Thanks for reading our fortnightly Snippets newsletter. We start this week with a look at carbon emissions and ways to reduce them. What might the path to a low carbon planet look like? Our first article examines a number of ways this shift could happen, from electrification of everything to changes in the agricultural sector - nothing is off the table. This is a ‘big’ read, but well worth it.
The construction industry (which relies on concrete), and airlines, are examples of sectors that are energy intensive with high emissions outputs. How can improvements be made to these sectors?
Carbon Capture processes seem to be developing at pace, and a study by the Imperial College London suggests that 2,700 Gigatonnes (Gt) of CO2 storage space would be sufficient to achieve the goals put forward by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
San Francisco based tech startup, Stripe, made a commitment that it would spend $1 million annually on emerging carbon removal technologies. We take a look at 4 emerging carbon removal companies they have started backing.
Rice is also a heavy carbon emitter. Emerging technologies, along with better farming practices, will hopefully bring emissions down along with better crop yields.
We next look at carbon reduction in our own backyard. Wellington’s Mayor, Councillors and Victoria University experts give their thoughts. Plus, the NZ wine industry is actively seeking ways to reduce carbon emissions and place that industry in a resilient position with a clear point of difference.
Finally, plastic, and how improvements can be made to stop this and other pollutants entering our oceans. This, and effective recycling/repurposing, are ideas explored in our final two articles.
Our lead article this week is an in depth look at several possible pathways to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees. It is not a light read by any means, but it does give a good insight to many scenarios and it does the math well. The article discusses energy sources, food and forestry, electrification of industry and daily life as well as carbon capture and storage. It leaves no stone un-turned and is a good primer for those who are keen! Read more.....