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Carbon Sequestration by Leaves and Dead Plants Carbonisation

Carbon Sequestration by Leaves and Dead Plants Carbonisation

CO2 emission can be reduced by collecting fallen leaves and dead plants from forests, then processing them into building materials or activated carbon for batteries

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Overall  atmospheric CO2 could be reduced by collecting fallen leaves and dead wood (dry and fallen branches and woods) from the forests around the world, then drying them out and processing them either into building materials (boards, beams, furniture…) or into charcoal, active carbon, graphite, and graphene that can be used for producing inexpensive batteries. Those batteries would have double role: first locking the carbon and secondly as energy storage — reducing need for gas or coal power plants running on idle (reducing rejected energy — 60% of all energy is wasted) and therefore reducing CO2 emission even more.

To boost the schema, governments should start paying people to stop cutting forests and instead collect foliage, dead wood, and plants, processing it into activated carbon that can be used in batteries, which would create additional profit and speed up switching to clean energy.

Currently total land emission is around 57 GtC a year out of which 19 GtC per year goes into dead leaves, 17 GtC per year into dead wood, and 21 GtC per year to dead root structures. By capturing only 5 GtC out of 19 GtC emitted each year in 10 years we could significantly reduce atmospheric CO2.

Collected leaves and dry/decomposing wood could reduce wildfires. Entire schema could create significant number of new jobs.

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