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    Want to win $25 Million?

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    The Virgin Earth Challenge is a prize of $25m for whoever can demonstrate to the judges' satisfaction a commercially viable design which results in the removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases so as to contribute materially to the stability of Earth’s climate.
    I'm telling you all just so I can have some sort of competition
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    Easy---plant trees everywhere!
    (Just slide the money under the door...)

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    Outlaw taco bells. Where's my money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarongsong View Post
    Easy---plant trees everywhere!
    (Just slide the money under the door...)
    Ah heck, as a former Boy Scout (of Canada), I have a couple of hundred trees personally planted here and about the city of Campbellton and its immediate surroundings.

    (I'll take a certified cheque made out to...)
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    Burn magnesium, it can crack out the CO2...

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    Burn magnesium, it can crack out the CO2...
    I thought that would just produce Magnesium oxide (MgO)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    Ah heck, as a former Boy Scout (of Canada), I have a couple of hundred trees personally planted here and about the city of Campbellton and its immediate surroundings.

    (I'll take a certified cheque made out to...)
    Not so fast boy scout, I used to work at a tree farm, and my progeny is in the thousands

    What we need is... flying trees.

    What was that Niven story about space-faring flora?

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    No Flying trees do not work so well. The darn birds land on them and weigh them down causing them to fall on peoples heads and mailboxes.

    So what i suggest is some sort of filtering system. You know the megamaid from Spaceballs? Lets create that and as she sucks all of the air in, she filters it, then blows it back out back into our atmosphere.

    OR we can take a cure form the movies and explode a nuke. That seems to solve everything.

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    I dropped an apple core on the ground once....does that count?????

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    I never ever vent my room, so all the CO2 I produce stays nicely contained in my room. Moneymoneymoney!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humphrey View Post
    OR we can take a cure form the movies and explode a nuke. That seems to solve everything.
    No, it's the "nucular" device that does that. Nucular devices are the Swiss Army knives of the environmental world.

    These are distinguished from "nukes" which are what you use to turn foreign ethnics you don't like into parking lots.

    Just for the sake of completeness, nuclear is what you use to make electricity.
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    OR we can take a cue from the movies and explode a nuke. That seems to solve everything.
    Place a nukes inside a mountains in high rainfall areas. Detonate them to turn the mountains into rubble. The increased surface area of rock will increase the formation of carbonate and bicarbonate ions from CO2 dissolved in rainwater. These ions will be transported to the oceans and presumably end up forming limestone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Brak View Post
    I thought that would just produce Magnesium oxide (MgO)?
    It will, but it burns so energetically that it can actually use CO2. 2Mg + CO2 ---> 2MgO + C. Voila. Less CO2 in the atmosphere.

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    It will, but it burns so energetically that it can actually use CO2. 2Mg + CO2 ---> 2MgO + C. Voila. Less CO2 in the atmosphere.
    Cool. So next to every coal burning plant we should build a magnesium burning plant that will burn the CO2. Now all we need is a source of high purity magnesium. I don't suppose we could grind up peridotite and use that? Maybe not as I'm sure someone would have noticed by now if it was capable of bursting into intense, blinding white flame.

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    if CO2 doesn't warm the atmosphere fast enough we ought to set up more heat producing facilities.



    I also question the amount of CO2 to be burnt. That equation 2Mg + CO2 ---> 2MgO + C seems to forget that CO2 is 0.4% abundant in the atmosphere and there are other chemicals to burn. Does it only work right in a pure CO2 environment?




    ok, I got that it was a joke. no 25Mil for you
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    Speaking of the elimination of noxious gases, anybody catch the Mythbusters episode on fart analysis? Hilarious.

    More beans please.

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