Environmentalists, politicians raise concern over National Edible Oil Mission

Given the widespread destruction of rainforests and native biodiversity caused by oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia, environmental experts and politicians are warning that the Union government’s move to promote their cultivation in the northeastern States and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be disastrous. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last […]

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Chinese steel industry urged to quicken green development, intelligent manufacturing

China’s steel industry should accelerate green development and intelligent manufacturing, while curbing capacity expansion, increasing industry concentration, and securing raw material resources, Shen Bin, president of the China Iron and Steel Association, was quoted as saying. Chinese media said he also said the industry must focus on comprehensively enhancing the industrial chain, although maintaining price […]

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India pushes its target of 20% ethanol-blending in petrol up by 5 years: From 2030 to 2025

India has advanced its target date for achieving 20 per cent ethanol-blending in petrol by five years to 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last week, as the world’s third-biggest oil importer looks to cut carbon emissions and reduce reliance on foreign oil. Speaking at the release of ethanol blending road map 2020-25 on the occasion of […]

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Caterpillar teams up with Microsoft to provide standby power to its Swedish data centres

Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives, announced that Microsoft will use Cat C175-20 and C18 generator sets to provide complete standby power solutions in the first phase of data centers under construction in Sweden, a company release by Caterpillar […]

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Indonesia halts deep-sea mining disposal of nickel for environment concerns

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Indonesia will no longer permit mining waste to be disposed in the ocean to allay concerns about the environmental impact of processing nickel used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, a government official and a corporate mining source said. The Southeast Asian nation, the world’s biggest nickel producer, has not officially banned so-called deep sea tailings […]

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India may rationalise Forest Conservation Act to aid mining clearances

The Indian government is looking to rationalise the Forest Conservation Act to expedite lengthy clearances required by miners, Sisir Kumar Ratho, additional director general of forests in the Ministry of Environment, told a conference, adding that the basic policy will be more objective. Even though India is blessed with abundance of mineral wealth, many of […]

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