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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The nonprofit group Carbon180, which advocates for deployment of emerging carbon removal technologies and methods, has brought on The Coefficient Group to lobby, a new filing shows.

Why it matters: Technologies like direct air capture and bioenergy with carbon capture are getting increased attention from policymakers, and the filing signals that the group sees an opening.

  • The group's prior registered lobbying activities were limited to brief retention of the firm Cassidy and Associates in mid-2018, filings show.

What they're saying: "We think there is a growing, non-partisan opportunity to advance significant legislation related to carbon removal, and the Coefficient team is helping us engage with congressional offices in greater depth than we have in the past," Carbon180 executive director Noah Deich tells me.

Where it stands: The Coefficient Group's Tom Lawler, a former aide to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Republican Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts, will lobby on their behalf.

  • He'll work on "climate policies that incent natural and engineered carbon removal systems," the filing states.

Go deeper: Global cooperation will be needed to do carbon removal right

Go deeper

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Updated Sep 24, 2020 - Energy & Environment

China's split personality on climate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A new insta-analysis of China's vow to achieve "carbon neutrality" before 2060 helps to underscore why Tuesday's announcement sent shockwaves through the climate and energy world.

Why it matters: Per the Climate Action Tracker, a research group, following through would lower projected global warming 0.2 to 0.3°C. That's a lot!

Updated 2 hours ago - Technology

From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.