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Dow Chemical urges US to follow Canada’s lead on Carbon incentives and announces plan to build world’s first net-zero carbon emissions ethylene and derivatives complex in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg Green »

The company will build a new chemical facility and retrofit an existing one at its Fort Saskatchewan site that will boost production of ethylene, the key building block of everyday plastics, eventually reducing net emissions to zero by 2030. It will use waste gases to make hydrogen, which in turn will be used as a fuel source, while also capturing and storing carbon emissions.

“Canada has a price on carbon, and also has the policies and investment support to help us invest in low carbon technologies like this,” Chief Executive Officer Jim Fitterling said on call with reporters. Dow “would like to see an emissions trading system” in the U.S. to encourage more low-carbon projects, he said.

When completed, the Fort Saskatchewan facilities will decarbonize about 20% of Dow’s global ethylene capacity, while increasing polyethylene supply by about 15%, the company said. It will be a stepping stone towards Dow’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

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Also » Dow Chemical Press Release 

 

Good News » WHO approves Mosquirix, the world’s first malaria vaccine

Apoorva Mandavilli, NY Times » 

By one estimate, it will save tens of thousands of children each year.

Malaria kills about half a million people each year, nearly all of them in sub-Saharan Africa — including 260,000 children under 5. The new vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, rouses a child’s immune system to thwart Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest of five malaria pathogens and the most prevalent in Africa.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the vaccine, the first step in a process that should lead to wide distribution in poor countries. To have a malaria vaccine that is safe, moderately effective and ready for distribution is a historic event, said Dr. Pedro Alonso, director of the W.H.O.’s global malaria program.

The vaccine, called Mosquirix, is not just a first for malaria — it is the first developed for any parasitic disease. Parasites are much more complex than viruses or bacteria, and the quest for a malaria vaccine has been underway for a hundred years.

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Also » STAT / BBC / France 24 / The Guardian / Mother Jones / Al Jazeera / CBC

Kawasaki plans to switch to electric motorcycles by 2035

Nikkei »

Currently there are no Kawasaki motorcycles that are powered by electricity, but it plans to introduce more than 10 electric models by 2025. The goal is to completely switch over to electric motorcycles by 2035 in Japan, Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia. The company plans to launch hybrid and all electric versions. It also plans develop engines that run on hydrogen.

Kawasaki Heavy’s motorcycle sales came to 380,000 vehicles in 2020. Despite a global market share of only around 1%, Kawasaki has a strong presence in Japan and North America with its mainstay, brand-name large motorcycles. Global demand for motorcycles was about 44.5 million vehicles in 2020, down about 20% from the previous year due to the pandemic, but appetite for the two wheelers is now growing because they are seen as relatively safe an infectious-disease-conscious world. Kawasaki will seek to expand its market share by focusing on decarbonization, a goal in line with government policies around the world.

Honda holds the crown as the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. It says it aims to decarbonize by 2050 but has yet to give specific timeline. Yamaha Motor has set a goal of making 90% of its motorcycles electric by 2050. An executive there, however, acknowledges that batteries are hard to come by when competing with passenger cars.

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Ottawa now requires all federal public servants and RCMP to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 29

Federal workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the month or be forced into an unpaid leave of absence. Other new rules are also being introduced, such as mandatory vaccination for all air, rail and marine travellers effective Oct. 30.

John Paul Tasker, CBC » 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his government’s mandatory vaccine policy today — a mandate that will require public servants to either get their shots by month’s end or be forced into an unpaid leave of absence. All would-be travellers must also be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30 to board planes, trains or marine vessels.

Reference »  Gov’t of Canada »

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