Eni reports important new discovery offshore Congo

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miles) offshore Congo. Eni, which holds 65% of the Marine XII Block, quickly activated with the joint venture’s partners New Age (25%) and the national company SNPC (Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo, 10%) the studies to ensure a rapid commercial development of these significant hydrocarbon reserves with the aim of launching a first oil production from 2016.

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Scientists at KU Leuven, University of Lubumbashi reveal the health risks of cobalt mining in DR Congo

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Around 60% of the world’s cobalt supply comes from the mineral-rich Katanga Copper belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This field study provides novel and robust empirical evidence that the artisanal extraction of cobalt that prevails in the DR Congo may cause toxic harm to vulnerable communities. Demand for cobalt has been on the increase due to its many applications.

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Volkswagen joins “Cobalt for Development” initiative

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Volkswagen says that it is actively engaging in improving artisanal cobalt mining conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as the living conditions for people in the surrounding communities. The pilot project intends to strengthen legal compliance and improve health and safety conditions as well as social well-being in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 70% of the world’s cobalt resources are located.

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In 2017, Australia, Chile, and Argentina produced 91% of the world’s lithium

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The Democratic Republic of Congo produced 59% of the world’s cobalt. Some key materials used for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries are lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and natural graphite, which come from more than 30 different countries. In 2017, Australia, Chile, and Argentina produced 91% of all lithium while the rest of the world supplied the remaining 9%. Other lithium-ion battery materials, such as nickel, have a more even distribution of production throughout the world.

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BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics launch cross-industry project to support sustainable cobalt mining

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As part of a cross-industry initiative, the BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a joint cobalt pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The world’s largest known reserves of this raw material are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than half of the world’s cobalt mine production comes from the Katanga Copperbelt in DR Congo, according to a study published earlier this year in Nature Sustainability.

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EGC enters trading agreement with Trafigura with the aim to transform the ASM cobalt mining sector in DRC

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Our mission is therefore as much in a perspective of the defence of our most vulnerable communities, as in the affirmation of the central positioning of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has 70 percent of the world reserves of this strategic mineral.

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“Cobalt for Development” project started trainings for mining cooperatives in DRC

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The cross-industry initiative “Cobalt for Development” has started trainings for twelve artisanal mining cooperatives in October in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). —WEF, “Making Mining Safe and Fair: Artisanal cobalt extraction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”. The project has developed interactive training methods and materials that can be adapted to any artisanal cobalt mining cooperative in DR Congo.

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Nature editorial calls for reduction in cobalt in transportation electrification to address scarcity

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The supply of Co is heavily geographically polarized, with the Democratic Republic of Congo providing over 60% of the mined cobalt market volume1. An editorial in the journal Nature says that the reduction and elimination of cobalt in EV batteries must remain a pressing need to continue to address its scarcity. Cobalt is currently the most expensive component used in mainstream passenger EV batteries due to its limited availability.

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Eurasian Resources Group plans NCM material plant for EV batteries

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The precursor plant will be exclusively supplied with cobalt hydroxide from ERG’s Metalkol RTR in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), whose operations are in accordance with recognized responsible and sustainable practices as set out in the ERG Clean Cobalt Framework.

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UN report highlights urgent need to tackle impact of EV battery production boom

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For example, two-thirds of all cobalt production happens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be addressed urgently.

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Study finds cobalt supply can meet demand for EVs and electronics batteries through 2030

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Roughly 60% of mined cobalt is sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A study by a team from MIT, with colleagues from Alfred University, UC Berkeley, and RIT, has found that supplies of cobalt—a critical material in some battery chemistries—is adequate in the short-term (up to 2030), but that the industry needs to invest in additional efficient refining and recycling capacity, so it can continue to meet demand.

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Yergin: overwhelming number of new car sales will be EVs in coming decades, but 2/3 of global fleet to remain gasoline-powered in 2050

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And more than 50% of global cobalt supply comes from one place: the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Electric vehicles will make up as many as 8 out of 10 new cars sold in 2050, but it will still be a long road before they dislodge gasoline as the predominant fuel in transportation, IHS Markit Vice Chairman Daniel Yergin writes in his new book, The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations.

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BMW Group adopts new approaches for a more sustainable battery cell supply chain; focus on cobalt

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The BMW Group has now set itself the goal of enhancing the transparency of its battery cell supply chain and exploring options for model projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The BMW Group is also currently working with an independent partner on a feasibility study to explore to what extent the social and ecological situation can be sustainably improved through model mines for artisanal mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Cobalt Blockchain and DLT Labs form JV to release Mintrax blockchain platform for mineral traceability

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The transactional flow of Mintrax is based on COBC’s operational experience trading certified-conflict-free metals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and work with due-diligence program design firm BetterChain, as well as DLT’s deep-bench supply chain and logistics experience with IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric blockchain. Cobalt Blockchain Inc.(COBC) COBC) and DLT Labs Inc.

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Mercedes-Benz to source only battery cells with cobalt & lithium from certified mining sites; significantly reducing cobalt

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This approach will be taken with a limited number of cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, auditing them against a series of specific sets of requirements in the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining.

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DOE issues RFI to strengthen battery critical materials supply chains

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In 2019, 64% of the world’s Co mine production was supplied by the Democratic Republic of Congo, with most of the processing occurring in China. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a request for information (RFI) ( DOE-FOA-0002358 ) on challenges and opportunities in the upstream and midstream critical-materials battery supply chains.

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GlobalData: Global lithium production to triple over the next four years

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million tons; Congo (Kinshasa), Russia, and Serbia, 1 million tons each; Czechia, 840,000 tons; Zimbabwe, 500,000 tons; Spain, 400,000 tons; Mali, 200,000 tons; Brazil and Mexico, 180,000 tons each; Portugal, 100,000 tons; and Austria, 50,000 tons. High growth in demand for lithium batteries is spurring three-fold growth in mine production of lithium over the next four years, with 86kt of new lithium metal capacity coming on stream, according to data and analytics company GlobalData.

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IDTechEx: market for EV powertrain materials to reach $47B by 2030

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It is also a very expensive material with its supply and mining confined to a large majority in China and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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CLEE, NRGI studying ways to improve sustainability and governance across EV battery supply chain

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Specifically, the heavy concentration of global cobalt reserves in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, where more than half of global cobalt production originates) has significant impacts on the human rights risks associated with the battery supply chain due to significant governance challenges in the country.

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JRC: Europe must take steps to boost supply of cobalt for EV batteries

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On the one hand, more than half of the worldwide supply (126,000 tonnes) is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The coming electric vehicle boom will significantly increase the demand for cobalt in the EU and globally. As a result, demand is expected to exceed supply already in 2020 and the EU must take steps to boost supply and curb demand without hindering the growth in electric vehicles, according to a new JRC (Joint Research Center) report.

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Roskill: Spread of COVID-19 threatens cobalt supply; bottlenecks out of DRC

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Markets have already shown concern amid South Africa’s announcement of a five-week lockdown from late March, and following a 48-hour lockdown in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) Haut Katanga region because of positive tests for COVID-19. As COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, the pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the global economy and commodity markets, including cobalt.

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Jervois to acquire SMP nickel & cobalt refinery in Brazil; concentrate from Idaho for refining, cobalt metal back to US

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Jervois Mining Limited will acquire 100% of the Sao Miguel Paulista nickel and cobalt refinery (SMP Refinery) in the Brazilian State of Sao Paulo from Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA) (an investee company of Votorantim, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Latin America).

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Bank of America: Oil Demand Growth to Hit Zero Within a Decade, EVs the Culprit

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Roughly 62 percent global cobalt output is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. By 2030, oil demand could hit a peak and then enter decline, according to a new report. For the next decade or so, oil demand should continue to grow, although at a slower and slower rate. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the annual increase in global oil consumption slows dramatically in the years ahead. By 2024, demand growth halves, falling to just 0.6

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2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

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India and Bangladesh come in near the bottom of the rankings, with Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nepal rounding out the bottom five. The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. The EPI uses three indicators to measure air quality: household solid fuel use; PM 2.5 average exposure, and PM 2.5 exceedance of WHO thresholds.

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Get Your Monkeywrenches Ready! Politicians Beg For Climate Change Wake Up Call

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Greenpeace is calling on the G8 leaders to agree to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius, ensure that global emissions peak by 2015, commit to cutting emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, invest $106 billion in adaptation and mitigation in developing countries, and establish a fund to stop deforestation in the Amazon, Congo Basin and Indonesia by 2015.

Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network moves towards operationalization; Volvo Cars joins; launched by IBM, Ford, Volkswagen Group

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In initial testing, the RSBN blockchain demonstrated how cobalt produced at Huayou’s industrial mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could be traced through the supply chain to LG Chem’s cathode and battery plant in South Korea, and then to its final destination, a Ford plant in the United States.

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UN: world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and could peak at nearly 11 billion around 2100

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The new population projections indicate that nine countries will make up more than half the projected growth of the global population between now and 2050: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and the United States of America (in descending order of the expected increase). The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7

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Ford, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem, RCS Global launch blockchain pilot to address concerns in strategic mineral supply chains; cobalt to start

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For this pilot based on a simulated sourcing scenario, Cobalt produced at Huayou’s industrial mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be traced through the supply chain as it travels from mine and smelter to LG Chem’s cathode plant and battery plant in South Korea, and finally into a Ford plant in the United States.

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Study finds large-scale ramp-up in biofuel crops could result in warming in some tropical regions, cooling in temperate and polar regions

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°C in the Amazon Basin and the eastern part of the Congo Basin. Global land-use changes caused by a major ramp-up in biofuel crops—enough to meet about 10% of the world’s energy needs—could make some regions warmer, according to a new integrated modeling study by researchers from MIT and the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole.

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Low-lying and other vulnerable countries calling for fast action on non-CO2 global warming pollutants

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The Parties included Micronesia and other small island nations, the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Congo, Nigeria, the 27 countries of the EU, as well as Japan, the US, Canada, and Mexico. Led by the tiny Pacific island of the Federated States of Micronesia, a growing group of low-lying islands and other vulnerable countries are calling for fast action on the approximately 50% of global warming that is caused by pollutants other than carbon dioxide (CO 2 ).

Research groups identify function of three plant proteins; potential boost for seed oil production

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First authors of the paper are Micheline Ngaki, a Fulbright Scholar from the Congo and a graduate student in genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State; Gordon Louie, a research scientist at the Salk Institute; and Philippe. The blue areas in this thale cress plant indicate where the FAP1 gene is expressed, according to Iowa State researchers. The blue areas also correspond to regions where high fatty acids would be synthesized by the plant. Larger photo.

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GE study finds 5% of worlds natural gas production wasted per year by flaring

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Elsewhere in West Africa, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and Cameroon collectively waste about 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas every year. Gas-flaring countries and trends. Click to enlarge. A newly released GE study — Flare Gas Reduction: Recent Global Trends and Policy Considerations —estimates that 5% of the world’s natural gas production is wasted by burning or “flaring” unused gas each year, despite some progress on the flaring issue.

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Korean consortium forming JV with Bolivian miner Comibol for lithium production in Salar de Uyuni

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million tons of identified lithium resources, respectively, while Brazil, Congo, and Serbia each contain approximately 1 million tons. Korea Herald. A Korean consortium including Korea Resources Corp. KORES ) and steelmaker POSCO has entered an agreement with Bolivia’s state-run miner Comibol (Corporación Minera de Bolivia) to set up a joint venture to produce lithium intended for lithium-ion batteries.

Researchers Finds Lake Tanganyika Has Experienced Unprecedented Warming Over Last Century

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Lake Tanganyika is bordered by Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia—four of the poorest countries in the world, according to the United Nations Human Development Index. A team of researchers led by Brown University has found that Lake Tanganyika in east Africa—the second-oldest and the second-deepest lake in the world—has experienced unprecedented warming in the last century.

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