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AUTO SALES: World’s Largest Car Market Reports Second Straight Annual Decline

  • Date: 09-01-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Car sales in China continued to fall in December, capping a second straight annual drop, though a slowing pace of declines suggests the world’s biggest market may be close to a bottom.

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AUTO SALES: New CO2 rules cloud 2020 European sales outlook

  • Date: 09-01-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato: “If you are not ready now in terms of product, production and stock management, you will be dead in January."

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PGM PROJECTS: Mining industry hopes NEPA rules net faster permits

President Trump yesterday took his biggest step yet to fix priority No. 1 for the mining industry. The White House Council on Environmental Quality issued proposed rules that would dramatically accelerate National Environmental Policy Act reviews for mines and land leases, like the Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota and applications for hundreds of millions of tons of coal in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana (Greenwire, Jan. 9).

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EMISSIONS: Air pollution from brake dust may have same harmful effects on immune cells as diesel exhaust

  • Date: 09-01-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: King's College London

Metal particles from the abrasion of brake pads may cause inflammation and reduce the ability of immune cells to kill bacteria a new study has found, similarly to particles derived from diesel exhaust.

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NICKEL: Indonesia approves environmental study for battery-grade nickel plants: minister

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Reuters

Indonesia has approved environmental impact studies for factories to produce battery-grade nickel chemicals in Morowali, Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said on Wednesday.

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HYDROGEN: Western Australia invests in hydrogen studies

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The Western Australian government has announced a A$1.68-million investment to support feasibility studies across seven proposed renewable hydrogen projects to support development of the fledgling industry.

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POTASH: Anglo bids to take over mine in Yorkshire

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: POTASH
  • Source: Financial Times

Anglo American has made a takeover bid for Sirius Minerals, the UK-listed miner struggling to build a giant potash mine on the North York Moors. In a statement, Anglo said it was in advanced discussions with Sirius over a 5.5p a share offer that would value the company at almost £386m.

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CARBONYLATION: Evonik and LIKAT achieve breakthrough in carbonylation chemistry

A research team with leading participation of Evonik has achieved a breakthrough in the field of carbonylation chemistry. Carbonylation is one of the most important types of reaction in the chemical industry. It involves the catalyzed introduction of a CO group (carbonyl group) into organic compounds. For more than 60 years, science and industry had been looking for a way to implement the now successful reaction step.

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