Podcast Episode 57 I How is graphite in electric vehicle batteries contributing to climate change?

A large, solid mass of elemental carbon or graphite with the super, greasy/waxy feel and typical, sheet-like form. This splendent, steel-gray specimen is from a very uncommon New Hampshire locality - the old Beneis Farm, Marlborough, Cheshire County. Ex. Bob Whitmore Collection, a noted New England collector and field collector.
A large, solid mass of elemental carbon or graphite with the super, greasy/waxy feel and typical, sheet-like form. This splendent, steel-gray specimen is from a very uncommon New Hampshire locality - the old Beneis Farm, Marlborough, Cheshire County. Ex. Bob Whitmore Collection, a noted New England collector and field collector.
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Graphite is a battery material and we don’t even know how much carbon it emits

It is used in the anode side of electric vehicle batteries and is made in extremely hot furnaces using a huge amount of energy. Two studies that came out in 2022 suggest that the estimates of graphite’s environmental cost and carbon footprint, spanning its complete global journey (from mine to finished product) have been grossly underestimated.

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Music: Moonrise by Chad Crouch – Instrumental from Free Music Archive.

 

I am a Chartered Environmentalist from the Royal Society for the Environment, UK and co-owner of DoLocal Digital Marketing Agency Ltd, with a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, an MBA in Finance, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. I am passionate about science, history and environment and love to create content on these topics.

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