Study raises concern over carbon dioxide sequestering.
A report recently published in the journal “Nature Geoscience” warns that despite current proposals by governments to invest billions in the technology to slow global warming, carbon storing may have risks that far outweigh its benefits.
Authored by Professor Gary Shaffer from the Danish Center for Earth System Science, the study questions the effectiveness and long-term impacts of carbon capture and storage (CCS) methods, both in the ocean and underground.
The report observes that storing carbon in the ocean could lead to increased acidity and a high risk of leakage due to ocean currents and storms. This practice could also result in large dead zones while disrupting the food chain and affecting deep sea life. Underground storage, on the other hand, could be severely compromised from leaks occurring as a result of natural disasters such as earthquakes.
Professor Shaffer calls on society to limit the source of carbon emissions rather than relying on CCS, saying, “The dangers of carbon sequestration are real and the development of CCS should not be used as a way of justifying continued high fossil fuel emissions.”
Thank you, Professor Shaffer and associates, for reminding of the unknown factors and potentially devastating consequences of carbon storage. Let us turn instead to quickly adopt sustainable ways that ensure the restoration of harmony and balance on Earth.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently reminded that the solution to global warming requires only conscientious lifestyle choices rather than technological advancements, as during an interview published in the July 12, 2009 edition of the Irish Sunday Independent.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The natural landscapes of grassland and forest are more effective to absorb CO2 than carbon capturing technology, according to the UN Environmental Program. Besides, it’s risky, I think. It’s not tested yet. You know, What if the carbon leaks back into the atmosphere again in a concentrated amount like that? You know, When we capture them year after year, decade after decade, and then something happens, and it leaks up, then what do we do? (Yes.) So, with the vegan diet, we eat what’s best for our health, for the animals, for the environment, and nature will do the rest to restore the balance and save our world. http://www.france24.com/en/20100627-carbon-storage-faces-leak-dilemma-study http://www.lowcarboneconomy.com/community_content/_low_carbon_blog/10151/ccs_should_not_be_used_to_justify_emissions http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/28/2938732.htm?section=worldExtra News
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