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What if We Just Took the CO2 Out of the Atmosphere?


Two scientists from Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy have ripped off nature to create plastic ‘trees’. But it’s okay. Nature has decided not to sue, and this new invention might just save human civilization.

This plastic version of trees soaks up more carbon than regular trees, and the carbon collected can then be used for a number of purposes, including growing algae for biofuels.

According to Allen Wright, a scientist at the Lenfest Center, “There’s no real major discovery or invention that has to happen that would prevent us from deploying that technology tomorrow.” The only barriers are political and economical.

Learn more in the video below.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. John Erickson permalink
    09/17/2011 1:51 PM

    I wish my sound card worked, the concept sounds intriguing. I’ll have to see if I can find more information.
    I have no problem with carbon sequestration, or even reuse. I just worry that it will remove the incentive to reduce carbon emissions, which is the real problem. Yes, we’re making progress, and yes, carbon sequestration buys us time, but we need a more forward looking attitude toward carbon emissions (ESPECIALLY in the US’ day-to-day bunch of yahoos in DC) if we’re going to stand any chance of surviving the global climate changes.

  2. 09/19/2011 1:42 PM

    Yeah, we need to be doing everything we can, yesterday. That includes both preventing emissions by switching to renewables/becoming more energy efficient/processing landfills/etc and, if we can, taking greenhouse gases directly out of the atmosphere. The situation is more dire than many estimate.

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