Asked by: Will Marritt, Hampshire
Removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere is tricky. Some new technologies use chemical filters to extract CO2 from the air, but come with a hefty price tag. A more promising method relies on plants’ natural ability to absorb ambient CO2 as they grow, transforming it into biomass. Planting trees or crops therefore results in a net removal of CO2 from the air. Taking things one step further, this plant matter can be burned inside specially adapted power stations that produce energy while capturing the CO2 emitted and burying it underground. This technology is, however, still undergoing development.
- Are some plants better than others at sucking up carbon dioxide?
- Could captured carbon dioxide be stored in the deep ocean?