Add news
March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010
August 2010
September 2010 October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022 August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 December 2022 January 2023 February 2023 March 2023 April 2023 May 2023 June 2023 July 2023 August 2023 September 2023 October 2023 November 2023 December 2023 January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024 June 2024 July 2024
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
News Every Day |

Scientists want to pump carbon into a hole at the bottom of the ocean in a $60 million pilot project to help stop climate change

A funnel of smoke over an image of the ocean
  • Scientists want $60 million to try trapping carbon dioxide in the sea floor off the coast of Canada.
  • They say reactive basalt rock across the planet could turn CO2 into rock at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Offshore carbon-capturing factories may help fight climate change in the future — for a steep price.

A major solution to the climate crisis may lie at the bottom of the ocean.

Across the planet, basalt rock deposits on the sea floor have the potential to trap carbon dioxide, removing the heat-trapping gas from our atmosphere.

That's why a team of scientists wants to build floating rigs at strategic offshore locations. Rather than extracting oil from the ocean floor — as offshore rigs currently do — these futuristic platforms would be injecting CO2 into it.

Powered by their own wind turbines, the floating stations would suck carbon dioxide out of the sky (or even out of seawater) and pump it into holes in the sea bed.

The scientists call their project Solid Carbon because, if it works as they expect, the CO2 they inject will forever be rock at the bottom of the ocean.

bottom of the ocean sandy rock formation in dark waters
An underwater field of basalt rock.

"That makes carbon storage very durable and very safe," Martin Scherwath, a geophysicist working on the project and a staff scientist at Ocean Networks Canada, told Business Insider.

Unlike other storage techniques, we wouldn't have to worry about carbon returning to the atmosphere and raising global temperatures.

It's not yet certain whether these oceanic carbon-removal factories would work as expected. First, the scientists need about $60 million to test a prototype at sea.

How the bottom of the ocean could remove carbon from the sky

The scientists estimate that, worldwide, basalt rock could permanently store more carbon than all of Earth's fossil fuels can emit. Just look at this map of potential sites across the planet, marked in yellow.

world map with vast yellow patches snaking through all the oceans and some big splotches within each continent
Yellow areas on the map indicate basalt bedrock that could potentially be tapped for carbon storage.

That doesn't mean it's safe to keep burning fossil fuels indiscriminately. This strategy is unlikely to be technologically, politically, and economically feasible in every location on the map. It will also be slow and expensive to scale up.

Still, the scientists say just a few rigs could make a big difference. In the Cascadia Basin off Canada's west coast, near Vancouver Island, there's room for about 20 years' worth of global carbon emissions, according to Scherwath. That's where they hope to conduct a field test.

"The reason that that location is so appealing, is that it's probably the spot on the globe where we know the most, have the most data, the most scientific expeditions, the most studies about the nature of the ocean crust," David Goldberg, a geophysicist and professor of climate science and carbon management at Columbia University, who's been developing this idea since 1997, told BI.

map shows vancouver island canada above Washington USA with a star marking the proposed injection site for solid carbon far offshore in the ocean
The Solid Carbon project's proposed injection site is in the Cascadia Basin, off the western coast of Canada.

The plan rests on a chemical reaction that already occurs naturally. Basalt rock is highly reactive, full of metals that readily grab CO2 and chemically combine with it to form carbonate minerals.

The basalt also tends to be broken up and porous, leaving plenty of room for new carbonates to fill in.

In Iceland, a project called CarbFix has proven a small-scale version of this process, dissolving CO2 in water (yes, that's sparkling water) and injecting it into underground basalt.

Within two years, the CO2 gas mineralizes, becoming rock deep underground.

The final stretch of reversing climate change

These oceanic carbon-storing factories would be a giant and costly undertaking — exactly the kind of mega-project we may eventually have to resort to if we want to cool the planet back to pre-industrial temperatures.

"We have to come up with the money. I don't think there's a way around it," Scherwath said.

That said, Solid Carbon is no substitute for the basic, immediate measures that climate experts worldwide are calling for, including swapping fossil fuels for renewable energy and reducing the carbon emissions of our food systems.

Rather, Scherwath says this is one of our later carbon-capture options, decades from now, to shave off the last few tenths of a degree of global warming. To have the option, though, we need to start developing it now.

According to one report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the world may need to draw down 10 billion tons of CO2 each year in order to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and have any chance of restricting global warming to the targets set forth in the Paris Agreement.

To reach that goal, "you're gonna need every last drop," Goldberg said.

That can include restoring ecosystems that naturally store carbon, like forests and wetlands, as well as capturing CO2 straight from the atmosphere and storing the gas underground in depleted oil and gas reservoirs.

Seattle Shell Arctic offshore drilling
The oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer is towed toward a dock in Elliott Bay in Seattle.

The trouble with those methods is the carbon could escape, via forest fires or seeping up through abandoned oil wells.

Solid Carbon scientists say carbon rock is stuck on the sea floor for thousands of years. They also argue that in the ocean, there's plenty of room to scale up and little risk of disgruntled neighbors fighting the project.

"This is a good compliment to the other methods, but it's also the most expensive one," Scherwath said.

Seeking $60 million

The Solid Carbon demo would send out a ship with pre-captured CO2, drill a hole in the sea floor, and inject it there. They would use an existing cable network to monitor the site and check for any escaping gas.

The trouble is funding. The group has applied for federal grants in the US and Canada, as well as foundations, according to Goldberg. So far they've been unable to secure the $60 million they need to run the pilot.

Goldberg suspects that's partly because there's no clear way to make money from capturing carbon and shooting it into the bottom of the sea.

"I mean, climate change is so expensive," Scherwath said. "The way to think about it might be similar to sewage treatment in cities, like it has to be done."

If they had the money, Goldberg thinks they could start running the pilot in a year or two.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Крупный фитнес-центр «Кимберли» в Москве закрылся и оставил клиентов без денег

England legend’s glamorous daughter dazzles in bikini on France holiday and sends fans into meltdown

The Faculty of International Journalism and Mass Communications of the Eurasian International University conducts an additional set of applicants!

He Almost Quit Being A Vet, But Found His Calling Helping Unhoused People - The Dodo

A school for African diplomats has opened in Moscow

Read also

The English seaside town named the ‘finest in the country’ – with award-winning beach and affordable fish and chips

Trump spokesperson says former president is 'fine' following incident at Pennsylvania rally

Get Rosetta Stone while it's on sale and become fluent in another language

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on

News Every Day

A school for African diplomats has opened in Moscow — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here

News Every Day

England legend’s glamorous daughter dazzles in bikini on France holiday and sends fans into meltdown

Sports today

Новости тенниса
Стефанос Циципас

"Спартак" презентовал футболку греческому теннисисту Циципасу

Спорт в России и мире

Ефимов: 6 спорткомплексов построят в Москве по проектам КРТ

All sports news today

Sports in Russia today


Крупный фитнес-центр "Кимберли" закрылся в Москве, кинув клиентов на 180 млн рублей

Новости России

Game News

The First Descendent is dollar store Destiny starring exclusively hot people


Собянин поздравил работников столичного транспорта с профессиональным праздником

Губернаторы России

"Магические танцы" ShantiOlga активируют энергию успеха

Третий класс пожарной опасности спрогнозировали в Подмосковье с 14 по 16 июля

Передышки не будет: москвичам пообещали очередную жаркую неделю

Ефимов: шесть спортивных комплексов построят в столице по проектам КРТ

Караоке и петанк: что ждет гостей второго дня фестиваля «Ешь. Гуляй. Дыши»

100 лучших сольных песен The Beatles - 9

Брандл сделал заявление после инцидента с гитаристом группы Queen на ГП Великобритании

«50 минут не двигались ноги»: Диана Арбенина упала и сломала отростки позвоночника

Розенбаум поблагодарил движение «МотоАнгелыДетям» и вручил им гитару

Express: Медведеву дали предупреждение за ругань с судьей в полуфинале Уимблдона

Крейчикова выиграла второй турнир «Большого шлема» и вернется в топ-10

«Самый сложный противник, с которым я встречался». Медведев – об Алькарасе

Второй год подряд: Медведев взял сет у Алькараса, но вновь проиграл в полуфинале Уимблдона

Госкорпорация „Ростех“ поддержала кинофестиваль «В кругу семьи» в Ярославле

Популярные направления доставки грузов из Костромы

Последний отпуск. На прогулке на катере по Амуру погибли сестры из Москвы

Ты неси меня, Ока: топ-5 пляжей Москвы и области, где можно отдохнуть в выходные

«Саша увидел меня в календаре одежды и сразу решил, что я буду его женой!» Ассоль рассказала историю знакомства с рэпером ST в новом выпуске шоу «Вкусно с Анфисой Чеховой» на ТВ 3

«Белшина» и брестское «Динамо» вышли в ⅛ финала Кубка Беларуси

Хабиб, Амирчик, Вячеслав Макаров, LYRIQ и другие звезды устроили студентам Академии Игоря Крутого незабываемые каникулы

Яндекс Поиск выяснил, где рыбачат жители Самары и какую рыбу ловят

Записки старой нарвитянки. Хроника поселка Усть-Нарова

9 знаменитых кино дуэтов СССР, в которых актеры на самом деле не переваривали друг друга. (История советского кино)

Передышки не будет: москвичам пообещали очередную жаркую неделю

Источник спасатели приступили к эвакуации коровы из болота в Москве

Путин в России и мире

Персональные новости
VK Fest

VK Fest объявил звездных гостей синей дорожки

News Every Day

He Almost Quit Being A Vet, But Found His Calling Helping Unhoused People - The Dodo

Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости