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2012 Chemicals Industry Perspective

Not long ago, the center of the global chemical industry seemed destined to be moving to the Middle East from North America and Europe, propelled by the ready availability in the Arab world of relatively inexpensive oil as a feedstock.

 

That idea has now been turned on its head.

 

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If 2013 breaks heat record, how will deniers respond? - environment - 03 September 2012 - New Scientist

If 2013 breaks heat record, how will deniers respond? - environment - 03 September 2012 - New Scientist | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
With an El Niño on the way, 2013 could be the warmest year on record.

 

IT HAS been another "normal" global-warming summer in the northern hemisphere. The US sweltered in the hottest July on record, following the hottest spring on record. More than 60 per cent of the contiguous US is suffering from drought, as are parts of eastern Europe and India. In the Arctic, sea ice cover is at a record low and the Greenland ice sheet shows what the US National Snow and Ice Data Center calls "extraordinary high melting". Global land temperatures for May and June were the hottest since records began in the 19th century.

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How California's Carbon Market Will Work

How California's Carbon Market Will Work | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it

Every year at the Pacific Coast Producers processing plant in Woodland, California, half a million tons of tomatoes are sliced, diced, canned, boiled, and shipped to grocery stores nationwide. The operation is driven by steam, lots of it, which comes from a suite of massive natural-gas-powered boilers. Together, these boilers emit over 25,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases annually, which means PCP will be forced to join California's cap-and-trade carbon market, set to kick off in November.

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Arrested development

Arrested development | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it

IT IS a font of economic growth. Research and development (R&D), the hunt for new ideas, products and processes, enhances productivity and generates well-paid jobs. It plays an important role in keeping economies growing after they have industrialised. It has positive spillover effects on the number of employees firms hire, and on the wages of low-skilled workers in high-tech sectors. These public benefits help explain why R&D activity has historically been supported by large amounts of government cash. But public spending on research is in secular decline, leaving private firms to pick up the slack. This funding switch has already left Britain lagging in the global R&D race, and may yet put America at risk, too.

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America's drought of political will on climate change

America's drought of political will on climate change | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
Naomi Wolf: With US politics paralysed by the partisan divide on climate change, public concern about extreme weather cannot bear fruit...

 

As the US faces record drought and an Old Testament-level pestilential heatwave in the midwest, American environmental denialism may be starting to change. The question is: is it too late?

America has led the world in climate change denial, a phenomenon noted with amazement by Europeans, not to mention thinking people around the world. Year after year, the US has failed to sign global treaties or curb emissions, even as our status as a source of a third of the world's carbon emissions goes unchanged.

It is fairly well-known what has been behind that climate change denial in America: vast sums pumped into an ignorance industry by the oil and gas lobbies. Entire thinktanks to obfuscate manmade climate change have been funded by these interests, as have individual congressmen and women. Entirely typical, for instance, is Louisiana Representative John Fleming, whose campaigns, according to blogger John Henry, accept about $200,000 a year from oil and gas lobbyists, and who uses his social media pages to deny global warming.

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Extreme Weather Costs EU’s Transport System At Least €15 Billion A Year

Extreme Weather Costs EU’s Transport System At Least €15 Billion A Year | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it

 
A recent study by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland estimates that extreme weather conditions cost EU transport system at least €15 billion a year.

 

The greatest costs are from road accidents, currently, and also the associated material damage and psychological suffering. The costs that arise from accidents are expected to decrease in volume in the future, though the time-related costs attributable to delays are projected to increase. The researchers say that this is partly due to climate change, “whose impact on extreme weather phenomena was addressed in the study, and because of consequent costs.”
For the study, researchers calculated the costs of extreme weather phenomena for the transport system itself, its users, and the customers of freight carriers in the 27 EU member states. This is the first time that calculations on this scale and scope have been done.
Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1hwRy)

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New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third

New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
The EU's proposals for new efficiency standards will have to be accepted by member states and the European parliament...

 

New cars and vans in the European Union will produce one-third less carbon dioxide within eight years, under proposed new rules set out on Wednesday in Brussels.

By 2020, the average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95g of carbon dioxide per kilometre driven, a cut of more than 40g from today's levels and of 35g/km compared with the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted.

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egypt cement plant vertical mill | Crusher News

egypt cement plant vertical mill | Crusher News | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
Find ★ egypt cement plant vertical mill ★ on the web ? Welcome to the Shanghai Zenith Mining and Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. We are the biggest crushing and grinding industry manufacturer in China.
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China's Iron and Steel Industry Meets Difficulty | Business ...

China's Iron and Steel Industry Meets Difficulty | Business ... | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
In China, the realized profit of large and medium sized steel corporations dropped as much as 94.26 percent in the first five months of 2012 compared to last year in China, according to an insider.
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Rourkela steel plant records best production in Q1

Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), a unit of the state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), has scored it's best production performance in key areas in the first quarter of the current financial year, a senior company official said today (Rourkela...
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Joint research center will investigate smart grid energy storage, solar integration

Joint research center will investigate smart grid energy storage, solar integration | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
Alstom Grid and the teams of the French state-owned research entity CEA have created a joint Research and Development Centre focused developing advanced energy storage solutions and integrating renewable energy farms into smart transmission and...
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UK manufacturing slump continues

UK manufacturing slump continues | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
The UK manufacturing sector shrinks for a second consecutive month in June as the eurozone debt crisis continues to hit export orders.
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Waste water harnessed to make electricity and plastics - tech - 03 September 2012 - New Scientist

Waste water harnessed to make electricity and plastics - tech - 03 September 2012 - New Scientist | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
The treatment of waste water can be used to create energy and biodegradable plastics...
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World's biggest offshore windfarm planned off Scottish coast

World's biggest offshore windfarm planned off Scottish coast | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
Scheme with enough capacity to power 40% of Scottish households has been submitted for planning permission...

 

The £4.5bn complex would have 339 turbines covering 300 square kilometres off Caithness, making it 50% bigger than the giant London Array scheme off Kent. It is expected to be the first in a series of deep water schemes under "Round 3" licensing.

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Don't give climate change heretics an easy ride

Don't give climate change heretics an easy ride | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
Jay Griffiths: Climate change heretics rarely have a science background, but editors are still happy to air their views...

 

No one would want a novelist to perform brain surgery with her biro. No one would want a man with a PhD in political science to then write textbooks claiming that those misadventures are best medical practice.

Society understands the architecture of academia and knows there are relevant qualifications in different fields, and the media accepts the idea of specialisations and accords greater respect to those with greater expertise. With one exception: climate science.

When it comes to this academic discipline, it seems that if you are a specialist in public sector food-poisoning surveillance or possess a zoology doctorate on sexual selection in pheasants, editors will seek your contrarian views more avidly than if you have qualifications in climate science and a lifetime's professional expertise. The press is further littered with climate "heretics" almost all of whom have academic backgrounds in history, literature, and the classics with a diploma in media studies. (All these examples are true.) One botanist trying to argue that glaciers were advancing took his data (described as simply false by the World Glacier Monitoring Service) from a former architect.

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UPDATE 5-Chile top court rejects $5 bln Castilla power project | Reuters

* $5 bln, 2,100-MW thermoelectric plant struck down * Project can be resubmitted, supreme court says * MPX, E.ON say to re-evaluate business strategy in Chile * Environmental groups blast controversial...
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Brand new

Brand new | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it

AMERICANS can stop worrying about China’s plans to take over their country. The worst has already happened: on July 25th Lenovo, a Chinese computer firm, announced a deal to sponsor the National Football League. America will continue to provide muscle-bound linebackers, but the Chinese will provide the clever laptops and desktops that make their tussles possible.

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New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third

New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
The EU's proposals for new efficiency standards will have to be accepted by member states and the European parliament...

 

New cars and vans in the European Union will produce one-third less carbon dioxide within eight years, under proposed new rules set out on Wednesday in Brussels.

By 2020, the average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95g of carbon dioxide per kilometre driven, a cut of more than 40g from today's levels and of 35g/km compared with the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted.

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A thought-provoking analysis of the debt crisis

A thought-provoking analysis of the debt crisis | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it

Few can claim to have predicted the scale of the financial meltdown of the past few years, but Richard Duncan, an economist with a career in finance, made a good attempt.

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What is cement and its history? | Cement Science

Cement, the gray and fine powder, is the most used construction material on the world. However, how many people do they know what cement is? the answer for this question from Wikipedia is as follows, In the most general ...
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The activation theory of slag in blended cement | Cement Science

As it is well-known, the activation of latent slag in blended cement is implemented by calcium hydroxide (CH, Ca(OH)2) which is the main cause maintain the high pH value of pore solution. The activation happens as the break ...
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Cement sales increase - Business News | IOL Business | IOL.co.za

Cement sales increase - Business News | IOL Business | IOL.co.za | Industrial Policy | Scoop.it
RT @busrep: Cement sales increase http://t.co/fT8QYvmL...
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Shale Gas Causes First Quarter 2012 US Carbon Emissions To ...

America's energy related carbon emissions fell about 7.5%, during the first three months of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. And first quarter 2012 emissions are approximately 8.5% lower than emissions in the first ...
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Turkey’s steel import value up 15.7 percent in May

In May this year Turkey's iron and steel imports totaled $1.83 billion, increasing by 15.7 percent year on year.
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