Climate Change

Whither carbon capture and storage?

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Science  07 Aug 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6248, pp. 599-600
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6248.599-g

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is widely considered an essential aspect of efforts to limit global warming. Yet efforts to develop CCS technology are progressing slowly, and no fullscale power plant with CCS is in operation. Maddali et al. analyze the costs and risks associated with CCS and model the effects of its delayed implementation using a dynamic nonlinear simulation tool. Based on a number of emissions and mitigation scenarios, the authors conclude that CCS is not sufficiently mature and, in its current form, is too expensive to contribute significantly to global climate change mitigation. Other mitigation strategies must therefore be developed urgently.

Environ. Sci. Technol. 10.1021/acs.est.5b00839 (2015).

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