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Asbestos could be a powerful weapon against climate change (you read that right)

As James Temple of the MIT Technology Review writes, asbestos has a strong ability to remove large amounts of carbon dioxide from that atmosphere.

The C3 Take
  • Estimates show that one site in Vermont could potentially absorb 12 million tons of carbon dioxide.
  • In addition to asbestos, scientists are exploring the possibility of using materials such as copper and diamonds to sequester carbon.
  • Developments in sequestration from asbestos and other minerals will have to advance as trees are currently a more economically feasible sequestration option.

“Woodall and his advisor Jennifer Wilcox, a carbon removal researcher, are among a growing number of scientists exploring ways to accelerate these otherwise slow reactions in hopes of using mining waste to fight climate change.”

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