30 Nov '16, 10am

Excess Carbon Emissions Are a Failure of Design

Excess Carbon Emissions Are a Failure of Design

Eighteen percent of your body and mine is carbon. Eighteen percent. That tree outside your door is made of 50 percent carbon. In fact, the weight of that tree doesn’t come as much from water and fertilizer as it does from the carbon it sucks out of the air — stuff you can’t even see, the evil carbon dioxide (CO2). So, why has the element that is prized on earrings and rings (diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the saying goes) become so reviled? Carbon emissions are a design failure William McDonough, the author of “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things,” says carbon emissions are a design failure. “Anthropogenic greenhouse gases in the atmosphere make airborne carbon a material in the wrong place, at the wrong dose and wrong duration. It is we who have made carbon a toxin—like lead in our drinking water,” McDonough wrote earlier this month. “In the right place,...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/11/carbon-tree-whats-wrong/

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