Climate-heating carbon dioxide will be sucked from the air using trees, peat, rock chips, and charcoal in major new trials across the UK. Scientists said the past failure to rapidly cut emissions means some CO2 will need to be removed from the atmosphere to reach net zero by 2050 and halt the climate crisis. The £30m government-funded project will test ways to do this effectively and affordably on over 100 hectares (247 acres) of land, making it one of the biggest trials in the world. Degraded peatlands will be re-wetted and replanted in the Pennines and west Wales, while rock chips that absorb CO2 as they break down in soil will be tested on farms in Devon, Hertfordshire and mid-Wales. Special charcoal called biochar will be buried at a sewage disposal site, on former mine sites and railway embankments.
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Universities across the UK have teamed up to assess how tree planting, peat bog restoration and bioenergy could help the country reach net zero emissions. The £30m research programme will assess how effective carbon removal techniques are at locking away carbon emissions, and how far they could be scaled up to help the UK meet its climate goals. In total 12 universities are taking part in the government-funded project, led by the University of Oxford. Experts will study data from five demonstrator projects to test the most effective approaches for mass carbon removal from the atmosphere.
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