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In-mouth production of volatile sulfur compounds causes children to dislike Brassica vegetables

(News Medical) - Many children, as well as adults, dislike Brassica vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. In the mouth, enzymes from these vegetables and from bacteria in saliva can produce unpleasant, sulfurous odors.

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Lyten introduces next generation lithium-sulfur battery for electric vehicles

(The Press) - Lyten, an advanced materials company, is disrupting the electric vehicle battery industry with the introduction of its LytCell EV™ lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery platform. This latest Silicon Valley battery innovation is optimized specifically for the electric vehicle (EV) market and is designed to deliver three times (3X) the gravimetric energy density of conventional lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

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Cargill launches new regenerative AG program that pays farmers for improved soil health

(Agriculture) - Cargill has begun enrolling farmers in Cargill RegenConnectTM, a new regenerative ag program that pays farmers for improved soil health and positive environmental outcomes, including payment per metric ton of carbon sequestered.

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Cargill to connect farmers to carbon marketplace

(Future Farming) - Cargill RegenConnect is a new regenerative agriculture program that pays U.S. farmers for improved soil health and positive environmental outcomes, including payment per metric ton of carbon sequestered.

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Top carbon emitters fall short on climate risk disclosure, report says

(Reuters) - Top emitters of carbon are not disclosing the full risks associated with climate change, reducing the chances of meeting global emissions targets, a study by Carbon Tracker and the Climate Accounting Project (CAP) said on Thursday.

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Investor group sets tough climate blueprint for Big Oil

(Reuters) - Investors managing more than $10 trillion on Wednesday published an ambitious blueprint for energy companies seeking to tackle climate change, including sharp cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and a winding down of oil and gas production.

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Oil-rich Norway goes to polls with climate on the agenda

(AP News) - North Sea oil and gas has helped make Norway one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But as Norwegians head to the polls on Monday, fears about climate change have put the future of the industry at the top of the campaign agenda.

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Amazon & The Nature Conservancy launch Brazil 'agroforestry accelerator'

(Ag Funder News) - US tech major Amazon and nonprofit The Nature Conservancy have launched a new initiative to sequester carbon and create "a more sustainable income" for farmers in the Brazilian state of Pará.

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Amazon launches agronomy service for Indian farmers

(Ag Funder News) - Amazon Retail, the Indian e-grocery business of US tech giant Amazon, has started offering digital agronomy services to farmers in the country, the Business Standard reports.

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FRA Releases PTC Safety Advisory

(Railway Age) - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has published a Safety Advisory on a Positive Train Control (PTC) issue recently identified during testing of ACSES II (Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System II) and I-ETMS (Interoperable Electronic Train Management System) technology.

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Sulfur Nutrition and Soil Fertility Management for New Jersey Crops

(Rutgers) - Sulfur is a mineral essential for plant and animal growth and reproduction. It is classified as a plant macronutrient and used by crops in about the same amounts as for phosphorus (P). In past decades it was assumed that there was an abundance of sulfur freely available from the atmosphere.

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Storm-hit U.S. oil refineries must wait weeks for power, water

(Reuters) - Louisiana oil refineries shut by Hurricane Ida could take weeks to restart, costing operators tens of millions of dollars in lost revenues as they wait for water and electrical power to be restored, analysts said this week.

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STB unanimously rejects CN-KCS voting trust. CPKC back in play

(Railway Age) - The United States Surface Transportation Board—as expected by many industry observers and financial analysts—on Aug. 31, 2021, by unanimous vote, rejected the CN-Kansas City Southern voting trust, effectively killing the merger, and opening the door for Canadian Pacific to re-engage with KCS on the CPKC (“Canadian Pacific Kansas City”) deal it struck with KCS on March 21, albeit with a sweetened offer. KCS has cancelled its Sept. 3 shareholder meeting to vote on the CN offer, and is considering CP’s offer.

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Carmakers scrutinise lithium's green credentials amid battery rush

(The Sydney Morning Herald) - The head of Australia’s largest lithium miner says carmakers are ratcheting up scrutiny of the environmental impact of mining practices across battery supply chains.

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After 7 years, FACT all set to restart caprolactam production

(The Hindu) - The public sector Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) is slated to restart caprolactam production later this week after a gap of more than seven years, making the event a landmark in the history of the company.

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Washington Wants America to Catch Up to China's Manufacturing -- a Mining Boom in North America Might be Needed

(Benzinga) - The continued competition and economic back and forth between the United States and China has spurred American policy to move toward a renewal of old capabilities in heavy industry and manufacturing. America used to be the king of the majority of sectors, including mining, refining and processing raw materials required for advanced manufacturing activities.

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Japan's Sumitomo Chemical expanding high-purity chemicals capacity

(ICIS) - SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Sumitomo Chemical is expanding its production capacity for high-purity chemicals for semiconductors, the Japanese producer said on Tuesday.

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Contango Snags ConocoPhillips' Gassy Wind River Assets for $67M

(Our Community News) - U.S. independent Contango Oil & Gas Co. plans to boost its natural gas production by more than half later this year with the acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ conventional assets in Wyoming’s Wind River Basin for $67 million.

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Bunker Prices Are Edging Higher and Could Impact the Tanker Freight Rate Benchmarks

(Hellenic Shipping News) - With bunker pricing moving upwards a new revision of Worldscale rate is expected to transpire. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Gibson said that “the past couple of years have been very turbulent in many international markets due to the global pandemic.

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Can the Future of Food Be Sustainable in a Rapidly Growing World?

(Time) - The scale and reach of Cargill, the nation’s largest private company, is staggering. The Minnesota-based company, which operates in 70 countries and has 155,00 employees, is involved in a range of businesses across the food chain, from selling feed to farmers, to commodities and meat processing.

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BP says Gulf of Mexico platforms resumed operations after storm Ida

(Reuters) - BP on Wednesday said all four of its offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico have resumed operations, having been brought back online and producing as of Sept. 12 post Hurricane Ida.

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Shell to launch Singapore's first fully-electric ferry service

(Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has ordered at least three electric ferries in Singapore to replace the diesel boats it uses to transport employees and visitors between mainland Singapore and its oil refining and chemicals plant on Bukom island, it said.

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ExxonMobil renewable diesel process technology to enable high yields from bio-feedstocks

(Hydrocarbon Processing) - ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC (“ExxonMobil”) has introduced ExxonMobil Renewable Diesel process technology (“EMRD”) to help meet the evolving needs for mobility, while utilizing renewable feedstock.

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Chevron, Gevo join hands to invest in sustainable aviation fuel

(Reuters) - U.S oil major Chevron Corp and renewable energy firm Gevo Inc will jointly invest in building and operating one or more facilities that would process corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel, the companies said on Thursday.

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BP, Macquarie study green hydrogen hub concept in Western Australia

(Reuters) - BP Plc (BP.L) said on Tuesday it was conducting a joint feasibility study with Australian lender Macquarie Group (MQG.AX) to produce green hydrogen at the oil giant's former refinery site near Perth in Western Australia.

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CSX Acquisition of Pan Am: Improved New England Rail Service Makes It Commendable

(Railway Age) - CSX has recently proposed to acquire Pan Am Railways. Although, as I explain below, I am usually critical of mergers, I believe this merger will substantially enhance the rail network in New England by bringing the region more directly into the national railroad network.

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Activist Hedge Fund Grabs Two Seats On Exxon Mobil's Board Of Directors

(Texas Standard) - It’s another example of Big Oil being pushed toward renewable energy. But achieving net-zero carbon emission goals will still be a big challenge. Texas-based oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. saw a major shakeup in the boardroom last week, with a new activist investor group called Engine No. 1 grabbing two spots on the company’s board of directors. The hedge fund has been targeting Exxon since December with its “Reenergize Exxon” campaign, pushing the company to rethink its business strategy in a time when green energy and climate activism is becoming increasingly mainstream.

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Shell to Let Shareholders Vote on Shift to Cleaner Energy

(WSJ) - LONDON-- Royal Dutch Shell PLC detailed a first-of-a-kind shareholder vote over its pivot away from oil, asking investors to endorse its energy transition strategy in a nonbinding vote next month.

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Rio Tinto achieves battery grade lithium production at Boron plant

(Investing News) - Rio Tinto has commenced production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock at a lithium demonstration plant at the Boron mine site in California, United States. The demonstration plant is the next step in scaling up a breakthrough lithium production process developed at Boron, to recover the critical mineral and extract additional value out of waste piles from over 90 years of mining at the operation.

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Mosaic, AgBiome collaborate to develop biological plant nutrition products

(Agriculture.com) - Ag input suppliers are betting big on microbial solutions for plant nutrition, and the Mosaic Company is one of the latest to enter the fray.
Last week, Mosaic – a producer and seller of phosphate and potash crop nutrients – entered into a strategic collaboration with AgBiome, a company with one of the world’s largest collections of diverse microbial communities. The goal is to discover, develop, and launch biological solutions to enhance soil fertility, the companies said in a press release.

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