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Unfortunately, We Won't Be Able To Party Our Way To Atmospheric Cleanliness

By wochit 01 November 2016

Carbon dioxide will probably the death of humanity. Not too long ago we crossed the critical 400ppm global CO2 threshold. Meaning that unless we figure out how to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere, our descendants are going to be in a world of hurt. So it was exciting when last week scientists announced last week that with the help of some snazzy new technology, they’d figured out how to turn carbon dioxide into everyone’s favorite recreational beverage — ethanol. The implications, obviously, would be huge. Unfortunately, Geek.com reports that the technology required to turn CO2 into booze would be so power intensive that it would generate more CO2 in emissions than it would actually convert to into ethanol. Oh well. Seemed like a good idea at the time.