3 scientists win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on lithium-ion batteries

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3 scientists received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on lightweight lithium-ion batteries on Wednesday.

Why it matters: "Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives since they first entered the market in 1991. They have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, and are of the greatest benefit to humankind," states the award announcement.

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The energy and climate change puzzle

An illustration of puzzle pieces with images of climate protests and newspaper headlines
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

People often ask me how I decide what to cover in this noisy and disparate energy and climate change beat. My answer: I stay focused on the puzzle.

The big picture: I look at the various factors that go into reducing greenhouse gases in a world that depends upon the energy resources that emit them. That is a simple deduction of what is a complex dynamic. Like puzzle pieces, these numerous factors work in tandem, not in isolation.