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Why This Matters: Carbon recycling will help reduce global warming by re-using the CO2, which would otherwise be let go into the atmosphere. And although the Antarctic carbon absorption amount is small when considered on a global scale, it is roughly equivalent to the amount of carbon emitted by 875,000 car trips averaging 10 miles per trip. The bottom line is that scientific advances are occurring on carbon capture and reuse by industry and through nature-based solutions, both of which will be important to controlling global temperature increases in the future.
Conventional methods today use a high temperature of over 100 C to capture this CO2, which in turn requires a significant amount of energy to heat. The new technology brings down the cost and makes it potentially scalable. But doesn’t that mean we will still use carbon? Yes, but not in a way that pollutes, but rather is renewable. Their vision is that one day, “the entire energy mix is fueled by renewable energy sources, and then all of the hydrocarbon products—consumable plastics, the fuels that you need for long-term energy storage and heating your home in the winter—all of that could be derived from CO2 conversion. And then when that happens, CO2 becomes a way to store renewable energy, in chemical form, over long periods of time, in a stable way. And that’s kind of the goal—to have CO2 be a carrier of energy rather than just being a waste or an emission.”
Spooky season is almost over, how does your everyday werewolf or vampire keep it green this Halloween? While the holiday can easily be filled with candy wrappers, disposable decorations, and costumes your kid will likely never wear again, the internet has some “tricks” to keep your celebrations environmentally friendly. EcoWatch’s list of best methods […]
This past July, all eyes were on Tokyo when over 10,000 Olympians from 206 nations descended on the city to make history. Despite a decrease in carbon emissions due to COVID-19 and fewer traveling spectators, the games still produced 2.3 million tons of CO2. In 2021, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) pledged to reduce […]
Startups across the country are on a mission to provide sustainable food packaging options and close the plastic loop, especially prompted by the pandemic take-out boom. Over 70% of Americans order delivery one to three times a week, creating hundreds of billions of single-use bowls, bags, utensils, and more. But some innovative companies have […]
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