Scientists found a way to suck planet-heating carbon pollution from the air, turn it into sodium bicarbonate, and store it in the oceans.
This technique could be up to three times more efficient than current carbon capture technology, say the authors of the study, published last week in the Journal Science Advances.
Usually, nature does this – forests and oceans, for example, are natural carbon sinks – but nature is not quick enough to keep pace with the amount of carbon we're producing when we burn fossil fuels.
Some strategies are to use new technologies to reduce the amount of CO2 we produce, and to remove CO2 from the air and store it.
More research will be needed to understand how the baking soda method would work at scale, but it’s promising.
This is a #WinForThePlanet 🙌🏼