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Klaus Lackner’s Artificial Trees Soak Up CO2 Emissions Faster Than Plants
Posted By Lori Zimmer On May 17, 2013 @ 1:30 pm In Environment,global warming,Green Technology,Innovation,News | 1 Comment
As news breaks that global carbon dioxide levels are at an all-time high , one scientist is developing “artificial trees ” to help cleanse the air and reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Columbia University’s Klaus Lackner  has developed a carbon dioxide capturing material that acts as a powerful sponge – and it’s able to soak up CO2 faster than plants!
Lackner’s experiment resembles a miniature indoor greenhouse , with bamboo, cucumber, basil and house plants thriving inside. Hooked into the greenhouse with the plants is Lackner’s plastic resin-based material, which looks more like a shag carpet than a carbon dioxide siphon. The strands of plastic on the “carpet” act like mini CO2 magnets, and they bind to the greenhouse gas to form bicarbonate sale.
With the aid of a fan, the plastic resin works even harder, pulling 700 kilograms of CO2 from the air. High-powered machines made from Lackner’s plastic resin could make a real difference – ten million “artificial trees ” could drop atmospheric concentrations by 0.5 ppm per year, which over time would help reduce the ever climbing greenhouse gas problem.
Via Scientific American 
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URLs in this post:
 all-time high: http://inhabitat.com/co2-levels-pass-400-parts-per-million-for-first-time-in-human-history/
 artificial trees: http://inhabitat.com/treepods-carbon-scrubbing-artificial-trees-for-boston-city-streets/
 Columbia University’s Klaus Lackner: http://news.columbia.edu/carbondioxide
 indoor greenhouse: http://inhabitat.com/ikeas-new-mini-greenhouse-lets-anyone-create-their-own-indoor-garden/
 artificial trees: http://inhabitat.com/100000-synthetic-trees-could-help-combat-climate-change/
 Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=prospects-for-direct-air-capture-of-carbon-dioxide
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