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Cat Litter Could Be Antidote for Climate Change, Researchers Say

Ryan Dezember writes in The Wall Street Journal on a new innovation that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The C3 Take
  • Researchers at MIT have created a compound using odor soaking clay from cat litter that can effectively trap methane and convert it into CO2.
  • Scientists say that global emissions from methane, a greenhouse gas that is far more potent than carbon dioxide, need to be reduced by 45% by 2030 to prevent the worst of climate change’s impacts.
  • While converting methane into CO2 is not a silver bullet solution to climate change, it may give researchers and innovators more time to create durable climate solutions.

“The Energy Department gave the researchers $2 million to design devices with the compound that can be attached to vents at coal mines and dairy barns, which are big methane emitters. The idea is to alter the chemistry of emissions before they hit the open air, like a catalytic converter on a car.”

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