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I’ll bet when you think of all the studies being done on CO2 and Global Warming, you probably figure a lot of it has to do with the atmosphere or the ocean or plants of some kind—since that’s what it seems to affect the most. However, scientists have recently developed a method for finding and tracking CO2 underground.

Why underground? Well, consider that a lot of emissions come from power plants—coal plants and the like—so, scientists started investigating underground caverns, fissures and coal beds to find places where those emissions can be stored; thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

So, how do they find and track the carbon? They used colorless, non-toxic liquids called perfluorocarbon tracers. These tracers were used to fingerprint CO2 that was injected into a coal seam in New Mexico. By tracking the tracers, they were able to follow the movement of the CO2.

You can find out more about it all here.

By Heidi Marshall