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Researchers Create Renewable Carbon Dioxide Sponge 206

First time accepted submitter Babu V Bassa writes "Concerned about adding too much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere? Consider a roof top coating on your car with this new material. A multinational team of researchers have developed a renewable sponge like material to capture and store gaseous carbon dioxide. The organic material is made up of gamma-cyclodextrin. Conventional metal-organic frameworks, which also are effective at adsorbing carbon dioxide, are usually prepared from materials derived from crude oil and often incorporate toxic heavy metals and are also non-renewable. The research paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society claims that its synthesis is essentially carbon-neutral and have the demonstrated ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere makes them promising materials for carbon fixation."
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Researchers Create Renewable Carbon Dioxide Sponge

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  • Redundent.. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by houstonbofh ( 602064 ) on Sunday September 25, 2011 @02:38PM (#37509134)
    Wood already works for "carbon fixation" and you can make things with it that people will actually keep. My mother has some "fixated carbon" in the living room over 100 years old. Just grow a tree and make a desk.
  • Carbon Fixation (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hanzie ( 16075 ) * on Sunday September 25, 2011 @03:04PM (#37509258)

    A way to fix carbon permanently is to bury it underground in a specially capped storage facility. Just so long as it doesn't decay, and just acts like a rock under the dirt, we're doing good.

    I call the above 'burying paper in a landfill'. Al Gore has an old newspaper he keeps on his desk that was perfectly preserved in a landfill.

    So we take trees, that suck CO2 out of the atmosphere, turn them into paper to sell and finance the operation. Collect the paper and "carbon sequester" it underground in a capped storage facility (landfill). We're saving the planet!

    Given the above, the worst thing you can do is recycle paper.
    The more recycled, the less new produced.
    The less new paper produced, the fewer Douglas Fir trees planted in the managed forests.
    The fewer new trees planted, the less CO2 pulled from the atmosphere.

    Someone with more environmental awareness please show me where the logic is flawed. I'm unable to find it, and I've looked.

  • by CodeBuster ( 516420 ) on Sunday September 25, 2011 @03:29PM (#37509372)
    Meanwhile the Chinese are building new coal plants, driving more automobiles and generally becoming a western style consumer culture. Any action which might be undertaken by individuals, like this carbon capture sun roof, is meaningless by way of comparison; it's spit in the ocean. I am now more convinced than ever that the target audiences of these products are wealthy European and American liberals who wish to absolve themselves of "green guilt" associated with their high carbon affluent lifestyles through purchases of what amounts to indulgences. I have no problem with this. Let everyone spend their own money as they choose. However, I do have a problem with these same liberals attempt to use the power of the state to force their bullshit green attitudes on the rest of us. The Chinese, Indians and everyone else laughs at how stupid these green Americans are while building more coal plants and driving around in dirty two-stroke diesels. Face it, environmental quality is a luxury good and its becoming a luxury that even wealthier Americans can no longer afford.
  • Re:Carbon Fixation (Score:4, Insightful)

    by a_n_d_e_r_s ( 136412 ) on Sunday September 25, 2011 @03:31PM (#37509386) Homepage Journal

    The energy needed to make paper from trees are larger then the energy needed by reusing old paper so that process will create alot more CO2.

    The owner of the land will plant new trees independently if paper are recycled or not. There are other uses of trees then for paper and the need for paper is increasing in this computerised world since many 'cant read' from the screen and insist of printing it into paper.

  • Re:Redundent.. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <gameboyrmh@gmai l . c om> on Sunday September 25, 2011 @04:09PM (#37509556) Journal

    Great, the "eco-industrial complex" and "Big Green."

    We thought the AGW Denialism Batshit Generator Engine was running at max power, but it was just warming up...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 25, 2011 @04:28PM (#37509644)

    However, I do have a problem with these same liberals attempt to use the power of the state to force their bullshit green attitudes on the rest of us.

    And I have a problem with fundamentalists and the far right attempting to use the power of the state to force their bullshit anti-science and war mongering agendas on the rest of us. I don't want Creationism anti-science taught in schools that are funded by my taxes. I don't want my taxes used to kill people, in far away places and here. (Honestly, I'd think that if the fundies were to answer the question that's hanging on the walls of most of their churches, i.e. WWJD?, we wouldn't be trying so hard to kill anyone. But hey, you know, that whole common sense thing is vastly over-rated.)

    Yeah, mod me down. See if I care. Haters gonna hate.

  • by makubesu ( 1910402 ) on Sunday September 25, 2011 @05:50PM (#37510078)
    America - Why be green? The Chinese will still destroy the environment.
    China - Why be green? The Americans will still destroy the environment.

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