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Another weapon to fight climate change? Put carbon back where we found it

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🗞️ Driving the news: In an effort to combat rising carbon emissions, innovative carbon removal technologies, like using green sand on beaches and exploring the potential of seaweed, are being tested

🔭 The context: While traditional methods focus primarily on reducing emissions, Klaus Lackner emphasizes the need for proactive approaches that also remove existing carbon from the atmosphere
• However, he expresses concerns about governmental policies addressing the issue effectively

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Carbon removal has the potential to significantly reverse environmental damage
• These technologies could play a pivotal role in combating climate change and ensuring a sustainable future for the planet

⏭️ What's next: While projects like the green sand on Long Island's Little Peconic Bay and the Climeworks direct-air-capture plant in Iceland are promising, they are still in their nascent stages
• Scaling these solutions and integrating them into global climate strategies will be the next significant step

💬 One quote: "We need technology to save us, but I don't see the policy coming along that would support it" (Klaus Lackner, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University)

📈 One stat: Seaweed can sequester carbon 40 times more efficiently than trees, making it a potent tool in the fight against climate change

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