Rise in CO2 despite Pandemic!

girlfisher

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NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography feature similar findings. Following quote from Scripps was most interesting and distressing:

"It took over 200 years for levels to increase by 25%, but now just over 30 years later, levels are at a 50% increase," the institution said. Should the current trends continue, it predicts that CO2 levels will be twice as high as pre-industrial levels in about 55 years.
 

wetline dave

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I fully agree that CO2 build up among other things are some big issues. On the practical and actually feasible solutions there is not a lot that can .be done economically.

Yes there is solar and wind but how can enough batteries be made to store electricity to replace the systems now in use. The mining and building and disposal of lithium batteries is not all that sound environmentally. Nuclear is a possibility but disposal of spent fuel is a big issue, let a lone the production.

In my limited view carbon removal technology is perhaps the most feasible approach. From atmospheric retrieval to carbon scrubbers on smoke stacks. Both technologies currently exist and reasonably affordable and little down side.

Dave
 

Chris Scoones

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Yes there is solar and wind but how can enough batteries be made to store electricity to replace the systems now in use. The mining and building and disposal of lithium batteries is not all that sound environmentally.
Tesla is already spitting out over 7000 batteries a minute and they aren't using lithium. That output number of theirs is growing by a factor and quickly as their Texas & Berlin factories are coming online. Understand that Tesla is an energy company (not just EV's) and that they will soon up end several major markets including power utilities, cars, trucking, heating / air conditioning, solar.

Regarding disposal, that's a non-issue. Batteries that have cycled out lose function but the elements remain which means the recycling process yields separated elements without much loss of material. As volume of spent batteries increase, so will the yield of the core material from the recyclers to the point of eventually reducing the need from mining.
 

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