Exploring negative territory Carbon dioxide removal and climate policy initiatives

Carbon dioxide removal (CDR), or ‘negative carbon dioxide emissions’, has been presented as a prospective avenue for ‘geoengineering’ – the deliberate attempt to modify the global environment, in this case to counteract harm associated with human induced climate change (Royal Society 2009).

This article by Dr. James Meadowcroft engages with these issues, considering the significance of CDR approaches for climate policy. It is part of a Special Issue on “Carbon Dioxide Removal from the Atmosphere: Complementary Insights from Science and Modeling” edited by Massimo Tavoni, Robert Socolow, and Carlo Carraro.