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How air conditioners could keep you cool and capture carbon

A German-Canadian team thinks it might be possible to use ordinary building air conditioners to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and convert into “net-zero” emission carbon fuels. German engineer Roland Dittmeyer and Canadian chemist Geoffrey Ozin were inspired by carbon air capture systems that are being developed by several companies around the world, including the one that Canadian company Carbon Engineering, has built in Squamish, BC. •Article in Nature Communications These systems … Continue reading

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Tesla Sees Risk of Battery-Minerals Shortage in Future

Funding for new mines needed after years of low investment China so far dominates the electric vehicle supply chain Booming demand for electric vehicles and insufficient investment in mines could result in a global shortage of minerals needed to manufacture rechargeable batteries in a few years’ time, a Tesla Inc. representative told U.S. officials and mining executives in a meeting in Washington. Prices for some of the minerals, which include graphite, cobalt, lithium and … Continue reading

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Climate change: Scotland to set faster target for net-zero emissions

The Scottish government will legislate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045 after receiving fresh advice from an expert panel. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) urged that Scotland set the target five years ahead of the UK as a whole. The panel says Scotland has more potential sites for carbon capture and a greater landmass for tree planting. It came after a report to the UN last year urged the world … Continue reading

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Purifying water with Graphene – possible to avoid further chlorination

Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology and colleagues from Derzhavin Tambov State University and Saratov Chernyshevsky State University have figured out that graphene is capable of purifying water, making it drinkable, without further chlorination. Captured bacterial cells form flakes that can be easily extracted from the water. Graphene separated by ultrasound can be reused. The article on the research is published in Materials Science & Engineering C. Graphene and graphene oxide … Continue reading

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This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants

Dr Joanne Chory hopes that genetic modifications to enhance plants’ natural carbon-fixing traits could play a key role – but knows that time is short, for her and the planet If this were a film about humanity’s last hope before climate change wiped us out, Hollywood would be accused of flagrant typecasting. That’s because Dr Joanne Chory is too perfect for the role to be believable. The esteemed scientist – who has long banged … Continue reading

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Climate change targets are slipping out of reach: Kemp

By John Kemp LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – For all the commentary around a transition to a clean energy system, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is still continuing to rise rapidly and shows no sign of slowing down. Climate change targets are slipping out of reach as the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere continues to march higher, leaving policymakers confronting uncomfortable choices (tmsnrt.rs/2VOF00O). If the concentration continues to rise, … Continue reading

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Nickel shortage in view unless China-led projects in Indonesia succeed: analysts

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The global nickel market and its key growth sector, electric vehicle (EV) batteries, will face grave supply shortages unless key Chinese-led projects in Indonesia start up in a timely and cost-effective manner, analysts said on Thursday. The outlook, issued by delegates attending an industry gathering, comes after China’s Tsingshan Group last year surprised the market with a low-cost estimate and short time frame to launch a $700 million high pressure acid … Continue reading

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New $135m battery research centre puts Australia at ‘cutting edge’ of global Lithium industry

A new national lithium research hub in Western Australia is hoped to take the state a step closer to developing a battery manufacturing industry. Key points: WA sees itself as a hub for battery minerals and manufacturing Politicians say Australia’s ability to viably produce lithium batteries is still a way off Much of the research will be carried out in Kwinana, South West, Goldfields and Pilbara regions The $135 million centre, announced today, will … Continue reading

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United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push

(Reuters) – U.S. government officials plan to meet with executives from automakers and lithium miners in early May as part of a first-of-its-kind effort to launch a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy, according to three sources familiar with the matter. While Volkswagen AG, Tesla Inc and other electric-focused automakers and battery manufacturers are expanding in the United States and investing billions in the new technology, they are reliant on mineral imports without a … Continue reading

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Carbontech: How Business is Creating Wealth from Waste

CVMR was invited to participate in the Carbontech event organized by Energy & Environment Canada and Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy (CEGP), at the Canadian Consulate in NYC on 25 March 2019.

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