Week in Review: Brazil, Ocean Carbon Capture, an Antarctic Museum & Geographic Expeditions

Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest

Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest was the final stop on what we hope won’t be our last tour with travel journalist, photographer, and Tomorrow's Air supporter Jonny Bierman. Over the past few weeks we’ve gotten a fresh perspective on what awaits when we travel with sustainability in mind in Switzerland, Indonesia, Canada’s Great Bear rainforest, Ecuador, California, and Brazil.

 “This dramatic system has cathedral-sized amphitheaters sprinkled with stalactites and stalagmites soaring nearly five stories high, and they’re in pristine, undisturbed condition. While exploring with my guide Francielle “Fran” Dos Santos Satiro of Caverna do Diabo Aventura (who happens to be the first female guide in the cave system) - I descended into the depths of the cave via a 131-foot long, Indiana Jones-like rappel past towering formations.” - Jonny Bierman

 Learn more about this incredible journey and how local people are preserving Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest for global and local benefit in Jonny’s article for Matador Network.

Artist’s Vision of an Antarctic Museum

On Wednesday we contemplated digital artist @kefan404’s vision of the future in which Antarctic ice is enshrined in a museum


To the Sea

Thursday took us to the sea, when we began an in-depth series on how our oceans help capture carbon dioxide and store it. Each year, the ocean naturally exchanges with the atmosphere almost a hundred billion tonnes of carbon as carbon dioxide.

Our oceans absorb carbon dioxide through diffusion. Diffusion occurs when molecules in an area of high concentration move to areas with a lower concentration. Since our atmosphere contains more carbon dioxide than the ocean, carbon dioxide diffuses from the atmosphere into the ocean.

Carbon dioxide dissolved at the surface of the ocean may mix down, sinking as it is cooled, to the deep sea. Many carbon dioxide molecules that diffuse into sea surface waters diffuse back to the atmosphere in a short time period. However, some of the carbon atoms from these original carbon dioxide molecules find their way to the depths and can end up stored in the ocean for hundreds to thousands of years. Upcoming posts will share more detail on this powerful process.

New Partners

We wrapped up the week with an introduction to Geographic Expeditions, a travel company long committed to helping promote travel as a source of funding for local livelihoods and wildlife and nature conservation efforts. Now, Geographic Expeditions is adding climate education and carbon removal to their sustainability initiatives. 

Inspired by nature and in recognition of the impact of travel on our climate, Geographic Expeditions is joining Tomorrow’s Air, supporting climate action education in travel and accelerating the development of carbon removal with permanent storage solutions. Together we’re growing a global travel collective embracing climate conscious travel. Follow Geographic Expeditions and learn how your travels with them can help the cause. 

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