Carbon can do many things. Make diamonds, and graphite in pencils, to name but two. And… well, you know, many things.
Unfortunately, according to the Associated Press, it’s not the environmental equivalent of Superman that some folk had hoped, with only one third of carbon emissions being offset.
From the article:
The amount of carbon taken up by North America had not been closely studied and some reports even suggested that enough was being absorbed to balance emissions, [Tony King, lead researcher on the report and chief scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory] said.