Can we lower the CO2 amount on Earth?

Okay, it's clear by now that humanity puts out a lot of CO2 in the atmosphere with all our factories, all the cars, house warming and even methane gas (which is 10 times more harmful than CO2) which is coming from the huge cattle shed we have all over the world, etc etc.

Instead of trying to deal with those things, why don't we try to tackle the result, and not the cause. Because trying to do the last seems a lost cause, but the first option might by more hopeful. I see in the last 10 years a huge increase of the creation of clean energy with so many solar panels getting on roofs, and special massive fields etc etc. Maybe we can use part of this CLEAN energy to break down CO2, back to Carbon and Oxygen (and maybe also CH4 as well). The same way currently water is separated by electrolyze to Hydrogen and Oxygen also, a proven method. If we would do this on a massive scale we could lower the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, cooling the planet. And yes, this project should be a complete international effort to bring down the warming of Earth. Currently we are in a down spiral, more ice melt, more warmth due to less reflection, more methane coming from Siberia which is toughing, and we are talking about hundreds of millions of people living in coastal cities.

The question is: Do we possess the technology to do this, and is it even feasible on worldwide scale?

Update:

@Anonymous : No, this question is a sincere question whether it would be really possible. The problem we are currently facing is that we simply cannot get rid of all the cars, factories and cows that are producing these greenhouse gasses. The only thought in my mind was, with the huge increased production of clean energy would it be possible to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Calling me 'smug' but being Anonymous yourself, without profile photo? Who is the stranger here?

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  • 2 months ago

    We have lived out of balance with nature for a long time now: over consuming and living unsustainably. Enter Covid-19, Nature's way of saying 'enough already' ! Stop what you've been doing, which we have, and reconsider what is needed to live well. Most of us have realized that we don't need useless 'stuff' to impress others. We need to connect with people in meaningful ways. We can't do it physically so much anymore, but the heart connections are stronger. Less is more and that attitude will solve our pollution issues.

  • " "
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Another "solution" in search of a nonexistent problem.

  • 2 months ago

    Unlikely and not a good idea plants are in near starvation mode re co2 we need more of it. 

    The cult credo that co2 warms the planet in a dangerous way has now been demolished by robust scientific observations. Not a scintilla of empirical evidence exists for the folly indeed "proper" temp records (satellite and USCRN) show that while co2 continues to rise temps are hardly moving.

    Science needs to be looking at real issues like getting silicon sex dolls automated so they can take care of business on command

  • 2 months ago

    Cattle?!  LOL.  Not sure if serious.

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  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    AOC wants to get rid of farting cows to decrease the amount of methane in the air. 

  • 2 months ago

    STFU with your fake bullshit question.  We know who you are, loser.

  • 2 months ago

    The answer is yes ... we could, in theory, build systems that scrub CO2 from the atmosphere. But there are three main problems ...

    1. These systems would need to be huge and/or we'd need lots of them if we wanted to do this on a planetary scale. The question would be whether the cost of building them would be better spent on weening ourselves off fossil fuels in the first place!

    2. If we build these scrubbers, how do we power them? If the answer is renewables then why not just use those new sources to power our cities and reduce our CO2 output? 

    3. The main problem though is that if we built these and kept using fossil fuels then we'd be in a situation where as we add more CO2, we'd need more scrubbers. We'd be in a perpetual cycle of having to build or upgrade scrubbers to compensate ... this is the problem with most 'hacking' solutions ... unless you tackle the fundamental issue the problem grows and your hacking has to expand.

    I think there are better solutions. Renewables and new nuclear plants. High speed trains to replace aircraft. Better building management systems and design. Changes in our working practices ... we've seen that working from home is practical and not the productivity issue managers thought. Strategic farming so our food is more locally produced. And so on ...

  • 2 months ago

    nope , thats unless we stop industry and no electricity and no cars .

  • 2 months ago

    If you idiots would finally vote me president, then yes!  I will tax everyone 90 percent to get it done.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Do we possess the technology to do this?

    No we don't. CCS - carbon capture and storage - is theoretical and would probably increase our fuel-use by 50 % or so.

    What we do have is trees and other plants, and worldwide we aren't planting (and helping them grow) enough of them

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