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Scientist who sealed himself in homemade biodome aborts experiment

COURTENAY, B.C. – Kurtis Baute has had to end his experiment.

The scientist sealed himself into a homemade greenhouse at midnight on Wednesday, October 24th, as a way to raise awareness on climate change.

The biodome was on his brother and sister-in-law’s property in Courtenay, and contained a hammock for Baute, as well as close to 200 plants for oxygen purposes.

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According to a post on his Twitter feed, Baute said carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rose too high for his equipment to handle.

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“Plants are great at soaking up CO2, they love the stuff…But they can only handle so much, and since it isn’t a bright and sunny day (it’s overcast) they aren’t getting the light they need…Which means CO2 just keeps rising,” he said.

Shortly after 12:00 p.m., Baute stated that CO2 levels dropped to 19.6 per cent Wednesday morning. They’re normally at 21 per cent, he said.

Just before 3:00 p.m., Baute tweeted that he had exited the biodome.

“All safe. My goal here was/is to engage people about #climatechange, and seeing the response on Twitter I feel like it’s been a huge success,” he stated.

“Thanks to everyone for your support. Now is just the beginning – it’s time to change our lifestyles.”

For more information on Kurtis’ other projects, visit

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