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Japan looks to pioneer carbon transport by sea

Government plans to build special ships to help fight climate change

A carbon capture facility operated by Canada's Carbon Engineering in British Columbia. Carbon capture and storage is seen as a crucial technology for combating climate change.

TOKYO -- Japan plans to begin testing the transport of captured carbon dioxide by sea, looking to be among the first in the world to commercialize a key technology for battling global warming.

Carbon capture and storage, in which carbon dioxide is recovered and buried underground before it escapes into the atmosphere, is considered Japan's only option for keeping fossil-fuel power plants in operation while meeting its emissions targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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