Governments are increasingly encouraging locals to recycle, reduce and reuse, drive less, buy more local, and do what they can to conserve energy, water and preserve the land. However with the pollution situation being so dire in many places throughout the globe, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel is on the verge of mandating governments to extract greenhouse gases from the air. Carbon dioxide removal is on the for-front of everyone’s mind. The UN is putting on the pressure, and billionaire activists are laying out rewards for anyone that can develop new technologies and methods to extract poisons from the air. There have already been several potential ideas, ranging in a variety of executions.
Here are some clever and some wild ideas to help clean the polluted air.
1. Cloud-seeding. This idea stems from inducing precipitation from the sky at will. Silver iodide or what we more commonly refer to as dry ice, is rocketed into the air, or delivered by plane, to simulate cloud condensation, thereby producing snow or rain. China has the largest unit in existence at their disposal, having utilized the infamous technology in an effort to prepare the air and remove the pollution for the 2008 Olympics. With further study on silver iodide, it has been shown to be inconsequential concerning our health and the environment.
2. Skyscraper sprinklers. Some folks prefer not to manipulate the weather, and have taken the cloud-seeding idea on a different tangent by developing a giant sprinkler system on skyscrapers. Similar to dust suppression units utilized in construction industries, the water particles will fight dust settlement along with polluted particulates. This idea is still being hypothesized as concerns exist for the engineering being able to withstand extreme weather conditions and high winds as well as the possible cost in manufacturing and operation. However, even some of the stubborn skeptics are admitting to the plausibility.
3. Electrostatic vacuum cleaner. The radical design of using magnetized charged copper coils to draw in the pollutants from the air is courtesy of Daan Roosegaarde. Though already proven to be efficient on treating small volumes of air, many doubt the practical use of treating the air on an urban scale.
4. Geo-engineering. This proposal has been confrontational at best so far. Basically re-engineering the earth doesn’t seem like the best idea on the table. Some scientists have presented fertilizing oceans with iron to put sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere in an effort to counteract the current carbon dioxides in the air. But some are skeptic of the consequences being beneficial, fearing increased acid rain and further destruction of the ozone layers by purposely having two chemical forces at war with each other.
5. Filters. A number of filter options have been produced, claiming to have air pollution removal powers. Aeronox is on a quest to filter automobiles, where Cleanair and Infuser are hard at work in cleaning up after industrial sectors. A synthetic tree or the universal CO2 scrubber is considered an exciting prospect and with incentives of rich rewards for effective prototypes, Texas Heritage Protection hopes someone can successfully get this idea realized.
6. Photosynthesis bike. This idea can not only reduce carbon emissions, but supposedly purify the air in close proximity utilizing a lithium-ion powered reaction between water and electric power.
Texas Heritage Protection welcomes and encourages research aimed at preserving our Great State of Texas, United States of American and earth we share.