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The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide (CO2), and these CO2 emissions are a major driver of climate change. Carbon capture offers a path to climate change mitigation that has received relatively little attention. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Howard Herzog offers a concise guide to carbon capture, covering basic information as well as the larger context of climate technology and policy. 

Carbon capture, or carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), refers to a suite of technologies that reduce CO2 emissions by "capturing" CO2 before it is released into the atmosphere and then transporting it to where it will be stored or used. It is the only climate change mitigation technique that deals directly with fossil fuels rather than providing alternatives to them.  

Herzog, a pioneer in carbon-capture research, begins by discussing the fundamentals of climate change and how carbon capture can be one of the solutions. He explains capture and storage technologies, including chemical scrubbing and the injection of CO2 deep underground. He reports on current efforts to deploy CCS at factories and power plants and attempts to capture CO2 from the air itself. Finally, he explores the policies and politics in play around CCS and argues for elevating carbon capture in the policy agenda.

©2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (P)2019 Gildan Media, LLC

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5-star Science Reader Book

Good narration and great organization

Herzog wrote this like he wanted Engineers to understand and evaluate an array of alternatives. I have worked in enhanced oil recovery, he covers the details pretty well.

This is written by a technical person, not a polemicist journalist pretending to be scientist / engineer. This is is great.

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  • Joseph
  • 10-18-20

Informative but poorly picked narrator

The book is very informative and the author is clearly an expert. It touches on most of the info a technically minded person would want to know about carbon capture to further their expertise. But the narrator doesn't seem to be as familiar with the content as an audience would like. You can tell by how he reads certain technical terms. He reads the whole book like someone has shoved a complicated announcement in front of him and is reading the words in a monotone without understanding, and this makes it harder to listen and absorb it.
Overall good book though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

clear and concise

you'll need to be a bit technical to follow it, but this book offers a great explanation of the current state of carbon capture and it's possible role in managing climate change