Rising Sea Levels: Kiribatian President Anote Tong’s Call to Action, and the University of California’s New CO2-Scrubbing Micromotor

by Owen James Burke

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“What I would like people to be is to be human beings, to be moral human beings, and to be able to understand that what they do might be negative to those people on the other side of the world. And if they have the capacity, then they have the obligation to do something about it.” – Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, in the Arctic. Screenshot from Greenpeace’s video (below).

As sea level rises, some communities find themselves facing more imminent threats than others. And while many communities are at threat, Kiribati, a low-lying Pacific island nation, is on the shortlist of those who’ll be among the first to disappear beneath the waves.

WATCH: While visiting the Arctic, Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, made this rousing appeal to the people of the world to be ‘human’ and to think how their behaviour affects everyone, especially those on the frontline of climate change. Answer his call: >>>http://grnpc.org/kiribati

Posted by Save The Arctic on Thursday, 25 September 2014


Respond to President Tong by signing Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic petition here.


“If the micromotors can use the environment as fuel, they will be more scalable, environmentally friendly and less expensive.” – Kevin Kaufmann, University of California, San Diego. Graphic: University of California.

There is a litany of actions “moral human beings” can take, like cutting down on waste and watching fuel consumption, but most of which are too obvious–and some might say too demanding–to state. Just yesterday, however, Wired UK published a report on a carbon dioxide-scrubbing motor which Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have designed to help rid the sea of toxic CO2.

Using the flow of water and carbonic anhydrase as a catalyst, the micromotors are able to rapidly convert and neutralize CO2 to calcium carbonate (the same stuff found in coral and shells), which can be stored.

Read more about the UC’s innovation at Wired UK. — OJB

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