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Instead of reducing CO2 to minimize global warming what about finding a way to "use" it.

I am not a biologist but use more practicality so bear with me. I used an idea from some TED videos about finding solutions to current global problems using solutions already found in nature. I began searching for large amounts of CO2 emissions found naturally on earth and came up with this.
Carbon dioxide is also introduced into the oceans through hydrothermal vents. The Champagne hydrothermal vent, found at the Northwest Eifuku volcano at Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, produces almost pure liquid carbon dioxide, one of only two known sites in the world.
As I studied this more carefully I found this photo
It shows mussels and shrimp that thrive near these vents. So then I did research on them and found... In the late 1970s, scientists who study the deep seas made a surprising discovery of vents of hot water rising from the sea floor into the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, according to marine biologist, Dr. Tony Rice. Since the 1970s a number of vents have been located in all of the world's main oceans, usually at depths between 2,000 and 3,000 meters (6,560 and 9,840 feet). What was also surprising is that animal communities thrive around these vents. This is the home for the giant vent mussel.
My idea is there may be a solution to our problem found already naturally around these vents? If not maybe another solution can be found naturally around some other major CO2 emission in nature?

  • Aug 14 2013: the idea to find way to reuse co2 agian and to exit in another harmless way :)
  • Sep 3 2013: if the process of photosynthesis can be implemented to design a system using some technology. put those systems in automobiles and industries we can control much of CO2 from entering this world and can save melting of glaciers.
  • Aug 24 2013: You have had a very smart thinking, but under my point of view unfortunately it's not a feasible solution. There are several reason why using CO2 would be undesirable.
    First is the risk of using too much, limitating plant growing, which would have consecuences in the ecosistems at all scales. Second, there would be a good excuse for the massive production that runs the capitalism system to keep going. Therefore the rest of the enviromental impacts that the industry creates would be increased, like the use and polution of water.
    I think that the best way to reduce CO2 in the atmosphera is combining two task. On one side the reducion of the sources. In adition, as some people have mentioned here, by planting trees or supporting diferent kinds of life. Mantaining and restoring the ecosistems the redution would be succesful and with other good consecuences.
    Is important to notice that some mecanism to accomplish the CO2 reduction by reforesting have been proposed, as REDD+. But again this solutions could perpetuate aN economic and social model with many other issues.
  • Aug 23 2013: it seems that we don't need to do anything. nature is very adaptable and if the co2 level rises adaptation will ensure it is used. in fact i would say that we need to restrain ourselves from trying to 'fix' nature. it would not be difficult at this point to genetically modify bacteria or other simpler life forms to make more use of co2 and possibly provide benefits in return, but nature is much better at the adaptation game, having been at it for some time. unfortunately many of the problems we face, especially environmentally, have come through the introduction of technology into the world without awareness or concern for side effects or long term results. sometimes not doing is more effective than doing.
  • Aug 23 2013: Plants thrive on CO2, and if grown organically they sequester CO2 underground, where it helps build a more complete soil composition. Plants will thrive on 1600ppm CO2, also algae thrives on CO2 which can feed fish or be used as biofuel feedstock.
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    Aug 17 2013: i've discussed this question on my geography class,actually,global warming does good to some help s farmers.i agriculture,it enables some places where the latitudes are high to grow foods without too much limits.since the temperature rises because of co2 ,foods can be planted several times a year,isn't it a wonderful thing?!
  • Aug 14 2013: there is no global for the vents you are correct they release C02 but i don't get what solution you're speaking of? what does the C02 disappear around the vents from the muscles or something? what solution could we have from deep sea vents other than an alternative power source?
  • Aug 14 2013: great idea :)
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    Aug 14 2013: That is an amazing idea and great job researching it. I only want to point one thing out about using it as an energy source ( I know that's not your main idea ). If we did use CO2 as an energy source we would have to be very careful because the ecosystem has its own uses for it. If we used too much I can't even imagine what would happen. Besides that, Great idea Mike!
    P.S. I believe this would be a service not a product.
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    Aug 14 2013: That is a totally awesome idea and while I haven't the slightest clue how we would do that, I'm really hoping that finding a way to use CO2 to our benefit hasn't already been proven to be an impossibility. Definitely an outside the box thought you've had.

    I would think its greatest potential would be in utilizing it as a reliable, renewable, environmentally-friendly energy source.
    • Aug 14 2013: It would be great to use it as an energy source but that may not be possible. I was thinking more along the lines of increasing plants, and other organisms that use CO2. I read that shellfish and coral use it to make their shells. I was wondering if this is why so many mussels are around the vents in the deep oceans. If so maybe we can grow CO2 using "farms" to reverse all the CO2 we contribute to the atmosphere. I assume the process for shellfish to use CO2 to form shells is a very slow task but maybe it's a start.
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        Aug 14 2013: I love mussels. If it ever becomes cost effective to consume them on a daily basis and help the environment at the same time, I'm all in.

        Here's a good talk I think you'd really like:

        "Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air."

        I think if we expanded on his idea we'd filter a lot of the carbon dioxide out of the urban environment and introduce a lot a oxygen into it, along with a host of other benefits.
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    Aug 13 2013: Treat man-made carbon dioxide as a product rather than as a problem? If that works we could do the same with carbon monoxide. For a product to succeed we need a consumer. Any prospects?
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      Aug 14 2013: Product or service. We've got to think big here.
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        Aug 14 2013: Any prospects or suggestions about the market for this product or service?
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          Aug 14 2013: Yes, a carbon dioxide filtering widespread super structure called a forest.