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Reuters Crushed green rocks and almond shells figure in two small-scale CO2 capture projects attracting funding that might have been spent on carbon offsetting in the past.
Eric is currently working to galvanize the world to begin large scale carbon dioxide removal immediately and is on a "work stop" / sabbatical from all of his other projects until he is convinced the world is on the right path to prevent catastrophic climate change from occurring.
Eric is more widely known for his past work as a biohacker, futurist and in his advocacy for human cognitive enhancement and life extension. Eric strives to make continual, incremental improvements (kaizen) towards optimal performance. Eric focuses on human optimization of input and output (I/O), and he can read at over 1000 wpm and type at over 150 wpm.
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Eric Matzner is the co-founder of Project Vesta, a non-profit working to advance the technology of coastal enhanced weathering for carbon dioxide removal (CDR). It is clear from both the IPCC's Report on limiting Global Warming to 1.5ºC and the 2019 Emissions Gap Report, that humanity is not only not on target to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, but that those goals themselves can now no longer be achieved without gigatonne scale CDR on the order of 1 trillion tonnes of CO2 by the end of the century.
Even while these reports call for large scale CDR, they make clear that none of the available technologies have the ability to scale up to the levels needed to prevent catastrophic warming of the planet. To help solve this, Eric has taken a sabbatical from all of his other work and companies to focus on this singular problem. After a thorough analysis of all CDR processes, he determined that coastal enhanced weathering of olivine offers the greatest promise.
Coastal enhanced weathering of olivine is the only permanent, inexpensive, efficient, method of CO2 removal that does not compete for arable land use, freshwater resources, or require any new technology to scale to gigatonne levels. It is as simple as quarrying rocks and transporting them to beaches, where wave energy dramatically accelerates the breakdown of the rock. This reaction causes dissolved CO2 to become bound in solid form as bicarbonate, which is used by corals to build their skeletons. Eventually, it settles as sediment and limestone on the seafloor, where it is stored for millions of years. This CO2 removal process also de-acidifies the ocean.
Project Vesta is a nature-inspired solution that utilizes human ingenuity to accelerate Earth's main CO2 removal process that otherwise would take millions of years. Partially due to the simpleness of the solution, no commercial entities have worked to develop the process beyond the lab research. Project Vesta was formed to bring together the science, funding, and know-how needed to bridge the technological readiness gap and get this process to a deployable level.
Project Vesta will soon begin a Phase Ia Safety trial, which is the first step in proving the viability of this process and the project is currently seeking tax-deductible donations to help advance the necessary these experiments.
Project Vesta is working to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through the accelerated weathering of a rock called olivine on tropical beaches. Each 1 ton of olivine that breaks down, removes 1.25 tons of CO2. A volume of 7 miles cubed (11 km^3), placed on 2% of the world’s shelf seas each year could remove more CO2 than all of humanity’s yearly output. We are bringing together a coalition of global scientists to make this a reality.
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Meditation Battle League
Eric is the Co-Commissioner of the Meditation Battle League (MBL), a meditation competition where players where EEG headsets and compete “head-to-head” to “put their practice to the test.” While it sounds counter-intuitive, the MBL is about giving meditators a chance to practice meditating while under pressure. Competitors battle in an audio “arena” soundscape such as Traffic, Office, Playground, while ambient background sounds play. With the players’ brainwaves being projected on a screen between them, as one takes the lead, in the speaker nearest them, sounds such as a firetruck in the Traffic Arena, or a fax machine in the Office Arena play loudly in an effort to distract them. At the end of the time period, the meditator with the most time in a “meditative” state (as determined by the algorithm) wins.
Futuri.st is where Eric writes his thoughts on technology and the future. A techno-optimist at heart, he focuses on how as a society we can take an active role in nourishing and guiding technology into existing vs watching it fail. His goal is to help pull the “slack” out of adoption of technology, to help us bring the future forward more quickly.
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