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How microorganisms can help us get to net negative emissions

Researchers combine biology and electrochemistry to produce complex molecules, all powered by renewable energy. With carbon dioxide as one of the inputs, the system has potential to remove heat-trapping gases from the atmosphere, or in other words, a negative emissions technology.

Mar 26th, 2021

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Turning wood into plastic

Plastics are one of the world's largest polluters, taking hundreds of years to degrade in nature. A research team has created a high-quality bioplastic from wood byproducts that they hope can solve one of the world?s most pressing environmental issues.

Mar 26th, 2021

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Motorised transport: train, plane, road or boat - which is greenest?

Train travel remains overall the most environmentally friendly mode of motorised passenger transport in Europe - in terms of greenhouse gas emissions - as compared to travelling by car or plane, according to two transport and environment studies published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Mar 24th, 2021

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Green fuels for aviation

The goal of a new joint initiative called SynFuels is to develop a process for producing kerosene from renewable resources. In this way liquid fuel mixtures of the highest quality, which would allow the most residue-free combustion possible and thus be suitable for aircraft propulsion, should be obtainable using carbon dioxide and hydrogen from renewable resources.

Feb 25th, 2021

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Recycling carbon emissions to useful chemicals

Researchers have developed a bioelectrosynthetic process in which electroactive bacteria convert CO/CO2 into useful metabolites like acetate and volatile fatty acids using electricity as the reducing power.

Feb 18th, 2021

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