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Comparing Biology-based and Engineering-based options for atmospheric greenhouse gas removal.
With stringent climate targets in place under the Paris Agreement, it appears that even aggressive and immediate mitigation actions may leave us short of the 2 and 1.5 degree targets. This means that, in addition to mitigation, we will also need to actively remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. A number of biology-based and engineering-based greenhouse gas removal options have been suggested.
In this RV Jones lecture, Professor Pete Smith will present some of the available options, and compare them in terms of energy, costs and environmental impacts. He will show that there is no magic bullet, but a number of options are worthy of further study, and testing through large-scale demonstration projects.
Pete Smith is the Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) and Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange).
Since 1996, he has served as Convening Lead Author, Lead Author and Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was the Convening Lead Author of the Agricultural Mitigation chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and for the Agriculture and Forestry Mitigation chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment. He has coordinated and participated in many national and international projects on soils, agriculture, bioenergy, food security, greenhouse gases, climate change, mitigation and impacts, and ecosystem modelling. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Scientists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London; 2017).