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Can this mineral help boost the carbon stored in oceans?

Jesse Klein writes about Project Vesta, a nonprofit that is boosting carbon storage in oceans, for GreenBiz.

The C3 Take
  • Project Vesta is a nonprofit initiative that is accelerating carbon capture in oceans.
  • The company places an abundant mineral called olivine along coastlines, which when dissolved in water accelerates the carbonate reaction, effectively leading to greater storage of carbon in the ocean.
  • Project Vesta estimates that if this process were deployed on .1 to .25 percent of the Earth’s beaches, it could capture 100 percent of annual carbon emissions.

“The natural process Project Vesta is trying to encourage is the carbonate reaction. This is how CO2 from the air gets absorbed by oceans and ultimately is transformed into calcium carbonate, which eventually forms sediment and limestone on the ocean floor, sequestering carbon out of the atmosphere for long-term storage.”

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