When we think about global climate change and the warming of our planet, we tend to think about pollution, specifically greenhouse gas emissions from transit, power plants, or industrial sources. A typical next step has been finding ways to curb emissions. National Geographic published an article looking at just the opposite, suggesting it might be easier if we instead find ways to capture the excess carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
Physicist Klaus Lackner of Columbia University is working on an idea involving a plastic resin that would capture CO2 from automobiles and planes. The end goal is an economical, efficient, and practical operation that would not only capture CO2, but also store it underground.
The idea above, known as carbon capture storage (CSS), is an emerging technique when applied to power plants. So much so, that the United States Department of Energy (DOE) is working on finding ways to reuse the captured carbon. Just a couple of weeks ago, the DOE awarded $106 million in federal funds for six projects. These experiments will look at the possibility of reusing captured CO2 for things like fuels, plastics, cement, and fertilizer. For now, cost remains a major sticking point.
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