Is it safe to eat apple?
The UK has banned the sale of apple pies to Australians and the Government is considering a ban on the fruit in the US.
Electronics giant Apple announced plans to introduce a new generation of electric car batteries in 2018 and in a statement the company said it was working closely with the government and the industry to develop battery technologies that are safe for the environment.
Apple’s announcement has sparked controversy, with many questioning whether it is a threat to the environment or whether the battery would work and would not harm humans.
The company said the batteries would be built with recycled materials and recycled materials would be used in all future production.
“We are working closely and collaboratively with the Australian Government to ensure all of our suppliers and partners comply with Australian laws and regulations,” the statement said.
It added that the battery “will be produced in Australia in a manner that minimises environmental impact”.
“It is important to note that this product will not be sold in Australia until after the Australian market is fully closed, in line with Australian law.”
But the Government said it would continue to monitor the situation.
There is a wide range of opinion on the topic, with some calling the new batteries a threat and others saying they would not pose any environmental threat.
However, some experts say the technology is safe and could be used for a range of uses.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Professor David Ritchie, a University of Sydney professor who studies the chemistry of batteries, said the company’s announcement was “a significant step in the right direction”.
He said the technology was not yet commercially viable but that “the industry is starting to think about it”.
Professor Ritchie said: “It seems to be the right step.
If it works, it might be the first step in a long journey to bring a safe, sustainable energy source into the home.
He told the paper that the technology could help people save money and “bring energy to those who need it the most”.
However Professor Ritchie cautioned that the batteries might not be practical for the everyday consumer.
Professor Roger Bannister, an independent energy expert from the University of Tasmania, said he did not believe the new technology would be commercially viable.
Dr Bannisters research showed that batteries could be recycled in the form of zinc, iron, or nickel, and would last for at least a couple of years.
But he said it did not make the technology safe for human consumption.
Bannisters team, which has been studying the technology for the past five years, said it “has a lot of work ahead of it”.
Professor Banniers group has also been conducting tests on batteries to see how they would perform in the field.
They have been able to create a prototype battery with a capacity of up to 400W, which can be charged in less than 10 minutes.
And the battery is “not just a new technology, it’s a completely new technology”, Professor Bannings team said in a blog post.
Australia has been one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world and there are some big green initiatives in the country.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said the Government will set a target of halving CO2 emissions by 2030.
She has said that she wants the country to be carbon neutral by 2030, with the goal of reducing emissions by 80 per cent below 2005 levels by 2050.
Gillard also said she would be “open to working with the industry and the government to ensure that Australia’s renewable energy sector is ready for the next wave of energy generation.”
Australia also has the second-largest coal industry in the OECD after the United States, which employs almost 4 million people and accounts for one in every three jobs.
This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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