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Some are calling the deal historic, but others are deeply disappointed. On Friday, November 18, as the COP27 climate conference in Egypt was set to end, it looked like there would be no consensus. But two days later after intense negotiating, an agreement was reached.
It will be the largest dam removal and river restoration project in the world and could begin in just a few months. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved demolishing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River along California’s border with Oregon that will result in its free flow for the first time in more than a century. The owner of the dams is Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, which will transfer its license to a nonprofit backed by California and Oregon.
If you live in Atlanta, Georgia, Orange County, California, or Aurora, Colorado, some of your drinking water is “potable reuse”—meaning it’s purified wastewater. But before you wince, according to a new study from Stanford University—it could be cleaner than conventionally treated water.
E-waste is a growing problem with some 50 million metric tons of discarded electronic devices getting chucked into landfills every year, where they leach toxic chemicals into soils and water instead of being recycled into new products. But what if electronics were developed with their complete lifecycle in mind, so that when they outlive their usefulness they biodegrade? That’s the idea behind “MycelioTronics”—a material made from mushrooms that can be used to make computer chips.
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