The quest to put carbon to rest at sea

The Earth’s ocean acts as a global climate regulator, and scientists are increasingly studying its chemistry and geology to find potential ways to store carbon dioxide captured from emissions or removed from the air.

The big picture: Oceans are bearing some of the brunt of climate change — they’re acidifying, warming at the surface and experiencing other damaging effects. But deploying wind and solar energy offshore, restoring coastal ecosystems and other efforts could turn the seas into a solution, Axios’ Andrew Freedman reports.

Vast, and far from humans, offshore sites are being studied by researchers for capturing and storing carbon.

  • Half of the roughly 10-20 trillion tons of CO2 storage capacity in the Earth’s geology is located offshore, says Julio Friedmann of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

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