Last year, the USA’s “flagship” carbon capture and storage (CCS) project was about to be suspended. A leading Chinese scientist has also expressed strong doubts about the viability of the techology.
According to the Global CCS Institute, last year saw an increase in the number of active and planned such projects during 2011. However, the Institute warned that the target of having 130 such schemes in operation by 2020 was “unlikely” to be reached. Therefore, the “risk of not being able to limit temperature rises to just 2°C becomes even greater”.
What the Institute failed to acknowledge was that the 2°C threshold is widely decried as being far too high in the first place.
And the only sure way of averting the adverse impacts of global greenhouse gas emissions, caused by burning coal, is to stop mining and using it in the first place.