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'Exciting' discovery of material that can store greenhouse gases faster than trees

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🗞️ Driving the news: Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have discovered a new porous material capable of storing large amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and sulfur hexafluoride
• This material is formed from hollow, cage-like molecules that can efficiently trap these gases

🔭 The context: The creation of such materials is crucial as it supports direct air capture technologies, which are becoming increasingly important in efforts to manage and reduce atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases
• Current natural methods like tree planting are slow, necessitating faster, human-made solutions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This breakthrough could significantly impact efforts to combat climate change by improving the efficiency and capacity of carbon capture methods
• The ability to store potent greenhouse gases more effectively helps address the urgent need to reduce global warming and achieve net-zero emissions targets

⏭️ What's next: The research team plans to further enhance these materials with the aid of artificial intelligence, which could lead to the development of even more effective methods for capturing and storing harmful gases from the atmosphere

💬 One quote: "This discovery has the potential to help solve society's biggest challenges," said Dr. Mark Little, co-leader of the research at Heriot-Watt University

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