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faryn hamilton

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Can Humans Use Science to Reverse Global Warming?
One way to keep global average temperatures from warming, according to some experts, is to suck large amounts of CO2 out of the air.
How would you do that?
There's a new technology that can remove carbon from the air and condense into 'fibers' for use in buildings, electronics, cars, clothing and other goods. The inventors say that, if implemented on a big enough scale ... it could return our atmospheric carbon to pre-industrial levels within a decade
There are a couple of problems
1. The process would be very expensive
Arizona State University's carbon scrubbing machine
the machine looks like a huge box, with a big sail attached.
Boston Treepods
"Boston Treepods" -- synthetic, solar-powered devices that would scrub CO2 and provide light at night.
Grasp the size/amount
a car puts out about a pound of CO2 per mile
Helping Reverse Global Warming
By Faryn Hamilton
2. Sucking all this CO2 out of the air creates a problem: Where will we put it?
a person puts out about 15 tons of CO2 per year
there is a limit to how much we can capture and store
The sails are made of plastic resin. As air flows over the plastic resin sails, they grab CO2 and hold on to it.
Hack- to circumvent security and break into (a network, computer, file, etc.), usually with malicious intent
Geoengineering- to make a large-scale effort to modify (the earth or its environment), especially to counteract global warming
atmosphere- the gaseous envelope surrounding the earth; the air
Implement- any article used in some activity, especially an instrument, tool, or utensil
Greenhouse- a building, room, or area, usually chiefly of glass, in which the temperature is maintained within a desired range, used for cultivating tender plants or growing plants out of season
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