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The global climate crisis is an urgent issue that requires immediate action. While cutting back on fossil fuels is a crucial step, some scientists believe that it may not be enough. However, a new study claims to have found a breakthrough in sucking up CO2 from the atmosphere using a novel method to store carbon dioxide in the sea.
The study, published in the journal Science Advances, describes a new hybrid absorbing material that can take in three times as much CO2 as previously used materials. The process uses off-the-shelf resins and other chemicals to increase CO2 absorption efficiency while reducing costs. According to the lead author of the study, Prof Arup SenGupta from Lehigh University, the new approach could remove CO2 from the environment for as little as $100 per tonne.
Despite being a powerful warming agent, CO2 in the atmosphere is relatively diluted, making it challenging to absorb and discharge the gas. However, the study claims to have solved the issue by creating an absorbing material that can capture CO2 at high quantities in a small volume. This unique aspect of the work has the potential to revolutionize carbon capture technology.
Currently, captured CO2 is stored underground or in the sea inside former oil wells. However, the study suggests that adding some chemicals can convert CO2 into bicarbonate, which can be stored in seawater. This new process provides a more sustainable way to capture and store CO2, ultimately reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.
While the new technology is exciting, environmental activists are skeptical of its impact. Some believe that it is a ‘get-out-of-jail’ card for big corporations and countries to cut corners on reducing their fossil fuel use. However, the technology can be an essential tool in the fight against Climate change if it is used in conjunction with other sustainable practices.
The study’s findings provide hope for the future of carbon capture technology. While it is essential to reduce fossil fuel usage, innovative approaches like this can help us capture and store excess carbon in the atmosphere. We must continue to explore and develop new ways to fight Climate change, and this breakthrough is a promising step in that direction. As individuals, we can do our part by making small changes in our daily lives to reduce our carbon footprint. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for generations to come.
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