The UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers has calls for prioritized funding for technologies that can tackle emissions. The means to capture and store CO2 from the air, and for the creation of closed loop manufacturing and energy generation practices, are mechanical problems that should have more research funding, according to the institution.
“Technology like artificial trees, air capture machines and synthetic fuels may sound a bit science fiction, but currently these are the most feasible types of technology for dealing with difficult CO2 emissions,” said Tim Fox the Institution’s Head of Energy and Environment.
The frustration seems well placed as we struggle to deal with mitigation, and the curbing of emissions, while we encounter increased impacts of a destabilized climate. Methods to directly extract greenhouse gases should be part of the overall response.