Trump-backed research asserts need for better carbon capture to fight climate change

The National Academies of Sciences on Wednesday released a climate report partly funded by the Trump administration calling for increased development of negative emissions technologies (NET) to offset carbon dioxide emissions.

The report highlighted four technologies "ready for large-scale deployment" to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: reforestation; changes in forest management; carbon dioxide uptake and storage by agricultural soils; and the use of biomass energy with carbon capture and sequestration. The options were rated as having a low to medium cost and "substantial potential to be safely scaled up from current deployment."

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report earlier this month calling to limit global warming below 1.5°C by 2100, contrary to the Paris Climate Accord's goal of a 2°C increase limit. The international report detailed the current effects of global warming, painting a bleaker picture than the recent U.S. report.