The world’s biggest carbon-sucking machine is switching on in Iceland

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Climeworks, a Swiss startup, builds machines that draw CO2 from the atmosphere. Their biggest facility to date will open in Iceland on Sept. 8. Carbon capture could become essential in a bid to reduce the effects of climate change. The largest DAC plant in the world opened on Sept. 8 in Iceland, operated by the Swiss engineering startup Climeworks. The plant, known as Orca, will annually draw down a volume of emissions equivalent to about 870 cars. We have to start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to have any chance of averting the worst impacts of global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said last month. The fossil fuel economy must be run in reverse , effectively. The simplest and lowest-cost way to do that—planting trees—requires a lot of land relative to the scale of intervention that’s needed. So a handful of companies have been tinkering with “direct air capture” (DAC)—essentially, big CO2-sucking machines. The largest DAC plant in the world will open Sept. 8 in Iceland. Operated by the Swiss engineering startup Climeworks , the plant, known as Orca, will annually draw down a volume of emissions equivalent to about 870 cars. Orca will boost total […]

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