Surging demand for cobalt spurs hunt for mineral in Australia’s mine waste

When the Queensland state government sent Anita Parbhakar-Fox to the remote town of Mt Isa in the Australian outback to hunt for cobalt in copper mine waste, the geology professor had high expectations. But when she tested the samples back at her lab at the University of Queensland she was shocked. One reading showed 7,000 … Read more

Fourth location joins search for UK repository site : Waste & Recycling

01 July 2022 A Community Partnership has formed in Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire, in eastern England to consider whether the UK’s Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) could be safely located and built deep underground beyond the coastline there. It is the fourth such partnership in the UK, following three that were established in west Cumbria in north-west England … Read more

Placing science at the heart of the circular economy – POLITICO

Via EPPA As heat waves wreak havoc across Europe for another summer, the European Commission is pressing ahead with its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the bloc by 55% by 2030. This ambition is to be commended, although it will undoubtedly have huge ramifications for every European citizen and business. The European Green … Read more

Scientists decontaminate heavy metal water using protein from plant waste — ScienceDaily

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), in collaboration with ETH Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ), have created a membrane made from a waste by-product of vegetable oil manufacturing, which can filter out heavy metals from contaminated water. The research team, led by Professor Ali Miserez from the School of Materials Science & Engineering and the … Read more

Finland has become the first country to build a complete underground geological storage facility for its spent nuclear waste

The scars and pockmarks of the aging apartments and housing units under the purview of the New York City Housing Authority do not immediately communicate the idea of ​​innovation. The largest landlord in the city, housing nearly 1 in 16 New Yorkers, NYCHA has seen its buildings literally crumble after decades of deferred maintenance and … Read more

MIT Pioneers Technology To Grow Customizable Wood Products in the Lab With Little Waste

Scientists demonstrate that they can control the properties of lab-grown plant material, which could enable the production of wood products with little waste. Because of deforestation, the world loses about 10 million hectares of forest – an area about the size of Iceland – each year. At that rate, some researchers predict the world forests … Read more

Scientists Create Cement Entirely Out of Waste Material

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore researchers have found a new way to create cement from waste. Creating renewable biocement entirely out of waste material Cement is a binder, a substance used in construction that hardens, sets, and adheres to other materials to bind them together. When sand and gravel are combined with cement, concrete is produced. … Read more

Smaller Reactors May Still Have a Big Nuclear Waste Problem

Lindsay Krall decided to study nuclear waste out of a love for the arcane. Figuring how to bury radioactive atoms is not exactly simple — it takes a blend of particle physics, careful geology and engineering, and a high tolerance for reams of regulations. But the trickiest ingredient of all is time. Nuclear waste from … Read more

Stanford-led research finds small modular reactors will exacerbate challenges of highly radioactive nuclear waste

May 30, 2022 Small modular reactors, long touted as the future of nuclear energy, will actually generate more radioactive waste than conventional nuclear power plants, according to research from Stanford and the University of British Columbia. By Mark Shwartz Nuclear reactors generate reliable supplies of electricity with limited greenhouse gas emissions. But a nuclear power … Read more

Small modular reactors produce high levels of nuclear waste

Nuclear reactors generate reliable supplies of electricity with limited greenhouse gas emissions. But a nuclear power plant that generates 1,000 megawatts of electric power also produces radioactive waste that must be isolated from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years. Furthermore, the cost of building a large nuclear power plant can be tens of … Read more