The urgency of the development of CO 2 capture from ambient air

Klaus Lackner, Sarah Brennan, Jürg M. Matter, A. H Alissa Park, Allen Wright, Bob Van Der Zwaan

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Abstract

CO 2 capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to develop into an important tool to address climate change. Given society's present reliance on fossil fuels, widespread adoption of CCS appears indispensable for meeting stringent climate targets. We argue that for conventional CCS to become a successful climate mitigation technology - which by necessity has to operate on a large scale - it may need to be complemented with air capture, removing CO 2 directly from the atmosphere. Air capture of CO 2 could act as insurance against CO 2 leaking from storage and furthermore may provide an option for dealing with emissions from mobile dispersed sources such as automobiles and airplanes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13156-13162
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume109
Issue number33
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Carbon dioxide
  • Negative emissions

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The urgency of the development of CO 2 capture from ambient air. / Lackner, Klaus; Brennan, Sarah; Matter, Jürg M.; Park, A. H Alissa; Wright, Allen; Van Der Zwaan, Bob.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 109, No. 33, 14.08.2012, p. 13156-13162.

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Lackner, Klaus ; Brennan, Sarah ; Matter, Jürg M. ; Park, A. H Alissa ; Wright, Allen ; Van Der Zwaan, Bob. / The urgency of the development of CO 2 capture from ambient air. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2012 ; Vol. 109, No. 33. pp. 13156-13162.
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