- File Size: 136 KB
- Print Length: 51 pages
- Publication Date: March 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007G1CZ0E
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Suck It Up: How capturing carbon from the air can help solve the climate crisis (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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"Suck It Up" is an excellent introduction to what is at stake, the history behind this approach, and the people and companies who are leading the way in the early development of carbon capture technology. It also gives fair voice to skeptics who doubt the technology is a viable solution,and discusses other potential solutions such as algae fuel facilities. I applaud Mark Guntner for furthering this dicussion with "Suck It UP", and strongly recommend it.
That is not difficult to do. For example, this kind of technology has been deployed for decades on submarines to deal with the CO2 exhaled by crew members.
The only trick is to do it cheap enough, and to scale it up to the necessary levels.
By chance, I just had read an article by Umair Irfan in Scientific American (2011), which is rather critical of these concepts ("too expensive to be practical").
I learned a couple of things worth noting from Gunther's book.
For starters, the various ideas of shading the earth are actually extremely cheap in comparison with reducing CO2 emissions. Good to know. It may become necessary to fall back on this kind of scheme if CO2 emission reduction efforts keep failing.
Also, CO2 is sold on the market at prices of up to $200 a ton. The largest market for that is enhanced oil recovery, where the CO2 is used to squeeze out oil from the ground. Not exactly helpful from a climate perspective, but the oil recovered in this way is actually less dirty than conventional oil, since the CO2 used in the process remains in the ground. There are more than 100 enhanced oil recovery projects, which pay between $20 and $40 per ton for CO2.
The whole sector is still tiny. Some of the startups involved have built first demonstration plants. One of the main problems (also discussed in the Scientific American article cited above) is energy cost.Read more ›
A must quick read for anyone interested in the issue of climate change and its implications.
This--global warming and proposed solutions--has been an interest of mine for some time. I have looked into it enough to tell you that VIRTUALLY ALL THIS AUTHOR COVERED COULD HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED IN ONE (maybe two) internet searches. This is a survey book, and not a very good one. First, I have a question? This is a really short work. Is it a Kindle Single? It's called a Kindle e-book. Whichever, it means that Amazon's editorial standards are below sub-par and caveat emptor!
1. The book was obviously a "once-over-lightly" survey of readily available literature. The author dropped a lot of names, and I imagine his telephone bill would reflect some effort at reaching these people, but the material he got from them was already public domain. There was no evidence of hard-core digging. No names from struggling projects that had attracted no public attention or adequate funding. It was a simple survey of a couple internet searches.
2. It wasn't very well organized. It summoned up a cause in the last thousand words, but the support was at best, tepid. There was really no story here. The author read off a list of people and companies, talked about what they were doing, and moved on. He offered some judgements (mostly of others) about the viability of their projects.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short and to the point. Made me better understand that we probably are contributing to global warming.Published 6 months ago by Bob D
This concept needs some very creative ideas to be successful and should be foremost in the mix of climate solutions. Let's organize
a worldwide brainstorm game !
Would appear to arrive at the conclusion that sucking it up is not a viable option but does emphasise the danger we are in and the need to do something. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Brian ONeill
This is fine as far as it goes, but the question of storage is hardly broached. (The word "storage" appears just once and "sequestration" not at all. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Andy Skuce
Crap book and a crap solution to global warming. Focus on avoiding CO2 emissions, rather than "sucking" them up afterwards, which is expensive and difficult.Published on July 22, 2013 by Lars Christoffersen
Gunther explores the practicalities of altering the destructive effects of creating too much CO2 and gives us insight into the technologies that may bring about change once we have... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Dean K
A glimpse into the future and a source of hope in the face of a
rapidly changing climate. Well written and informative.
As someone who has been following the issue if climate change for over 20 years, I found this book extremely informative and a valuable read. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Aryeh
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