New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made clear that carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is needed, alongside deep emissions cuts, to avoid catastrophic climate change. The world needs very large amounts of CDR, and still does not have enough options to get it. There is growing interest in ocean-based CDR techniques, but key questions remain about how effective they are in drawing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and durably storing it, as well as their environmental effects and safety. This session will provide an overview of what we know, and don't yet know, about ocean-based CDR and what we need to do to get actionable information. Speakers will discuss the need for in-ocean research, including controlled field trials, to test different ocean CDR techniques. The social, ethical, and governance considerations associated with in-ocean research will also be explored.