Reimagining CO2

Posted on January 29, 2018

The level of greenhouse gases are higher now than in the last 650,000 years. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, cloud forests are dying, and wildlife is scrambling to keep pace. It’s becoming clear that humans have caused most of the past century’s warming by releasing heat-trapping gases as we power our modern lives.

The cement industry generates around nine percent of the world’s carbon emissions each year. Roughly one tonne of CO2 is produced for each tonne of cement.

A host of startup companies led by prominent scientists are working on new technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The scientific community is skeptical, but these entrepreneurs believe the process of CO2 removal can eventually be profitable and help cool an overheating planet.

This video report from the Wall Street Journal visits UCLA in California where researchers are experimenting in how to turn CO2 into tangible products such as bricks that people might want to buy.

Watch the video here

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