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The “OPEC of rainforests.” That could be the nickname of a new group of nations—Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—who are in talks to coordinate their conservation efforts. The Guardian reports that the three countries contain 52 percent of the world’s remaining primary rainforests, which absorb CO2 and keep it from warming the atmosphere. But if they are destroyed, those areas could become greenhouse gas emitters. The group could make joint proposals on carbon markets and finance to encourage developed countries to fund the conservation efforts of poorer ones. And it’s possible similar nations like Peru and Cambodia would join the strategic alliance.
The electric vehicle market could be in trouble if we don’t get more of a certain mineral—and we’re not talking lithium. It’s graphite and it's needed for EV batteries. The U.S. government has listed it as a critical mineral to the country’s economy and security. Graphite makes up 28 percent of car batteries by weight and most of it has come from China. As Marketplace reports, graphite has not been mined in the U.S for more than 30 years.
The potential for you to get your groceries, a cup of coffee, or an Amazon package delivered by drone is increasing, as a number of companies are running trials. But what if you were stranded out in the wilderness, waiting to be rescued, and needed food and water. Most drones don’t have enough battery life to reach remote locations.
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