In a world where ideology informs decision-making and policy-makers have little understanding of what is plausible when it comes to negative emissions technology, challenging doesn’t even begin to describe the task of reversing climate change. In this top-down approach, a small number of academics, activists and politicians are making the decisions for 7.5 billion people—and spending a lot of time arguing hypotheticals rather than taking action.
Nori is using a different methodology: establishing a carbon removal market through the blockchain. Implementing principles similar to that of Agile governance, the platform seeks to improve systems as data is received and publish its verification protocol for stakeholder feedback, allowing the market to determine a range of carbon sequestration methodologies.
Today Ross and Christophe are joined by UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy and Management doctoral candidate Jane Flegal and Professor Andrew Maynard of the ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Jane explains the role of politics in constructing negative emissions models and the social dimensions of technological innovation. They speak to the challenge of scaling widely accepted carbon removal techniques, the intellectual debates in the space, and the significance of having a diverse portfolio of responses to climate change. Professor Maynard asks Ross and Christophe about the challenges Nori faces and examines the benefits of their approach. Listen in to understand the technical, social, political and cultural hurdles around tech innovation in the geoengineering space.
[6:21] The connotation around the term geoengineering
[9:37] The role of politics in negative emissions models
[12:20] The process of direct air capture
[15:23] The challenge around scaling soft techniques
[14:55] The significance of having a diverse portfolio of responses
[18:28] The taboo around adaptation strategies (i.e.: planning for sea level rise)
[22:42] The intellectual debates in the space
[20:45] The feasibility of addressing energy access in the developing world with renewables
[25:39] The hurdles Nori faces
[34:09] The benefits of the Nori approach
[35:12] The concept of agile governance
[41:00] Andrew’s approach to thinking about complex problems
[44:06] Jane’s take on the social, political dimensions of tech innovation
[46:18] Andrew’s hope for the future of climate change conversations
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