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US government announces $5 million to explore critical mineral extraction from ocean macroalgae

by Siddhi Ashar, May 12
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The funding is part of the new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Critical Mineral Extraction from Ocean Macroalgal Biomass Exploratory Topic aimed at evaluating the capabilities of macroalgal varieties to accumulate critical minerals and the ability to efficiently extract these minerals in an economically viable form.

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This move can diversify sources of these minerals, reducing reliance on traditional mining methods and potentially increasing the overall supply. It helps conserve terrestrial ecosystems and reduces environmental impacts associated with land-based mining activities.

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With a background in international studies and filmmaking, Siddhi works with the Futures Centre team to creatively push our current imaginaries and create more positive visions of futures rooted in equity. Her works centers around challenging common narratives and working agilely to bring forth more representative ones. Through her role at the Futures Centre, she focuses on the answering the question, how can better climate communication and visioning help stakeholders work together and act intently, empathetically and urgently?

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