Sorry to break it to you techies, but human technology will never be as efficient as the natural systems mother nature has perfected over hundreds of millennia.
Unlike nature, humans have a knack for creating
FOREVER MATERIALSlike styrofoam and toxic waste.
In the context of Co2,  the concept of permanent carbon storage is pretty innovative, which is why humans like Musk and Gates are doubling down. Although direct air capture technologies have been around for over a decade, it was thought to be too expensive to be
Red Line
You can think of direct air capture machines as giant vacuum cleaners that suck carbon out of the air. Just like a vacuum, they use special filters, but instead of emptying the dirt into the trash, imagine your vacuum sent that dirt deep into the ground to become rock forever.
The thing to consider here is that these technologies require a massive amount of initial capital, raw materials, and energy.
Unlike natural systems,
need an energy source and don’t put carbon to work the same way biochar, kelp, or trees do.
That’s basically it. These massive direct air capture plants extract
from the ambient air and permanently blast it into the ground.
DAC doesn’t support biodiversity, save water, or create nutrient-dense food; it’s just turning carbon into rock underground forever. Is DAC an essential part of the drawdown strategy? It absolutely is, especially in industry-dense urban areas.
Is it the cheapest, most accessible, and multi-beneficial drawdown solution? It’s still second to the magic of photosynthesis