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How does Concrete effect global warming?

I was reading through the answers of another very timely question about Nuclear power and thought about the carbon footprint of concrete. Also is nuclear just "stop gap" when we talk non renewable? Sorry for all the side questions,but when it comes to regulations isn't there a difference between government and politics? Alexis are you Riche's daughter?

Asked By: - 12/30/2010
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Concrete is a combination of cement and sand/gravel/stone. One step of cement production is calcination, the chemical conversion of limestone to lime... More
Answered By: Matt - 12/30/2010
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It doesn't You first mistake is believing that "carbon footprint" or CO2 has anything to do with global warming. It's all the sun.
Answered By: John Rockford - 12/30/2010
 
Who is ritch? No? Why? btw,George Orwell, I never said SALT water, and water IS in concrete, and the machines they use to drain the water uses gas/ chemicals, whch rise into the atmosphere to make a disturbance inthe atmosphere, global warming is just a huge change in the winds. PS ITS ALEXIS, NOT ALIXS :l... More
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Answered By: Alexis - 12/30/2010
 
Cement production releases 5% of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Cement is made from limestone and in doing so releases CO2, but also requires energy which if generated by fossil fuels doubles the CO2 output. The raw materials include limestone, shale and clay which all contain carbon. These must be heated to 1450 degrees... More
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Answered By: G C - 12/30/2010
 
lots of power used in processing the lime in concrete. it's high on the list of emitting activities, not quite electricity generation and deforestation, but certainly comparable to emissions from livestock... More
Answered By: littlerobbergirl - 12/30/2010
 
@alixs Salt water is not used to make concrete. The salt make the finished product weak... More
Answered By: George Orwell - 12/30/2010
 
Lets just suppose for a minute that AGW really exists. In this case the answer to your question is that it doesn't have any affect other than increasing the temperature in and around where the concrete is poured due to it's effective way of absorbing the suns energy. Oddly enough these are the places that many of our... More
Answered By: Trever - 12/30/2010
 
That was actually a matter considered by the engineers working on wind energy projects that I was involved with a while back. Although the efficiency of wind energy is considerably higher than many people not knowlegable about the industry allow, there is a question about when the net CO2 reduction benefit of the... More
Answered By: JC - 12/30/2010
 
The same way dragons and faries do.
Answered By: Peter J - 12/30/2010
 
while not directly answering your question as GC provides a great answer that I have nothing to ad to... More
Answered By: Red E3 - 12/30/2010
 
If concrete causes global warming then what material could replace the concrete in any major building structures? Bamboo sticks? Both governments and politics are controlled by Banking Cartels a thousand times bigger and powerful then the mafia. Think about it..
Answered By: Gladiator - 12/30/2010
 
Cement actually accounts for 3-4% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (concrete is basically just cement plus sand and gravel... More
Answered By: Dana1981 - 12/30/2010
 
First, ignore the twit who says "it is just the sun". There are satellites up which have been measuring the amount of sunlight hitting the earth. There has been no increase- in fact there has been a slight *decrease* in sunlight. So how a decrease in solar energy causes the observed average temperature of the globe... More
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Answered By: Indulis - 12/30/2010
 
I'm not entirely convinced... More
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Answered By: Walaka F - 12/30/2010
 
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