Eden DeWald | July 16, 2018
This week’s segment explores a study focused on removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Scientists and engineers at Harvard believe they may have found a way to convert carbon dioxide pollution into usable fuel.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The Harvard study explains the process to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a very low cost — around one-hundred to two-hundred dollars per ton of carbon dioxide. Researchers told the Atlantic magazine this would be a game-changer, because it could mitigate climate change without requiring a shift in lifestyle or a major change in the energy industry.
In a pilot device, researchers were able to turn the atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuels like gasoline. When burned, this carbon-neutral fuel would return back to the atmosphere without adding new greenhouse gases.
The researchers believe they could implement this on an industrial scale by 2021, the Atlantic reported.
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From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Sara E. Mason.