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Educational resource Can plants avert the climate crisis?

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Can plants avert the climate crisis?

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Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)


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Grow plants, burn them for energy, then bury the carbon deep underground. This is the principle behind biomass energy with carbon capture and storage, but how effective can it be in the real world? Dr Astley Hastings, from the University of Aberdeen, has been investigating.

This brochure introduces Astley’s work, offers an insight into careers in environmental science, contains an interview with Astley and includes an activity sheet that challenges students to explore how much of their country’s energy comes from renewable sources.