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Earth Minute: Carbon Capture Technology

Earlier this month, the world’s biggest carbon capture and storage facility, named Orca, opened in Iceland using direct air capture, a technology that purportedly removes carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere.

While the latest harrowing report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights carbon capture and storage as key to addressing the climate crisis, facilities like Orca require massive amounts of energy and resources.

Not only is direct air capture expensive, but as climate scientist Peter Kalmus points out “in a year it’ll negate just 3 seconds worth of global emissions.”

According to the new book Hoodwinked in the Hothouse, “The myth of carbon capture has enabled fossil fuel industries to continue spewing emissions and pollution, despite climate, environmental, and environmental justice consequences.”

Carbon capture ultimately distracts the world from other solutions that would address the climate crisis, while allowing pollution to continue unabated. 

For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth Show, this is Theresa Church from Global Justice Ecology Project.


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