Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Can carbon capture and sequestration reduce the carbon emissions of coal-fired power plants?
Coal provides 40 percent of the world's electricity and 39 percent of global CO2
emissions. Mining coal is a deadly profession that destroys the natural environment. Transporting coal is also fraught with dangers and clean coal is a myth. But getting the world off coal is easier said than done. Until we have a comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure, it looks like coal will remain a significant source of the world's energy.
On this episode of Locus Focus, we talk with writer Michelle Nijhuis, whose article "Can Coal Ever Be Clean?
" appears in the April issue of National Geographic. We'll discuss the feasibility of carbon capture and sequestration, which is being promoted as a possible way to make coal less dirty.