$25 Million Global Warming CO2 Air Cleaning Prize offered by Billionaire Richard Branson

$25 Million Global Warming CO2 Air Cleaning Prize offered by Billionaire Richard Branson

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Richard Branson announced today that he will pay a $25 million prize for the first person to invent a method to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. By removing the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere it would hopefully change to course of global warming.

Along with Branson was former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, to help spread the word. Gore has been spreading his global warming recently in the documentary film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The prize being offered will hopefully spur the inventions that will turn around the global warming. Branson revealed the Virgin Earth Challenge by saying, "Man created the problem and therefore man should solve the problem."

During the press conference he was questioned that he was being hypocritical for offering such a prize. Virgin is running an airline that creates a large amount of greenhouse gases. Branson said that he has been investing a lot of money into cleaner burning engines and fuels. He also that if Virgin was no longer flying, another airline would pick up where they left off.

"We are now facing a planetary emergency. The planet has a fever. This is an initiative to stimulate someone to do something that no one knows how to do,” he said. “This is right at the cutting edge."

There is a time limit on the super CO2 air purifier. You must submit your idea within the next five years. It then will be assessed by the judges who include Branson, Gore and Tickell, and U.S. climate scientist James Hansen, Briton James Lovelock and Australian environmentalist Tim Flannery.

Not just a simple task though, you will need to be able to such up one billion metric tons of carbon gases each year for the next 10 years. If your global clean up machine is chosen you will get $5 million of the prize at the beginning of the clean up and $20 million at the end of the 10th year.

The winner will have to come up with a way of removing one billion metric tons of carbon gases a year from the atmosphere for 10 years -- with $5 million of the prize being paid at the start and the remaining $20 million at the end. If at the end of five years the judges can decide if they want to extend the time for the competition.

By Dusty Rhodes
Best Syndication Science Writer



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