Climate Reversal: Sci fi no more: a few entrepreneurial companies are drawing down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at fairly low cost. As Paul Zeitz and Christophe Jospe explain, the next step is creating a market for captured carbon. The possibilities abound. Can you say ‘green concrete’? One company is using captured carbon to synthesize rock that is useful to concrete manufacturers — and has partnered successfully to build the San Francisco airport’s new wing with this stuff. The ultimate goal: taking a trillion tons of carbon down from the air.
Governments and countries are making announcements they want to go net zero by 2050. But that’s not enough. We need to be net zero now. We need to be removing one ton of CO2 for every ton we put up there. — Christophe Jospe
Building Resilience in DC:Residents of DC communities most at risk for climate-driven flooding are working closely with DC’s environmental agency to design “resilience hubs” in their neighborhoods. Resilience hubs are trusted locales which can offer services and supplies during emergencies. As Melissa Deas and Justin Lini explain, these hubs are meant to mitigate the area’s many socioeconomic vulnerabilities which are compounding their climate risks.
In Ward 7, the unemployment rate is significantly higher than the rest of DC. Healthcare and public safety are always on people’s minds. You have to leave the neighborhood to get access to pharmacies and stores. And it’s a flood plain. In my neighborhood almost 2,000 people are threatened (by flooding). — Justin Lini
PRODUCER AND HOST:
“Reversal and Resilience” broadcast on June 19th, 2019 over Takoma Radio WOWD-LP 94.3FM with live-streaming at www.takomaradio.org. This is the 6th episode of the Climate Seasons radio series, produced and hosted by Julie Hantman.