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Palm oil is in almost everything, and it’s devastating rainforests. This Bill Gates-backed company used microbes to create an alternative
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Palm oil is in almost everything, and it’s devastating rainforests. This Bill Gates-backed company used microbes to create an alternative

"To make its palm oil alternative, C16 Biosciences uses a wild type yeast microbe that makes a functional equivalent to palm oil with a kind of fermentation process. And fermentation — which is what has been used to make wine, beer and cheese for ages — is a 'really, really robust, scalable process,' Heller said."

Energy prices threaten Mass. offshore wind project
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Energy prices threaten Mass. offshore wind project

Heather Richards writes in E&E News about an offshore wind project that is being threatened by high energy prices. “A Massachusetts offshore wind farm says it may not be viable without changes to a power contract with the state, citing escalating global energy costs and a supply chain crisis that could chill the fledgling market...

Ascend Elements raises $200 million to recycle EV batteries
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Ascend Elements raises $200 million to recycle EV batteries

"A study by UC Davis researchers found that recycling could meet up to 11% of lithium demand by 2035. Plus up to 18% for cobalt and 17% for nickel. Another white paper, from the International Council on Clean Transportation, concluded that 90% of critical materials needed for EV batteries could be sourced via recycling by 2040."

Welcoming the largest generator of clean power in the US
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Welcoming the largest generator of clean power in the US

Rich Powell writes in The Hill on new nuclear power in the U.S. “Clean, reliable power and new international energy markets — it almost sounds too good to be true. America invented nuclear power. And once again, we are putting the pieces in place to lead the world.” Read the full article here.

Global Nuclear Fuel and TerraPower Announce Natrium Fuel Facility
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Global Nuclear Fuel and TerraPower Announce Natrium Fuel Facility

"The Natrium Fuel Facility will be jointly funded by TerraPower and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, which aims to speed the demonstration of advanced reactors through cost-shared partnerships with U.S. industry. The facility represents an investment of more than $200 million."

Propagate Raises $10M Series A to Fuel Efforts to Scale Agroforestry Industry
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Propagate Raises $10M Series A to Fuel Efforts to Scale Agroforestry Industry

"Today, Propagate announced a $10M Series A fundraise to propel this vision to commercialize its agroforestry-focused software, development, and financing ecosystem. The round was led by Belgium-based The Nest and also included Agfunder, the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, Techstars, and Neglected Climate Opportunities, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, and more."

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