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The UK has what it takes to lead the way in carbon capture and storage

By Jon Gibbins  

The world’s first carbon capture storage (CCS) site in Germany. Such sites may become commonplace across the UK as CCS becomes a viable alternative © Bernhard Classen/Alamy Stock Photo

The UK was the first fossil fuel-based society, benefiting greatly in capability and wealth. But this also had negative impacts, and the UK was soon feeling them, from soot to acid rain. Clean-up technologies for these problems developed in three stages, from “totally impossible” to “technically possible but far too expensive,” to “routine and obviously the right thing to do.” Today, the negative impact that threatens us most is climate change. People automatically think that fossil fuel use is the cause, but dumping the resulting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is the problem. The clean up technology for this,…

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