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COyou2 - Saving the planet one breath at a time

This site looks interesting, it's talking about personal carbon capture and storage as a strategy to prevent climate change:

"Did you know that human beings themselves are major emitters of carbon dioxide? We all know about reducing our electricity consumption and taking fewer flights, but isn’t all this a little pointless when one basic, everyday activity cancels it all out?

Each day every human being breathes out an average of 1 kg of CO2. That’s 0.38 tonnes a year. Now multiply that by 6.7 billion! That’s a lot of CO2.

COyou2 person carbon capture systems allow you to store that CO2 and do your bit to stop climate change. The COyou2 patented technology works by filtering the air you breathe out, capturing the carbon in a convenient lightweight backpack.

That’s why we all need to use personal carbon capture systems. At the end of the day, there are 21 million of us and only one government – so what are you waiting for?"

I've just ordered a catalogue, it's definitely worth checking out, after all, every little thing makes a difference. I never thought about human beings as being responsible for major carbon emissions, but I'm always looking for ways to lessen my carbon footprint.

What do you guys think?


Is that meant to be a joke? I can't find anything on that page that tells me what the gizmo actually is nor how it works (apart from having a "convenient, lightweight backpack"). If it's not a joke, I'd guess that the carbon emissions to produce the gizmo to begin with would far outweigh any supposed benefit.
Better attach another one to my arse to capture methane emissions too, those are far more dangerous to the environment than CO2.

Seriously though, if 6.7b humans and all their associated farm animals are exhaling too much CO2 for the planet to cope with, it's not because of the quantity it's because we're decimating the forests and the ocean flora which should be happily converting it back into oxygen.

I suspect that what we exhale is a tiny tiny tiny bump on the chart when compared with the output from our homes, industry and motor vehicles.
The ammonium nitrate it uses to isolate the carbon dioxide seems dangerous in and of itself, both as a chemical and in its manufacture. Plus the shipping from Australia...

They're concentrating on molehills and overlooking mountains. Did you see the page with more "living green" advice, where they suggest a vacation to a campsite you can walk to, rather than the five-star resort in Bali? Uh, yeah.
I'm betting a joke, just like Season Shot.

September 2008

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