27 Aug 2009 02:08:06
Fake trees could cut carbon emissions
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) has called for artificial trees to be installed in the UK to combat climate change.
A new report from the group entitled Geo-Engineering Giving Us Time To Act? has claimed the fake trees could reduce carbon dioxide emissions substantially.
The machines would be made out of low carbon sorbent materials, which CO2 would stick to as it passes through the trees.
"Despite its potential, the UK government considers geo-engineering as a low priority: a Plan B," the IME said in the report.
"However, it could be Plan B that provides the global community with those extra years to introduce effective mitigation and adaptation strategies and, in the long term, remove some of the existing CO2 from the atmosphere."
Other suggestions to help the environment through geo-engineering made by the IME include creating algae coated buildings and reflective, low carbon buildings, which could reduce solar radiation.http://tinyurl.com/mnlvrf