Harnessing carbon-rich smog for future construction and
The DIAMOND Answer to the Greenhouse Effect.
It is assumed that the reader is well-aware of the current (2009) debate over the greenhouse effect (the "greenheat") threatening the world and some of the solutions to reduce carbon in the world's atmosphere.
A number of popular suggestions have focused on removing excess carbon dioxide from the world's atmosphere and returning it to the Earth's crust, sinking it in the deep ocean, etc.
This writer advocates an alternative strategy.
Rather than trying to extract and dump carbon dioxide this writer advocates launching a world-wide long term competition, a challenge to encourage the creation of industrial processes to extract and use carbon dioxide, separating carbon for processing into diamond coatings and construction materials.
Diamond, pure carbon, offers exceptional long term future possibilities, for example new building for the construction industry, and converts all surplus atmospheric carbon into a valuable asset to any country inundated with smog from their own or their neighbour's pollution.
The Air Diamond Challenge attempts to stimulate new, positive and creative solutions to the issues of the greenheat and alter the current pessimistic outlook for the world.
If action is not taken then the world can certainly look forward to increasingly dangerous problems in the world, from crop failures, water shortages, through to social and political upheavals on a planetary scale comparable to a world war.
While this writer accepts that the Air Diamond Challenge is not likely to offer short term solutions, which would better come from nuclear power, as one example, the progressive trend in scientific and technological progress must never be overlooked in converting a problem into an opportunity.
The Air diamond Prize of £100 million may be raise from interested governments, organisations and agencies interested in such creative solutions. Held as a managed fund the Prize money will offer an annual income sufficient to sponsor research into such solutions until it is won by the individual, team or company capable of meeting the requirement - a process to extract and convert sufficient carbon into diamond coatings and structural elements for a large multi-story structure.
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