Scrubbing the Skies: Betting on Forest and Soils to Reach Net-Zero

Date and time: Thu, January 19, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Location: Online

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~ 1 hour

Join the Institute for Carbon Removal and Policy for the next event in its webinar series, “Scrubbing the Skies: The Role of Carbon Dioxide Removal in Combating Climate Change.” The series focuses on scientific, technological, legal, political, and justice-focused issues associated with carbon dioxide removal., and is hosted by Wil Burns, Visiting Professor in the Environmental Policy & Culture Program at Northwestern University.

The fourth webinar in this series is entitled: “Betting on Forests and Soils to Reach Net-Zero.”

Despite being central to net-zero ambitions, carbon dioxide removal has only recently entered into government plans and policies. National climate plans produced so far, however, suggest countries are ‘betting’ on using forests and soils to compensate for their remaining ‘difficult-to-decarbonise’ emissions to reach climate targets. A new paper, recently published in Communications Earth & Environment, reviews these plans, examining what they mean for carbon dioxide removal, net-zero, and the governance challenges ahead, with a focus on the role of CDR in the Paris Agreement.

This webinar will include a presentation by the authors of this paper, Harry Smith and Naomi Vaughan of the University of East Anglia, moderated by Dr. Wil Burns.

Harry B. Smith, Associate Tutor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
Naomi Vaughan Associate Professor in Climate Change, University of East Anglia

Wil Burns, Northwestern Environmental Policy and Culture Program