2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

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This ranking puts the United States near the back of the industrialized nations, behind France (2 nd ), the United Kingdom (6 th ), Germany (13 th ), Italy (16 th ), Japan (20 th ), and Canada (25 th ).

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Roskill: graphite prices could push higher on tightening markets for batteries & electrodes

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First, environmental plant closures in the raw material coal needle coke industry hampered the production of graphite electrodes. The focus for new natural graphite development remains in Africa, where almost 1 Mtpy of additional concentrate capacity has the potential to come online by 2027 with projects in Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania. China remains the center of the graphite industry.

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EU Launches 37M Next-Generation Integrated Biorefinery Project

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To do this, it has put together a project consortium that covers the whole biomass production chain, including researchers, companies in the (bio)chemical industry and European organizations. The project partners come from 14 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Madagascar, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Work has begun on a new EU-funded project to improve the performance of Europe’s biorefineries.