Charlie Buttrey

September 10, 2021

As much as reducing humanity’s carbon footprint is an essential part of combating climate change, there is already too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for the liking of most climatologists. Is there a way we could actually remove carbon dioxide from the air?

There is.

According to this article at, the world’s biggest direct air capture (DAC) plant came online this week in Iceland, some 20 miles southeast of Reykjavik. The plant, powered by the island’s abundant hydrothermal energy, uses large industrial vacuums to remove carbon dioxide from the air, removing 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere. The captured carbon dioxide is then stored deep underground, where it turns into stone after about two years.

4,000 metric tons is a teeny weeny sliver of the carbon being released into the atmosphere every year, but it’s a start.

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