We need a Carbon Transition!

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The problem with plastic

The collective term plastik is used for all kinds of synthetic materials that are made mainly from mineral oil. Plastic is versatile, lightweight, cheap and can be shaped into a wide variety of different forms. Especially because of the material's versatility all kinds of things are made with plastic. Packaging, textiles, bags and bottles are just a couple of examples. Problems arise from the so called single use items that are used only once and then discarded.

But where do the plastic bags and the bottles go once we are done using them? Carbi can tell you in the next video:

What to do with the plastic waste?


Carbon dioxide and the climate

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, water-soluble and non-flammable noble gas. It is part of our breathable air and plays a significant role in the greenhouse effect on our earth. Unlike other substances CO2 does not break down once it has been released into the earth’s atmosphere. It is absorbed by water bodies or broken down during photosynthesis of plants as a part of the natural carbon cycle. Sounds quite trouble-free, doesn’t it?


Did you know that …

Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) is a unit of measure for simplification of the impact on global warming caused by different greenhouse gases? It describes how much global warming a mass of a given greenhouse gas may cause when compared to the same mass of CO2.
But CO2 is not only the result of natural processes. Global carbon dioxide emissions have quadrupled since the middle of the 20th century especially due to man-made processes such as coal burning, heating or air traffic. 

You yourself can make a difference!

You want to apply yourself and take part in developing new sustainable technologies for the energy and resource transition? Then come study in Freiberg! What is studying in Freiberg like? Have a look! 
Information about the offered courses are available on the website of TU Bergakademie Freiberg

 

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