Theme 1 – Earth System Science Modelling

Our Theme 1 programme is being developed across the following three strategic areas to address high-level questions concerning the capacity of rock weathering driven by intensively managed crops to capture carbon and ultimately affect future CO2-climate trajectories, ocean-atmosphere chemistry and marine ecosystems.

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Theme 2 – Fundamental Crop Weathering Science

Our Theme 2 programme is utilising world-class controlled environment facilities in Sheffield to elucidate mechanisms and genetic controls on weathering by major warm climate crops (maize and rice) to accelerate the development of new faster weathering varieties that maximise carbon capture and protection against pests and diseases, thus reducing pesticide usage and costs.

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Theme 3 – Applied Weathering Science

Our Theme 3 programme is undertaking large-scale field trials to address questions concerning rates of rock weathering in agricultural soils under natural conditions and how feedbacks, e.g., via nutrient release and pH change, may increase food/bioenergy crop productivity and slow soil greenhouse gas emissions.

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Theme 4 – Sustainability & Society

Our Theme 4 programme is addressing the real-world feasibility of enhanced weathering through integrated assessment modelling of its environmental and socio-economic impacts, assessment of a global sustainable supply chain capable of carbon capture and storage, and developing a responsible research and innovation framework.

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Farming with rocks – using agriculture to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere

Oct 8, 2019

Prof. Evan DeLucia presenting ‘Farming with rocks – using agriculture to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere’ at the Plants, People, Planet Symposium in September 2019.

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Can plants help us avoid seeding a human-made climate catastrophe?

Aug 28, 2019

Cumulative greenhouse gas emissions commit Earth to a warmer climate and future species extinctions. We must start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to prevent catastrophe. Could Earth’s history provide a solution to the urgent threat of climate change? Watch the video to find out more, then read the paper:

Beerling, D. J. (2019) Can plants help us avoid seeding a human?made climate catastrophe? Plants, People, Planet. doi: 10.1002/ppp3.10066

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Beyond Carbon Pricing: Policies for Carbon Dioxide Removal

Jul 26, 2019

What policies are needed to implement carbon dioxide removal? Read the latest blog from LC3M Researcher, Dr. Emily Cox at Cardiff University and Neil Edwards, Professor of Earth System Science at the Open University.

“A major concern is that whatever the state of readiness of negative emissions technologies or ‘NETs’, the policy frameworks that would be needed to implement CO2 removal are almost non-existent. However, as we show in a new paper in Climate Policy (Cox and Edwards 2019), there may be more policies for carbon dioxide removal already in existence than we previously thought.”

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