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UAE starts sucking carbon from air to convert it into rock

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🗞️ Driving the news: The United Arab Emirates has initiated a groundbreaking project to capture carbon from the air and convert it into rock
• This initiative, spearheaded by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), involves mixing carbon with seawater and injecting it into the Hajar Mountains

🔭 The context: This carbon capture technology is part of the UAE's broader efforts to reduce emissions and achieve net zero by mid-century
• The project aligns with the country's role as the host of the COP28 conference and reflects its commitment to innovative climate solutions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The technology developed by Omani startup 44.01 to mineralize carbon into rock is a significant step in addressing climate change
• This method permanently traps CO2, providing an alternative to traditional carbon capture and storage techniques

⏭️ What's next: The pilot project, involving a partnership with Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation and Masdar, is set to begin injecting the carbon-seawater mix into a test well soon, coinciding with COP28
• The process is expected to transform the carbon into rock within three to four months

💬 One quote: "The volume of rock here would have the potential to easily sequester all of the carbon dioxide in the UAE," (Sophie Hildebrand, ADNOC's Chief Technology Officer)

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