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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.”
Why This Matters: We need to adapt our roads to withstand future conditions, otherwise drivers will experience much worse road conditions and traffic, not to mention the huge expense for taxpayers for repairs due to ineffective design.
By Julia Pyper, host/producer Political Climate As Congress looks toward the next coronavirus relief package, a growing number of stakeholders from across the political spectrum are calling for a comprehensive clean energy infrastructure plan to address the nation’s economic challenges. Updating America’s transportation system offers a ripe opportunity to create jobs while lowering carbon emissions. […]
Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it will be teaming up with Unilever, Starbucks, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, and four other companies to form Transform to Net Zero, an initiative focused on achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As CNET reported, the team will work with the Environmental Defense Fund to share information on the best practices for decreasing carbon […]
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