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Extraction of raw materials could rise 60% by 2060 – and making mining ‘greener’ won’t stop the damage

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Due to be published later this month by the UN’s International Resource Panel, it highlights how global consumption of raw materials, having increased four-fold since 1970, is set to rise by a further 60% by 2060.

Key Points: 
  • Due to be published later this month by the UN’s International Resource Panel, it highlights how global consumption of raw materials, having increased four-fold since 1970, is set to rise by a further 60% by 2060.
  • Already, the technosphere — the totality of human-made products, from airports to Zimmer frames — is heavier than the biosphere.
  • The mining industry requires the annexation of large tracts of land for extraction and transportation; its energy consumption has more than tripled since the 1970s.

Critical raw materials

  • “Critical” and “strategic” raw materials are those that face supply risk either in their scarcity or their geographical concentration, and which the major powers require for their military sectors and for competitive advantage in tech industries.
  • Right now, the race for critical materials is geopolitical: each major power wants to secure supplies in allied countries.
  • Critical raw materials are indispensable to the green transition too.

Urban mining

  • There is scope for urban mining: for example, locating copper from inactive underground power cables or recovering elements from construction waste, sewage, incinerator ash and other garbage zones.
  • The current economic system makes extractive mining cheaper and easier than urban mining.
  • Urban mining by contrast is often labour-intensive and requires a complex and state-enforced regulation of waste streams.
  • In short, there is nothing intrinsically “green” about urban mining or the circular economy.

Is degrowth the answer?

  • The insufficiency of engineering and green growth programmes has informed the waxing interest in “degrowth” strategies.
  • According to degrowth advocate Jason Hickel, political means should be forged through which to plan priority sectors.
  • Reducing luxury and wasteful sectors such as SUVs, aviation and fast fashion would free up critical materials for the green transition.


Gareth Dale does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Genesee Brewery Transitions from Plastic to Eco-friendly Ring Carriers

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Genesee Brewery recently announced a shift to eco-friendly, sustainable ring carriers on all six packs of 12 oz. and 16 oz. cans of Genesee beer. These carriers are now made using 50 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and break down when exposed to UV light.

Key Points: 
  • ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Genesee Brewery recently announced a shift to eco-friendly, sustainable ring carriers on all six packs of 12 oz.
  • These carriers are now made using 50 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and break down when exposed to UV light.
  • Shifting to more sustainable packaging is a step forward," said Mike Duemmel, director, Genesee Brewery.
  • The company plans to deliver a 100 percent recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable alternative for ring carriers by 2025.

@PSP Issue 9, february 2024

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With the format “@PSP”, we provide insights into the diverse activities of PSP Swiss Property and comment on current topics.

Key Points: 
  • With the format “@PSP”, we provide insights into the diverse activities of PSP Swiss Property and comment on current topics.
  • At PSP Swiss Property, we regularly organise information events for the entire workforce on current topics.
  • PSP Swiss Property has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since March 2000 (symbol: PSPN, security number: 1829415, ISIN CH0018294154).
  • None of the information in this press release constitutes an offer of securities for sale in the United States.

Tellurian Receives FERC Extension for Driftwood LNG

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Tellurian Inc. (Tellurian) (NYSE American: TELL) announced today that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an extension to its order authorizing the construction of Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Key Points: 
  • Tellurian Inc. (Tellurian) (NYSE American: TELL) announced today that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an extension to its order authorizing the construction of Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana.
  • Tellurian applied for the extension last year to ensure it had enough time to complete the construction of all five plants of the facility.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240214672559/en/
    Driftwood LNG January 2024 (Photo: Business Wire)
    Chief Executive Officer Octávio Simões said, “Tellurian thanks FERC for working with our team to ensure the safe construction of Driftwood LNG.
  • FERC has been diligent in its oversight, having visited the site 19 times already, and provided careful examination of this extension request.

4 WAYS THE BEEM BY START UP MUDO LABS ON KICKSTARTER WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY YOU MASTER YOUR MOOD

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SINGAPORE, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Here's a reality check: stress levels in the workplace have reached an all-time high. According to the Global Workplace 2021 Report, 43 percent of respondents in over 100 countries claim to have experienced stress.

Key Points: 
  • According to the Global Workplace 2021 Report, 43 percent of respondents in over 100 countries claim to have experienced stress.
  • Enter The Beem, an innovative device by Singapore-based startup Mudo Labs which lets you master your mood through a combination of acupressure, aromachology and breath control.
  • The Beem by Mudo Labs is pretty slick, letting you switch out six scent cartridges based on your mood.
  • Each one is packed with responsibly sourced all-natural essential oils extracted from plants like moringa and damiana, so you're the master of your own mood.

4 WAYS THE BEEM BY START UP MUDO LABS ON KICKSTARTER WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY YOU MASTER YOUR MOOD

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Friday, February 16, 2024

SINGAPORE, Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Here's a reality check: stress levels in the workplace have reached an all-time high. According to the Global Workplace 2021 Report, 43 percent of respondents in over 100 countries claim to have experienced stress.

Key Points: 
  • According to the Global Workplace 2021 Report, 43 percent of respondents in over 100 countries claim to have experienced stress.
  • Enter The Beem, an innovative device by Singapore-based startup Mudo Labs which lets you master your mood through a combination of acupressure, aromachology and breath control.
  • Think of it as your pocket-sized mood maestro, blending ancient wellness knowledge with some seriously cool tech — all of which is backed by science.
  • The Beem by Mudo Labs is pretty slick, letting you switch out six scent cartridges based on your mood.

CNEY Released Its Audited Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2023

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Inc. (NASDAQ: CNEY) today announced its audited financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2023 ("Fiscal 2023").

Key Points: 
  • Inc. (NASDAQ: CNEY) today announced its audited financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2023 ("Fiscal 2023").
  • CNEY reported revenue of approximately $57.90 million for Fiscal 2023, marking a 44.0 percent increase compared to the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022 ("Fiscal 2022").
  • Despite the revenue increase, CNEY faced a net loss of approximately $5.6 million, resulting in a loss per share of $0.10 for Fiscal 2023, compared to an earnings per share of $0.10 in Fiscal 2022.
  • During Fiscal 2023, CNEY's total assets grew by 32.7%, from approximately $94.94 million as of September 30, 2022 to approximately $126.20 million as of September 30, 2023.

20°C seems the optimal temperature for life on Earth to thrive – what does this mean in a warming world?

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We know many species can live at much colder or warmer temperatures than humans.

Key Points: 
  • We know many species can live at much colder or warmer temperatures than humans.
  • This means biological processes increase in line with temperature, reach a maximum, and then rapidly decline when it gets too hot.
  • When the number of species was plotted against the average annual temperature, there was a decline above 20°C.
  • Read more:
    Remote Pacific coral reef shows at least some ability to cope with ocean warming – new study

Biological processes and biodiversity

  • Research in Tasmania modelled the growth rates of microbes and multi-cellular organisms and found the most stable temperature for their biological processes was also 20°C.
  • This “Corkrey model” built on other studies showing 20°C was the most stable temperature for biological molecules.


marine and freshwater species’ tolerance of low oxygen
marine pelagic (open water living) and benthic (seabed living) algal productivity and fish predation rates on bait
global species richness in pelagic fishes, plankton, benthic invertebrates and fossil molluscs
and genetic diversity.
There were also increased extinctions in the fossil record when temperatures exceeded 20°C.

Increased species richness

  • While many species have evolved to live at warmer and colder temperatures, most species live at 20°C.
  • As species evolve to live at temperatures above and below 20°C, their thermal niche gets wider.
  • In turn, this should maximise species richness across all domains of life, from bacteria to the multi-cellular plants and animals.

Predicting the effects of climate change

  • This means the many marine species that can adapt to global warming by shifting their geographic distribution are unlikely to go extinct due to climate change.
  • Despite the complexity of multi-cellular species, it is remarkable that the cellular-level temperature efficiencies are reflected in those other aspects of biodiversity.
  • Exactly why 20°C is pivotal and energy-efficient for cellular processes may be due to the molecular properties of water associated with cells.


Mark John Costello received funding from the Royal Society of New Zealand-Te Apārangi that contributed to this research.. Ross Corkrey does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Herbal medicinal product: Echinaceae purpureae radixArray, C: ongoing call for scientific data

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Overview

Key Points: 
  • Overview
    This is a summary of the scientific conclusions reached by the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) on the medicinal uses of purple coneflower root.
  • The HMPC conclusions are taken into account by EU Member States when evaluating applications for the licensing of herbal medicines containing purple coneflower root.
  • Purple coneflower root preparations may also be found in combination with other herbal substances in some herbal medicines.
  • Key facts
    - Latin name
    - Echinaceae purpureae radix
    - English common name
    - Purple Coneflower Root
    - Botanical name
    Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench.