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American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Nov. 14, 2007
Date:11/19/2007

About 700 plants could offset all Co2 emissions. Their study is scheduled to appear in the Dec. 15 issue of ACS Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal.

Scientists believe that excessive build-up of carbon dioxide in the air contributes to global warming. In addition to cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions by reducing the use of fossil fuels, researchers have focused on new technologies that remove the gas directly from the atmosphere.

In the new study, Kurt Zenz House and colleagues propose building hundreds of special water treatment facilities worldwide that would remove hydrochloric acid from the ocean by electrolysis and neutralize the acid through reactions with silicate minerals or rocks. The reaction increases the alkalinity of the ocean and its ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The process is similar to the natural weathering reactions that occur among silicate rocks but works at a much faster rate, the researchers say.

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Electrochemical Acceleration of Chemical Weathering as an Energetically Feasible Approach to Mitigating Anthropogenic Climate Change

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CONTACT:

Kurt Zenz House
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass. 02138
Phone: 310-890-4140
E-mail: khouse@fas.harvard.edu


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New database screening criteria improves identification of anticancer drugs
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling


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