The Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge, is brainstorming ideas that would reverse and repair the damage done by humans to the atmosphere. This approach is known as Climate Repair.
What is Climate Repair?
Climate Repair refers to the methods of removing carbon from the air, and storing it in a way that it would not easily be able to come back. Nature is naturally able to remove carbon, but the amount of carbon used by humans exceeds the amount that is able to be balanced. The Centre for Climate Repair was created because present technologies would not be enough to reverse the damage being done to our environment.
As the Arctic melts faster than scientists anticipated, groups such as the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) are warning of large scale disasters. CCAG warns that the amount of warming over the past 30 years could potentially trigger disastrous changes to our weather. These disastrous events have already begun showing up, places like the United States and Canada have seen immense heat waves, and China and Germany have been experiencing floods.
A new idea in this initiative is refreezing the North and South Poles. This is done by brightening the clouds above the poles. By spraying salt into the clouds, the clouds would spread out more, cooling the area below them.
Greening the Ocean
Antarctica is a desert - people who may live their need to have all of their food imported. On the other hand, millions and millions of seals and penguins thrive in Antarctica. They all thrive because of one plant - phytoplankton. Phytoplankton is the “fuel of all marine life”. Living off of sunlight, carbon dioxide and nutrients found in ocean water, these tiny plants float around the ocean. All 350 species of phytoplankton have one common trait: they are able to absorb the Sun’s energy with their chlorophyll. Acting as the lungs of the atmosphere, these microbes absorb carbon dioxide, harvesting nearly half of the Earth’s photosynthesis. Scientists believe that increasing the amount of phytoplankton would significantly reduce the carbon dioxide emissions in the world.
The first of its kind, this promising initiative could significantly reduce the amount of carbon emissions, providing a more permanent solution.