How Your Pee Can Help Save the Environment

The challenge to reduce carbon emissions rages on (despite those who “don’t believe” in global warming). According to Manuel Jiménez Aguilar, an answer may lie in our urine.

In a study he published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials, Aguilar explains that urea results in the production of ammonium bicarbonate and also ammonia, which can absorb atmospheric CO2. So why the olive waste? Well urine decays and it seems that the liquid waste that results from the olive paste-making process is a basic preservative that will keep urine fresh.

This mixture of urine and olive waste, according to the study, could reduce CO2 emissions by one percent. Sure, it’s not really doing anything for the carbon monoxide or host of other gases, but CO2 is a big problem in global warming and that would make quite a significant difference. He’s proposing that such a mixture would be placed in places such as chimneys so that gas is sort of filtered past it before heading out into our atmosphere. There would obviously also need to be a system to refresh the paste once it was saturated with carbon dioxide.

It would be a pretty cool environmental development: recycling of olive waste water and our own personal body waste, while also reducing CO2 emissions. Win-win, if you ask me.

What do you think? Viable option for reducing carbon emissions or waste (oooh see what I did there?) of time?

[Via Geekosystem | Photo Credit]

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5 Responses to How Your Pee Can Help Save the Environment

  1. There is a difference between not believing in global warming and not believing in man-made global warming that many scientist not on the government dole disbelieve too.

    • Yes, the author is obviously clueless as to the nature of the debate on Global Warming. NOBODY DENIES GLOBAL WARMING. Some of us, however, don't believe it's man-made, since there is currently NO conclusive scientific evidence to support the THEORY.

  2. what happens to the CO2 saturated paste, its just a carbon sink just like trees and plants- once it begins to break down the co2 will be released again… just as trees and plants! we need to lock away the co2 in an inert form such as oil or coal! we need to combat methane (CH4) this traps 25 time more heat than CO2 . Its not just cows that produce methane paddy fields that give us rice whack out huge amounts (due to microbial anaerobic respiration on the root stock) so when you turn vegie for the environment remember this!

  3. "There would obviously also need to be a system to refresh the paste…" yes : buy some tapenade and pee on it lol

  4. I second Bob's comment.

    But just for a second let's pretend I believe in Anthropological Global Warming for a second. You want to know how to combat it? I'll give you a clue: it's not making your house smell like piss. The answer is much more simple- obvious really:

    You make wood furniture.

    As a tree grows it transforms CO2 into O2. Every school child knows this. And when a tree dies in the wild little micro-biological animals break down it's remains- a process commonly known as rotting. As the tree rots those teensy, tiny animals breath in O2 and exhale CO2, releasing all the CO2 that was trapped in the tree's wood back into the world.

    The key to "carbon sequestering" is to interrupt that cycle. Plant a tree. Let it grow. Cut it down and turn it into useful wood products. Every year that wood chair sits in your home next to your wood table on that beautiful hardwood floor is one more year all the carbon trapped isn't released back into the atmosphere.

    Unfortunately too many "environmentalists" are more concerned with ending capitalism and expanding already overreaching government powers than they are of actually protecting the environment. And that's why time after time you see 'environmental" groups reach for political power rather than taking actions that might actually make a difference.