To mitigate climate change, scientists at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Texas A&M are working together to develop lower-cost, energy-efficient technology to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks. Although carbon capture technology already exists, there are currently less than a few dozen projects around the globe that utilize it to reduce direct carbon emissions from power and processing plants. To encourage wider, faster adoption of this technology, scientists are developing carbon capture material made from melamine, which is readily available and costs a lot less. Moreover, the melamine material is able to capture and regenerate carbon dioxide at lower temperatures compared to other materials, making it more energy efficient. As this new technology improves, we might see scaled-down versions that can be attached to cars and other equipment in the near future.

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