Carbon can be sequestered and used to help recover other compounds and energy sources that may not be recoverable using other methods because of the restrictions and limits on most conventional methods of recovery. Carbon can be pumped into geological formations that contain coal to enhance and improve the recovery of methane gas because coal absorbs methane if no carbon is present. When carbon is added, the coal will release methane to absorb the carbon instead and this released methane can be recovered.
What is CO2 sequestration, how does it work, and what are the benefits? These are questions asked by many, and most do not understand the process or the concept. There are two main types of CO2 sequestration: geological sequestration and terrestrial sequestration. CO2 sequestration is the process of placing CO2 (carbon dioxide) in a place where it is unable to affect the atmosphere; essentially, it is a safekeeping process. Carbon is one of the greenhouse gases released from the burning of fossil fuels and other sources, and these gases are one of the biggest causes of global warming today.
Terrestrial sequestration of CO2 is the use of plants and various microorganisms in soil to remove carbon from the atmosphere. This method involves enhancing plants and soil components to increase their absorption of carbon from the atmosphere. There are many methods used in this process, including planting trees, preserving forests, and reducing or eliminating till farming practices. These are some of the most common methods. Research is being conducted to decipher the genetic codes of soil microbes that store carbon so more grasses and trees that grow rapidly - thus able to remove more carbon from the atmosphere at a faster rate - can be planted and grown.
CO2 sequestration offers many benefits to the environment. Sequestering carbon helps remove it from the atmosphere. This minimizes the effects carbon emissions have on the planet with regard to global warming. This can help prevent further warming and pollution problems in many areas and carbon can also be used in the process of recovering fossil fuels, making those industries more profitable and efficient. Whether carbon is sequestered using plants and trees or by storing it in geological formations, it is removed from the atmosphere and put where it cannot do any further damage to the earth and the environment.
CO2 sequestration offers many benefits to the environment, people who live on the earth and to energy companies and other businesses who can use these processes to recover other natural resources that may otherwise never be recovered. With global warming and carbon emissions becoming a big problem for the environment, sequestering carbon is a way to help the environment and easily recover resources in a way that would not be possible without pumping carbon into geological formations where these resources are located.
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In June, with critics comparing the Gulf to Hurricane Katrina, Obama announced the “British Petroleum” oil spill the “worst environmental disaster the US has ever faced”. America’s grubby politicians, green-lobby tub-thumpers, compensation claimants and their mega-bucks lawyers went completely ballistic every night on prime-time TV. However with more than 4,000 oil wells in the Gulf, the ecosystem is used to seepage, the light oil dissipated quickly in its warm waters, and powerful currents from the enormous Mississippi Delta swept much of it away from the shore. Today the pristine beaches are back to normal but Obama’s poisonous remarks have wiped £45 billion off the value of BP, damaged millions of US and UK pensions, and wrecked the tourist trade.August 30th, 2010 at 9:01 pm
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Does this help return needed carbon to the soil when you use geological or terrestial sequestration? This article was very informative and I’d love to learn more.February 16th, 2009 at 12:34 am