Fossil fuel producers must be forced to ‘take back’ carbon, say scientists

Group says forcing polluters to store carbon dioxide underground is needed to help world reach net zero

Fossil fuel companies should be forced to “take back” the carbon dioxide emitted from their products, handing them direct responsibility for cleaning up the climate, a group of scientists has argued.

The principle that the producer of pollution should pay for its clean-up is established around the world, but has never been applied to the climate crisis.

An oil rig in Invergordon, Scotland. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA