Pupils capture carbon dioxide in bottle to send world leaders at Cop26

Scientists believe carbon capture on a massive scale is a vital response to climate change.

Pupils capture carbon dioxide in bottle to send world leaders at Cop26

Science students have captured carbon dioxide in a bottle in a bid to raise awareness of climate change ahead of the Cop26 conference.

Pupils at Stamford Welland Academy in Lincolnshire have invited Cop26 President Alok Sharma to receive the bottle, in the hope that it can sit on his table throughout the UN climate change conference in Glasgow in November.

The experiment, using everyday objects including drain cleaner, was engineered to show one of the ways that carbon dioxide can be recaptured directly from the air.

The pupils hope the bottle will be on Alok Sharma’s table throughout the Cop26 talks (Stamford Welland Academy/PA)

“But we probably know more science than most of our parents.”

The pupils found that a solution of sodium hydroxide absorbed carbon dioxide, powering their carbon capture process using solar pumps.

(PA Graphics)

Professor Peter Styring, a leading researcher in carbon capture and a delegate at Cop26, said: “Whilst carbon capture technology alone is not going to save us from the effects of climate change, it must be in the mix for reaching our carbon-zero target in the decades ahead.”

The school’s head of science John Hickman said he is “thrilled” the pupils embraced the experiment, and that their efforts may be seen at Cop26.

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