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(Quartz)   Hey kids wanna make a quick 100 million? Just figure out how to remove 3 to 7 gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere a year   (qz.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Richard Branson, Coal, Global warming, MIT Sloan School of Management, Carbon capture and storage, Carbon dioxide, Carbon cycle, Climate change  
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432 clicks; posted to STEM » on 28 Jan 2021 at 5:58 AM (4 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-01-27 9:35:03 PM  
Call it "collectible" and wait until all the scalpers grab it up so they can try and ebay it for stupid prices.
 
2021-01-27 9:36:36 PM  
Plant lots of trees?
 
2021-01-27 9:42:09 PM  
Diamonds the size of cities
 
2021-01-27 9:45:04 PM  
Wear Depends?
 
2021-01-27 9:50:01 PM  
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/ you're welcome
// give the 100 million to food banks, you dipshiat.
/// third slashie's sick of 'our betters'
 
2021-01-27 9:54:37 PM  
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2021-01-27 10:17:23 PM  
One store on every corner 
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2021-01-27 10:28:49 PM  
There was a idea floated about that used catalytic radiators grills on cars.
So the car's radiator/cooling system would suck up carbon in the air and trap it to be harvested later.
 
2021-01-27 10:31:03 PM  

optikeye: catalytic radiators grills


Ahhh...here it is. Too much money for a car's cost Like 500 dollars. I mean they spend about that on airbags and seatbelts.

https://jalopnik.com/how-volvo-once-u​s​ed-a-catalyst-coated-radiator-to-remov​-1831438959
 
2021-01-27 11:13:39 PM  
Plankton blooms
 
2021-01-28 4:25:05 AM  

optikeye: There was a idea floated about that used catalytic radiators grills on cars.
So the car's radiator/cooling system would suck up carbon in the air and trap it to be harvested later.


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2021-01-28 4:49:35 AM  
He wants... trees? This reminds me of when Lyft re-invented a bus route, or when Zuckerburg spent $2 billion on VR.

Maybe, just maybe, one person having this much money is a dumb farking idea.
 
2021-01-28 5:35:24 AM  
As long as it's good, fast, and cheap and has no long term negative repercussions.

LIKE A F*CKING TREE.
 
2021-01-28 6:01:20 AM  
just have ur mom exhale into a CO2 scrubber. that outta get us 7 gigatons in a month.
 
2021-01-28 6:23:08 AM  
Just drive your car around in reverse. It will use carbon dioxide for combustion and expel oxygen as a byproduct.
 
2021-01-28 6:33:32 AM  
We could do a Gamestop to DeBeers stock?

/longshot
 
2021-01-28 6:43:00 AM  
Set fire to the air, the carbon will fall out as a sediment. Now gimme my money.
 
2021-01-28 6:59:25 AM  
Johnny Appleseed says "Hold my beer"


Johnny Appleseed Song
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2021-01-28 7:26:53 AM  
Nuke China?

No, Uncle Ralph
 
2021-01-28 7:32:43 AM  

born_yesterday: As long as it's good, fast, and cheap and has no long term negative repercussions.

LIKE A F*CKING TREE.


You still have to harvest the trees and make something out of them or store them in such a way that they aren't just going to decay. Bioplastics might be a way to go but if you do that you are better off using cellulose from something like hemp or switchgrass as that would capture more carbon quicker.
 
2021-01-28 7:45:04 AM  
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Where's my money?
 
2021-01-28 7:55:08 AM  

optikeye: There was a idea floated about that used catalytic radiators grills on cars.
So the car's radiator/cooling system would suck up carbon in the air and trap it to be harvested later.


Per this link, Volvo and Ford toyed with the idea of using catalytic radiators to fight ozone and carbon monoxide (by turning it into CO2) but likely could not do anything with carbon dioxide (because breaking the CO2 bond is tough to do).

A coating that broke down CO2 into carbon and oxygen would have to let the carbon deposit out somewhere. If it coated the radiator, it would inhibit the job of the radiator which is to get rid of excess thermal energy.
 
2021-01-28 8:33:19 AM  
Ok. We harvest entire forests, encase trees in hydraulic cement and drop them into trenches where they get subducted. Then we grow more forests.
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There, no more carbon!
 
2021-01-28 8:45:00 AM  

Befuddled: optikeye: There was a idea floated about that used catalytic radiators grills on cars.
So the car's radiator/cooling system would suck up carbon in the air and trap it to be harvested later.

Per this link, Volvo and Ford toyed with the idea of using catalytic radiators to fight ozone and carbon monoxide (by turning it into CO2) but likely could not do anything with carbon dioxide (because breaking the CO2 bond is tough to do).

A coating that broke down CO2 into carbon and oxygen would have to let the carbon deposit out somewhere. If it coated the radiator, it would inhibit the job of the radiator which is to get rid of excess thermal energy.


Maybe some sort of passive/thermally fed process to convert it into liquid pentane (or other liquid hydrocarbon) and have the condensate go into a separate tank.

When you get to a gas station to refuel, you also have a hose to offload the liquid hydrocarbon.  Which can then be converted into some other fuel or product.

I do not volunteer to develop the chemistry something like this would require...
 
2021-01-28 8:58:09 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Plant lots of trees?


This is literally the only answer.

There are ways to capture carbon but it involves basically just reversing the process.  Which takes at least as much energy as it released when it was burned in the first place.  Which is not practical in the slightest.

The best way is to replant our forests.  Course, most of our forests tend to be in places that climate change is making more prone to forest fires... which doesn't help things.
 
2021-01-28 9:05:24 AM  

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/ you're welcome
// give the 100 million to food banks, you dipshiat.
/// third slashie's sick of 'our betters'


I see your terrestrial plants and raise you phytoplankton, the real "lungs of the planet".

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2021-01-28 9:28:56 AM  

BolloxReader: Ok. We harvest entire forests, encase trees in hydraulic cement and drop them into trenches where they get subducted. Then we grow more forests.
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There, no more carbon!


Ok I'm kinda frightened that someone smarted my post.
 
2021-01-28 9:50:52 AM  
Ugh, you people make everything sound so difficult.

Just make the biggest diamond on earth.  Not sure how many carats that would be, but please make it into a sphere/ball.  And make it hollow.  While you guys explode from the Yellowstone super volcano, I'll be flying through the solar system in a diamond that would even make Wonder Woman jealous.

We will need 2 of each animal, I'm told.
 
2021-01-28 10:23:06 AM  

BolloxReader: BolloxReader: Ok. We harvest entire forests, encase trees in hydraulic cement and drop them into trenches where they get subducted. Then we grow more forests.
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There, no more carbon!

Ok I'm kinda frightened that someone smarted my post.


yeah, encasing them in hydraulic cement is dumb.  Heat the wood until it carbonizes a bit so it won't rot, then dump it in an ocean trench.  Or, and I'm just spitballing here, we dig up a bunch of coal - that's virtually all carbon, right? - and instead of burning it, we dump it in an ocean trench.  Bam, instant carbon credit.
 
2021-01-28 11:14:04 AM  
Back when we were both working (now retired), my wife and I saved up and bought some acreage (14.3333... acres) out in the country. built a house and live there. It was a pasture when we bought it. Lots of trees now. I think of it as our carbon offset.

And that was the plan, more or less - my degree was in meteorology so I know what was up decades ago.
 
2021-01-28 11:19:26 AM  
From the age of the dinosaurs
Cars have run on gasoline
Where, where have they gone?
Now, it's nothing but flowers
 
2021-01-28 11:49:49 AM  
I could've sworn I read somewhere that someone had successfully converted carbon dioxide in the air into some stable carbon based solid on a small scale, and were looking at scaling it up.

I also remember a show on TV that was like Star Trek underwater, and a group of mutants who could survive with lower blood oxygen levels were terrorizing Earth by blowing up the world's oxygen generators, cuz in the future the world's population couldn't afford more forests so they literally built skyscrapers that converted carbon dioxide to breathable air.

Someone wanna look it up? I'm too lazy
 
2021-01-28 2:57:16 PM  
I've sold a substance to the military, that will unstick jeeps from the mud by turning liquid water solid at room temperature.
 
2021-01-28 6:16:58 PM  
Shut down the things producing it.

PM for my bank account number.
 
2021-01-28 6:23:27 PM  

dyhchong: Shut down the things producing it.

PM for my bank account number.


We have dessicated all of the humans.  PM's have gone unanswered.  Awaiting next sentient species...
 
2021-01-28 10:12:53 PM  
How many people per gigaton? Would sterilizing the population of the entire planet to introduce a program of only approved parents being allowed to breed meet our needs?

Actively killing people seems wildly unpopular, but maybe some amount of severe population control would go over better?
 
2021-01-28 10:35:43 PM  

Tyrosine: snowblur: [Fark user image 850x566]

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/ you're welcome
// give the 100 million to food banks, you dipshiat.
/// third slashie's sick of 'our betters'

I see your terrestrial plants and raise you phytoplankton, the real "lungs of the planet".

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]


My wife came up with an idea to disturb sediment on the ocean floor that would stimulate plankton growth and she also talks about seeding with iron.
 
Alo
2021-01-29 3:46:49 AM  
Set up a few autonomic ocean facilities that run on solar power and use solar power to run hydrolysis on the water; using the oxygen as fuel, and covert the hydrogen with co2 to one of the standard carbon hydrogen bonds (ethane, ethylene, and actelyne?).
 
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