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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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