Is Hemp the Future of Cleaning CO2 From Our Air?


A fascinating new analysis study has begun at Clarkson University. Prof. David Mitlin and Assistant Professor Mario Wriedt are taking hemp, the cannabis plant recognized for its controversial qualities, and turning it into a carbon material that is porous sufficient to trap CO2 from the air. The CO2 can then be either scrubbed and released or recycled back into a refinery to generate far more oil.

Fossil fuels like coal, all-natural gas and oil generate CO2 that leads to international warming. Carbon dioxide is heavier than the air we breath by about 60 %. While the air we breathe is a mixture of gases, we want the oxygen to survive. With so a lot CO2 staying in our atmosphere, we want to get rid of it — and rapid.

Businesses have attempted numerous expensive solutions of scrubbing the air clean of CO2. Having said that, such solutions are not as productive more than time. This new analysis could aid avert the fast pace of international warming.

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