What's Going On Here?
Scientists have found a way to produce a mineral with serious carbon-storing potential.
The mineral, magnesite, can take thousands of years to form in nature, but this new method can accelerate formation to just 72 days and could make it a genuine tool to combat climate change. They say geology rocks - we couldn’t agree more!
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.
Despite the team of researchers from Trent University, Canada admitting that this is still an ‘experimental process’, the results are being broadly welcomed as a “big step forward” in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas levels.
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.