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Singapore-based startup Green Li-ion says its patented technology could be the solution to recycling lithium ion batteries

Read the full story at Business Insider.

The lack of economically viable recycling options for Lithium Li-ion batteries could soon be an environmental crisis. Singapore-based startup Green Li-ion says its patented technology could be the solution – speeding up processes and lowering costs. The exploding market for electric vehicles that run on Lithium Li-ion batteries is adding much urgency to the push for recycling.

NERC conference explores EPR, refillable bottle and circular economy possibilities

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Panelists at the Northeast Recycling Council event covered how lessons from Canada and Europe could help improve U.S. recycling systems while also debating the merits of chemical recycling.

GM offers clues to technology aimed at slashing EV battery costs

Read the full story from Reuters.

General Motors Co is testing a variety of battery chemistries, technologies and manufacturing processes aimed at slashing the cost of future electric vehicle batteries and reducing its dependence on such price-sensitive metals as cobalt, President Mark Reuss said on Wednesday.

Ann Arbor encourages University of Michigan to adopt carbon neutrality plan

Read the full story at MLive.

Ann Arbor is urging the University of Michigan to adopt a carbon neutrality plan.

The university currently emits over a third of greenhouse gas emissions in Ann Arbor, according to officials.

For this reason, the Office of Sustainability and Innovation believes coordinating with UM is important to ensure that the city achieves its A2Zero carbon neutrality goal by 2030, officials said.

The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously on April 5 to support UM’s goals of achieving carbon neutrality and encourages the school to adopt the proposed recommendations by the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality at the school, officials said.

Stamper Says “So Long” to Lubricant Waste

Read the full story in Metal Forming Magazine.

A dozen new Unist programmable roll-coater lubrication systems installed on most of the presses at Tier Two automotive stamper Clover Tool Manufacturing Ltd., Concord, Ontario, Canada, have put a dramatic halt to the significant amount of wasted lubricant that once plagued its pressroom. Gone, too, are related downstream costs resulting from applying excess lubricant—items such as waste disposal and added die-change time spent setting up sprayers.

How to build an equitable EV infrastructure

Read the full story from Canary Media.

Tips on meeting the electric transportation needs of underserved communities, from high-level analysis to on-the-ground experience.

Why lithium-ion batteries are so important

Read the full story from Canary Media.

The kick-off to a new battery series explains how LIBs became the workhorse of the electric vehicle and energy storage fleet.

New Research Exposes Weird Tsunamis Caused by Gravity Waves

Read the full story at Gizmodo. See also the Prairie Research Institute Coastal Management Program fact sheet on the phenomenon.

On April 13, 2018, a huge swell of water broke on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. It was a tsunami, one far from any fault line typically associated with the ginormous waves. This was a meteotsunami, a wall of water forged from the air conditions above it.

On that Friday the 13th, the lakefront was still chilly and thus not heavily populated, so the tsunami caused no injuries and only minor property damage. But its occurrence gave scientists with NOAA’s Great Lake Environmental Research Laboratory a unique opportunity to study the phenomenon and better understand how to predict these waves. Their research is published in the journal Natural Hazards.

States Are Growing Fewer Trees. Forest Owners Say That’s a Problem.

Read the full story at Stateline.

Seedlings are hard to come by. Large, commercial nurseries typically grow large tree orders on contract, supplying industrial timber companies that plan operations years in advance. State-run nurseries provide a more diverse array of species to landowners, allowing smaller orders on short notice. Many of the family foresters hit by the Oregon fires have struggled to obtain seedlings from the private sector.

The seedling problem is not unique to Oregon. Eight states have closed their nurseries, most in the past two decades, according to a survey by the National Association of State Foresters. Twenty-nine states still operate nursery programs, though many have closed some of their facilities.

The declining state production has hurt small landowners, who own the largest share of the nation’s forests. Private sector nurseries often lack many of the tree species offered by states, and they rarely accept small orders. In many cases, nursery closures have led to cutbacks in state research and breeding programs that produce trees more capable of withstanding the effects of climate change.