Returning Carbon to Nature

Returning Carbon to Nature

Coal, Carbon Capture, and Storage

1st Edition - August 14, 2013

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  • Author: Michael Stephenson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124076716
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124076563

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Carbon capture and storage is one of the main carbon emissions policy issues globally, yet you may know little about it if you’re outside the academic community. As the global push to address the impact that carbon emissions has on global warming continues, awareness and knowledge of viable solutions must be communicated in layperson terms. Returning Coal and Carbon To Nature breaks across traditional barriers among history, geology, biology and climate change to address the topic from a multidisciplinary, Earth System Science approach. If you’re a policymakeror someone who influences policy, this book will explain carbon capture and storage—a relatively new concept—in easy-to-understand terms. Clearly presented charts, tables and diagrams explain critical concepts, and a range of full-color photographs will help you visualize the carbon capture and storage process and its principles.

Key Features

  • Discusses carbon capture and storage in terms easily accessible to a range of stakeholders, including policymakers worldwide and geoscientists who influence policy.
  • The first cross-disciplinary look at the history, geology and biology of coal, and presents carbon capture and storage in the context of Earth System Science.
  • Authored by one of the world’s foremost carbon capture and storage experts who has more than 30 years of field research experience.


geoscientists and government policymakers

Table of Contents

  • Dedication



    Chapter 1. Of Hockey Sticks and Coal

    Coal and the Industrial Revolution

    Where is the Coal?

    Use of Coal in the Future


    Chapter 2. The Negative Greenhouse

    The Plants

    How Coal Forms

    The Negative Greenhouse

    Capturing Carbon Fast Enough


    Chapter 3. Capturing Carbon Dioxide

    Artificial CO2 Capture

    Transporting CO2


    Chapter 4. Returning Carbon to Nature

    Creating an Underground CO2 Store

    Ready-Made Storage

    Bigger Storage

    Long-Term Behaviour of CO2

    Storage Space

    CO2 Storage in India, China and South Africa

    Full Circle: Storing CO2 in Coal

    Is There Enough Storage Space, Then?


    Chapter 5. Will It Leak?

    How Likely is Leakage


    Detecting Leaks

    The Big Leak



    Chapter 6. Accounting for Carbon

    How Do You Make CCS Pay for Itself?

    Isn’t CCS Artificial?

    Back to the Carbon Cycle

    Full Circle


Product details

  • No. of pages: 150
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
  • Published: August 14, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124076716
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124076563

About the Author

Michael Stephenson

Mike Stephenson is Director of Science and Technology at the British Geological Survey. He began his career as a schoolteacher in rural Africa and stayed there for nearly ten years but returned to Britain to pursue research in the Middle East and Asia, including highlights in Oman, Jordan, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. Mike has degrees from Imperial College and Sheffield University and runs the Science Programme at BGS, the UK's national geoscience and data centre, with 520 scientists and technologists. He has professorships at Nottingham and Leicester universities and has published over eighty peer-reviewed papers, while also acting on the editorial boards of several journals, and as Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier geological journal. In 2012 Mike published an acclaimed study of carbon capture and storage called Returning Carbon to Nature, published by Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

British Geological Survey, Keyworth,Nottingham, UK

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