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Cost of carbon capture drops, but does anyone want it?

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Science  16 Dec 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6318, pp. 1362-1363
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6318.1362

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Even with the rise of renewable energy, fossil fuels are expected to continue to be the dominant source of energy for decades. If the world hopes to limit climate warming to 2°C, as agreed to in last year's Paris summit, countries will have to capture carbon dioxide coming out of smokestacks and sequester it underground. Large-scale demonstration projects to do just that are underway around the globe. And the cost of carbon capture is coming down. Yet a new report warns carbon capture efforts are falling behind schedule. And with the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the development of carbon capture faces new uncertainty.