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.
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.
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.”
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=world