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Where we've been

This is a very new idea and so we haven't really been much of anywhere with it yet. In the past, we used fuels like wood and wind and water, fuels that we could see. All of these fuels that existed at the surface of the Earth didn't pose this problem because they were a part of relatively short term natural cycles. We could cut down trees and burn them without worrying too much about CO2 emissions because the tree that grew in its place would use up the CO2 emitted by the tree that was cut down.

We could cut down trees and burn them without worrying too much about CO2 emissions
It is only when we disrupted this cycle by adding new carbon to it that there really began to be a problem. The graph below shows the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere up to and then after the Industrial Revolution.

In terms of what we have done in recent years. The movement for Carbon Capture and Storage (check out the Where We Are section for more on this) has given us information on where we can potentially store carbon once it is sequestered. And there have been attempts to try out scalable projects that would pull CO2 out of the air, but these have either not worked out or not yet scaled beyond a testing level. Check out the How We Get There section for more on the possible technologies that we can hope to be using in the future and keep an eye on this page as the technology evolves.
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