And that’s great news for the fight against climate. Blossoming innovation offers hope for rapidly advancing carbon removal solutions.

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by Noah Deich, president

Elon’s prize is just the beginning when it comes to driving much-needed innovation and transformation in the carbon removal field.

First, what’s the deal with Elon’s $100M carbon removal prize?

Prizes have long captured the imagination of billionaire carbon removal philanthropists (see Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge from 2007). But where previous efforts have fizzled, Elon’s effort sounds very promising: as I mentioned to Bloomberg, the XPRIZE team administering the prize is highly knowledgeable about carbon removal, experienced with prize execution, and have been very deliberate about incorporating a wide range of stakeholders’ input in their prize design. …

We’re talking hundreds of millions dedicated to scaling up soil carbon, DAC, and so much more.

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by Vanessa Suarez, senior policy advisor

Towards the end of December, Congress passed H.R.133 — a massive omnibus spending bill containing $900 billion for COVID-19 relief, $1.4 trillion for fiscal year 2021 (FY21) appropriations, and new authorizations. As we’ve written before, federal funding is vital for advancing the full suite of carbon removal solutions, from ready-to-deploy approaches like forestry to more nascent technologies like direct ocean capture.

How we got here

In the past two years, carbon removal has started to receive meaningful levels of dedicated funding from Congress for the first time ever. In FY20, Congress began following the recommendations of the National…

We’re making a few changes around the house — but don’t worry, these are some familiar faces.

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When we moved our HQ to DC last year, it was in preparation for an opportunity like the one we now face: a Congress and new administration committed to acting on climate at a scale that will accelerate the US towards a carbon-removing future. With agencies grabbing up some of carbon removal’s brightest stars (including C180 alumni!), it’s clear that carbon removal is gaining mainstream momentum — and fast. …

Fundamentally rethinking carbon — and our approach to carbon removal

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by Ugbaad Kosar, senior policy advisor

The inequity of the climate crisis

We are in a climate emergency and those that have contributed the least will be impacted the most. I distinctly remember the moment this concept of climate injustice hit home for me: in 2011, I watched a painful, multi-year drought unfold in the Horn of Africa while receiving almost daily updates about how my family — stewards of the Sub-Saharan lands — was facing unprecedented crop failures, pest outbreaks, and livestock die-off. Their lack of access to resources, expertise, or government support worsened the situation.

The climate emergency is here. And it is devastating.

The DAC MAPP keeps you up to date on the most recent happenings in the world of DAC.

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View the DAC MAPP here.

A rapidly growing field

Direct air capture (DAC) is a young but fast-evolving domain, and one that will continue to undergo significant, continuous transformation in the immediate and long-term future.

Today, this change is being driven by a growing cast of global actors in the private sector, civil society, and research spheres. The sum total of their diverse and parallel efforts on the ground — present and future, incremental and disruptive — are collectively being made in service of one epically ambitious but simple objective: the massive acceleration of real-world DAC deployment in a timeframe that matters to the…

Carbon180's transition book establishes key actions for the White House and federal agencies to create equitable climate policy in the upcoming administration.

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Below is the executive summary of Carbon180’s Transition Book: Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+. Please direct any inquiries to

We are at the inflection point for stopping climate change. Growing public awareness and mobilization alongside increasingly devastating impacts from wildfires, hurricanes, and drought make clear that this moment is critically positioned for addressing the climate crisis. The next administration will need to take bold action in 2021 and beyond to drastically and swiftly reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy. …

What our (extremely arduous) journey to find carbon removal offsets tells us about the state of voluntary carbon markets today, and some ideas about how we can fix them.

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by Jane Zelikova, chief scientist

Since our start five years ago, we have at several points tried to purchase carbon removal credits to offset our emissions and do our small part in building demand for carbon removal. But every time we tried, we failed. Our experience illuminates broader issues with carbon offsets and we, and others, have some ideas for how to move forward in a productive way.

First, the “why”

Carbon removal is a climate necessity. Climate experts agree that climate mitigation will require the elimination of emissions as well as carbon removal (i.e. “negative emissions” or the extraction and durable storage

A four-part plan for corporate action on carbon removal

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by Noah Deich, executive director

It is increasingly clear that companies across industries will need to shift their climate commitments from net-zero to net-negative (i.e. removing more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit) to meet global climate goals. Fortunately, a number of companies are paving the way when it comes to integrating carbon removal into corporate climate action plans, shining a light for other companies looking to map a course forward on carbon removal. …

This bill would ensure coordination across federal agencies on carbon removal solutions.

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by Erin Burns, director of policy

Last Friday, Congresswoman Kuster, Congressman McKinley, and six other bipartisan members of Congress dropped the CREATE Act, a bipartisan (and now bicameral) bill that would ensure there is coordination across federal agencies on all carbon removal solutions. This coordination is key — to meet climate goals, we’re going to need to see billions of tons of carbon removed from the atmosphere through technological and natural solutions. Doing this well will require a robust multiagency, economy-wide effort and large-scale policy. …

The next federal stimulus package must center rural communities and leverage environmental co-benefits

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By Giana Amador, managing director

Rooted in Resilience details key policies for inclusion in the next federal stimulus package that emphasize building resilience in rural communities through climate-forward action.

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will reverberate through US communities for years to come. Lockdown orders and heightened safety risks have stunted trade, impeded workforces, and disrupted supply chains. At the same time, rural communities face another challenge — their livelihoods are inextricably linked with the climate, and the increase in severe weather like floods, fires, and droughts as a result of climate change have combined disastrously with COVID-19.



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