Sterlite Copper CEO says plant closure has stopped India’s march to self-sufficiency

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The closure of Sterlite Copper’s Tuticorin plant, which once accounted for nearly 40% of India’s copper output, had been forced by vested interests that did not want the country to become self-sufficient in the critical industrial metal, the company’s chief executive officer said in an interview. The plant was shut down in 2018 following a police firing that […]

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There’s more to coal’s struggles in Asia than just China coronavirus

Asia’s seaborne coal markets stumbled in February 2020, Reuters reports. In addition to the coronavirus outbreak in China, the weakness in coal concentrated in other major importers of the polluting fuel. South Korea’s imports of both thermal and coking coal were particularly hard hit, dropping to 6.9 million tonnes in February from 11.4 million tonnes […]

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India’s Adani, NTPC sought extension of deadlines to curb coal plant emissions

Top Indian coal-fired power generators Adani Power and NTPC Ltd have sought two-to-three-year extensions of deadlines to install emissions-cutting equipment at some plants, according to documents reviewed by Reuters, even as the country battles rampant pollution. The requests mean the two biggest power producers in India are pressuring the government to delay emissions targets for […]

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Soil pollution: facts and figures from FAO

Facts and figures from  Hidden Reality, a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): Production of chemicals grown rapidly in recent decades and is projected to increase annually by 3.4 percent until 2030. Non-OECD countries will be much greater contributors in the future. In 2015, the European chemical industry produced 319 million tonnes of […]

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Soil pollution big threat to agri productivity, food safety – FAO report

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Soil pollution poses a worrisome threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health, but far too little is known about the scale and severity of that threat, warns a new FAO report. Industrialisation, war, mining and the intensification of agriculture have all left a legacy of soil contamination across the planet, while the growth […]

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