Capturing carbon emissions is always a good idea. But earth scientists at Columbia University claim to have found an innovative approach to taking the idea into the realm of possibility.

It all starts with a rock called peridotite which, Columbia researchers say, can naturally absorb CO2. This breakthrough discovery by Prof. Peter Kelemen and his associate prompted a patent pending heating process that can convert peridotite into a CO2 sponge, enabling it to take in billions of tons of harmful emissions. Once inside, the CO2 turns into solid carbonate mineral, lining the rock with curvy white vanes. By heating and breaking peridotite Keleman and his partner believe they can offset at least 10 percent of the world's CO2 emissions, safely embedding them in the rock for millions of years.

Check out this video for more or learn about carbon capture via ionic liquids.