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Commentary
January 6, 2010

Health and Safety Risks of Carbon Capture and Storage

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Family Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Dr Fogarty); and Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York (Dr McCally).

JAMA. 2010;303(1):67-68. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1951

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a technology being developed in an attempt to slow global warming. In theory, CCS would prevent carbon dioxide produced from coal-fired power plants from reaching the atmosphere by capturing and storing it permanently underground. The scale of this proposal is remarkable, requiring the capture of tens of billions of tons of carbon dioxide from thousands of coal and gas power plants throughout the world.1

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