People all over the world recognize a number of areas in which we are causing damage to our planet. The air we breathe is being contaminated. Oxygen is being lost to the extent that we are now within the narrow margin of atmospheric oxygen content required for sustaining animal life and well on our way toward a downward cycle from which there may be no return. The recent ABC Special Earth 2100 predicts this will occur as early as 2015.
Carbon Dioxide from fossil fuel use is the prime area of concern. KARL™ technologies focus on this because we can control human atmospheric contamination from fossil fuels.
Carbon Dioxide can be toxic. It's excess in the atmosphere results in increases in cancer as a result of depleting our protective Ozone Layer. This in turn leads to a "Green House effect" that raises the earths' temperature, thus thawing the Polar Ice Caps and reducing the natural circulation of the oceans. This process results in the thawing of the artic tundra thereby releasing toxic methane into the atmosphere that was previously trapped below ground.
Many other factors, such as the over-fishing of our oceans, massive deforestation, and an ever increasing demand for energy across the globe have furthered the crisis by increasing Carbon Dioxide output while also reducing the natural mechanisms that eliminate it.
We need to change our thinking.
The goal of KARL™ technology is to reduce the human carbon footprint on the planet one man at a time; to reduce fossil fuel use in the United States by at least 40%. This is a huge undertaking that few believe can be done. Karl Lippard, the founder of the organization, believes it can be done - and, that very little to our way of life needs to change to accomplish this.
What must be understood is that we live in a closed environmental system. We live within a sphere; a world from which we cannot leave. If we sufficiently contaminate that world, our world, we will all die. And we are well on our way to that end.
The Oxygen content in the air is within 1% of causing harm to humans and within 5% of total collapse. According to the ABC Special Earth 2100 "if we do not correct our carbon emissions by 2015 at the current rate of contamination we may not be able to reverse the damage to our world."
Consider that in 2009 China will surpass the Carbon emissions of the United States and by 2020 China is expected to double its Carbon contamination - thereby bringing the global environment to a critical point of destruction by 2030.
KARL has a solution to this problem.
But before we can get to the solution we need a history lesson so everyone is on the same page. Let us go back and start near the beginning to better understand how we arrived at where we are now. Then we'll look at what the future could hold.
The Distant Past: a short and simple overview
The environmental catastrophe that is occurring today is nothing new.
The principle by which an organism comes to sufficiently dominate the planet and, in turn, destroy the very environment that made that success possible is an old story.
That story is one worth telling because it illustrates so well the basic mechanics of what we are dealing with today.
The earth is about 4.5 billion years old. The oldest inhabitants of earth came into being a little more than 2.5 billion years ago and were single cell creatures - known in scientific nomenclature as Cyanobacteria, but known more commonly as algae.
These types of microorganisms are still found amongst us and are common in ponds, streams, and even home aquariums all over the world. Its colonies appear to us today as the harmless green carpet that grows on a pond's surface or the glass of a fish tank - anywhere water and light are sufficiently available.
These simple life forms thrived in the environment of the early earth - one that would be alien and toxic to nearly everything living on the planet today. This early life thrived in the seas of a world rich in Water, Carbon Dioxide, and Iron - all bathed in high levels of solar radiation. Carbon dioxide composed perhaps as much as 10% of the atmosphere at that time.
These little creatures were the first to utilize a method of food production that is used by all plant life on the planet today - photosynthesis. Through this process of food production, they converted their available resources into a waste product we now know as the gas Oxygen.
With the quantity of necessary resources for life so great their numbers exploded, and for millions and millions of years they dominated the world. The seas became a soup thick with their kind and all the while they continued to pollute the world with their waste - reducing the amount of life-giving Carbon Dioxide and pumping the environment full of the toxic Oxygen that would eventually decimate them.
So vast were their numbers that evidence of these tiny single-celled organisms that thrived eons ago can still be found today in their fossilized remains known as Stramatolites. The numbers of these organisms were so great that their tiny remains, piled upon each other, eventually formed these rocky structures that can be found all over the world.
These earliest of life-forms dominated the world and through their success, they destroyed their environment. The environmental destruction they waged upon the earth through the ceaseless emission of waste (Oxygen) created an atmosphere too toxic for them to continue to thrive, and their numbers drastically decreased. Their descendents occupy the world today in only a tiny fraction of the vast numbers they once did.
Perhaps ironically, the toxic environment rendered from their success (and resulting in their demise) would be the very conditions in which a new form of life would rise and eventually dominate the earth - the animals.
Fast-forward to today:
There is a lot of evidence that the balance of gasses in the world's atmosphere has varied greatly over the last 4.5 billion years. At times the carbon dioxide levels have been high - and the photosynthetic plant life in the world has exploded. In turn, as the oxygen levels rise, the animal life thrives and carbon dioxide levels increase again.
Ours is a closed system that naturally corrects the situation when it reaches a point of imbalance - by eliminating the cause. Environmental change in this fashion is as natural and normal as the sun rising each day.
We, as the currently dominate life-form, are currently releasing carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere at truly alarming rates. The balance is tilting once again and, as has happened so many times before, we are due to be the casualty of our own success.
What distinguishes us from the cyanobacteria and all the other life forms that have come and gone by this principle is that we know a lot about how this system works - and we can alter the situation through our technology.
Currently our atmosphere is comprised of about 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen and 1% mixed gases. The first two we need, it's in the "mixed gases" where the concern exists. Those mixed gases are mostly Argon** and Carbon Dioxide.***
Note: These figures are variable depending on where on the planet one takes readings. Some areas measure 15% O2 and does not alert the public of how small a line the oxygen level in air, is.
** Argon is an inert gas and not harmful to humans or animals.
***Carbon Dioxide measurements taken in Hawaii in 1960 was 310ppmv and by 2009 had risen to 390ppmv.
That is up 35% over the period and a 37% increase from 2002-2007
While an adult human at rest consumes 1.8 to 2.4 grams of oxygen per minute, (amounting to more than 6 billion tonnes of oxygen inhaled by humanity per year) it is unlikely that we can substantially reduce the Oxygen content of the atmosphere by breathing and exhaling Carbon Dioxide alone. That is not the problem.
It is the rapid increase in the release of Carbon Dioxide through the burning of fossil fuels that has contributed most to the change currently underway in the earth's atmospheric composition, and by extension, earth's climate.
We can already see the widespread effects these changes are having in the world's climate today. It is likely that climate change brought on by the change in atmospheric composition will kill off a great number of species even before atmospheric Oxygen levels become too low for animal life.
The collective damage to our environment as a whole will likely eliminate our species from this planet if not corrected quickly. Again, we live within a closed ecosystem, and if we change the conditions enough - as we appear to be doing now, most animal life simply will not survive here - and that includes us.
If we continue on the course we have established in regards to the rapid emission of carbon into the atmosphere, it will inevitably create conditions that will result in the elimination of human and most other animal life on our planet. There will be a certain point in this process, in which it will become beyond our means to reverse before all life on earth has been severely affected - and in many cases simply perished.
Current estimates suggest we have only until 2015 to correct the current course. By 2012 many fish species in oceans will be gone. By 2020 many more animal species will be largely eliminated. By 2030 humans who cannot afford life sustaining protection will be dying in mass, and by 2100 human and nearly all animal life known today will have become extinct.
According to recent a report on the History Channel, 500,000 animal species are currently going extinct every year.
The situation is now urgent.
The "Tools" used in KARL™ to preserve and restore our atmosphere are atomic in nature. Unfortunately, the public has been educated to fear atomic energy. A technology that is largely misunderstood, it is, in truth, the servant our world desperately needs.
Without making the case overly complex, I would like to educate you a little about what we call "KARL Energy" and at the same time give you some background on atomic materials and their uses that might surprise you.
Our entire world is made up of atomic material. But before we get into these you need to learn the definition of two terms: Atomic and Nuclear.
They are NOT the same thing.
1. Every substance is Atomic. We humans are, in fact, atomic.
2. Everything Nuclear, is a manmade composition; a refined concentration of a radioactive material.
Furthermore, and more importantly, Atomic energy is "Non-chain reactive" in nature while everything Nuclear IS "Chain reactive" in nature.
Things that are non-chain reactive we call friendly energy.
Things that are chain reactive are deadly and very dangerous.
Originally made to be used in weapons of destruction thru a "chain reactive process" nuclear material is a manmade composition or unnatural concentration of atomic materials giving it unstable or chain reactive properties.
For example, Uranium is not very dangerous. Only when it has become refined by man and enhanced does it become dangerous. In fact, degraded Uranium is less reactive than common dirt.
All earth elements have been assigned an Atomic Mass Number which is the combined number of Protons and Neutrons.
These elements have been studied for their properties and uses - most for well over 100 years. Named, examined closely, and given numbers, these elements exist for sometimes only a second or minute, a day or even millions of years depending on their composition of protons and neutrons. Some elements like the Gold 196* on your finger have small atomic numbers while others have large ones. The more protons/neutrons in an element, the more collisions between them are possible. These collisions produce energy that is "radiated off." - what is often referred to as "radiation". As these collisions slow down, the material is said to "degrade" and often the original material then changes into another material.
For example, Uranium 238 degrades and emits (or radiates) Alpha particles eventually becoming Thorium 232**. The mantle of your camp lantern contains Thorium which gives the lantern such a bright white light when burning.
Radium 226 degrades to Radon 222, and finally in the end into common Lead.
Some elements have short life spans before they become something else such as Radon 222, which is 4 days. Mercury 200,*** which is used in your fluorescent overhead lights, is stable - meaning it does not decay for a very long time.
* Gold has many commonly known uses. However it should be known that it is the prime agitator in a Hydrogen bomb - for without Gold, the bomb would not create much damage.
**Thorium232 is highly radio active in concentration and the substance used in the first nuclear reactor in Pennsylvania. It is abundant in the earths' crust in fact 3 times more than Uranium but disbursed. It is found naturally in the human body as well. Unlike most particles Thorium does NOT degrade. However it is rare and not mined today in the USA. To be used in nuclear reactors of course it must be enhanced or used as an additive to Uranium. The most common place it can be found is in your camping gear; the mantle of your camp lantern is Thorium which gives the lantern such a bright white light when burning.
*** Mercury: Thanks to a man named Tesla who invented AC electric current Mercury is in use everywhere today. Tesla learned that a closed container with Mercury gas inside if electrically excited with a pulsating current (AC), "energizes the electrons" of the mercury electron atoms. Excited or more accurately, "energized" the electrons radiate "light" as they dance around inside the tube. The inside of the glass container is coated with Zinc65 Oxide (another atomic particle). The Zinc does not allow the electrons to fly off into space and bounces them back inward thus containing the light we see and use every day. Mercury therefore has been harnessed to serve us by Tesla's method of alternating current - the only type of electrical current that will cause this effect.
More on Radiation
The largest source of atomic radiation in the world today comes from our own Sun. In the sun, Hydrogen atoms (Hydrogen1) are joined together or "fused" to become Helium. This process is going on continuously results in the showering of the earth with many types of radiation particles. Those particles can cause "sunburn" if one is exposed too much to it. As the composition of the atmosphere changes, our Ozone shield of protection from this radiation weakens resulting in more and more cancer each year.
Yet the sun is necessary for our existence. Plants photosynthesize light into carbohydrate food for themselves - the waste product of which is the Oxygen all animal and human life needs to exist.
Atomic Energy is all around us. It is used in medicine to treat cancer (such as Radon 222*), in X-Ray (Photon Waves) machines, MRI machines, and in your dental office to examine and photograph your teeth.
Radium 226 was once used in watches to illuminate the hands in the dark. Today it has been replaced with manmade Tritium.
Many atomic materials are used to cure manmade materials or solutions such as Cobalt 60 or Bismuth 209 in mixture for simple indigestion. Many can be used in KARL Energy as well.
* Radon 222 is degraded Uranium. It is found in the oldest planetary rocks. It is harmful if ingested. Radon's final degraded state is lead. It is the most common material on earth; found in the first rocks to appear out of water - what we know as Granite.
KARL Energy is a mix. By analogy let's call it a "soup." And like any kitchen soup, we mix it to taste. Of course, what you put into a soup can vary based the type of soup you want.
KARL Energy consists of a series of ingredients - to use our analogy, a special soup mix that is suitable for numerous applications. Many of these ingredients are just contaminated materials of man. We harness inherently safe atomic ingredients to produce small amounts of radiation or "heat" that you can use.
Most of the materials considered for use are called RTGs or Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators. To be in this category a material must meet certain criteria - one of which is that it is a safe, non-chain reactive material. All these materials produce energy and are categorized in order of their heat or radiated properties. At the bottom of this scale are the manmade Americium 231, and Plutonium 238. Plutonium 238 has the shortest "half life" span - 87 years. It makes a good ingredient for a KARL Energy system. There are some others that fit our requirements as well. Each allows us to generate a net temperature requirement of 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
A non-radioactive KARL Energy system will remain at temperature - creating carbon emission-free energy for at least 75 years before a certified KARL Energy technician needs to exchange it.
KARL Energy uses many different atomic materials in its mix and is not limited those discussed here. This is a subject of Patent Application and cannot be disclosed in this tutorial. There are also a number of other applications for KARL Energy that cannot be listed or discussed here at this time.
** Radium comes from Uranium material. It has seen many uses - such as in the wrist watch dials it makes glow. Tritium is now used in its place as it is less hazardous.
So what can you do to change the world and reduce your carbon footprint?
Go to the Registration page. There select the KARL Energy products in which you have an interest. Your information will be collected and correlated by city, state, and country.
KARL Energy products are currently in development. Get on our list now to ensure you are among the first to be offered our carbon emission-free utility products. Registration requires only your contact information and submission of a small fee to cover administrative costs. All contact information will be held in confidence and never be sold or distributed for commercial purposes.
Once the appropriate KARL Energy product is available and a trained and certified installation professional is available in your area, you will be contacted for an appointment.
Individuals and companies will be scheduled for assessment and installation in the order in which requests are received. For example, if a Home Heating System™ is selected, specific product information, and an estimate for purchase and installation of the product will be provided as soon as it is available. Those who register earliest will receive attention first.
All KARL products will be priced competitively with similar products in current use. Currently estimated cost of a new KARL Energy water heater is about the same as conventional models at $550.00 or less. A typical home heating system will start at around $300.00 with a projected average of $450.00 depending on installation requirements, configuration, and location. A KARL Energy home heating system installed in a newly constructed building will be no higher (and in most cases cost less) than conventional heating systems.
KARL Energy systems are safe and do not require that any added precautions be taken.
KARL Energy systems do not require any more room than is necessary for most existing home HVAC or water heating systems.
When you consider that a standard water heater may be required to be replaced every five years - doesn't it just make sense to replace it with a negative carbon footprint model that will run for the rest of your life?
The initial KARL Energy heating systems will be optionally capable of operating on both fossil fuel / natural gas as well as KARL Energy to accommodate installation of the system in municipalities where use of KARL Energy has not yet been approved.
For more information on KARL Energy products, go to the Registration page now. You will be notified as more information becomes available for sharing as our patent application status permits.