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You ready for this? Pee plan: Urine cocktail can help fight global warming

on 20/08/12 at 11:12 am

Booze News
Human urine can be used to reduce pollution by absorbing greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, a Spanish researcher has said.

Researcher Manuel Jimenez Aguilar of the Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training of the regional government of Andalusia observed that absorbing large quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases present in cities would require millions of tonnes of some naturally occurring substance.

The ocean, the ground, rocks and trees act as carbon drains but are far from places where greenhouses gases are concentrated, so urine can be used as a reactive.

“For every molecule of urea in urine, one mole (a chemical unit used to measure the quantity of a substance ) of ammonium bicarbonate is produced along with one mole of ammonia, which could be used to absorb one mole of atmospheric carbon dioxide,” he said.

To avoid the urine from decomposing, the researcher suggested the possibility of including a small proportion of olive waste water (a black, foul-smelling liquid obtained from spinning the ground olive paste).