Q: If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one to hear it, does it still make a sound?
A: I don’t know, but its decomposition will still create CO2.
That’s one of the conclusions I reach from a new study reported by Biomass Power and Thermal. The study examined the potential for biomass and carbon capture/sequestration technologies to reduce aggregate missions of CO2. According to the report, combining the two could result in up to 10 gigatonnes of negative carbon dioxide across the globe annually. Putting that in perspective, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2010 reached almost 31 gigatonnes.