Summer study: Concrete absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide

Around one third of the CO2 emitted in connection with cement production is later absorbed into concrete, a new analysis shows.

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Similar to the climatologically beneficial trait of trees, concrete can apparently also capture ambient CO2.

In fact, roughly 30 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted during production of cement – a main ingredient in concrete – is later absorbed into the finished building material, according to results from a study published in scientific journal Nature Communications this summer.

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