Pine needles are a common kindling for wildfire in Lebanon.
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A group of researchers at the American University of Beirut succeeded in turning dry pine needles, usually a forest fire hazard, into activated carbon that is used as a purification material, an AUB statement said Tuesday.Ayoub said that relying on pine needles would reduce the cutting down of pine trees to produce activated carbon.While local Lebanese regulations on the treatment of industrial contaminants are hardly enforced, Ayoub believes there is still a large market for activated carbon, which makes the collection and conversion of pine needles a viable business.
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