Originally published on Jun 27, 2012
Couple of years back, I parked my car in a garage and then left the ignition running. I had to head back inside for what must’ve been 2 to 3 minutes.. As soon as I re-entered the garage, the air was thick with all the fumes and I was choking.
That experience got me thinking and I’ve been thinking about this problem on and off since then. Basically if that was just one car and one garage. What about the billions of automobiles and earth itself. As a species we have yet to devise a massive carbon capturing system. There’s no escaping from the Greenhouse effect just yet.
And then, I was reading this book called “How to cool the planet”. It’s a very well researched book and I really enjoyed going through it. The book sheds radiated light (pun intended – greenhouse effect – get it?) on actual experiments being conducted in the various parts of the world. From massive machines (prototypes) being developed for carbon capture. To modeling and simulations being conducted in order to see if the “stratospheric sulphur injections” would help cool down the planet and by what percentage. So yeah, basically it’s a book about geo-engineering and it details many other such examples/experiments being conducted across the world. The synopsis of the book was that it is a matter of time before we employ mechanisms geo-engineering of a nature and it will take that one “massive event” that will tip the favor into employing such mechanisms.
Carbon Capture is all fine and dandy. But most of the proposed mechanisms deal with storing carbon deep inside the earth’s crust or in the oceans. Now I am definitely not an expert here, so I will reserve my opinion on this one. But it got me thinking:
Why can’t we capture carbon at the source?