Iceland combats climate change by pumping CO2 back into the earth

Date:14 June 2016 Author: Nikky Knijf Tags:, , ,

Icelandic researchers have found that pumping CO2 into basaltic rocks could mitigate the effects of climate change. This island nation has been hard-hit by climate change and is actively working to combat its effects.

Scientists and engineers pumping emissions created by the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant back into the ground in an effort to negate the CO2 produced by the plant, with no negative effects found yet.

“Most of the injected CO2 was mineralised in less than two years. Carbonate minerals are stable, so this approach should avoid the risk of carbon leakage,” says the abstract of a study published by the researchers involved in the disposal project.

Watch the video below to see how the process is implemented and monitored.

Source and video credit: The Earth Institute, Columbia University

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