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Lemon Juice, Coal Ash, and Rare Earths

Duke Energy stores 16.4 million tons of coal ash at the Roxboro Steam Station, which sits on the shores of Hyco Lake, a man-made reservoir located in North Carolina's Roanoke River Basin near the Virginia state line. The polluting Roxboro plant was shut down in March 2021. (Photo courtesy Southern Environmental Law Center) Posted for media use

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, November 29, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – A harmless food-grade solvent is being used to extract valuable rare-earth metals from environmentally hazardous coal waste, reducing the amount of coal ash without damaging the environment and at the same time increasing supplies of a scarce and critically important resource.

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World’s E-Waste Heavier than China’s Great Wall

A mountain of discarded e-waste stands at a Recupel collection point in Belgium. Recupel organizes the collection and processing of discarded electro-appliances in Belgium and says, "There are 50 times more valuable metals and minerals in e-waste than in the ores extracted from mines." (Photo courtesy Recupel) Posted for media use

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 14, 2021 – Today, on International E-Waste Day 2021, waste management experts are asking households, businesses, and governments to get more dead or unused electronic devices to facilities where they can be repaired or recycled to recover precious metals and reduce the need to mine new resources.

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Displaced Syrians Learn via Smartphone Intranet

Never too young to enjoy a smartphone, Hafjin, a three-year-old Syrian refugee, looks at family photos from Syria on her father's phone. 2016 (Photo © Sumaya Agha for Mercy Corps) Posted for media use

Distance learning has become routine for many students during the COVID-19 lockdown, but for thousands of young Syrians living in refugee camps distance learning has been an impossible luxury. Yet, an innovative project established in one camp allows internally displaced schoolchildren to communicate and pursue their education using smartphones – without the need for internet or computers.

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