Mon, Jul 30, 2007 - Page 9 News List

Nuclear waste: a necessary risk

Atomic power is crucial in the fight against global warming. When we need to deal with the leftovers, we'll have the technology

BY JIM AL-KHALILI  /  THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

With all these options for coping with nuclear waste it is disappointing that what little public debate there has been in the UK seems to have been aimed at answering the question of "should we" rather than the question of "could we." The answer to the latter is only likely to be found in an effort involving scientists from a wide range of fields. Then the philosopher's stone will be within our grasp once more.

Jim Al-Khalili is professor of physics and professor of public engagement in science at the University of Surrey, as well as this year's recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday prize for science communication.

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