China intends to have more than 110 nuclear reactors in operation by 2030, a goal that could push it past the US, which has about 100 nuclear reactors. China also plans to open research centers to push nuclear power innovation and to build floating nuclear reactors.
Regulators in Australia and the UK have become the first to approve the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Program to allow manufacturers to let consumers know that their products do not contain any palm oil. The trademark is reportedly the first of its kind to verify a complete absence of palm oil in a product.
The EU's OLEUM project, backed by a consortium of 20 international partners, is looking to curtail fraudulent olive oil claims by expanding research and improving assessment technology, as well as developing a Quantitative Panel Test for product evaluation. "We will compile an inventory of existing and emerging fraudulent practices, promoting an open-access knowledge generation and dissemination by making globally available all the information coming from OLEUM research and other reliable sources," said project coordinator Tullia Gallina Toschi.
Coconut oil doesn't have as many drawbacks as partially hydrogenated oils, but it is also not as nutritious as more unsaturated plant oils like olive and canola oil, according to nutrition professor Walter Willett. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and raises HDL cholesterol levels, but it also has more saturated fat than butter and raises LDL more than butter.
The streak of weekly gains in gasoline prices ended last week, with the average price dropping by about 2 cents to $2.32 per gallon nationally, according to GasBuddy. "That trend may continue in the week ahead as oil prices have remained under pressure as the season's close comes into view along with lower gasoline demand and cheaper winter gasoline," GasBuddy Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said.
Apex Clean Energy, Renewable Energy Systems and other firms with wind farms under various stages of development in North Carolina are keeping an eye on the state's activities to decide whether they want to move forward with their projects, writes Neel Keller. Apex Senior Manager of Federal Affairs Kevin Chandler said his company was disappointed by Gov. Roy Cooper's decision to pass an 18-month moratorium on wind, but said it may still advance its Timbermill Wind project.
Some of Home Depot's big box stores in California, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York will have solar energy systems from either GE or Tesla as the company expands its clean energy efforts. Home Depot's solar investment will increase its renewables footprint to over 130 megawatts -- nearing its 135 MW goal set for 2020.
The top-10 favorite brands this year for millennials -- which include Apple, Nike, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Target and Google -- are those that help them represent who they are. "Basically, a brand has to improve a millennials own brand, whether it's making them appear to be socially responsible, ... stylish-looking or even help them be funny," writes Megan Graham.
Much of the crude produced in the Permian Basin over the next few years will be shipped overseas from ports in Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas, to meet rising foreign demand for US oil, according to IHS Markit. IHS Vice President of Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream Kurt Barrow expects US oil exports to increase threefold to about 3 million barrels per day by 2025, with Permian oil making up the bulk of exports.
The Energy Information Administration is expected to report a decline of roughly 3.5 million barrels in US crude inventories for the week ended Friday, according to a Bloomberg survey. The forecast kept West Texas Intermediate futures, currently around $47 per barrel, from falling further, but Global Risk Management analyst Michael Poulsen questions whether the US inventory draws will continue with the driving season almost over.