NEWS AND NOTES SCIENTISTS DESIGN SOILS ment perspective. A key benefit is cial materials, such as concrete. TO HELP COMBAT CLIMATE that combating climate change in Significant scope could exist to CHANG E this way promise s to be cheap com- incorporate calcium-rich, carbon- In a new study, a tea m fro m New- pared with other processes." locking soils in land restoration, castl e University in the United Th e tea m will first tr y to detect lan d remediation, and other de- Kingdom is attempting to design calcium carbonate in natura l soils velopment projects. Growing bio- soils tha t remove carbon fro m the tha t have developed on top of energy crops on these soils could atmosphere. calcium-ric h rocks or have been be one attractive option. expose d to concrete dust, which "Scientists have know n about the "Th e process we're exploring possibility of using soil as a carbon is rich in man-made calcium sili- might be able to contribute around cates. They will then study arti- 'sink ' for some time," says David 5%-10% of th e UK's carbon reduc- Manning, professor of soil science at ficial soils made at the
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 2008
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