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GM just cut a big deal to tackle EV’s dirty secret

GM plans to use US-sourced lithium in its next-generation batteries for electric vehicles, tapping a new – and potentially less environmentally damaging – supply for the essential but controversial metal. Lithium batteries are a key part of EV expansion, both for GM and indeed all automakers looking to electrification, but the rare metal has some significant drawbacks along with it. … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/gm-just-cut-a-big-deal-to-tackle-evs-dirty-secret-02680884/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Chris Davies

Elon Musk suspends Tesla purchases with bitcoin

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Consumers can no longer buy Tesla vehicles with bitcoin, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter Wednesday.

What he’s saying: Musk cited the environmental concerns associated with bitcoin — the cryptocurrency has a massive carbon footprint — as his reasoning behind Wednesday’s decision.


“Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using bitcoin,” Musk said.

  • “We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil; fuels for bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”
  • “Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future.”
  • “[W]e intend to use it as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy,” he said, adding that Tesla is considering other cryptocurrencies that consume less energy.

Flashback: Musk in March approved the use of the cryptocurrency for Tesla purchases in the U.S. Some critics at the time said the move could tarnish the company’s environmentally friendly image.

Our thought bubble, from Axios’ Ina Fried: The energy issues related to Bitcoin have been long known and less energy consuming options have been available for some time.

Source: https://www.axios.com/elon-musk-suspend-tesla-bitcoin-c8226997-c55a-49da-936a-f64ac237bd39.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Ivana Saric

The U.S. Is Closer to a Zero-Carbon Grid Than It Seems

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The U.S. has a lot of work to do to draw down carbon emissions. But a new report shows that when it comes to the energy grid, things are actually in better shape than researchers thought it’d be by this point.

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Source: https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-u-s-is-closer-to-a-zero-carbon-grid-than-it-seems-1846682644
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Dharna Noor on Earther, shared by Brian Kahn to Gizmodo

First-Ever Observations From Under Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Are Bad News

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Glaciers all over Antarctica are in trouble as ice there rapidly melts. There’s no Antarctic glacier whose fate is more consequential for our future than the Thwaites Glacier, and new research shows that things aren’t looking good for it.

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Source: https://earther.gizmodo.com/first-ever-observations-from-under-antarctica-s-doomsd-1846650385
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Dharna Noor on Earther, shared by Brian Kahn to Gizmodo

Humans Have Completely Transformed How Water Is Stored on Earth

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Human fingerprints are all over the world’s freshwater. A new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature shows that while human-controlled freshwater sources make up a minimal portion of the world’s ponds, lakes, and rivers, they are responsible more than half of all changes to the Earth’s water system.

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Source: https://earther.gizmodo.com/humans-have-completely-transformed-how-water-is-stored-1846396270
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Molly Taft on Earther, shared by Brian Kahn to Gizmodo

‘Alba: A Wildlife Adventure’ is a chill game about protecting nature

0e05bc40-3ee2-11eb-8efe-3cd291caebc3UsTwo Games continues to prove that it’s not a one-hit-wonder. The studio, best known for the award-winning Monument Valley, has pulled off an equally-creative sequel, a dreamy adventure in mobile VR, and a timed exclusive for Apple Arcade about fixi…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/alba-a-wildlife-adventure-steam-apple-arcade-ustwo-review-152045112.html
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