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Can Chemists Turn Pollution into Gold?

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Can Chemists Turn Pollution into Gold?

We humans emitted 35.9 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2014, mostly from burning coal and natural gas in power plants, making fertilizer and cement, and other industrial processes. If chemists could capture carbon dioxide and turn it into chemical building blocks for other products, the way plants do, says Cornell University chemical engineer Lynden Archer, “carbon dioxide would not be a nuisance anymore, but a gift.” For years scientists have been trying to store carbon dioxide captured from exhaust flues at power plants and other emitters, mostly by injecting it deep underground. Without large subsidies, however,...

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Residents in a US Town have Gold Pouring from their Taps

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Residents in a US Town have Gold Pouring from their Taps

Residents in a US town have gold on tap, literally. The local community of Whitehall, in the US state of Montana, have discovered gold flakes pouring out of their household water taps. Mark Brown said his wife Sharon found specks of gold flakes in the soap suds as she was washing up. "She pulled the plug to let the water out and it was glistening, gleaming little flecks. I can't explain it... It's bizarre," he told NBC. The Browns' neighbour Paul Harper revealed he has also found gold in his drinking water. While the residents initially had their doubts as...

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