These days, climate change is top of mind for many, and the focus is often on how to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses. Noah Deich, executive director of the non-governmental organization Carbon180 in Oakland, says reducing emissions is not the full story, however, and he is coming to the coast to talk about it.

“The research community has recognized that (reducing emissions) is only half of the equation,” he said. “We also need to clean up the large volume of carbon that has already been released into the atmosphere.” 

His organization champions practices and technologies that transform carbon from a liability to an asset. Some use the natural process of photosynthesis to draw carbon out of the atmosphere while others use technology to capture carbon dioxide, where it can be stored or used in building materials.

“There is a huge wealth of potential solutions that are just beginning to be explored,” he said. 

Deich will be the featured speaker at a free event at the Half Moon Bay Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The presentation is sponsored by the San Mateo County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

“This is not going to be a conventional retread of the climate conversation,” he said. “It’s really going to focus on these new dimensions of the climate change challenge and how that translates into new opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors, but also for farmers, foresters, and blue-collar manufacturing jobs.”

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