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VW And Audi To Recycle EV Batteries Through Tesla Cofounder’s Company
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VW And Audi To Recycle EV Batteries Through Tesla Cofounder’s Company

"The global surge in demand for lithium-ion batteries to power electric cars and trucks is stressing the supply chain for internationally sourced commodity minerals like lithium, nickel and cobalt, all of which are trading at or near record-high levels. Currently, lithium costs nearly $75,000 a ton, according to Trading Economics, while nickel runs about $22,000 per ton. Redwood believes large-scale battery recycling infrastructure is the best way to manage tight supplies."

Innovative Technology is Saving the Bees
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Innovative Technology is Saving the Bees

Innovative technology is coming to the rescue of declining bee populations. Vital to food supplies, bee populations worldwide are rapidly declining due to disease, habitat loss, and the use of pesticides.  According to UN estimates, bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of the world’s food.  It is not just agricultural...

Can AI Predict If Your House Is Going To Burn To The Ground?
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Can AI Predict If Your House Is Going To Burn To The Ground?

Cyrus Farivar and Alex Knapp of Forbes write about a tech platform that is looking to prevent damage from extreme weather events. “His company has been gathering data and using it to train machine learning models to better assess risks caused by climate change, like wildfires, on behalf of its clients, mostly insurance companies.”  Read...

Climate tech firm to launch scaled-up plant sucking CO2 from air
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Climate tech firm to launch scaled-up plant sucking CO2 from air

"The new 'Mammoth' plant will contain around 80 large blocks of fans and filters that suck in air and extract its CO2, which Icelandic carbon storage firm Carbfix then mixes with water and injects underground where a chemical reaction turns it to rock. The process will be powered by a nearby geothermal energy plant."

Wastewater recycling startup CEO says we need to overhaul our ‘flush and forget’ society
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Wastewater recycling startup CEO says we need to overhaul our ‘flush and forget’ society

“'We are capturing all the dirty water that you would normally send into the sewer, and we’re turning that into clean water, into soil, and into recovered wastewater heat,' said CEO Aaron Tartakovsky. 'We are helping these buildings to recycle up to 95% of their water so that is 95% less fresh drinking water we have to pull in from the city supply, and we can instead recycle water right on site, right where it’s produced.'"

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