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Electric car boom fuels interest in Bolivia’s fragile salt flats

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www.theguardian.com - Max Opray
Bolivia’s lithium carbonate contains high levels of magnesium, making the extraction process difficult and costly. Photograph: Alamy
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Demand for the metal used in electric car batteries has surged. But extraction could threaten the fragile ecosystem of the world’s largest salt flat.

Demand for lithium – which is used in pharmaceuticals, fertilisers, and smartphone and electric car batteries – has surged in the past year, ahead of an anticipated boom in electric cars, and is projected to outstrip supply by 20 ... Read more about Electric car boom fuels interest in Bolivia’s fragile salt flats

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MENA to Europe ‘Supergrid’ could bring regions close to 100% renewables, says Fraunhofer

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http://www.pv-tech.org- Andy Colthorpe
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Using PV, wind and CSP, a ‘Supergrid’ interconnecting North Africa and Europe could take both regions close to 100% renewable energy by 2 ... Read more about MENA to Europe ‘Supergrid’ could bring regions close to 100% renewables, says Fraunhofer

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The more we learn about Antarctica’s past, the scarier the present looks

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https://www.washingtonpost.com - Chris Mooney
A zodiac carrying a team of international scientists heads to Chile’s station Bernardo O’Higgins in Antarctica in January 2015. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)
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For the second time in a month, leading scientists have closely tied the ancient history of the vast Antarctic ice sheet to a key planetary parameter that humans are now controlling — the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. ... Read more about The more we learn about Antarctica’s past, the scarier the present looks

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PV Cycle achieves record 96% recycle rate for silicon-based PV modules.

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http://www.pv-tech.org - Tom Kenning
European PV recycling stats in tonnes. Credit: PV Cycle
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PV Cycle, a not-for-profit compliance and waste management programme solar PV technology in Europe, has achieved a record recycling rate of 96% for silicon-based PV modules. ... Read more about PV Cycle achieves record 96% recycle rate for silicon-based PV modules.

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Is Brazil nearly out of fresh water?

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Cathaleen Chen
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Once considered “the Saudi Arabia of Water,” Brazil is now nearly deplete of it.

As drought continues to scorch Southeastern Brazil to unprecedented degrees, San Paolo’s primary water reservoir, the Cantareira, has been reduced to its last drops. As of August, it is 17 percent below capacity. ... Read more about Is Brazil nearly out of fresh water?

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