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Date published: 2006/02/19

The BBC says:

The entire carbon dioxide emissions created in Europe could be stored underneath the North Sea if the infrastructure were put in place, a Norwegian company has claimed.

Gas and oil firm Statoil said the undersea aquifer beneath its Sleipner platforms in the North Sea, 200 miles off the Norwegian coast, is capable of permanently holding carbon dioxide (CO2) - a gas linked to climate change.

The Sleipner platform provides methane to countries throughout western mainland Europe and is capable of exporting 20 million cubic metres of gas every day. But it is also the first of a handful of geological sites where CO2 is stored.

"There are calculations which say it could handle all of Europe's CO2 emissions for several hundreds of years," Statoil's Senior Vice President for the Environment Tor Fraeren told BBC World Service's One Planet programme.

"It could all be handled by this reservoir. I hope that during these hundreds of years we could solve the CO2 problem in a more efficient way, but we have the potential here to store it."

Climate scientists generally acknowledge that storing carbon in this way can play a role in combating global warming.

Well, you can never really believe anything said by anyone about global warming, but it seems that carbon capture will almost certainly have to play some part in the medium term as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. Of course it could turn out to be a disaster for some unforseen reason. But that's true about all the "solutions" to global warming.

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