environment

Scientists turn CO2 into jet fuel

REUTERS/Alwyn Scott/File Photo Researchers may have found a way to reduce the environmental impact of air travel in situations when electric aircraft and alternative fuels aren’t practical. Wired reports that Oxford University scientists have successfully turned CO2 into jet fuel, raising the possibility of conventionally-powered aircraft with net zero emissions. The technique effectively reverses the …

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Xiaomi is the next big phone brand to remove the charger from the box

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Apple isn’t the only major brand removing the charger from the box of its latest flagship phone. As noticed on Reddit, Xiaomi has announced that its upcoming Mi 11 phone won’t include a charger. The rationale is familiar. Many people already have old chargers on hand, and this answers …

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Million-dollar startup taps Algorand to fight climate change

Blockchain marketplace Climatetrade will be building its new CO2 carbon offsetting platform on Algorand, a top-50 cryptocurrency project that is gunning for scalability and transactional performance.  Climatetrade announced Wednesday that it has selected the Algorand blockchain to power its carbon offsetting marketplace, which is designed to help organizations achieve CO2 neutrality — a key pillar …

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UK might ban sales of fossil fuel cars as early as 2030

Martyn Lucy/Getty Images The UK might soon move up its ban on sales of combustion engine cars — yes, again. The Financial Times and the BBC both claim Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a ban on fossil fuel car sales by 2030, five years ahead of the most recent target, and a full decade …

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IndyCar delays hybrid racers to 2023

Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports You’ll have to wait a while longer before IndyCar embraces eco-friendly racing. The AP reports that IndyCar has delayed the adoption of hybrid engines by roughly a year, to 2023, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The electric-assisted 2.4L twin-turbo V6 simply wasn’t going to be ready in time with coronavirus-related constraints …

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Publicly Listed Energy Firm Equinor Exploits Gas Flaring in North Dakota to Mine Bitcoin

Just recently, the firm Arcane Research recently revealed a number of screenshots from the publicly traded energy firm, Equinor. The pictures show the multinational company leveraging natural gas flaring to power bitcoin mining operations. In recent years, using the unorthodox gas flaring scheme to mine bitcoin has become more prominent worldwide. The Norwegian state-owned multinational …

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This year’s iPhones might not include a charger in the box

Chris Velazco/Engadget You might not find much in the box for this year’s iPhone besides the handset itself. Historically trustworthy analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a research note that 2020 iPhone models not only won’t include the usual wired earbuds, but won’t include the power adapter either — you may just get a charging cable. …

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Amazon invests $2 billion in its clean energy fund

Chesnot via Getty Images Amazon is committing $2 billion to companies developing clean energy technology with its Climate Pledge Fund, the company announced Tuesday. The fund is one facet of Amazon’s Climate Pledge, which aims to eliminate the company’s net carbon emissions by 2040. While it’s perhaps another step in the right direction, the fund …

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Plastic rain is the new acid rain

Enlarge Getty Images Hoof it through the national parks of the western United States—Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon—and breathe deep the pristine air. These are unspoiled lands, collectively a great American conservation story. Yet an invisible menace is actually blowing through the air and falling via raindrops: Microplastic particles, tiny chunks (by definition, …

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