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Genetically Modified Trees Are Taking Root to Capture Carbon

Margaret Osborne of Smithsonian Magazine reports on a startup that is using genetically modified trees to capture carbon.

The C3 Take
  • Living Carbon is a San Francisco-based startup that has created genetically modified poplar trees that sequester more CO2 than traditional trees.
  • According to one study, Living Carbon’s trees were able to capture 27% more carbon dioxide than unmodified trees.
  • Earlier this month Living Carbon launched its tree planting campaign in Georgia and plans to plant 4 to 5 million trees by the middle of next year.

“In 2021, Living Carbon received a $500,000 grant from the Department of Energy, which predicted that the genetically engineered trees could remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere if planted at scale, writes John Fialka for E&E News. Eventually, the company wants to sell credits for carbon offsets to organizations looking to reach net-zero emissions.” 

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