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27 July 2017 06:37 (South Africa)

Bacteria can keep carbon dioxide buried safely underground

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Scientists have discovered that treating CO2 with  Bacillus subtilis bacteria and a helping of urea helps secure underground CO2 storage sites. The bacteria form a protective seal in the storage chambers, and also lower the pH of the saline solution, causing the CO2 to form calcium carbonate by reacting with the calcium in the rock. It is a stable way to store the CO2 underground, and it's great for the environment. Read more: New Scientist

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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