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Carbon capture is not a climate change panacea

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馃棡锔 Driving the news: As the COP28 climate conference approaches, the focus is on carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a pivotal tool for limiting global warming to 1.5C
• According to the Energy Transitions Commission, while cutting down fossil fuel usage is crucial, CCS plays an essential role in sectors where CO鈧 emissions are inherent

馃敪 The context: Carbon capture and storage refers to the process by which carbon emissions are collected after a fuel is burnt so that they are not released into the environment
• They have been the subject of significant controversy in the past as activists claim that they allow polluters to continue emitting carbon instead of focusing on reduction

馃實 Why it matters for the planet: The Commission projects that even with substantial reductions in fossil fuels, achieving the 1.5C target will require CCS to address emissions that cannot be eliminated solely through renewable energy sources

鈴笍 What's next: At COP28, nations are expected to debate the balance between reducing fossil fuel use and enhancing CCS
The report advocates for taking a nuanced approach and employ both strategies in the future

馃搱 One stat: CCS, applied to industrial processes, is projected to capture and store about 4 gigatonnes of CO鈧 annually by 2050

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