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Oz kicks off carbon storage

geosequestration.jpgToday Australia sees the opening of the world’s largest trial carbon storage plant (Sydney Morning Herald, BBC, Reuters), the construction of which was covered by Hannah Hoag in Nature Reports Climate Change last year. Since then, soaring costs have prompted the US to junk plans for its FutureGen clean coal power plant, and the down-under demo project is the most massive noncommercial carbon burial site to make it off the drawing board (this Nature News feature rounds up the other contenders as of 2006; subscription required).

For background on how natural rock formations are being used to trap carbon dioxide – and why environmentalists have called the plant a waste of time and money – check out Hannah’s report.

Anna Barnett


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