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Green Innovation: Copper-Eating Bacteria

Vale Operations in Brazil in 2006

Vale Operations in Brazil in 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Worldcrunch piece about a Brazilian mining company using microorganisms to clean up waste products caused by mining.

This would be a revolutionary technology for the mining world. We would have a much higher copper recovery rate than today…

What a great innovation: more copper, less waste and lower costs all in one. I think we will see a lot more tech like this in the future as resource demand continues to rise as developing countries run up against the impacts of environmentally devastating production methods. The only way to solve our environmental problems without retaining poverty is innovation.

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