Archive for Monday, April 9, 2007

Forum to focus on carbon emissions

April 9, 2007


A local group will try to draw attention Saturday to the need for a reduction in carbon emissions.

The Lawrence Step It Up committee, in co-sponsorship with KU Environs and local residents, has scheduled a speaker's forum at noon in the Gridiron Room of the Burge Union on the Kansas University campus.

The Oread Friends' Environmental Event also will feature speakers from the Lawrence Sustainability Network from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. A group rally photo is at 4 p.m., immediately before a march down Massachusetts Street. The group will tour Bowersock Hydroelectric Power Plant at 5 p.m.

On a nationwide level, Step It Up groups are hoping to persuade Congress to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.

For more information about Saturday's events, contact Karen Clawson, Lawrence Step It Up event organizer, at (913) 708-4188 or e-mail


Sigmund 11 years, 2 months ago

CO2: Making the world green through photosynthesis one plant at a time for over a billion years!

Sigmund 11 years, 2 months ago

CO2 is arguably one of the most important of all chemicals as nearly all life depends on it. Photosynthesis, generally, is the synthesis of glucose from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, with oxygen as a "waste product".

For you Mythbuster fans: 6 CO2(gas) + 6 H2O(liquid) + photons â' C6H12O6(aqueous) + 6 O2(gas)

KsTwister 11 years, 2 months ago

Just a little FYI A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.

One tree that shades your home in the city will also save fossil fuel, cutting CO2 buildup as much as 15 forest trees.

If every American family planted just one tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion lbs annually. This is almost 5% of the amount that human activity pumps into the atmosphere each year.

Eliminate coal plants and go to wind energy helps too.

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