It’s Time to Delete Carbon From the Atmosphere. But How?

It’s not enough to drastically slash emissions. To stave off the worst of climate change, humanity needs to capture the carbon that’s already in the air.

This week and next, government representatives are gathering in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, the latest of an increasingly frantic string of meetings as humanity runs out of time to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Everyone agrees that carbon is bad. And everyone agrees it’s hard to get rid of; carbon dioxide lasts up to a thousand years in the atmosphere. The world even has a common goal: keeping global

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