you started.
- FACT SHEET: Carbon Dioxide RemovalFrom the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Carbon Management.
- The Where, What & When of CDRExcellent 10-minute overview by ASU’s Dr. Stephanie Arcusa that offers a clear, science-based rationale for carbon dioxide removal (CDR); a breakdown of the important distinctions between CDR, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), and carbon utilization (CU); and framework for determining high-quality, ‘good’ CDR.
- The Flagstaff Sustainability Offices CDR presentation to Flagstaff City Council (May 2022). Ramon Alatorre, Climate Analyst for the City of Flagstaff, AZ and founding member of 4C delivers a comprehensive case for local CDR.
- Removing Carbon from the Atmosphere Must be Part of Climate Change PolicyAn Essay by leading CDR academic luminaries Evvan Morton, Elizabeth Graffy, Klaus Lackner and Brad Allenby.
- Is it Feasible to Remove Enough CO2 from the Air?
A 2019 interview with Stephen Pacala, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University, in Yale 360.
CDR Deep Dives
White papers, journal articles and books that explore CDR technology and policy in depth.
- The CDR PrimerReleased in 2021, the CDR Primer is the collaborative product of dozens of the world’s leading carbon dioxide removal experts. It’s a comprehensive survey of CDR science and policy for a variety of readers, including those new to the subject. It’s a must read in the OpenAir community.
- CDRLAW.orgAn incredible repository of scholarly papers, policies and laws related to all forms and facets of CDR. Launched and curated by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University Law School.
- Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable SequestrationA massive 2019 meta study produced by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences that assesses the techno economic challenges and opportunities of all major categories of CDR. Free PDF.
- State of the Science: Carbon Dioxide Removal’s Role in Achieving Paris Agreement’s Targets.
A clear distillation from Ben Rubin and Jennifer Brown, produced in October 2021 by the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy at the American University.
- Clearing the Air A comprehensive report produced by the Energy Futures Initiative in 2019. It clearly breaks down why CDR is necessary, and lays out a federal policy agenda to accelerate its growth.
- After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair and RestorationProfessor Holly Jean Buck’s widely read imaginative analysis of different potential CDR futures.
Global Climate Justice and the Moral Imperative of Carbon Dioxide Removal
CDR is not about kicking the can down the road, delaying action or letting polluters off the hook. It’s about meeting one of the greatest moral obligations in history.
- Climate Reparations: The Case for Carbon Removal.
A stunning moral argument for CDR made by David Wallace-Wells in New York Magazine.
- How to Decolonize the Atmosphere
A powerful essay by Holly Jean Buck, PhD.
- Just and Equitable Carbon Removal with Dr. Holly Jean BuckA This Is CDR webinar.
Put climate reparations at the top of every wealthy country’s agenda.
A forceful opinion piece by Mexican climate activist Maria Reyes that puts forward the moral and science-based arguments for CDR.
The US Has A Climate Debt To Pay And My Native Land Of Brazil Shouldn’t Carry The Burden Alone.
An excellent and direct articulation of how carbon removal fits into the global climate justice picture by Brazilian activist Adri Maffioletti.
- The Climate Crisis Requires Every Tool we Got, Including Carbon Removal
An op-ed by Jasmine, Sanders, PhD, Executive Director or Our Planet.
- Why a political philosopher is thinking about Carbon Removal An Interview with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò PhD in The Atlantic.
- Carbon removal can and must be part of the climate justice agenda An editorial by Carbon180’s Vanessa Suarez in the Hill (May 2021).
- Carbon removal is how we make climate change fair
Excellent commentary by econ blogger Noah Smith.