Germany to give all sectors CO2 reduction targets in draft law


#BERLIN (#Reuters) – #German Environment Ministry said that it would soon present a draft climate protection law in which all sectors would be given a specific target for reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.

Ministry said fossil fuel use would become more expensive for transport or buildings while electricity would become cheaper.

It added that all in all citizens should not face a heavier burden.

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#Bloomberg: Car Battery Pioneer Says New Breakthrough Will Lower Cobalt Use

Cobalt owned by Anthony Milewski. Photography: Jasper Juinen

The scientist-turned-entrepreneur behind a battery technology adopted by chemical giants #BASF SE and Johnson Matthey Plc is back with another invention — one he claims will boost electric vehicle performance for years to come.

Latest innovation reduces the need for #Cobalt, a key battery material, to only the most critical areas in order to lower costs. The blueish-gray element is mined mostly in Democratic Republic of Congo and prices have spiked in recent years amid fears of shortages for battery-powered cars.

New invention, called #, can be used in a number of types of #Nickel-based power packs and has been granted patents in the #US, the #EuropeanUnion, #China and #Japan — the major battery manufacturing markets.

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#BBC News: Ten simple things help save the planet


We know that climate change is happening – but there are plenty of things individuals can do to help mitigate it. Here’s your handy guide to the most effective strategies.

1. What is the single most important thing humanity has to do in the coming years – and what does that mean for me?

2. Changing how industries are run or subsidised doesn’t sound like anything I can influence… can I?

3. Other than that, what’s the best daily action I can take?

4. But isn’t renewable energy extremely expensive?

5. Could I make a difference by changing my diet?

6. How harmful are my flying habits?

7. Should I be shopping differently?

8. Should I think about how many children I have (or don’t have)?

9. But if I eat less meat or take fewer flights, that’s just me – how much of a difference can that really make?

10. What if I just can’t avoid that flight, or cut down on driving?

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Mining Veteran Wants to Build a $1 Billion Battery Metals Giant


South #African mining veteran Brian Menell wants to build a battery material giant to help challenge #China’s domination of the nascent industry.

It’s still early days for his privately funded company, TechMet Ltd., which controls just a handful of assets from #Canada to #Rwanda. But he’s raising more money and sees countries such as the #US and #Japan as potential partners to help catch China in the rapidly growing industry to provide battery grade supplies of everything from tin and tungsten to #Nickel and #Cobalt.

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#Forbes: The Clock May Have Run Out On 1.5 Degrees, But There Are Still Things We Can Do


The climate clock turned red at Berlin’s Mercator Research Institute, signaling that humanity had emitted so much carbon into the atmosphere that it could no longer fend off a 1.5-degree temperature increase without stopping emissions and sucking CO2 back in.

The Mercator Carbon Clock gives humanity 17 years before it exhausts the 2-degree carbon budget.

“We are nowhere close to a 1-degree world. We’re nowhere close to a 1.5-degree world. We’re going to overshoot 2 degrees. If we work like hell we might get 3 degrees, which will be awful.”

We need to control the carbon budget.

It means pursuing any and every kind of carbon policy: tax credits, feed-in tariffs, trading schemes, grants, financing mechanisms, emissions caps, a carbon tax.

It means encouraging carbon use in cement, concrete and fuels or converting CO2 into marketable products like nanotubes, carbon black or carbon monoxide. It means direct air capture. It means reusing CO2 for soda pop.

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#Princeton University: Call for immediate push for #CO2-removal technology


The escalating effects of climate change now demand a substantial research initiative to develop and launch “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide directly from the air, according to a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Stephen Pacala, Princeton’s Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and co-director of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, chaired the 24-member NAS committee that spent the year researching and writing the report.

According to the report, storing the carbon dioxide from NETs has the same impact on the atmosphere and climate as preventing an equal amount of carbon dioxide from being emitted in the first place. The committee also found that in addition to their effect on mitigating climate change, NETs also could have economic rewards as intellectual property rights and economic benefits will likely accrue to the nations that develop the best technology.

“Negative emissions technologies are essential to offset carbon dioxide emissions that would be difficult to eliminate and should be viewed as a component of the climate change mitigation portfolio,” said Pacala, who was director of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) from 2006 to 2014 and is now a PEI associated faculty member.

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Water fight raises questions over Chile lithium mining


The true state of the #Salar’s water supply, both fresh and saltwater, has become an obsession of #Lithium industry watchers because of the area’s huge importance in satisfying soaring global demand for the powdery white metal. The area is the most cost-efficient place in the world to mine the metal, and both SQM and Albemarle have staked much of their future production on the Salar.


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