Eden Cycle System
Why water treatment might stop climate change…..
Municipal wastewater is treated in Europe, North America, and some Asian countries, but 80% of the world has no effluent treatment, or use septic tanks.
If there is no effluent treatment, then the human waste will ferment and generate methane. The countries that have wastewater treatment they generate bacterial sludge. 50% of all the waste in the water is turned into bacterial cell biomass sludge. This sludge may be burned, but most is landfilled or ends up being spread on land along with all the microplastic and toxic chemicals. By way of example, all the sludge from Scotland ends up in fields in the North of England. Fermentation of the sludge generates methane.
On average if you don’t have water treatment, or if a septic tank is used, every person will generate 30g/day of methane. If you live in the country with effluent treatment, fermentation of the sludge generates 15g/day per person.
Methane is 150 times more of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, so if we assume that 7.6 billion people as an average generate 25g/day of methane that equals 190,000 tonnes per day, or 70 million tonnes per year. Convert this into carbon dioxide equivalents by multiplying by 150 = 10.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide as carbon. This number is almost exactly the same as the anthropogenic production of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.
The methane will degrade due to sunlight and end up as 0.07 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide as carbon. What the above means is that if the world treats all human wastewater, this will stop pollution from microplastic and toxic chemicals and save water for irrigation, it will also drop greenhouse gas by 50%. The elimination of pollution will allow nature to regenerate, especially in the oceans which will have the potential to easily eliminate the rest of the carbon.
So there you have it… a possible solution to climate change that also makes the world a better place. Burt how do you treat waste water, eliminate all the toxic chemicals, microplastic, pharmaceuticals and toxic chemicals and desalinate the water at the same time. Use the Eden Cycle System… or the equivalent.
Eden cycle system…..open source design. download a copy here
Life on earth depends upon healthy Oceans, we have 10 years to stop toxic chemical pollution, or life on earth may become impossibleDr. Howard Dryden, CSO
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The University of Edinburgh
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