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67 JG imageI was surprised and disappointed to read a tweet by UNEP – “Indian Firm Could lock up 60,000 tonnes of CO2 a year by converting it into baking soda. I would have thought the UNEP would have been more knowledgable.

Simple facts:

  1. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate
  2. You add baking soda to dough to make it rise
  3. It does that by releasing the CO2 you have captured.
  4. The CO2 you paid money to capture only stays “locked up” as long as the baking soda stays on the supermarket shelves which could be weeks or a month or so.
  5. To tackle global warming we need to permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere

Thus producing products like Baking Soda is not going to stop global warming.