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Climate Campaigner Tim Flannery Joins NZ Company


February 16, 2009

Climate Change Campaigner Tim Flannery Joins New Zealand Company To Fix Climate

BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand charcoal technology company Carbonscape™ announced today that Tim Flannery, Australian of the Year (2007), author of The Weather Makers and international campaigner on climate change, is joining the team as a board director.

“I’m delighted to be joining Carbonscape” says Tim, “The technology developed by Carbonscape is exciting and promises to make a dent in carbon dioxide levels. We have to get greenhouse gas levels down and fast. Carbonscape offers the possibility of doing that.”

The most widely discussed method to sequester carbon gases involves injecting compressed carbon dioxide into the earth’s crust. Carbonscape is trying an alternative approach by developing a patented world-first industrial microwave charcoal technology that sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping mitigate the impact of global warming.

Carbonscape’s solution focuses on making charcoal, effectively and safely locking the greenhouse gases away for thousands of years. Since New Zealand Forestry Minister Jim Anderton opened the Marlborough plant in October 2008, Carbonscape’s technology has drawn international interest from investors, researchers and the world’s media.

“Tim brings enormous expertise in fighting climate change to Carbonscape” comments director Professor Chris Turney, “Climate is changing and we need to do something fast. Tim will help us identify the best way Carbonscape’s technology can be most effectively used internationally. We’re over the Moon he has agreed to come on board.”

Carbonscape™ has been formed by a group of directors who have impressive renewable energy and sustainable business credentials. They are: knowledge broker and technology start-up expert, Nick Gerritsen; renewable energy developer Vicki Buck; Professor Chris Turney of the University of Exeter and author of Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past; climate change entrepreneur; businessman Hamish Macfarlane and angel investor Tim Langley.


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