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The Race To Develop Plastic-Eating Bacteria
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The Race To Develop Plastic-Eating Bacteria

Scott Carpenter of Forbes writes about the scientific race to develop plastic-eating enzymes. “The bacteria, Ideonella sakaiensis, was only able to eat a particular kind of plastic called PET, from which bottles are commonly made, and it could not do so nearly fast enough to mitigate the tens of millions of tons of plastic waste that enter...

A Sponge to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide in the Air
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A Sponge to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide in the Air

"For direct air capture, MOFs are the best way we have of doing it that I see. For the carbon capture part of BECCS (or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, an emerging negative emissions technology), where you’re essentially growing trees or crops, combusting them for fuel, then capturing and sequestering that CO2, I think MOFs could also do the capture part better than any other material."

Green Energy Useless during Cold Snaps
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Green Energy Useless during Cold Snaps

“Solar power is even less reliable in severe weather conditions. Frigid temperatures are often associated with bright sunny skies, but the temperatures drop way down at night — you know, when there is no sunlight. Also, snow and ice often disable the panels.”

The spiralling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction
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The spiralling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction

“In a recent paper in the journal Nature, Yushin and his co-authors argued that new battery technology needs to be developed that uses more common, and environmentally friendly materials to make batteries. Researchers are working on new battery chemistries that replace cobalt and lithium with more common and less toxic materials.”

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