Biden-Harris Administration Allocates $24 Million To Marine Carbon Removal 

Biden-Harris Administration Allocates $24 Million To Marine Carbon Removal - Carbon Herald

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) will allocate $24 million for projects focused on marine carbon removal strategies. The funding, announced on Sept. 7, is part of the Investing in America agenda of the Biden-Harris administration. 

$14 million from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will go toward 10 projects that research the safety and effectiveness of marine carbon removal strategies such as enhancing ocean alkalinity or seaweed farming. 

The additional $10 million will support seven other marine carbon removal projects, funded by NOAA’s appropriation for the National Oceanographic Partnership Program; NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program; NOAA’s Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program; the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management; DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office; the Office of Naval Research; the U.S. National Science Foundation and the ClimateWorks Foundation.

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Projects vary in both location and size. Many of them aim to mitigate the effects of ocean acidification while also actively removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The funded projects encompass a wide spectrum, from laboratory demonstrations to modeling, community engagement, and conducting field trials. Their purpose is to evaluate the impact and efficiency of different methods for removing CO2 from marine environments and to guarantee the strategies are scaled in a responsible and timely manner, while safeguarding the well-being of the public, the environment, and the economy.

These new projects represent an extension of NOAA’s involvement in carbon dioxide removal research. In June, NOAA introduced its Carbon Dioxide Removal Strategy. This strategy does not favor any specific technique but instead outlines NOAA’s potential research contributions in four critical areas for understanding the feasibility and impacts of carbon dioxide removal techniques: 1) observing networks; 2) modeling the effects of CO2 removal pathways; 3) assessing environmental impacts; and 4) offering decision support.

Read more: The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration Releases Carbon Removal Strategy 

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