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California needs to embrace nuclear power
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California needs to embrace nuclear power

"But if the goal is to eliminate carbon dioxide, California’s decommissioning of carbon-free nuclear power plants has been puzzling. Nuclear power plants do not emit greenhouse gases. Unlike solar and wind, nuclear power runs 24/7 without the need for complicated energy storage technology."

The Great Lakes are awash in plastic. Can robots and drones help?
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The Great Lakes are awash in plastic. Can robots and drones help?

"Some 22 million pounds of plastic enter the five nation-sized lakes each year, according to modeling by the Rochester Institute of Technology. That threatens the health of the 137 native fish species, including lake trout, walleye and bass, as well the humans and other creatures that eat them. Petroleum plastics are inherently unhealthy if ingested, but they concentrate other pollutants, too."

InnerPlant grows with new John Deere-backed millions for sustainable farming
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InnerPlant grows with new John Deere-backed millions for sustainable farming

Christine Hall writes in TechCrunch about InnerPlant, a farming company backed by John Deere. “Shely Aronov and Rod Kumimoto started the Davis, California-based company in 2018 and spent much of the past four years in R&D mode developing genetically engineered crops that give off early ‘signals,’ for example, of when they are thirsty, have a...

NuScale, Last Energy Make Significant Insteps for SMRs in Poland
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NuScale, Last Energy Make Significant Insteps for SMRs in Poland

"Poland has in recent months ramped up efforts to establish a nuclear power industry to accelerate the country’s energy transition. The Eastern European country holds the largest reserves of coal in Europe. But while it produced 70% of its power from coal in 2020,  it unveiled a commitment last November to phase out its coal plants, targeting a 2040 timeframe—a decade earlier than the 2049 date it set earlier in 2021."

Walmart reaches halfway to Project Gigaton
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Walmart reaches halfway to Project Gigaton

"In 2020 and 2021, Walmart avoided or reduced 230 million metric tons and 416 metric tons of carbon emissions since 2017 before reaching the 574 million cumulative this year. And the 4,500 suppliers represent 70 percent of Walmart’s U.S. product sales."

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