The atmospheric and oceanographic science amr is based on comes from two international scientific groups.
The first group is called Restore Our Climate or ROC. It is a non-profit organization based in Santa Cruz, California, USA. Without ROC amr ag would not exist. Oswald Petersen is a member of ROC, and the same is true for Franz Oeste, Clive Elsworth and Renaud de Richter, who you find portrayed below.
Both groups work the field of methane removal since some years and have dozens of scientists on board who contribute to mankind’s ever growing knowledge regarding the atmosphere and the oceans. Unlike these non-profit organizations who concentrate on research, amr plans to actually build a methane removal plant. Such endeavour cannot be realized with a non-profit organization, therefore we decided to create a joint stock company for this project. However it is clear that AMR, ROC and F4CR are strongly associated and depend on each other.
Franz Oeste, developer and co-patent-holder of the iron salt aerosol (ISA) method of depleting CO2, methane and other short-lived greenhouse gases; he is the lead author of the primary peer-reviewed article on ISA, and also lead author on a new major paper on natural carbon transport mechanisms that Sir David King is calling a “landmark” paper, and is interested in sponsoring for publication by the Royal Society. Oeste found the inspiration for what became the ISA method when he tried to help Bangladesh villagers whose wells were arsenic-polluted, and realized the connection between methane and other pollutants. In his spare time, he hosts a museum featuring the unusual chemical geology of his region and its rocks (in photo), weathered by the same process (only at the bottom of the ocean) that is featured in his latest paper. He has a Diplom-Ingenieur Chemical Engineering from the former State School of Engineering, Essen, Germany.
Clive Elsworth took a keen interest in climate change in 2008 after reading leading climate scientist James Hansen’s book Storms of My Grandchildren. He subsequently co-founded Citizens Climate Lobby UK.
Clive has convened and chaired numerous meetings of international scientists and volunteers, and helped in the formation of the organization Restore Our Climate. Clive also maintains a personal climate change website, Climate Games Changers for a Sustainable World, including a page on the Iron Salt Aerosol method.
Clive is currently co-authoring with Franz Oeste what Sir David King has described as a „landmark paper“ on natural oceanic carbon dioxide absorption, transport and burial mechanisms.
Clive received A grades in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry A level at college, and obtained a BSc In Engineering from the University of Bristol.
Dr. Renaud de Richter
Dr. Renaud de Richter is French and lives in France. He is a chemical engineer (1985) graduated from the ENSC Montpellier, France. He holds a PhD (1989) in organic chemistry and performed a post-doctorate at the School of Pharmacy in Minneapolis, MN, USA (1990).
Dr. de Richter was manager of R&D (1991–1993) at a pharmaceutical start-up in Paris, France. Later, Renaud has been manager of a team of 32 scientists and technicians of a physical-chemistry laboratory (1998-2007). He currently works on standardization of quality control methods for medicines.
Renaud de Richter also cooperates as an unpaid researcher volunteer with a team based at the Engineering School of Chemistry of Montpellier University, where he has a wide-spectrum engineer approach to propose innovative breakthrough techniques to fight global warming.
He and his co-authors were the first to propose feasible and scalable technologies to enhance outgoing infrared energy from the Earth to outer space, in the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (March 2014). They were also the first to propose two different methods to remove at a climatically significant scale several greenhouse gases, such as methane + nitrous oxide + chloro-fluoro-carbons (May 2017), methane + tropospheric (surface) ozone + soot (August 2017), methane and carbon dioxide (March 2021). Both methods allow the stratospheric ozone layer to recover faster (work in progress). They also proposed a breakthrough method for direct atmospheric CO2 capture and to transform carbon dioxide back into fuels and useful chemicals using sunlight.
Renaud de Richter was a member of the committee producing the official 2014 French report on “Challenges and methods of environmental geo-engineering”. All this research work in France has so far been performed without any funding, which allows Renaud to do work without having specific deliverables and to be free to work on deem most important issues.
Among Renaud’s other key contributions to science are his proposals to improve solar updraft chimneys in order to produce CO2 free renewable energy and fresh water in arid regions. View the list of Renaud’s scientific peer-reviewed publications.