💚 The World’s Largest “Vacuum” 🌀

💚 The World’s Largest “Vacuum” 🌀

Dennis Kamprad

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Happy Friday 👋

Just imagine we could suck out all the excess carbon emissions from the air with a massive vacuum…

Sounds a bit like science-fiction, doesn’t it?

But what if I told you that this technology already exists (it’s called Direct Carbon/Air Capture)!

And it just got a massive upgrade with the world’s largest “vaccum”…

Here are the impactful insights that I have for you today:

  • Revolutionizing carbon capture with the world’s largest “vacuum” 🌀
  • Hundreds of thousands of solar balconies are installed in Germany 🔆
  • How laser-treated corks can revolutionize ocean cleanup 🍾
  • And more… 💚
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🌀 How the “World’s Largest Vacuum” Aims to Cleanse the Air of Carbon

1️⃣ The big picture: Climeworks, a Swiss company, has launched “Mammoth,” the largest direct air capture (DAC) plant in the world, located in Iceland. This plant, significantly larger than its predecessor, Orca, uses advanced technology to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and permanently sequester it underground, transforming it into stone through a partnership with Icelandic company Carbfix.

2️⃣ Why is this good news: As global carbon dioxide levels hit record highs, DAC technology like Mammoth provides a critical solution for actively removing carbon from the atmosphere. Mammoth utilizes Iceland’s renewable geothermal energy to operate and will significantly contribute to global carbon dioxide removal efforts, aiming to capture up to 36,000 tons of CO2 annually. This technology provides a crucial tool in combatting climate change, supporting global efforts to reduce atmospheric CO2

3️⃣ What’s next: Despite its potential, DAC technology faces challenges such as high costs and doubts about its scalability and ecological impact. Climeworks is working to reduce costs and expand capacity, with goals to lower the price of carbon removal to $100 per ton by 2050. Further developments and potential new plants in Kenya and the United States are part of Climeworks’ ambitious plan to significantly increase its carbon removal capabilities.

Related: Learn all about these in our full feature What Are Direct Carbon/Air Capture Offsets and How Do They Work? The Big Picture

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📢 Three More Good News

How renewable energy hit 30% across the globe for the first time:

  • The Global Electricity Review 2024 highlights a significant global shift towards renewable energy. Over 30% of the world’s electricity supply is made up of green and renewable energy, with solar power taking the lead.
  • This report proves that the transition to renewable energy is accelerating, making it a crucial step towards reducing carbon emissions and achieving climate goals.
  • Because this upcoming decade will be crucial in determining the pace of this global energy shift, world leaders have set targets for adopting clean energy by 2030, requiring several countries to triple their renewables capacity. 

🚫 How the EU is planning a global ban on problematic plastics:

  • The EU is calling for action across the globe to combat plastic pollution, specifically emphasizing the need for clear rules addressing the entire lifecycle of plastics.
  • This proposal should help transform how plastic products are designed, produced, used, and recycled. By focusing on product design, the lifecycle of plastics, and banning certain products, this treaty aims to significantly cut down plastic pollution in marine and other environments.
  • Negotiators are currently revising the treaty draft and expect to finalize it by the end of the year.

🦇 New Zealand’s endangered bats were heard for the first time in years:

  • Short-tailed bats are critically endangered and are the rarest mammals in New Zealand. And they’ve just been heard again in the Wellington region after a 7-year absence, indicating a potential resurgence of the population.
  • Not only does this rediscovery offer hope for their survival, short-tailed bats tend to consume insects and pollen, making them an important pollinator and contributor to the local ecosystem.
  • Several conservation efforts such as preserving natural habitats and increasing public awareness are being set into motion. Additionally, pest management can now enforce strict predator control to protect the newly identified bat population.
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📢 Even More Good News Headlines From This Week

✈️ How researchers have developed a way to turn methane emissions into sustainable jet fuel

🐢 Bangladesh sees the highest number of olive ridley turtle eggs in 4 years

📡 A team of researchers use satellite imagery to boost mangrove conservation efforts in China

🌎 How a top human rights court is tackling corporate climate crimes

🐄 The Australian red meat industry sees significant emission reductions

♻️ How sustainable packaging is revolutionizing the food industry

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🤝 Important Awareness Events at a Glance

🦈 May 10, Fintastic Friday

  • Fintastic Friday is an event that raises awareness of shark welfare worldwide. 
  • As an often misunderstood animal, it is incredibly important to celebrate sharks and advocate for their welfare and the role they play in our ecosystems.

🐦 May 11, World Migratory Bird Day

  • World Migratory Bird Day celebrates the migration seasons of birds in the spring, with another parallel day in October. 
  • This day also aims to draw attention to global bird conservation and the threats that birds are facing. By increasing awareness and sharing stories around the world, this event aims to show that bird conservation is a global issue.

🧠 May 12, International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases

  • International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases celebrates the birthday of Florence Nightingale (who we mentioned earlier) while also raising awareness for various immunological and neurological diseases. 
  • These diseases include Lyme Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and more. All of which can be debilitating and affects millions of people worldwide.

Related: You can discover all the 158 most important awareness events (for the month, days, weeks) in our awareness calendar for May 2024!

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📜 These Days in History

👩🏻‍💼 May 10, 1872: Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to be nominated for president when the Equal Rights Party picked her as its candidate.

👨🏻‍🏫 May 11, 1918: Richard Feynman was born in New York City. He became a Nobel Prize-winning physicist for his significant contributions to science and education. His engaging teaching style inspired countless students worldwide, fostering a love for both science and critical thinking. 

👩🏻‍⚕️ May 12, 1820: Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. Later in life, she became a nurse and was placed in charge of nursing British and Allied soldiers. She formalized scientifically-based nursing and established the first nursing school in London, and was the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit. Nowadays, the International Nurses Day holiday is celebrated on her birthday to commemorate her birth and honor nurses around the world.

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💭 Quote of the Week

“Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift there is nothing small about it.”

― Florence Nightingale; English nurse, statistician, social reformer, and first woman to be given the Order of Merit

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Stay impactful 💚

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