FridayNov 04, 2022 12:48 pm

Covid-19 Outbreaks Affect China’s Coal Industry as Winter Nears

The restrictions imposed in China to help contain the spread of the coronavirus are pushing up the price of coal and constraining the fuel’s supply. Coal traders show that spot prices for 5,500kcal thermal coal had increased by 9% in October, hitting a seven-month high of 1,650 yuan per ton. Data from the National Health Commission shows that top coal-producing regions in the country have recorded hundreds of coronavirus cases, which has disrupted coal trade. The introduction of strict measures has even made it hard for some mines to ship the fuel out, which has caused production to stall. This…

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ThursdayNov 03, 2022 1:54 pm

Tightening Supply of Nitrogen Fertilizer Raises Concerns About Food Security

The president of Yara International, Svein Tore Holsether, is worried that the production of food may be affected by the tightening of fertilizer supply. Yara International is the largest fertilizer firm in the world, producing, distributing and selling nitrogen-based mineral fertilizers and related industrial products. During the company’s most recent conference call, Holsether stated that Yara was deeply concerned about the state of agriculture globally, noting that global food supply couldn’t be maintained without nitrogen. The increase in the price of natural gas has forced manufacturers of fertilizer to cut down production amid the escalating food crisis. The latest data…

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WednesdayNov 02, 2022 1:25 pm

Utility Firm Considers Switching Coal Facilities into Nuclear Plants

Coal’s contribution to human civilization cannot be understated. It was first used for heating and cooking before fueling the Industrial Revolution. However, centuries after man began using coal, it has become abundantly clear that the fuel has a significant impact on the environment. Decades of burning coal have filled the atmosphere with carbon dioxide and caused the planet to heat up. We are already seeing the impact of this global warming, with some regions of the world experiencing constant droughts and other extreme weather events such as wildfires, extremely low temperatures and flooding. As such, there has been a global…

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TuesdayNov 01, 2022 12:08 pm

Research Shows Need to Consider Consequences of Mercury Mitigation Strategies in Artisanal Mining

New research has highlighted that it is important to focus on the effects of the interventions proposed to limit the use of mercury, which is considered to be a highly toxic pollutant, in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). This conclusion is based on an analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Tokyo and Ritsumeikan University in Japan. The researchers’ objective was to examine the possible unintended consequences of the strategies proposed to minimize emissions and the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining under the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The Minamata Convention, which was launched in…

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