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If we’re going to capture our carbon emissions, we might as well put them to use

Instead of storing carbon, researchers want to convert it into fuel.
burning charcoal

Burning charcoal

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ike many researchers, Phil De Luna finds inspiration in nature — in this case, the way plants use photosynthesis to make food from carbon dioxide, , and sunlight. He envisions a day when scientists will use water and renewable energy to transform carbon dioxide into products society can use, such as fuel, medicine, or feed for livestock. While scientists tend to talk about carbon capture and storage—one approach to fighting  — De Luna thinks the future instead will be about and conversion.

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