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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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Your Carbon Footprint Isn't Small Just Because You Take the Subway

Think living in a city is better for the environment than country living? Think again.

A lot of urbanites, including me, often brag about how much more environmentally sound their lifestyles are than people who commute to work every day and live in huge, one-family houses. Turns out we can jump right off our high horses. A new, more complex analysis suggests that CO2 emissions are dependent upon how much goods and services people consume, not where they live. The study pins the carbon footprint on the person who purchases that television, not the manufacturer that is responding to consumer demand.

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