The Cambridge scientists are planning to set a research centre for developing new methods of repairing Earth’s climate. The method would look into radical approaches like refreezing Earth’s poles, removing carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere.
The centre is created as there is a fear that the present approaches would not stop the irreversible and dangerous damage to the Earth on their own. This is the first time that such an initiative is being taken which could result in reductions in the emissions of carbon. This initiative is being coordinated by the former scientific adviser of the government Professor David King. He said that what people do in the coming 10 years would determine humanity’s future for the coming 10,000 years. He added that there would be no main centre in world that would focus on this issue. Some approaches that David King described are known in unison as geo-engineering.
The Climate Repair’s centre is a part of the Carbon Neutral Futures initiative by Cambridge University that is being led by Emily Shuckburgh. She said that the mission of the initiative is to solve the problem of climate. She added that this will get the engineers and scientists together with social scientists. Dr. Shuckburgh said that this is an important challenge of today and all efforts are needed to respond to this. The idea is about pumping seawater to tall masts on ships that are unscrewed through fine nozzles.
This will produce minute salt particles that are injected into clouds and that make them reflective and widespread, and also cool areas below them.
Another approach is CCS. This method is about collecting emissions of carbon dioxide from power stations fired by gas or coal or steel plants and to store the water underground.
Professor Peter Styringis developing a CCU pilot scheme along with Tata Steel in South Wales which would effectively recycle carbon dioxide.
He said that the scheme is about setting up an on-site plant that would convert the company’s emissions of carbon into fuel using waste heat of plant.