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Recycling critical metals in e-waste: Make it the law, experts warn EU, citing raw material security

(Terry Collins Assoc) End-of-life circuit boards, certain magnets in disc drives and electric vehicles, EV and other special battery types, and fluorescent lamps are among several electrical and electronic products containing critical raw materials (CRMs), the recycling of which should be made law, says a new UN-backed report funded by the EU.

Joe Biden’s Offshore Wind Energy Mirage

President Biden recently announced ambitious plans to install huge offshore industrial wind facilities along America’s Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific coasts. His goal is to churn out 30 gigawatts (30,000 megawatts) of wind capacity by 2030, ensuring the U.S….

Springer Nature advances its machine-generated tools and offers new book format (AI-based lit overview)

(Springer) Springer Nature has now deployed its AI expertise to create a new publication format which focuses on literature reviews. This new format takes an innovative hybrid approach of blending human-machine interaction. The new product is a mixture of human-written text and machine-generated literature overviews, which sees an author putting these machine-generated reviews, created from a large set of previously published articles in Springer Nature journals, into book chapters and providing a scientific perspective.

Researchers develop new metal-free, recyclable polypeptide battery that degrades on demand

(Texas A&M University) The introduction of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries has revolutionized technology as a whole, leading to major advances in consumer goods across nearly all sectors. Battery-powered devices have become ubiquitous across the world. While the availability of technology is generally a good thing, the rapid growth has led directly to several key ethical and environmental issues surrounding the use of Li-ion batteries.

Australia Transport Authority Won’t Approve Tesla’s Battery-Powered Semi

Did you know that TESLA also manufactures an e-truck? But Australia has refused to approve the “Semi”. We recently reported on the Nikola company’s hydrogen truck. Engineers and other experts have doubts about the concept because the extremely volatile gas…

Battery Parts Can Be Recycled Without Crushing or Melting, Saving Valuable Raw Materials

Researchers in Finland have discovered that electrodes in lithium batteries containing cobalt can be reused following a special process. In comparison to traditional recycling, which typically extracts metals from crushed batteries by melting or dissolving them, the new process—which newly saturates the electrodes with lithium—saves valuable raw materials, and likely also energy. The rechargeable batteries […]

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Team effort is a must to combat climate change – San Mateo Daily Journal

On Wednesday, April 28, Senate Democrats, alongside Republican representatives, passed a vote to restore restrictions on the emissions of the climate-warming pollutant, methane. While this significant step toward combating the climate crisis sparks optimism, I think that national policies alone…

Bornean rajah scops owl rediscovered after 125 years

(Smithsonian National Zoological Park) The Bornean subspecies of Rajah scops owl (Otus brookii brookii), documented in the wild for the first time since 1892, may be its own unique species and deserving of a conservation designation. Published April 28 in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center ecologist Andy Boyce reported the rediscovery and photographed this elusive subspecies in the mountainous forests of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.

A Fund Cleans Up by Betting on Clean Energy – Barron’s

Lucas White is portfolio manager for Resources and Climate Change Strategies at GMO in Boston. Photograph by Cody O’Loughlin For the four years of the Trump presidency, the White House was hostile to the concept of global warming, although independent…