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Cutting carbon emissions may not involve more nuclear power. But there's a new plan for our waste anyway. Plus, things are cooling down at the Large Hadron Collider

By Philip Ball   July 2008

What to do with our nuclear waste

Now that the climate change bill has cleared its first hurdle in the Commons, it seems likely the government will have to reduce carbon emissions by at least 60 per cent by 2050. But while you might think this strengthens the case for a new generation of nuclear power stations, they will not necessarily be required. There is nothing in the bill to stop the government discharging its obligation by buying carbon credits from other countries, while not lessening emissions one jot.

Even if this loophole is closed, some people argue that massive…

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