Category: IPCC

The Impact of Carbon Removal Technologies

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Carbon Removal Technologies

The Impact of Carbon Removal Technologies

According to climate scientists worldwide, global warming and the inevitable climate change can lead to severe catastrophic disasters. The only way to avoid this is to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global temperature rise must be limited to 1.5oC. To achieve this, current CO2 emissions must drop by 50% by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.

The following infographic by AFRY showcases how carbon removal technologies help facilitate the reduction of environmental CO2 emissions and the role companies play in helping achieve these goals.

How Carbon Offset Technologies Can Help

The most common way to reduce CO2 emissions is through carbon offset technologies, namely avoided emissions and carbon removal. Though they serve a similar purpose, these two methods are fundamentally different.

One metric ton of CO2 is reduced or avoided for every metric ton of CO2 emitted in avoided emissions. This still leads to a positive increase in emissions overall.

On the other hand, carbon removal technologies completely remove and store one metric ton of CO2 for every metric ton of CO2 emitted.

Carbon removal technologies have a distinct advantage over the avoided emissions. For this reason, they could be the future of CO2 emissions reduction. They are divided into short-term and long-term methods based on the CO (Read more...)

The Accelerating Frequency of Extreme Weather

This post is by Carmen Ang from Visual Capitalist

Extreme Weather Events

The Briefing

  • We’re already seeing the impact of climate change—today, droughts, heatwaves, and extreme rainstorms are 2x more frequent than they were a century ago
  • In less than a decade, Earth’s climate is expected to warm another 0.5°C
  • If this happens, heatwaves will be 4.1x more frequent than they were in the 1850-1900s

The Accelerating Frequency of Extreme Weather

The world is already witnessing the effects of climate change.

A few months ago, the western U.S. experienced one of the worst droughts it’s seen in the last 20 years. At the same time, southern Europe roasted in an extreme heatwave, with temperatures reaching 45°C in some parts.

But things are only expected to get worse in the near future. Here’s a look at how much extreme climate events have changed over the last 200 years, and what’s to come if global temperatures keep rising.

A Century of Warming

The global surface temperature has increased by about 1°C since the 1850s. And according to the IPCC, this warming has been indisputably caused by human influence.

As the global temperatures have risen, the frequency of extreme weather events have increased along with it. Heatwaves, droughts and extreme rainstorms used to happen once in a decade on average, but now:

  • Heatwaves are 2.8x more frequent
  • Droughts are 1.7x more frequent
  • Extreme rainstorms are 1.3x more frequent

By 2030, the global surface temperature is expected to rise 1.5°C above the Earth’s baseline temperature, which means that: