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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 29: ENVS Capstone: Can Costa Rica meet its original deadline of becoming carbon-neutral by 2021 through the use of artificial trees as a new carbon capture mechanism?

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In 2007, Costa Rica challenged itself to become a carbon-neutral nation by offsetting the nation’s carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2021. This plan was later revised in 2015 and the country decided to settle for a new deadline of 2085 because the current strategies would not allow Costa Rica to meet its original deadline. Even though a new deadline was set, the projects designed to achieve this goal remained almost without consider the possibility of using new technologies that could drastically impact the country’s ability to reduce carbon emissions such as acritical trees, a form of geoengineering. This paper will focus on assessing the feasibility of including artificial trees as part of the Capacity Building, Technology Transfer and financing Adaptation Plan for 2016-2030 propose by the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy based on three parts:
1) National CO2 emission
2) Financial constraints
3) Ethical/legal implications


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library