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Climate change solutions

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  1. fordman84

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    Posted this in another thread, but rather than hijack it I will start a new one:

    Something that I thought of during the COSMOS show the other night...is anyone working on a method to remove CO2 from the atmosphere? We have seen all sorts of anti-warming ideas go out (smoke, giant umbrella, millions of tiny mirrors in space) but has there been any work on artificial plankton or a material that absorbs CO2?

    We have talked endlessly about CO2 production and I hope this doesn't turn into that conversation or a debate of the role CO2 even has. But if we are putting that much CO2 into the air, is there any research into recapturing it at an industrial level? Say we stop all CO2 production this afternoon, assuming it takes a while to break CO2 back down, are we working on a way to counter the already released stuff?
     



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    Off-hand, I have seen something about CO2 recapturing somewhere.

    But, as mentioned the planet already has a certain level of CO2 scrubbing capabilities, we are just currently overwhelming them with the amount of CO2 created through the burning of fossil fuels. Reduce the production and those natural scrubbers will start returning the system to balance.

    Which can be further aided by recapturing tech.
     
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    Yeah, I know the earth can balance itself but we have been talking about the imbalance. Just wondering if there are is any research into helping the recapture process.

    I could probably google it, but figured some might already know and it is a way to still talk about a popular topic (avoided say "hot topic" on purpose) without beating the same horse over and over.
     
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    I read something recently about fart bags for cows to capture the methane gas in cow farts to be used as a source of energy and also save the planet. Poor cows, they get blamed for everything.
     
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    CO2 scrubbing is pretty expensive on a large scale, and I don't see anything scaling that down any time soon.

    Catalytic conversion of C02 to CH4 (natural gas) is much more promising - recycling in a nutshell. Use nuclear energy to power it and you might be onto something.

    There is some $10MM prize for best carbon sink. I've submitted:

    1. Put phosphates into the Mississippi, Ganges, YangTze, and Amazon deltas. The resulting algal bloom will be right in an area where settling inorganic sediments will bury it before it can decay, resulting in a carbon sink.

    2. Wait for rising sea levels to create more coastal swamps and leave them alone. This is how carbon has been removed from our atmosphere in the past (shallow oceans and swampy coastlines are perfect carbon sinks). Should take a couple million years or so to make a large difference, so bad luck for humanity but the Earth will be fine.
     
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    This is a great idea, and think of the thousands upon thousands of jobs we could create in the fart bag industry. (those cows aren't going to empty them by themselves) we can clean up one industry, while creating another. Soon we will be genetically engineering cows that fart the most. This is a billion dollar idea.
     
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    You see stupid shit like this out there. The thing is, if elevated CO2 gets absorbed by an expensive project like this, it'll also be absorbed by the oceans which will grow more plant life with higher CO2 levels...as well as on land.



    Ever read about how huge insects were in the dinosaur ages because oxygen levels were so much higher? Well, I might suggest a greener Earth will be the result of higher CO2.
     
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    The point at which a cow fart becomes more valuable than the feed/water/care to create the gas would have to be reached first of course.


    Interesting.
     
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    and cow tipping dies off but a new game is invented...cow flaring :laugh3:
     
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    Sounds like an "explosive" new idea.
     
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    IMO, the best way to combat the issue is to gradually reduce emissions. A huge immediate reduction will have a rough effect on the economy.

    Of course, it needs to be a global venture in order to have any real effect.
     
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    I'm all for capturing carbon at the point of emission, just makes good business sense. 20 or so States that have received cheap coal power will have to pony up the cash to do so I spose...UNLESS...regulation requests for rate increases at the local level get shit canned and Corp profit coffers get raided instead.:whistle:

    Praise jezuz...
     
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    Nice thread dude, we get so caught up in arguing we rarely come together to come up with solutions. Really like the tone of this thread. Also looking forward to reading about everyone's ideas :suds:
     
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    That's a cool video, didn't think about algae, usually you think about trees but algae would be easier to grow.
     
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    Algae capture is probably a great idea. From what I understand, it's wildly efficient at it, and I think it also has other uses.
     
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    Artificial photosynthesis. Two birds with one stone.
     
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