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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.”
Fish are so darned hard to count — they live under the surface of the water and they are constantly moving! One of the most important things to know when trying to determine the health of fish stocks is how many have been caught by fishers — particularly the 13.2 million recreational anglers in the […]
Why this Matters: Many of former President Trump’s energy and water policies were not only bad for the environment but also cost-inefficient and burdensome for American consumers, so reversing or amending these rules could benefit customers as well as decrease emissions and water use.
Clean water is a human right, and some cities are ensuring it by giving their waters legal personhood.Legal rights for nature are a growing movement in environmental law, putting the natural world on more equal footing in court.
Why this Matters: The natural world is essential for us humans to survive. From oil spills to toxic PFAS chemicals to leaking landfills, there are plenty of threats from human activity. Protecting the environment is beneficial to our own health in the short term
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