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4th October 2021

23 species declared extinct in the U.S.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared 23 species extinct, due to a combination of development, invasive species, logging and pollution.

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28th September 2021

Ford and SK to invest $11.4bn in EVs

Ford, in a joint venture with SK Innovation, has announced an $11.4 billion plan for electric vehicle and battery production – the largest such investment ever made in the U.S.

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25th September 2021

Electrified road to wirelessly charge EVs in Michigan

Michigan will become the first state in America to deploy inductive vehicle charging technology in roads, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

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11th September 2021

World's largest direct air capture and CO2 storage plant begins operations

Swiss company Climeworks this week launched "Orca" – the world's largest carbon capture and storage plant. The facility, located in Iceland, could be replicated at other sites across the country and beyond, helping to reverse global warming.

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6th September 2021

Major source of lithium found in UK

Geothermal Engineering Ltd, a UK-based developer and operator of geothermal projects, has announced the discovery of record levels of lithium in its geothermal waters.

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20th August 2021

Fusion breakthrough: 70% yield from input energy

The National Ignition Facility has achieved a major breakthrough in the quest to develop nuclear fusion power.

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18th August 2021

DHL plans electric cargo planes from 2024

DHL Express, in a collaboration with Eviation, will begin deploying electric cargo planes from 2024 in an effort to decarbonise its worldwide operations.

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4th August 2021

Emperor penguins could be quasi-extinct by 2100

New research finds that if global average temperatures continue to increase rapidly, the melting of sea ice in Antarctica could nearly wipe out Emperor penguin populations by the end of this century.

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1st August 2021

World's most powerful tidal turbine begins operations

This week, the world's most powerful tidal turbine device – Orbital O2 – began generating zero carbon electricity off the coast of Scotland.

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30th July 2021

New Zealand is best place to survive collapse

New research has examined the factors that could lead to the collapse of global civilisation, with New Zealand identified as the country most resilient to future threats.

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16th July 2021

Fossil fuel electricity generation has peaked worldwide

Fossil fuel electricity generation has peaked worldwide as emerging markets seize the opportunities of low-cost renewables, according to a report published this week by India's Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the financial think tank Carbon Tracker.

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15th July 2021

Europe's largest battery comes online

Europe's largest battery storage project – and the first to reach 100 megawatts of capacity – has begun operations at Minety in Wiltshire, UK.

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8th July 2021

Sails boost cargo ship fuel efficiency by 20%

French tyre manufacturing giant Michelin, in collaboration with two Swiss inventors, has presented an innovative solution to help decarbonise maritime shipping.

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1st July 2021

Volvo to use fossil-free steel in cars by 2026

Swedish companies Volvo and SSAB have announced a collaboration to explore the use of fossil-free, high quality steel in the automotive industry.

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24th June 2021

27-million-year geological cycle identified

A "pulse" in Earth's geological activity, occurring every 27.5 million years, has been discovered. The next pulse is due in about 20.5 million years.

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1st June 2021

Chinese fusion reactor sets world record

China's EAST tokamak has achieved a new world record for superheated plasma, with its reactor becoming 10 times hotter than the core of the Sun.

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21st May 2021

Nanotech batteries will charge 70 times faster than lithium-ion

New graphene aluminium-ion cells developed by researchers in Australia are said to charge up to 70 times faster than lithium-ion cells and have triple the battery life.

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8th May 2021

New 3D printing process uses wood waste

Desktop Metal has become the first manufacturer to upcycle wood waste into 3D printing for the creation of custom and luxury wood products.

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6th May 2021

New extraction method could revolutionise mining

A new process that involves drilling electrodes directly into an ore body could lead to a more sustainable mining industry, without the need to remove huge volumes of surface soil and overburden.

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4th May 2021

EPA plans to phase down hydrofluorocarbons

The United States has joined other countries in committing to a phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons, which could prevent an additional 0.5°C of global warming by 2100.

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29th April 2021

Electric vehicles could number 230 million worldwide by 2030

The International Energy Agency has published a report showing that, despite the pandemic, growth in electric vehicle sales has remained strong and will likely continue to boom in the coming decade.

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19th April 2021

Ultra-white paint cools surfaces by 10°C

Researchers have demonstrated the whitest ever paint formulation, which reflects up to 98.1% of sunlight and could reduce the need for energy-hungry air conditioners.

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12th April 2021

Largest increase in methane emissions since records began

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports the largest annual increase in methane emissions since records began, with a rise of 14.7 parts per billion (ppb) in 2020.

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1st April 2021

Concentrated solar to provide carbon-free energy for mining

Rio Tinto, the world's second largest metals and mining corporation, has announced a partnership with Heliogen to explore the use of a breakthrough solar technology for mining operations in California.

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29th March 2021

Autonomous hives could save bee populations

With bees in decline globally, one Israeli company has developed a technological solution that could restore their populations.

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