For decades, scientists and experts in the field have warned us: we are at a point of no return regarding climate change. We push our planet Earth to its limits, and we have little time left to attack the problem before the damage is beyond repair.
Given the call for attention from the United Nations Organization in one of its latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), very interesting proposals have begun to emerge.
One of the most striking, due to its use of natural resources and support for reforestation, is the use of trees as a tool to clean the atmosphere.
THE TREES THAT COULD BECOME HEROES OF HUMANKIND
THE QUILLAY TREE
The first of our great heroes is originally from Chile and 100% natural. It turns out that, among many other species, the Quillay stands out for its ability to actively contribute to the enrichment of soils and the renewal of forests.
This endemic species of Chile is proposed as a solution to protect cultivated areas that are cleared and aggressively subjected to the action of the weather and rain.
Being a sclerophyllous Mediterranean species, it does not require the excessive irrigation that other species do, such as avocados, eucalyptus or pines.
THE HYBRID POPLARS OF ‘LIVING CARBON’
Trees can also be very useful for other tasks besides saving water and protecting crops. Being plants that absorb carbon dioxide in large quantities during their respiration, they can become tools to minimize the damage of climate change.
The Living Carbon company is aware of this, and therefore decided to undertake a project: to create a genetically modified sub-species of hybrid poplars. And what makes them different? Its accelerated speed of reproduction and growth, in addition to faster and more efficient photosynthesis.
The idea is that they are capable of, on their own, absorbing the excessive amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
According to a report by Living Carbon, one of his modified specimens managed to accumulate 53% more mass during five months of growth. According to the company, this could translate into 27% more carbon absorption.
By 2019, the company has raised approximately $15 million, money that is expected to double the number of currently modified aspens.
Yes, we know. Perhaps the third on our list is not a tree as such, but it is giving something to talk about. They call it “M-TREE”, a revolutionary idea that was born in Misiones, Argentina; and that promises to revolutionize this province.
But what is the “M-TREE”? It started as a local project idea, which consisted of metal trees strategically distributed by the province to capture CO2 in the air and transform it into clean video porno, breathable air, recovering the oxygen within it.
Imagine it: a huge air conditioner every few kilometers, set to clean the air using turbines and filters. Sounds futuristic, right? Natalia Romero, in charge and founder of the project, began preparing it in 2014, long before the issue of climate change began to take center stage in the public arena.
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