Innovative methods in CO2 conversion: A breath of fresh air?

Elsevier, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 3, February 2017, Pages iii-iv
Thibault Cantat and Liang-Nian He

Anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide have increased by almost 50% since 1990 and human activities today release 34 Gt CO2 per year in the biosphere, with half of them accumulating in the atmosphere. While this abundance of CO2 can be seen as an opportunity for production of carbon-based materials and chemicals, the thermodynamic and kinetic stability of this waste compound represents a tremendous hurdle in its transformation.