There’s Another Kind of Clean Coal Plant


My little clean coal plant is doing pretty well.

I planted it outside my house earlier this spring. I thought it was dead. But after some watering and sun, it has bounced back.

There are little green needles on this clean coal plant.

It’s technically called a Black Hills Spruce. But trees may do more to combat climate change than more expensive investments in so-called clean coal technology and carbon sequestration, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.

In short, nature does it better. Trees store carbon dioxide as they grow, and soil traps carbon in the organic matter of roots and tiny organisms underground, Reuters explains.

“… The management of fossil fuel use and adoption of carbon capture technologies will not in themselves be sufficient to prevent serious climate change in the next few decades,” says the report, called “A Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation.”

“The management of carbon in living systems has a vital role to play: even with drastic cuts in fossil fuel emissions, current land-use practices would still lead to significant increases in greenhouse gas concentrations.”

The 68-page paper, a little deep but quite educational, is available at the UNEP website.

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