Over the years, scientists have published countless research reports on methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But what about doing something with the emissions are currently being created? One proposal in the fight against global warming is carbon capture and storage (CCS). Last week, the North American Carbon Capture & Storage Atlas (NACCSA), a joint effort between U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments, created the first ever document mapping the underground storage potential of the continent. According to NACCSA, North America has the potential to store carbon emissions for at least 500 years.
As U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said,”This new atlas provides the kind of fundamental information that, combined with technological innovation, can help fossil-fueled facilities continue their essential energy role while reducing carbon pollution.”