News of the month (February 2005).

Could storing CO2 under the sea to help reduce emissions be an answer to global warming??

At first, it sounds to good to be true: Just capture the damaging gas carbon dioxide created by the burning of fossil fuels, and then simply bury it under the the North Sea or underground.

This idea was discussed last week at a summit of the world's top climate change scientists in Exeter (Exeter Climate Conference 1-2/02/05), who are trying to come up with ways of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

It seems as if no one looses out if this claim is true, environmentalists should be happy an so too the energy sector, but does it work?

Put quite simply, yes, in theory, but it is only a fix for our insatiable appetite for a carbon economy and of course the way it relies on Coal, Gas and Oil to prop it up.

This is why we are creating a CO2 problem in the first palace and none of these fuels are renewable, nor have they got reserves which will take us into the mid part of 21st never mind the 22nd century.



So until we get ourselves weaned off non-renewable fossil fuels so we can look at the more carbon neutral approach, then lets just say that it is a good start, if we are to reduce CO2 levels enough to at least give us the chance to create a carbon neutral economy based on bio fuels and renewable energy technology.

Power stations could be fitted with equipment to capture carbon dioxide from their chimneys and then it could be piped out to modified gas or oil rigs at sea and then pumped deep underground into geological formations where, hopefully, it will remain buried safely for thousands of years.

But as with any theopry, it is only theory until it has been tested and tried over a period of time, one such trial is going on in Norway.

See this link for more information on CO2 burial.

Feb 2005