Scientist have developed a rather unusual method for storing carbon emissions that is truly eggstraordinary. Boffins at the University of Calcutta are looking at the membranes that are found inside eggs to potentially store harmful emissions, as they hold up to seven times their weight of CO2.
While this story may sound like a reason for bad journalists to come up with bad puns, this really is no yolk. With the world market reaching 1,154 billion eggs by 2015, according to Global Industry Analysts Inc, it may be necessary to look to the humble egg for assistance in saving the planet.
Scientists have previously looked at other materials with porous qualities, such as basalt rock, cement and chilled ammonia, which could help remove carbon dioxide, but it is clear that scientists at the University of Calcutta are not counting their chickens quite yet.
Basab Chaudhuri, who is leading the research, says that since the industrial revolution global emissions of CO2 have rocketed, and obviously feels that en oeuf is en oeuf.
Chaudhuri, has even gone as far as say that “we could all help reduce CO2 levels by exposing our egg membranes to the air after eating our eggs”. Hen again, leaving hundreds of egg shells neatly arranged in your garden is likely to attract some rather strange looks from neighbours.