December 8, 2022

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Climate change: What is carbon sequestration and can it save our planet?

Climate change: What is carbon sequestration and can it save our planet?

  • Nidal Abu Murad
  • BBC – World Service

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Scientists say CO2 removal is inevitable if we are to save the planet

If the world is to avoid the ill effects of climate change, net greenhouse gas emissions must be close to zero by 2050, which means removing as much carbon from the atmosphere as we pay into the atmosphere. This is the opinion of leading United Nations scientists who have warned that we are heading for a two degree rise in global temperature, which could make life difficult for many parts of the planet.

Scientists say natural solutions, such as planting trees and technologies such as carbon capture and storage, will be key to avoiding the catastrophic effects of climate change. But for some environmentalists this is not the right way to go.

What is carbon capture and storage?

Natural solutions to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through simple and inexpensive ways to reduce carbon dioxide include planting carbon sequestration methods in the soil from planting trees.

Since the 1970s, new, faster technologies known as carbon storage technologies have emerged.