Toshiba, displaying the pilot site of a coal plant with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at the Mikawa power station.

Toshiba, displaying the pilot site of a coal plant with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at the Mikawa power station.

Here’s an interesting article sure to raise controversy in the scientific community: To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, scientists at Toshiba Corp. in rural Japan are working on a way to send noxious pollutants deep into the ground.

It is a technology called “carbon capture and storage” (CCS), and is being tested at the Mikawa power station, located near the coast of Japan’s southern coast. Five large-scale integrated CCS projects are now operating in North America, Europe and North Africa.

With worldwide coal use projected to rise in the next few years, especially in China and India, Toshiba says this cutting-edge technology can help fight climate change that is melting ice caps and threatening eco-systems.

Here is what proponents are saying:

“CCS will be the only technology to reduce emissions on a grand scale,” said Shigeo Murai, who heads a study group on storing carbon dioxide, or CO2, at Japan’s Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth. “At the same time it won’t be able to reduce overall emissions on its own. It will need help from solar and wind power.”

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