Excellent news–scientists at UCLA have announced that they’ve discovered a new way to trap CO2 without using toxic materials.
“The scientists have demonstrated that they can successfully isolate and capture carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming, rising sea levels and the increased acidity of oceans. Their findings could lead to power plants efficiently capturing carbon dioxide without using toxic materials.”
Apparently they’ve created these new structures called ZIFs that allow molecules of carbon dioxide in through specially tailored flaps and keep them trapped within. They’re five times more effective than current carbon trapping methods, and don’t use toxic materials or drain the power plants of 30% of their energy.
So–that’s a whole ton of awesome right there. Soon we’ll be able to load smoke stacks in power plants with them, and begin accomplishing one of the great engineering challenges of the 21st century.