Controversial technologies may be needed to control climate change: Study

Technology can not only improve lives, it can also present us with numerous possibilities when it comes to dealing with climate issues.

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2014, 19:02 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Technology can not only improve lives, it can also present us with numerous possibilities when it comes to dealing with climate issues.

Now, a new study suggests that the technologies that are discussed controversially today may be needed to keep the future risks and costs of climate change in check.

The study revealed that the key to achieving current climate policy objectives such as limiting the rise of the global mean temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, lies in combining the production of energy from fossil fuels and biomass with capturing and storing the CO2 they emit.
“Versatile technologies seem to be most important to keep costs in check, and both, bioenergy and CCS, can help reduce emissions from non-electric energy use that would be hard to decarbonize otherwise,” said lead author Elmar Kriegler from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
The research has been published in a special issue of the journal Climatic Change.

(With Agency Inputs)