Some engineers think that a catastrophic climate event is coming, and they are pointing to giant fly-swatters and freight containers as a solution. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has designed “artificial forests,” with technologies that absorb CO2, in a similar way to trees. Below is a photo of what this could look like in the future. The objects would use natural processes or carbon chemical sponges (such as algae) to soak in carbon and transform it into other materials that could be useful somewhere else.
The shapes resemble fly swatters or in some cases boxes, all designed to cut the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the environment. The technology to make these objects already exist, and researchers are exploring new ways to develop this innovative idea.