Scientist says he’s found a ‘viable solution’ to warming planet


Chemist contends that he has found a way to mitigate damage done by CO2.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

A George Washington University chemist is contending that he has found a way to mitigate the damage done by CO2.

The revelation came in a press release from the American Chemical Society: “Finding a technology to shift carbon dioxide (CO2), the most abundant anthropogenic greenhouse gas, from a climate change problem to a valuable commodity has long been a dream of many scientists and government officials. Now, a team of chemists says they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric COdirectly into highly valued carbon nanofibers for industrial and consumer products.”

The low-energy process, one of many carbon-capture-related technologies in the works, takes carbon dioxide from the air and turns it into nanofibers that could be used to make building materials “such as those used in the Boeing Dreamliner, as well as in high-end sports equipment, wind turbine blades, and a host of other products.”

The technology is still in the experimental stage, but the research team said they are scaling up quickly.

“We have found a viable solution to mitigate climate change,” George Washington University chemistry professor Stuart Licht declared at the conference. Licht, the lead researcher for the effort, called the process “diamonds from the sky.”

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

July was the hottest month in history, but Licht claims that his process could minimize atmospheric CO2 to pre-Industrial Revolution levels in 10 years.

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In other eco news, scientists are mapping the giant trash mass floating in the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific expedition, which will end in mid-September, will gather data that will be more extensive than what has been collected in the past 40 years. It also will give a better estimate of the how much plastic waste is in the Pacific Ocean, Slat said.

The boaters are using GPS and a smartphone app to search for and record the plastic. They take samples and ship them to the Netherlands, where the plastics are counted and recorded.

(SOURCE: Associated Press)


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