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BGS: Returning Carbon to Nature | 1 October 2013 | Geological Society of London

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:18 PM

It’s not well known that the carbon cycle — the never ending exchange of carbon between the deep earth, living things, and the atmosphere — helps to create fossil fuels but also climate change.

Coal is a solid reminder of the CO2 of an ancient atmosphere, captured by ancient plants and cooling an ancient climate. But coal and other fossil fuels have been used by mankind for thousands of years. When they’re burnt they return the carbon that was naturally captured back into the atmosphere warming the planet.

Mike Stephenson’s new book ‘Returning Carbon To Nature: Coal, Carbon Capture and Storage’ follows the story of coal from its formation to its burning in power stations, as well as explaining a bright idea to reduce carbon emissions called carbon capture and storage.

In this talk he’ll give some amazing facts about ancient forests and ancient ice ages and explain our strange love for coal.

He’ll also show who’s really responsible for the CO2 in the atmosphere today – and what we might do about it.

If you would like to attend this talk, please register.



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