The fossil fuel industry is pushing carbon capture and storage in a big way at the Doha climate talks, and is calling for the same policy measures it once ridiculed for wind and solar. It even has the endorsement of a group of leading environmental NGOs. But do we really need it?
The Grattan Institute’s study into Australia’s energy future canvasses seven technologies that could help deliver an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050 – wind, solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, CCS, nuclear and bio-energy. And then there is the grid, and it’s need to be smart and play fair, and not just favour the incumbent coal and gas plants.
UK researchers may have stumbled on a solution to the problems that have bedeviled carbon capture and storage – by studying sea urchins.