Two Stanford stories on possible strategies to remove and sequester carbon dioxide

December 10, 2011 1:04 pm

Stanford news has recently run two stories on possible new ways of mitigating carbon dioxide.  One explains the work of Jennifer Wilcox who co-authored a recent paper concluding that chemically scrubbing carbon from our atmosphere, while feasible, is simply too expensive.

Wilcox argues that removing carbon dioxide from coal power plants is more feasible than chemical scrubbing, given current costs.

The other, is more optimistic, recounting Sally Benson’s research on sequestering carbon dioxide in rocks beneath the surface of the earth.  This technique is feasible and not prohibitively expensive, especially if carbon becomes taxed.

Sally Benson used rock core samples to study the movement of carbon dioxide injected into the ground. (source: Stanford University News)