This startup grows kelp then sinks it to pull carbon from the air
May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Carbon emissions are a huge contributor to climate change, so companies are getting creative about finding ways to suck the heat-trapping element out of the atmosphere and slow global warming.
One Maine-based startup, Running Tide Technologies, is experimenting with farming kelp, a type of seaweed, in an effort to pull carbon from the air and store it deep beneath the ocean floor, potentially giving the world another nature-based tool to curb climate change.
"The positives for growing kelp is that it grows remarkably fast and the deep water environments it sinks to have really low temperatures which can limit decomposition back to carbon dioxide," Peter Raymond, a professor of ecosystem ecology at Yale, told CNN Business.
"There are a lot of really progressive companies out there that want to minimize their carbon footprint and we can sell the carbon removal service to those companies," Odlin said of Running Tide's overarching business strategy.
When a company buys a carbon removal credit from Running Tide, Odlin and his team remove the carbon for them to offset the carbon they're emitting to run their business.