The climate crisis: Can smart ideas save the planet?

Attempts are being made to reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere with technical solutions. For example, new carbon capture technology that can extract CO2 from air and water, even if the amount currently captured is minimal and not enough to prevent the climate crisis and its consequences. Still, there is no shortage of ideas. Adding basalt rock dust to agricultural fields not only binds carbon dioxide but keeps the soil fertile. Biochar, made from organic waste, has a similar effect. Some ideas are bolder: A protective screen of particles in the upper layers of the atmosphere could filter sunlight, as seen with the eruption of the Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines in 1991. The millions of tons of sulfur dioxide spewed into the stratosphere cooled the earth significantly. Theoretically, aircraft could be used to deliver the particles. But experts warn that the consequences for humans and the weather would be felt worldwide and could never be fully controlled.


You may also like

A Practical Guide to Climate-resilient Buildings
This UNEP publication demonstrates how buildings and community spaces ...
Carbon capture: the hopes, challenges and controversies
Once a fringe idea, carbon capture and storage has become a key part ...
Floods, drought and the consequences of extreme weather
Long periods of sunny weather; a few heavy rain showers. That’s all ...
A ‘Big Short’ investor sees financial disaster brewing in housing markets
Dave Burt, CEO of investment research firm DeltaTerra Capital, was one ...
Arctic Sinkholes NOVA I PBS
In the Arctic, enormous releases of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, ...
Ian The Storm of the Century
an The Storm of the Century ECO Scout Evaluation. The ECO scouts talk ...
Current fires for Oregon and Solutions ECO Scouts
Be prepared for more fires to come. ECO Scouts is a organization ...
Sustainable Today
Scouts learn about Sustainable Today this is a city in Oregon see what ...
Nature based solutions to the hazards
Scouts learn Nature based solutions to the hazards to climate ...
Page 1 of 4
Scroll to Top