World’s Largest Vacuum to Suck Carbon From Atmosphere Turns On for First Time

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Anew carbon capture facility that claims to be the biggest of its kind in the world began quite literally sucking the carbon from the atmosphere this week.

The plant, called “Mammoth” by Swiss company Climeworks, kicked off operations in Iceland on Wednesday, CNN reports, grabbing the available carbon from the air and injecting it deep below the surface to lock it up permanently.

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Best of all, the operation is entirely powered by the island nation’s geothermal energy, allowing it to put a dent in the abundance of carbon dioxide polluting our planet’s atmosphere without adding to the problem.

However, whether direct air capture (DAC) plants are our best bet to ward off an impending climate catastrophe remains a heated debate, with experts arguing they’re merely a distraction from the root causes of climate change.

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