The doomsayers have been telling us we have reached a tipping point with climate change, and that the planet is doomed unless be pay trillions in taxes.
Apparently, there is nothing we can now do except prepare for bigger and nastier storms. Never mind that all the world’s scientists have yet to predict anything remotely true with all their models and billions in funding.
Now, though, we see why I don’t worry at all about the doomsday scenarios…humans are ingenious and find ways of solving problems.
Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change.
The unique project promises a cheaper and more secure way of burying CO2 from fossil fuel burning underground, where it cannot warm the planet. Such carbon capture and storage (CCS) is thought to be essential to halting global warming, but existing projects store the CO2 as a gas and concerns about costs and potential leakage have halted some plans.
The new research pumped CO2 into the volcanic rock under Iceland and sped up a natural process where the basalts react with the gas to form carbonate minerals, which make up limestone. The researchers were amazed by how fast all the gas turned into a solid – just two years, compared to the hundreds or thousands of years that had been predicted.
“We need to deal with rising carbon emissions and this is the ultimate permanent storage – turn them back to stone,” said Juerg Matter, at the University of Southampton in the UK, who led the research published on Thursday in the journal Science. Read more »