Carbon-munching minerals to put brakes on global warming?
by Poppy Gaunt
What's Going On Here?
What Does This Mean?
Every ton of magnesite can remove around half a ton of carbon from the atmosphere. And the even better news is that the scientists can produce the mineral at room temperature, making it a cheap, energy-efficient process.
However, some experts warn that projects such as this are ‘seriously over-optimistic’. Instead, they say, we should be focussing on reducing emissions to keep global warming at bay. One thing is for sure, such technologies can only be part of the solution - global carbon emissions will have to be slashed regardless.
Why Should We Care?
Experts warn that if the Earth’s delicate, natural equilibrium is tipped out of balance - as appears to be happening - the knock-on effects could cause spiralling temperatures and lead to a ‘hothouse earth’. In such a situation it’s feared that systems that once acted as carbon stores, such as rainforests, soils and the sea ice, could begin emitting huge quantities of CO2 instead.
We advise leaving mineral creation to the experts. But there are other things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
Calculate your carbon footprint using a tool like this one from WWF, then use a carbon offsetting scheme that invests in environmental projects to balance out your emissions. Hey presto, you’re a carbon neutral human!
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