Global warming is a very complicated and dangerous topic which can be defined in a simple way. And yes, global warming is a real thing!
As we all know, over the last 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. All the hottest years in the recorded history have happened in the 2000s. To be more precise, all but one of the 16 hottest years (in 134 years) happened in the 2000s.
The global warming is acting like a cancer that is eating our ecosystem. We are going to make our lives more difficult if we continue to build our carbon footprint. It is very important that we do everything we can to lower the amount of greenhouse gas in our air. There are some things that we can do locally in our homes and households to protect the nature and we have to do that if we want to leave this planet to our grandchildren. Those are DIY methods but they do their part, in spite of the fact that our governments (some of them) are already doing everything they can.
What To Do To Reduce Carbon Dioxide?
We, the humans, don’t seem to realize how important flora and fauna are for the survival of our species. We have already exterminated dozens of animal and we continue cutting forests which are basically our planet’s lungs. We need plants to purify our air, to filter it for our atmosphere, and lower the carbon dioxide as a daily life cycle. Scientists are using that phenomenon as an example and tried to present that as an idea. They are actually trying to make machines which would do the same thing as plants (or similar thing).
Bio-Energy PLUS Carbon Capture and Storage
Ok, this would be a simple system but it needs some time to develop. Plants around us are crucial if we want to reduce the footprint of all the carbon dioxide our society is leaving behind. All the green in our nature uses carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, and in that process, plants produce energy which we can store and later use. That is a natural alternative to burning fossil fuels. The basic idea here is to burn or process some plants while they are producing CO2, capture that CO2 and store it to share it with the plants. Easy!
The first facility to use that kind of technology is the Kemper Power Plant in Mississippi. The Washington Post reported that this plant made a trial run a few days ago and that they actually produced 1.2 million tons of CO2 from fermentation, and stored it underground to rinse and repeat the cycle all over again.
Bio-Energy Plus Carbon Capture and Storage – Will It Work?
As any new project, this one also has some bureaucratic problems. The first one is of course that it needs some serious funds and it is not clear if it can really do that kind of good. The experiment is really one juggernaut and it has too many unknown variables. There are simply too many risks. And, there are also some doubts in its necessity, since it will cost some energy and it will create its own carbon emissions.
But all of that is not really important if the project can really prove the concept of carbon-free coal power. And it looks like those scientists really did it. There are many large companies that invested their millions in this research and their money is going to make a difference. At least it looks like that. However, pants for bio-energy Carbon Capture and Storage are huge. They need to use huge sections of land instead of planting some trees or food crops. These kinds of projects have been failing miserably and we don’t know if this one will be successful.
It is very strange how many influential people there are, that are trying to make us all believe that global warming and climate changing are myths. And you know what? Those people earned billion by investing in oil, lumber, and automobile industry. And we all believe that they will forget about their money and just make 180° and lose all their money “only” to save the planet. But we can’t change their minds. The change will come, but not anytime soon. Every transition is slow and painful and this one will take some time. I am certain that we can all, individually do our parts. We can help the animals by not throwing plastic and aluminum into rivers, seas, and oceans. We can plant some trees and do our part. Just imagine how much we would help it if every person on this planet just plants one tree. Just one tree! That is over 7.442 billion new trees. We can do lots of things to take care of our nature. We all know better than to poison our own well. But can we be stronger than those big corporations?