Climatic Change

, Volume 74, Issue 1–3, pp 349–354

Enhanced Weathering: An Effective and Cheap Tool to Sequester Co2


DOI: 10.1007/s10584-005-3485-y

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Schuiling, R.D. & Krijgsman, P. Climatic Change (2006) 74: 349. doi:10.1007/s10584-005-3485-y


Weathering and subsequent precipitation of Ca- and Mg-carbonates are the main processes that control the CO2-concentration in the atmosphere. It seems logical, therefore, to use enhanced weathering as a tool to reduce rising CO2-levels. This can be applied as a technology, by reacting captured CO2 with olivine or calcium-silicates in autoclaves. It can also be applied extensively, by spreading fine-powdered olivine on farmland or forestland. Measures to control the CO2-levels of the atmosphere will be adopted more readily if they also serve some broader economic goals. An effective strategy for CO2 control will require many parallel approaches simultaneously.


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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Earth SciencesUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.WapenveldThe Netherlands

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