Icelandic authorities have approved a new field, which will start sucking CO2 from the atmosphere.
The Field will be operational in 2021, and measurements of the concentration of CO2 so far indicate that it is slowly but surely falling.
The Iceland Environmental Agency explains that, “over the past 20 years, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased more than ten per cent. The increase was most apparent in summer, with levels peaking at four times the norm. When this latest installation is fully operational, the level of CO2 in the air will decrease. Iceland’s air quality standards are based on the World Health Organization (WHO) breathing rates standard for an adult.
Of course, this does not mean that everybody living in Iceland is going to meet the recommended daily breathing limits. That would be a very hard task. However, for the record, the Icelanders have maintained their air quality standards despite the higher numbers of inhabitants that don’t meet the recommended daily limits.
A major problem with global warming is that it can’t seem to be stopped. While we may not see poles covered in ice anytime soon, we can still take steps to reduce the emission of CO2 from our environment. The Iceland facility is a perfect example of how one can do this. Through the use of a green energy source and an increased focus on air quality, the Iceland figure heads have done what they could to reduce the emissions of CO2 from the atmosphere. Through this effort, the country has been said to significantly reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and has thus been able to reduce its atmospheric concentration of CO2. This means that not only is the Iceland facility a great potential for environmental success but also a great environmental opportunity.