Scientists working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory accidentally discovered a way to convert C02 directly into ethanol. This could be used to take harmful C02 from the atmosphere and aid in averting the harsh effects of climate change. Using this previously harmful and overabundant resource as fuel will help the environment.
Yes, this will actually help the environment. It will minimize the CO2 content in the air since this gas will be absorbed and used usefully. We all know the dangers of abundant CO2 in the environment in usually combines with O2 to farm Carbon-monoxide which is very dangerous if inhaled.
This was an accidental discovery, but hopefully it can truly be used to help the environment. It's supposed to be efficient, cheap and scaleable, so if it really works, it could remove lots of the CO2 present in the atmosphere. Since the process turns CO2 into ethanol, it can be used to power generators and cars.
Yes, this will immensely help our environment. This type of scientific breakthroughs gives me the hope that our planet still has some chance of surviving. Another question is will they be allowed by fossil fuel conglomerate to proceed with this. I am worried that because those people are consumed with greed, we will not use these great opportunities that scientists create.