Converting greenhouse gases into stones, an effective measure to curb global warming

Greenhouse gases

Every human being wants to have everything necessary to be able to live well, now and forever, which is completely logical. But if we take into account that those of us who live in the so-called "first world countries" are people who to feel good need and do things that pollute, such as driving vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel, or dumping waste in the seas instead. By recycling them, we have no choice but to find effective ways to curb, or at least slow down, global warming.

One of the most recently discovered is the one proposed by the Swiss company Climeworks who, together with Reykjavik Energy, is going to start extracting carbon dioxide from the air in Iceland with the intention of transforming it into rock below the surface.

The project, supported by the European Union, consists of bury 50 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in one year using fans and space chemicals. 50 tons of CO2 is approximately what a single American family emits into the atmosphere in twelve months, and taking into account that we are on the way to ten billion human beings, without a doubt this experiment could be a very interesting way to counteract the effects of global warming. Furthermore, it is an environmentally benign method.

The gas dissolves in water and is sent about 1000 meters underground, where the company Reykjavik Energy He says that carbon reacts with basalt rock and turns into stone over the course of about two years. The only problem is the cost: extracting each ton of gas will cost hundreds of dollars. However, the director and founder of weatherworks He said that at the moment they were doing it on a small scale, but that the goal is to be able to do it on a large scale. When that can happen, the costs will surely go down.

Iceland terrain

What did you think of this measure? Do you think it will really work?


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