The science is in and it’s clear – climate change is real and we must slow the rate of warming that is occurring on our planet. At the same time, the mining and construction industries are necessary and they’re here to stay, but that’s not to say they are incompatible with valiant ‘green’ and sustainable efforts to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are being pumped into our atmosphere.
We all know how we can contribute to reducing these emissions: recycling, using less power and being more energy-efficient, driving smarter vehicles, planting a tree – the list goes on. But just as science has shown us that the climate is dangerously changing, technology is also speeding ahead when it comes to what can be done about those greenhouse gases.
Carbon capture and storage can really work
A new paper published by the authoritative American Association for the Advancement of Science publication Science reveals that a trial of one radical method of what is called carbon capture and storage (CCS) can; in fact, result in the “permanent disposal” of harmful CO2.
CCS is often criticised on the basis that the gas is actually only being compressed and can leak. Otherwise, the process of genuinely turning harmful CO2 into harmless materials can take hundreds, if not tens of thousands of years, the world doesn’t have that long to wait!