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Climate crunch: Sucking it up

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It's simple to mop carbon dioxide out of the air, but it could cost a lot of money. In the second of three features on the carbon challenge, Nicola Jones talks with the scientists pursuing this strategy.

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  • 17 June 2009

    The News Feature 'Sucking it up' ( Nature 458, 1094–1097; 2009) incorrectly stated that Global Thermostat is waiting for venture-capital funding to build a prototype for the capture of CO2 from the air. It already has sufficient funding in place. The News story 'Funding struggle for mercury monitoring' ( Nature 459, 620–621; 2009) erroneously located Changbai Mountain in Taiwan.


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