Artificial trees will help to offset CO2 emissions

Jan 15, 2016 | written by:

Trees, our best friends and faithful allies in the fight against climate change, are fatigued and tired: they are forced to work harder as more carbon is released into the atmosphere, but they’re no longer able. How to manage this situation? Technology, help! Yes, because the new frontier, but especially the new hope, is that artificial trees will prove even more effective than real trees at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Nowadays, only if we turn every inch of available land into a dense forest, according to Christophe Jospé, chief strategist at Arizona State’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, trees would absorb the entire amount of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere. For this reason, artificial trees could be a solution, if upgraded to work at a fast pace. For Jospé, it’s not realistic to expect humanity to release significantly less carbon into the atmosphere. It’s better to capture the excess carbon and store it or convert it into something useful. Five years ago, in Boston, they were developed the first artificial trees to be installed in cities, even in places where real trees would not be able to grow due to a particular soil. Perfect, right? There are available for five years! But there's a problem. Put an installation of its kind in any city, it would provide a cost that no government or local organization would be able to sustain and even before, to include in its budget. The cost of a single tree is $ 350,000 at the moment.

According to the creators, the price of artificial trees should come down considerably in two or three years, and a great help could come from people like Mike Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Steyer, always at the forefront to support causes like this. Kim Poliquin, director of ShiftBoston, where the first artificial trees were created, provokes them with a simple: "I need only 100 million dollars and in five years price and carbon would drop and there would be much technology in your agendas.”

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