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Op-ed: Increased lithium demand for electric vehicle batteries comes with a price


Lithium is an important element in the manufacture of electric vehicle batteries, and the Atacama salt flat in Chile holds most of the world’s lithium reserves. ... The professor also mentioned the process of extracting lithium in the Atacama salt flat. "...

New study claims electric vehicles pollute less than fossil fuel cars, but their batteries are another story


True enough, a June 2021 Guardian op-ed revealed that the demand for lithium to be used in EVs has threatened the Atacama Desert in Chile. Providence College professor Thea Riofrancos wrote in her piece that the Atacama salt flats in the desert hold most of the world’s lithium reserves. "...

Chile is sitting on a lithium goldmine, but locals say that exploiting it will come at a terrible environmental cost


One area in Chile stands out, in particular – the Salar de Atacama. It’s home to the world’s richest lithium deposits, with some calling it the highest grade salar (salt flats) in the world. ... Where that will leave the picturesque salt flats of Chile is anybody’s guess at this point. "...

A guide to repackaging salt for long-term storage


Done correctly, repackaged salt can last for at least several years. (h/t to ApartmentPrepper.com .) ... You can break up salt if it’s clumped, but with the proper technique, repackaged salt will be free-flowing and easy to use. "...

Presence of microbes on Earth's driest desert hints at possibility of life on Mars


An international team of researchers found a diverse community of microbial life a foot below the Atacama desert in South America. ... Hyperarid Yungay region hosts rich microbial life The Yungay region of the Atacama desert is one of the best analogs of Mars. "...

Landslides on Mars may be caused by melting underground ice, study suggests


Past studies link RSLs to the interaction of chlorine salts and large amounts of sulfates (another type of salt). ... When a dust storm happens, accumulated dust on the crust could lead to “slumping” of surface material and tumbling of particles downslope, leaving RSL tracks that mark locations of former salt crusts. "...

Electric vehicle charging causes house fires that result in substantial losses


On April 5, another fire broke out at an apartment located in the city of Bethesda in Maryland. ... (Related: Latest lithium-ion battery uses water-salt solution, reducing risk of fire and explosion in household electronics. ) Almost two weeks later, a garage at a home in Ashburn, Virginia caught fire on April 18 . "...

Have a taste of frontier survival cooking with cornmeal pancakes


Ingredients: - 2 cups of wheat flour - 1 cup of white cornmeal - 1/2 teaspoon of salt - 4 teaspoons of baking soda - 2 cups of milk - 1/2 cup of melted butter - 2 large eggs Unlike modern-day pancakes, the pioneers didn’t add sugar to their cornmeal flat cakes. ... Instead, use Himalayan salt. Extracted from underground mines near the Indian Himalayan Mountains, the salt is free from the tiny plastic pieces that contaminate sea salt. "...

Israel sidewalks emitting steam due to a mysterious "trapped energy" source


Residents of an apartment building in Tel Aviv first noticed that the ground was emitting steam on New Year’s eve. ... Authorities later fenced off the area and told the residents of two apartment buildings to evacuate. "...

Solar homes: Utah apartment doubles as a "virtual power plant" that harnesses solar energy


Utah apartment is more than just a home Called Soleil Lofts Apartment, the building complex was developed by Utah-based developer Wasatch Group, which started exploring solar batteries years ago as a means to cut costs. ... Set to be located south of Salt Lake City, the lofts will serve a dual purpose: to provide an upscale home for buyers and to operate as a virtual power plant. "...

Unusual foods that you can pickle now, for use in an emergency


(h/t to ApartmentPrepper.com .) Pickling, one of the oldest methods of food preservation, involves submerging your food of choice in either a salt or vinegar brine to keep it from spoiling. ... Dill pickles may include vinegar, but it is preserved in a mixture that includes dill and other pickling spices and salt. "...

Prepping on a budget: Tips and tricks for preppers with limited storage space


This is crucial, especially if you want to prep in an apartment with limited storage for your survival gear and supplies. ... Stack cases of canned goods, use a small board to give the structure a flat surface, then hide your supplies in plain sight with a tablecloth. "...

6 Essential skills everyone should learn for when SHTF


When SHTF, the following skills will also come in handy: (h/t to ApartmentPrepper.com ) 1. ... The only downside to salting is you need to use a very large amount of salt to preserve food, which can make it unpalatable. 3. "...

Small space gardening: How to set up a sustainable food source on a balcony


Succulents also help add fresh, constant oxygen to your whole house or apartment. ... Sea beans (Salicornia europaea) Sea beans, also called sea asparagus, grow on salt marshlands and sandy seashores. "...

Nothing lasts forever – except these 15 foods


Salt Plain (or even Himalayan) salt is another useful survival food that will last indefinitely when stored in a cool, dry place. When purchasing salt, make sure the product you’re buying doesn’t have any added ingredients. "...

Solar-powered desalination device vaporizes seawater to produce safe drinking water


The researchers found that water desalinated using the technology contains lower levels of salt than ordinary drinking water. ... Additionally, a salt layer did not form on the solar absorber even after long periods of use. "...

David Gutierrez


A 47-year-old hedge manager who killed himself by leaping from his ninth-floor luxury apartment in the historic Apthorp Building was “under a lot of meds,” a police source told the NY Post. Kevin Bell, head of credit risk at Arrowgrass Capital, leaped from the window while his family was in the apartment. "...

David Gutierrez


A 47-year-old hedge manager who killed himself by leaping from his ninth-floor luxury apartment in the historic Apthorp Building was “under a lot of meds,” a police source told the NY Post. Kevin Bell, head of credit risk at Arrowgrass Capital, leaped from the window while his family was in the apartment. "...

Prepper food supply: How to make Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs)


(h/t to ApartmentPrepper.com ) What are Meals, Ready-to-eat (MREs)? MREs contain all items you need for one meal, like: - A meat entree - A type of starch or carbs - Coffee and tea - Crackers - Drink mix - Seasoning packets like salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce - Mint An MRE usually includes a heating unit, making it a handy item to have if you’re camping or bugging out during an emergency. ... Sources include: ApartmentPrepper.com ColumbiaIndiaHospitals.com HomesteadAndPrepper....



The analysis of […] in: Harmful medicine , Science & Tech , Vaccines , vaccines - Yes, eating too much salt can harm your body… but the right kind of salt can boost your mineral intake December 26, 2016 - Posted by D. ... Man tosses in a few more ingredients in regular table salt, according to Draxe.com. "...