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March 27, 2019 “Saving the world from thin airASU Now. Maureen O’Hagan

In the 1990s, theoretical physicist Klaus Lackner had an idea. Was it possible to build a contraption that physically sucked greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere?

At the time, the idea was radical. Some people thought it was nuts.

Two decades later, many of the experts have come around to Lackner’s view. Pulling carbon from the air is now seen as crucial, and Lackner has created such a machine. ASU has supported the vision, naming Lackner director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at the university’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, where he’s honing the technology. But so far, there are only a handful of other efforts to build carbon-sucking machines.

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Below is a selection of media which directly reference the endeavors of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University.

Feb 25, 2019 “Five Carbon Capture Techniques That Could Help Mitigate Global WarmingBloomberg Businessweek. Michael Belfiore

Feb 18, 2019 “A CO₂ sponge: Arizona scientist working to combat rising carbon dioxide levelsCronkite News. Lillian Donahue

Feb 6, 2019 “ASU researcher touts carbon capture device to fight climate Joe Dana

Jan 21, 2019 “Capturing CarbonArizona Illustrated. Arizona Public Media

Jan 11, 2019 “Creating a carbon economyASU Now. Scott Seckel

Mar 8, 2018 “Klaus Lackner didn’t set out to save the world, but he thinks his machine could Alden Woods

Mar 6, 2018 “Klaus Lackner demonstrates CO2-capture technology” (video) Patrick Breen

Feb 6, 2018 “We Can Pull CO2 from Air, But It’s No Silver Bullet for Climate Change, Scientists WarnInside Climate News. Sabrina Shankman

Dec 22, 2017 “Can We Suck Enough CO2 From The Air To Save The Climate?Fast Company. Adele Peters

Dec 14, 2017 “The Materials Industry Is Pitching In to Reduce Greenhouse Gas EmissionsArchitect. Blaine Brownell

New Yorker article cover from 11-20-2017, "Can Carbon Dioxide Removal Save the world?" CO2 could soon reach levels that, it's widely agreed, will lead to catastrophe. by Elizabeth Kolbert

Nov 20, 2017 “Can carbon-dioxide removal save the world?” The New Yorker. Elizabeth Kolbert

Nov 16, 2017 “Carbon is a terrible thing to waste” ASU KED Talk. ASU Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

Nov 22, 2017 “The carbon catcher: Q&A with ASU’s Klaus LacknerASU Now. Kelsey Wharton

Nov 13, 2017 “Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?The New Yorker. Elizabeth Kolbert

July 19, 2017 “8 Ways to Sequester Carbon to Avoid Climate CatastropheEcoWatch. Mary Hoff

May 31, 2017 “ASU’s carbon capture, delivery technology garners algae industry awardASU Now. Joe Caspermeyer

May 24, 2017 “Science within Art: #ArtTreeLightworks News.

June 13th, 2016 “Meet the Scientists Cleaning Up Carbon Emissions” Bloomberg. Flora Lichtman, Katherine Wells, Lucy Wells

February 26th, 2016 “The Quest for Negative Carbon EmissionsWashington Post. Chris Mooney

January 6th, 2016 “The Quest to Hack Trees and Beat Climate ChangeWashington Post. Matt McFarland

December 1st, 2015 “ASU Researchers Look At Technology To Take Carbon Dioxide Out Of The AirKJZZ (Radio). Mark Brodie

November 13th, 2015 “Quest to boost microalgae growth promises more sustainable energyRenewable Energy World. Joe Kullman

October 27th, 2015. “Will hacking nature protect us from climate change?CNN. Thom Patterson.

August 30th, 2015. “Is an artificial tree part of the solution to climate change? These guys think so.“PRI”. Ari Daniel.

August 24th, 2015. “Branching out to help solve climate change.” Irish Times. John Holden.

August 4th, 2015. “Clean power plan to algae companies: Prove it.” Forbes Magazine. Jeff McMahon

June 21st, 2015. “Catch them if you can: the pragmatic ways to cut carbon emissions.” The Guardian. Brian Clegg

May 30th, 2015. “Techniques for removing carbon dioxide from the air.” Al-Hurra ITECH (video). Toufic Gebran

April 16, 2015. “How to efficiently capture carbon dioxide out of thin air.” Physics World. Tamela Maciel

April 13, 2015. “Klaus Lackner is pulling CO2 out of thin air.” Fast Company. Jon Gertner

March 26, 2015. “Negative carbon emissions.” Top of Mind (radio). Julie Rose

February 17, 2015. “ASU research center aims for negative carbon emissions.” ASU News. Rosie Gochnour

December 18, 2014. “Physicist turned carbon-catcher.” Symmetry Magazine. Rich Blaustein

December 14, 2014.  “The climate agreement in Lima isn’t enough. Here’s a better solution.” The New Republic. Jacob Bronsther

August 5, 2014. “Carbon dioxide scrubbing.” C-SPAN (video). Klaus Lackner

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