Removing Carbon The Green Way

Removing Carbon The Green Way

Removing Carbon The Green Way

Dira Eco-Friendly, Going Green, Tech & Energy

One of the many greenhouse gases that are causing trouble in the way of creating a greener environment is carbon dioxide. The carbon footprint of humans is in dire need of reduction and better awareness can accomplish that.

Since the industrial revolution, humans have developed multiple systems that emit greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide. While these systems provide immense benefits to improve life, we are at risk of destroying the environment. And with the environment in danger, all these benefits will be in vain.

Unfortunately, humans have failed to balance the number of inventions that emit greenhouse gases with those that remove them. Therefore, we are constantly increasing the amount of carbon dioxide emission as the years pass by. In order to reduce the carbon footprint, humans need to start investing in solutions to close the carbon dioxide cycle, convert it into usable energies, or reduce the emissions. It is significant to ensure that these solutions are eco-friendly.

In the following article, we will discuss greener methods of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere:

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Understanding the Problem

Over the past decade or so, we can witness that the number of vehicles has increased on the road. Despite the introduction of better public transport options, people still prefer using personal vehicles. There are plenty of reasons behind this preference but it can’t be denied that an increasing number of vehicles is a stimulator of air pollution.

When it comes to carbon emissions, transport is considered one of the biggest sources. Cities no longer experience clear blue skies because the vehicles keep emitting and the technologies for removing the gases are fewer and not being implemented effectively.

Apart from vehicles, there are other sources of carbon dioxide emission as well. For example, factories, appliances used domestically and commercially, commercial machines, industrial plants, etc.

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Implementing the Solutions

One way to reduce the carbon emissions is to implement air capture technologies. We can make green living possible if these technologies can be made common.

These technologies can be used for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert into clean fuel. It is an incredible green method to reduce carbon emissions if water, air, and renewable energies are used as the only inputs.

A paper published by a company called Carbon Engineering stated that capturing CO2 from the air is not that costly.  A ton of carbon could be captured from the atmosphere with a cost of around $600 in 2011. But it was reduced to between $94 and $232 recently. The paper continues to tell that any of the renewable energies can be used to suck out CO2 from the air at an even cheaper cost.

In the social circles that have been fighting for climate change, this air capturing technology is quickly making waves. People have been quick to realize how defective this could be to reduce carbon emissions. Furthermore, the fact that it does not require too much money is also making it a highly acceptable form of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

While converting the captured CO2 into usable and clean fuel seems like an effective implementation, it will be better to actually put back the CO2 into the geosphere; meaning below ground. The carbon that is below ground prevents the biosphere – above round – from rising temperatures. It is important to understand that we have been removing carbon from below ground and emitting it above ground, which is not natural. This is why surface temperatures are rising and an inevitable climate change is in the future.

The concept of retiring CO2 to the geosphere may become necessary if we exceed our carbon budget. The carbon budget has been agreed to be as no more than 2 degrees Celsius rise in global average temperatures. This is the target that the world agreed upon in Paris.

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Benefits for Current and Future Generations

One of the major benefits we can offer the current generation with reducing the carbon footprint is not just about a cleaner atmosphere. With reduced carbon, people will be able to enjoy clean fuel, natural temperatures, and cheaper energies. We will not only be saving our health but financially as well.

As for the future generations, we will be preventing the damage of the environment. If we don’t take active measures to reduce carbon dioxide in the environment, the environment will be much harsher by the time newer generations arrive. We are literally suffocating the environment with excessive carbon emissions. If temperatures rise too much, we may make it impossible for future humans to survive.

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What Do We need to Do?

PollutionEven after discussing the air capturing technology; how it is effective and cheap, it is important to mention that there is an even cheaper solution than that. Instead of relying on such advanced technologies to reduce carbon dioxide, we can actually change our lifestyle choices. Civilians and businesses alike need to become socially responsible.

The simple acts of switching off the lights when not in use can contribute to the reduction of carbon in the atmosphere. We can lower the usage of hot water while taking a bath or washing the clothes. Talking about washing the clothes, we can also reduce the use of dryers. They are definitely a convenient appliance for domestic use but we can certainly dry clothes naturally to reduce the carbon footprint.

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Given how the summers are becoming warmer and winters becoming colder, it is easy to fall back on the use of luxuries that emit carbon. It is a vicious cycle. The reason our climate is becoming unnatural is that we refuse to bear certain inconveniences. If we accept to manage without the excessive use of modern luxuries for a few years, we can make a positive significant impact on climate control. Both direct and indirect contributions towards carbon dioxide emission must be reduced in order to see a considerable change in the environment.

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It is time we realize that carbon and other greenhouse gases can destroy the earth’s atmosphere. We need to become responsible for us and the future.

Thank you for taking some time to read this article. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments in the section below.

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Sources:

https://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/02/28/how-close-carbon-cycle

https://www.transportenvironment.org/publications/co2-emissions-cars-facts

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/6/14/17445622/direct-air-capture-air-to-fuels-carbon-dioxide-engineering

http://carbonengineering.com/

https://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/07/reducing-your-carbon-footprint-benefits-you-and-the-environment/

http://cardiffstudentmedia.co.uk/gairrhydd/the-benefits-of-reducing-your-carbon-footprint/

4 Comments

Dave August 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Very interesting article! I am not going to pretend that I know a lot but after reading your article I see that this is a problem that has to be addressed. It basically requires a change of mind from all of us and yes I agree that we can all contribute a little by doing the things you mentioned.

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    Dira August 4, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for taking some time to read this article. You are right, a change of mind is required that can only happen if the right information is given and raising the awareness of the consequences of using certain products.

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Jane August 14, 2018 at 12:47 pm

This is a problem that needs more attention and awareness. People need to be more informed of the consequences but also they need to be informed of the alternatives. The alternatives are a new wave of products and technology that people can learn about. It is very important to let people know that in this digital era they have to be open to learning new things. That’s the only way they are going to stay in business or have a job. But that again relies on the country’s school system which in most cases don’t have the resources to give a proper education. Fortunately, there are online academies that provide learning programs at a reasonable price like edX and Udemy. CO2 is not only a problem for the environment but for our health as well. If we don’t do anything there will come a time where we all need to wear a mask and carry around oxygen tanks.

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    Dira August 15, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I 100% agree with you. The key is to talk more about it and educate fellow citizens. The biggest problem for all we have is the misinformation that people buy into. Today it has become extremely important to fact check every single statement. It is just incredible that 99% of the time its nonsense that is being reported. Now, what does fact check mean? Perform research on data published by official organizations like the central bureau of statistics. And if is a story surrounding 2 or more parties, get the info from all parties and compare. I know it is a lot of work but it needs to be done if you don’t want to make incorrect judgment on issues that can affect your future.
    If there are technologies that can help remove the carbon in an eco-friendly way why don’t we talk about it? The more we talk, the more relevant it becomes which could trigger investors to be more proactive in supporting such projects.

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