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Technology which ‘sucks’ excess CO2 from the air could hurt UK’s green ambitions

Dominic Cummings
Dominic Cummings

Plans to pump £100m of taxpayer cash into technology designed to “suck” carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere risks starving more immediate and commercially viable energy projects of cash, environmental groups have warned.

A project which has the backing of Dominic Cummings, one of the Prime Minister’s special advisers, is said to have received £100m from the Treasury to develop new carbon capture technology.

It would work by using metal “air scrubbers”, which would chemically strip carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The excess carbon could then be stored safely underground. 

However, environmental groups have warned against awarding the

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What went wrong with the UK’s contact tracing app?

Graphic illustration showing a UK app icon next to an Apple/Google app
Graphic illustration showing a UK app icon next to an Apple/Google app

After months of work, the UK has ditched the way its coronavirus-tracing app works, prompting a blame game between the government and two of the world’s biggest tech firms. So what went wrong?

At the end of March, I got a text from a senior figure in the UK’s technology industry. This person said they were helping the NHS “on a very substantial project that will launch in days and potentially save hundreds of thousands of British lives.”

That was the first I knew of the plan to

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