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Carbon capture needs more international work

The world’s national laboratories, universities, industries and academies should work together to advance carbon capture and storage technologies, an international summit has heard.

A proposal developed at the fourth World Materials Summit, held last month at the Council of Europe—a non-EU organisation that supports international cooperation— states that these institutions should develop collaborative research programmes to make the best use of captured and sequestered carbon dioxide.

The summit’s meeting report, published on 19 November by the European Science Foundation, says that policymakers, funders and ministers must “initiate, encourage and finance advanced collaborative research into all aspects of the exploitation of the billions of tons of carbon dioxide likely to be emitted in the foreseeable future”.

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