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Waste CO2 to be turned into ingredients for fuel, plastics and even food

Scientists are ramping up efforts to turn waste CO2 from industry into chemicals such as methanol in a bid to reduce emissions and provide a new source of raw materials for use in fuel, cement and food production. It’s part of a strategy to halt global warming by cutting down the amount of CO2 we vent into the air and then re-using it—a technique known as carbon capture and utilisation (CCU). At a facility … Continue reading

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System to rid space station of astronaut exhalations inspires Earth-based CO2 removal

When astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) exhale carbon dioxide (CO2), it’s removed from the air and pumped into space. Could an Earth-based version help remove greenhouse gas emissions from our atmosphere? In order to limit global warming to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels and avoid some of the worse impacts of climate change, it means eliminating all 42 billion tonnes of annual CO2 emissions by 2050. One way of doing this is to … Continue reading

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Chinese Nickel demand to increase, but build-up in capacity to cap prices

Chinese nickel demand from stainless steel and battery materials producers will continue to rise in near future, although extensive investments in nickel projects will cap higher nickel prices, Fastmarkets learned from Antaike’s Nickel & Cobalt Conference in Xiamen on November 6-8. Much of the apparent Chinese demand for nickel over the next couple of years will come from the country’s stainless steel sector, which is expected to continue increasing its capacity, delegates at the … Continue reading

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Germany to give all sectors CO2 reduction targets in draft law

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said on Wednesday that she would soon present a draft climate protection law in which all sectors would be given a specific target for reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. Schulze said fossil fuel use would become more expensive for transport or buildings while electricity would become cheaper. She added that all in all citizens should not face a heavier burden. Ref: http://nanthavictor.com Read more from original … Continue reading

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Bloomberg: Car Battery Pioneer Says New Breakthrough Will Lower Cobalt Use

Technology promises to reduce need for expensive element Entrepreneur has already licenced out his cathode recipe The scientist-turned-entrepreneur behind a battery technology adopted by chemical giants BASF SE and Johnson Matthey Plc is back with another invention — one he claims will boost electric vehicle performance for years to come. Kenan Sahin, 77, says his latest innovation reduces the need for cobalt, a key battery material, to only the most critical areas in order … Continue reading

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BBC News: Ten simple things help save the planet

In a new report published in September 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists made their starkest warning so far: our current actions are not enough for us to meet our target of 1.5C of warming. We need to do more. It’s settled science that climate change is real, and we’re starting to see some of the ways that it affects us. It increases the likelihood of flooding in Miami and elsewhere, threatens the millions … Continue reading

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Mining Veteran Wants to Build a $1 Billion Battery Metals Giant

Menell’s TechMet to supply more materials used in batteries Plan is for a $1 billion IPO in about five years, Menell says South African mining veteran Brian Menell wants to build a battery material giant to help challenge China’s domination of the nascent industry. It’s still early days for his privately funded company, TechMet Ltd., which controls just a handful of assets from Canada to Rwanda. But he’s raising more money and sees countries … Continue reading

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Forbes: The Clock May Have Run Out On 1.5 Degrees, But There Are Still Things We Can Do

On Sept. 8, the climate clock turned red at Berlin’s Mercator Research Institute, signaling that humanity had emitted so much carbon into the atmosphere that it could no longer fend off a 1.5-degree temperature increase without stopping emissions and sucking CO2 back in. The clock may soon be turned back, it turns out, in light of the special report released three weeks ago by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That report notes that … Continue reading

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Princeton University: Call for immediate push for CO2-removal technology

The escalating effects of climate change now demand a substantial research initiative to develop and launch “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide directly from the air, according to a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Stephen Pacala, Princeton’s Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and co-director of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, chaired the 24-member NAS committee that spent the year researching and … Continue reading

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Water fight raises questions over Chile lithium mining

The true state of the #Salar’s water supply, both fresh and saltwater, has become an obsession of #Lithium industry watchers because of the area’s huge importance in satisfying soaring global demand for the powdery white metal. The area is the most cost-efficient place in the world to mine the metal, and both SQM and Albemarle have staked much of their future production on the Salar. Ref: http://nanthavictor.com

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