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The emerald isle grows greener

The UK government has put clean coal and other environmental initiatives on the country's agenda, reports Derek Brower

SPRING is the time for green shoots in the UK. Still in the deep-freeze of the global recession, the government has proposed a series of initiatives to promote clean energy and avert climate change. The main announcement was a decision to put carbon capture and storage (CCS) at the centre of plans to build a new generation of coal-fired power plants. If it works, it could make the UK a world leader in clean coal. CCS, an emerging technology that could one day capture all power-plant carbon emissions, will now be mandatory for any new coal facility in the UK. The government wants four prototype plants built quickly. There are caveats. CCS is not proved commercially, although there are small

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