Can storing excess carbon in rocks help solve climate change? At Yale, researchers are working on approaches like this to enhance the Earth’s abilities to store carbon. A $100 million gift from FedEx has helped fund the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture, focused on developing methods to store excess carbon through processes that occur naturally, such as photosynthesis in plants and mineral weathering of rocks.
The center will bring together researchers from the Yale School of the Environment, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering & Applied Science, and other departments, centers, and institutes across campus. It’s part of Yale’s broader Planetary Solutions Project, which aims to spark new approaches to tackling climate change and the biodiversity crisis.