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Why cleaner air may be bad for your sourdough bread

(Reuters, July 16, 2020)
A decline in U.S. power plant emissions over the last 30 years means the air has less sulfur, a crucial nutrient for wheat and many other crops that researchers are now working to replace with fertilizer applications.

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US Department of Transportation Video

(YouTube, May 14, 2020)
US Department of Transportation releases video where Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao thanks the pipeline and hazardous material industries for their contributions to date in keeping the nation going during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Carriers that invested in scrubbers may find the cost higher than expected

(The Load Star, February 21, 2020)
Shipping lines that have invested in scrubber technology to comply with the IMO 2020 low-sulphur regulations may be forced to reconsider the wisdom of their investment, as fuel producers appear to be looking for ways to push prices up. Since the introduction of the legislation this year, the price differential between the now-outlawed high-sulphur fuel oil (HFSO) and low-sulphur fuel oil (LFSO) has been around $200 a tonne. However, the declining availability of HFSO is forcing its price up and causing headaches for shipowners.

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WoodMac: Impact of the new coronavirus on the zinc and lead markets

(African Mining Market, February 18, 2020)
As the dreadful humanitarian toll of the Covid-19 epidemic in China grows, the direct and indirect impact on the Chinese zinc and lead industries from efforts to control the spread of the disease is starting to be seen. The extended Lunar New Year holiday has ended, but return to work by millions of migrants has been slowed to a trickle. A combination of transport restrictions, quarantine periods, staffing shortages and a government-mandated staged return to work means that the normal post-holiday bounce back in economic activity will not happen.

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Is the mining industry about to clean up its act?

(Sustainability Times, February 13, 2020)
The fact that the world's largest mining companies have not been doing enough to reduce their carbon emissions has been an open secret at best, but a recent McKinsey report laid bare how far many of these firms are falling short. According to the company, industry majors like BHP, Anglo American and Rio Tinto – all of which are signatories to the Paris Pledge for Action – need to implement more assertive measures in order to prevent severe backlash from investors and consumers alike.

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Lithium-sulfur batteries could be cheaper & more energy dense

(CleanTechnica, February 11, 2020)
Sales of new electric vehicles have been surging, but there are constraints around battery and vehicle production. New EVs have ranges of about 200-300 miles (322-483 km) or so. Potentially, lithium-sulfur batteries could expand EV ranges considerably and cost less because sulfur is a more abundant material than cobalt. Transportation is a major generator of greenhouse gases, so many more EVs are needed. Lithium-sulfur batteries eventually could help speed up EV production and adoption.

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Full of vitriol: Chinese alliance to build major acid factory in Egypt

(Global Construction Review, January 10, 2020)
A Chinese industrial and construction consortium including China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has won an $848m contract to build and operate a large phosphoric and sulfuric acid factory in Egypt. Located near the Abu Tartour phosphate mine in the southwestern New Valley Governorate, the plant will boost Egypt’s standing as a major producer of the acids, which are used in fertilizers, food and beverage manufacture, electronics and other products.

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The Mosaic Company Comments on 10-Year High Fertilizer Prices

(The Daily Scoop) - Citing three key factors in today's fertilizer markets, The Mosaic Company says it recognizes fertilizer prices have increased dramatically in the past several months.

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Phillips 66 converting Alliance refinery into terminal

(Oil & Gas Journal) - Phillips 66 has decided to move forward with a plan to transform its 255,000-b/d Alliance refinery on the Mississippi River in Belle Chasse, Plaquemines Parish, La., into a terminal that it will continue to operate as part of its midstream portfolio.

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Qatar energy and ExxonMobil sign Cyprus energy exploration deal

(Reuters) - A consortium consisting of Qatar Energy and ExxonMobil (XOM.N) has signed an agreement with Cyprus for energy exploration and production sharing in Block 5 in the southeast of the island, Qatari News Agency said on Friday.

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Ioneer gets $70 mln from Sibanye for U.S. lithium plant

(Reuters) - Australian lithium supplier ioneer Ltd (INR.AX) said on Thursday it had secured $70 million in funds from South Africa's Sibanye Stillwater (SSWJ.J)through a share placement to begin construction work at one of its mines in the United States.

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Veolia Regeneration Services recognized for HAZMAT safety by rail industry

(Association of American Railroads) The NAR Grand Slam Award is presented annually to companies that are exemplary shippers of hazardous materials. An award winner must have been recognized by at least four Class I railroads and have had zero non-accident releases involving their shipments the previous calendar year. A hazardous materials non-accident release is an unintentional release of a hazardous material while in transportation, but not involving an accident.

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Railroads Recognize Leadership in Hazmat Safety

(Association of American Railroads) The NAR Grand Slam Award is presented annually to companies that are exemplary shippers of hazardous materials. An award winner must have been recognized by at least four Class I railroads and have had zero non-accident releases involving their shipments the previous calendar year. A hazardous materials non-accident release is an unintentional release of a hazardous material while in transportation, but not involving an accident.

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BP wins over Greenpeace in North Sea oil court case

(Reuters) - A Scottish court handed BP (BP.L) a win over Greenpeace on Thursday after the environmental group tried to void the energy company's licence to exploit a North Sea oilfield, saying the climate impact of the end-use of oil should not affect permits.

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Lithium producer Albemarle to buy China's Tianyuan for $200 mln

(Reuters) - Albemarle Corp said on Thursday it would buy China-based Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials Co Ltd, a lithium converter, for about $200 million as the company looks to increase its lithium conversion capacity.

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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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