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Kendra Kuhl, Nicholas Flanders and Etosha Cave: How to Rid the World of CO2
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Kendra Kuhl, Nicholas Flanders and Etosha Cave: How to Rid the World of CO2

One of the keys to solving global warming is: How can we make carbon pollution useful? Opus 12, founded by former Stanford scholars Kendra Kuhl, Nicholas Flanders and Etosha Cave (from left), has built a reactor to trap the greenhouse gas and convert it into carbon-based compounds that are used to make plastics and liquid fuels. The point, says Flanders, the CEO, is to "recycle our customers' emissions into new products rather than just throwing that CO2 away." And Opus 12 isn't the only company doing it: In June, the world's first industrial-scale facility to suck CO2 out of the air opened in Switzerland (waste will be used to grow vegetables); a plant in India is using captured carbon to make baking soda. "It's never a silver bullet, it's silver buckshot," says Flanders. "Rethinking our economy from being extractive to one that makes use of waste products just makes a lot of sense." ZC

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