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Cambridge scientists find new way to capture carbon dioxide

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🗞️ Driving the news: Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed an innovative, low-cost, and energy-efficient method for capturing CO2 from the air using a "charcoal sponge" charged like a battery

🔭 The context: Current methods for CO2 capture typically require high temperatures up to 900°C, making them energy-intensive
• This new approach requires heating only to 90-100°C, potentially using renewable energy, thus making the process more sustainable

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective CO2 capture technologies are critical for reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases, essential for achieving net zero emissions and mitigating the severe impacts of climate change

⏭️ What's next: Researchers are focusing on enhancing the capacity of the charcoal sponge to capture more CO2 and exploring other potential applications for this energy-efficient material

💬 One quote: "Given the scale of the climate emergency, it's something we need to investigate," said Dr. Alexander Forse, lead researcher

📈 One stat: The charged charcoal sponges only required heating to 90-100°C for CO2 capture, compared to the 900°C needed by most current materials

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