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Meet the Mega-Structure That Sucks CO2 Emissions Out of Thin Air

It looks like a wall, acts like a tree, and could someday make our air much more breathable.

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Unchecked carbon emissions are some of the worst culprits when it comes to damaging our planet’s fragile ecosystem. Unfortunately, carbon emissions are also something of an unavoidable fact of life in our highly-mechanized, industrial-driven world. Of course, great strides have been made in regulating and reducing the overall amount of CO2 released into our atmosphere, but we have yet to bring about the sort of holistic sea change necessary to fully reverse the decades of harmful impact carbon has had on our environment. That could change, though, with the introduction of new carbon-capturing technology able to suck CO2 out of thin air, on a massive, industrial scale.

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We Just Beat Humanity’s All-Time Record For Highest Global Carbon Dioxide Concentration

Though it’s something we shouldn’t really be celebrating.

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Who says there’s nothing new under the sun? Turns out there’s a lot going on, just unseen to the naked eye.

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Another Plan to Save the Planet Hits Rock Bottom

A promising way to rid Earth’s atmosphere of excess carbon dioxide runs into a major stumbling block.

It’s always frustrating when scientists come up with some neat-o way to save the earth from the ravages of man, only to later decide it might not actually work.

Climate change 101: excess carbon dioxide in the air is not good. You want some CO2 in the air to regulate the temperature, but the fact that CO2 was 280 ppm (parts per million) at the start of the Industrial Revolution and is now 395 ppm (thanks mainly to the burning of fossil fuels), does not rest easy in the mind. So some scientists came up with an ingenious way of dealing with this: inject the gas 7,000 feet deep below the Earth’s surface, where it will turn to rock and stay there. So we could just make all the CO2 we wanted and then turn it into rock? Wow. Where do we sign up?

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Oakland Getting First Urban Network of CO2 Sensors

Oakland's extensive network of CO2 detectors should help us figure out whether California's new cap-and-trade system is working.

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Tree Tape Measures the Climate Benefits of Your Backyard Trees

This cool new tool shows you exactly how much carbon dioxide is absorbed by any tree, in terms of everyday activities.


Want to know how much that big oak in your front yard is helping in the climate fight? Designer Nitipak Samsen created this very cool—and educational—tool that helps put the carbon sequestering ability of trees into context. The Tree Tape can be customized for specific types of trees—rainforest, native hardwood, or softwood—and will tell you the amount of carbon dioxide that is absorbed in terms of a more common activities like air travel, electricity consumed, and even cheeseburgers eaten.

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