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Scientists Combat Global Warming by Removing Carbon Dioxide in Oceans

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Scientists have shifted their focus to oceans after a failed effort to combat climate global warming by tapping into the carbon dioxide in the air.

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According to one of the mechanical engineering professors in the institution, if their efforts bear fruits, the process could cut the expensive costs of using carbon capture to combat global warming.

Scientists Combat Global Warming by Removing Carbon Dioxide in Oceans
File/Courtesy: Scientists have opted to use an unconventional method of combating global warming, by tapping into CO2 form the oceans instead of the atmosphere

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Climate change has been a central point of discussion for many countries all over the world. While scientists and various stakeholders are trying to devise ways of ensuring success as far as controlling global warming is concerned, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have chosen to do things a little differently.

Instead of tapping into the Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they have resulted in tapping the Carbon dioxide in the oceans.

Scientists Combat Global Warming by Removing Carbon Dioxide in Oceans
PHOTO/COURTESY: An Ocean.

The Massachusetts Institute describes the process as a two-step microelectronic process to remove Carbon Dioxide from the ocean’s water.

The first step uses electricity to temporarily acidify the water, which encourages the removal of carbon dioxide. The second step removes the acidity and collects the carbon dioxide.

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The institute plans to use the tapped carbon dioxide to make fuels such as ethanol or other products like concrete. Also, the institute is the second to get into this revolutionary method of combating global warming after a United States company Captura Corp pioneered it.

The companies received funding from a Saudi Arabian oil company as well as additional financial support from a competition sponsored by Elon Musk.

Scientists Combat Global Warming by Removing Carbon Dioxide in Oceans
PHOTO/COURTESY: An Ocean.

Hopefully, among other scientific innovations will prove to be a milestone toward steering the world away from the shackles of global warming.

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