Up to 6,000 tons. That’s how much carbon dioxide the average carbon-capture train could remove from the atmosphere per year, according to researchers, making up a small fraction of the 5.2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide the U.S. alone emitted in 2020.


The proposal comes as temperatures in the United Kingdom hit a record high Tuesday, part of a broader heatwave impacting Europe that experts say is the result of human-driven climate change.


The Biden Administration and major companies have dedicated funding in recent years to explore carbon capture—an experimental technology that has been tested through small-scale projects. The Biden Administration allotted $12 billion to carbon capture projects through an infrastructure bill passed last November, and extra funding for such projects was also included in the stalled Build Back Better Act. Currently, there are 21 carbon capture, utilization and storage facilities around the world, with dozens more in the process of development. This research comes amid increased urgency about the risks of climate change: In a report published in April, the United Nations said carbon emissions from 2010 to 2019 were higher than ever before in human history and warned humans must act “now or never” to reduce emissions to combat global warming. But some climate researchers and activists have cautioned the method can be costly and inefficient, may increase air pollution and could distract from larger goals to transition to renewable energy sources.


There’s a carbon-capture gold rush. Some warn better solutions exist. (Washington Post)


Congress is spending billions on carbon capture. Is it a climate savior or a boondoggle? (CBS News)


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