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Scientists have designed a synthetic tree that traps carbon dioxide from the air in an attempt to combat growing emissions. The device looks less like a tree and more like a small building, but it can collect carbon about 1,000 times faster than a real tree. One synthetic tree could absorb one ton of carbon dioxide per day, an amount equivalent to that produced by about 20 cars, on average. After being trapped in a chamber, the carbon would be compressed and stored in liquid form for sequestration
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
This is a big no-no.
Are people forgetting that all lifeforms in this planet are CARBON based?
If you take out CO2 from the atmosphere, you leave less food for all green biomass, which means less food for all life on the planet.
BTW, who in the world decides how much CO2 is "normal", and how much isn't?
People have to be naive to think they know what is the best climate, and what is the best amount of atmospheric CO2 that the Earth should have.
This will cause more problems than solve problems.
Originally posted by Lazyninja
I wonder how the plants are going to deal with having all their CO2 stolen.
An elementary trick to growing bigger plants and vegetables is to raise the Co2 levels in your greenhouse. The plant's response is to grow bigger.
I remember reading about how all the plants and trees during the jurassic period were a lot bigger for this same reason.
Oh well, who cares about how healthy the trees and plants are, they just create our oxygen, right??
Smog is a kind of air pollution; the word "smog" is a portmanteau of smoke and fog. Classic smog results from large amounts of coal burning in an area caused by a mixture of smoke and sulfur dioxide. Modern smog does not usually come from coal but from vehicular and industrial emissions that are acted on in the atmosphere by sunlight to form secondary pollutants that also combine with the primary emissions to form photochemical smog.
This noxious mixture of air pollutants can include the following:
nitrogen oxides, such as nitrogen dioxide
volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
peroxyacyl nitrates (PAN)
All of these chemicals are usually highly reactive and oxidizing. Photochemical smog is therefore considered to be a problem of modern industrialization. It is present in all modern cities, but it is more common in cities with sunny, warm, dry climates and a large number of motor vehicles. Because it travels with the wind, it can affect sparsely populated areas as well.