daniel swain in kxan nbc: ‘smoke cyclone:’ airborne ash from california fires creates disturbing satellite image
This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken at 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. EDT) and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows brown smoke from wildfires blowing westward in the atmosphere from California's Sierra Nevada to the Coast Ranges and from Oregon, top, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (NOAA via AP)

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UCLA Engineers Clinch First Place in Global Sustainability Innovation Competition

A team of UCLA researchers took home the top prize on Wednesday at the 2021 Liveability Challenge for their work on using seawater as a medium for carbon removal. The UCLA researchers looked to seashells, which are naturally formed from carbon dioxide that is dissolved in the ocean, for inspiration for their work. What they came up with is a single-step carbon sequestration and storage system that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and safely stores it at scale.