Geoengineering of the climate system by Roy Harrison; Ron Hester; Royal Society of Chemistry (Great

By Roy Harrison; Ron Hester; Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain)

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Unfortunately the rise in greenhouse gases since the industrial revolution, and the intimately linked change in climate, is proving to be the most difficult environmental problem. Even though the strongest scientific evidence tells us that the anthropogenic releases of greenhouse gases are responsible for climate change, there has been little success in emissions reduction. The reasons behind this failure are complex but the outcome is not; the regions of the Earth inhabited by humans are on average getting hotter.

As explained previously, many figures are uncertain both in terms of cost and potential tonnage per year. Nevertheless, this diagram provides a visual estimate of the most important actions, which could have greatest potential impact in capturing and storing carbon stock. It is clear that the technologies with the greatest claims are biochar, biomass with carbon storage, and air capture. Note that there may be resource conflicts between biochar and biomass with CCS, as published estimates for maximum deployment assume that each is the sole dominant technology.

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