Materials industry

In this June 17, 2019, photo, a salesclerk puts goods into a paper bag after a customer purchased them, at a Seven-Eleven store in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Seven & i Holdings Co., a major Japanese convenience store operator, announced on May, 2019, a plan to replace all plastic shopping bags with paper by 2030 and all plastic packaging with paper, biodegradable or other reusable materials at its nearly 21,000 stores nationwide. Japan, as host of the Group of 20 Summit this weekend, hopes to lead the world in reducing plastic waste. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
June 26, 2019 - 8:37 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped. But as world leaders descend on Osaka...
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In this June 18, 2019, photo, a plastic recycling company worker sorts out plastic bottles collected for processing at Tokyo Petbottle Recycle Co., Ltd, in Tokyo. Japan has a plastic problem. Single bananas here are sometimes wrapped in plastic. So are individual pieces of vegetables, fruit, pastries, pens and cosmetics. Plastic-wrapped plastic spoons come with every ice cream cup. But as world leaders descend on Osaka for the two-day G20 Summit that starts Friday, June 28, Japan has ambitions to become a world leader in reducing plastic waste. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
June 25, 2019 - 11:35 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped. But as world leaders descend on Osaka...
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In this June 18, 2019, photo, a plastic recycling company worker sorts out plastic bottles collected for processing at Tokyo Petbottle Recycle Co., Ltd, in Tokyo. Japan has a plastic problem. Single bananas here are sometimes wrapped in plastic. So are individual pieces of vegetables, fruit, pastries, pens and cosmetics. Plastic-wrapped plastic spoons come with every ice cream cup. But as world leaders descend on Osaka for the two-day G20 Summit that starts Friday, June 28, Japan has ambitions to become a world leader in reducing plastic waste. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
June 25, 2019 - 11:23 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped. But as world leaders descend on Osaka...
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FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Environmental Protection Agency documents show that its staffers were critical of how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. And they show the EPA officials concluded the permit would violate federal law because it lacked specific water pollution limits. The EPA released the documents after a court challenge by WaterLegacy. Environmental attorney Paula Maccabee says the EPA's concerns weren't reflected in PolyMet's final water pollution permit. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
June 25, 2019 - 6:39 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A district court must determine if state environmental regulators improperly sought to suppress a federal agency's serious concerns about the pollution risks arising from a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The St. Paul-...
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FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Environmental Protection Agency documents show that its staffers were critical of how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. And they show the EPA officials concluded the permit would violate federal law because it lacked specific water pollution limits. The EPA released the documents after a court challenge by WaterLegacy. Environmental attorney Paula Maccabee says the EPA's concerns weren't reflected in PolyMet's final water pollution permit. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
June 25, 2019 - 5:26 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A district court must determine if state environmental regulators improperly sought to suppress a federal agency's serious concerns about the pollution risks arising from a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The St. Paul-...
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A plume of smoke rises during a fire at Indorama Ventures petrochemical plant in San Roque, near Algeciras, southern Spain, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Authorities have evacuated nearby homes and closed roads around the plant, located about 650 kilometers (400 miles) south of Madrid. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
June 25, 2019 - 1:22 pm
MADRID (AP) — A fire at a petrochemical plant in southern Spain has sent a massive plume of black smoke into the air near Gibraltar. The blaze broke out Tuesday at an industrial zone near Algeciras. The Andalusian emergency service said on Twitter that the plant owner, Indorama Ventures, says there...
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Numerous environmental activists walk to the site of the Garzweiler open-cast mine in Garzweiler, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2019. The protests for more climate protection in the Rhineland continue. ( David Young/dpa via AP)
June 23, 2019 - 10:06 am
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of climate activists called an end to their protest Sunday inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger, and authorities pulled some protesters out. The Garzweiler lignite coal mine has been the...
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Numerous environmental activists walk to the site of the Garzweiler open-cast mine in Garzweiler, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2019. The protests for more climate protection in the Rhineland continue. ( David Young/dpa via AP)
June 23, 2019 - 8:44 am
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of climate activists ended a protest inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines Sunday after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger, and authorities pulled some protesters out. The Garzweiler lignite coal mine was a focal point of...
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Numerous environmental activists walk on a roadway on the site of the Garzweiler open-cast mine in Garzweiler, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2019. The protests for more climate protection in the Rhineland continue. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)
June 23, 2019 - 8:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on climate protests around a coal mine in western Germany (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Hundreds of climate activists have ended their protest inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave and authorities pulled some protesters...
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Numerous environmental activists walk to the site of the Garzweiler open-cast mine in Garzweiler, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2019. The protests for more climate protection in the Rhineland continue. ( David Young/dpa via AP)
June 23, 2019 - 6:01 am
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of climate activists are keeping up their protest inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines despite police orders to leave the place immediately, citing life-threatening danger. Authorities pulled out some of the protesters from the Garzweiler lignite coal mine in...
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