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Atmospheric Substitution Reaction

  1. Apr 27, 2015 #1
    There is an ever constant increase of CO2 and CH4 in the atmospheric, thanks to global warming and greenhouse gases. I came across this equation while looking over changing gas compositions in the atmosphere.

    CO2 + CH4 ----> 2H2O + C2

    Can someone explain me how I can figure out the amount of enery that needs to be put into the left side of the equation? And could this be a possible solution to solve the ever-so-growing problem with methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?

    This thread is for anyone to just voice their opinions on this topic, not necessarily answer my question, but it would be preferred if they were answered.

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  3. Apr 27, 2015 #2


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    Unlikely. Where are you going to take the energy required for the reaction from?
  4. Apr 27, 2015 #3
    The energy required for this reaction would probably be sunlight, but that is one of my questions. What can produce enough energy, and how much energy would be needed for this reaction?
  5. Apr 27, 2015 #4
    The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is about 350 ppm, and the concentration of CH4 in the atmosphere is about 1.5 ppm. So there certainly not be enough CH4 to titrate a significant amount of CO2.

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