Rio Tinto and Tsinghua University extend partnership on resources, energy and sustainable development Rio Tinto has further strengthened its partnership with China’s Tsinghua University, signing a new partnership agreement and committing a further 30 million yuan ($4.5 million) over the next five years to support research projects of at the Tsinghua-Rio Tinto Joint Research Centre for Resources, Energy and Sustainable Development.The partnership will continue to focus on sustainability issues, particularly those that support Rio Tinto’s 2050 net zero carbon emissions strategy and the company’s collaboration to reduce carbon emissions and improve environmental performance across the steel value chain as part of the separate Rio Tinto-China Baowu Steel Group-Tsinghua University Partnership.Rio Tinto and Tsinghua University established the Joint Research Centre in 2012 to bring together leading experts from China and around the world to study, generate and share ideas and best practice for sustainable development. Over the last eight years, the partnership has delivered over 90 research papers on sustainability topics, with multiple policy recommendations submitted to the Chinese authorities.Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques and Vice Chairman of China’s National Experts Panel on Climate Change, Tsinghua University former executive vice president He Jiankun witnessed the signing of the agreement to extend the partnership at a ceremony today in Beijing.Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “The Tsinghua-Rio Tinto Joint Research Centre for Resources, Energy and Sustainable Development has already delivered great insight into the outlook of our largest market and our long-term strategic considerations for the transition to a low-carbon economy.”“Extending our strong partnership with Tsinghua University, as one of the leading institutions in China, underscores our commitment to be part of the solution to climate change.”“With China’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2060, the research projects conducted by the Tsinghua-Rio Tinto Centre are likely to become even more relevant to achieving China’s long-term strategic goals.”Tsinghua University vice president You Zheng said “We will strive to build the Joint Research Centre into one of the world’s leading research institutions on energy, resources and sustainable development, and one of the most influential think tanks in China. We hope to continue to work with Rio Tinto to contribute to the sustainable development of humanity, leveraging our complementary advantages for mutual benefit and common development.”About Rio TintoRio Tinto produces materials that are essential to human progress. We have publicly acknowledged the reality of climate change for over two decades and have reduced our emissions footprint by over 30 per cent in the decade to 2020.We have set ambitious emissions targets to reduce our carbon intensity by a further 30% and our absolute emissions by a further 15% by 2030, alongside establishing a $1 billion fund to invest in climate related projects. These targets will bring us a step closer to achieving our long-term goal of becoming net zero emissions by 2050.In 2018, we completed the divestment of our coal assets, becoming the only major mining company not producing fossil fuels. In the same year, we also entered into the Elysis joint venture with Alcoa, with investments from the Government of Quebec and Apple, which is developing a revolutionary process to make aluminium that eliminates all direct greenhouse gas emissions from smelting.In 2019, we entered into a partnership with China’s largest steel producer, China Baowu Steel Group and Tsinghua University to develop and implement new methods to reduce carbon emissions and improve environmental performance across the steel value chain.About Tsinghua UniversityEstablished in 1911, Tsinghua University is one of China’s most prestigious and influential universities. With the motto of “self-discipline and social commitment” and the spirit of “actions speak louder than words”. Tsinghua greatly values the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures, the science and humanities, the ancient and modern. Over the past century, more than 200,000 graduates from Tsinghua have become top talent in China and around the world. Tsinghua is committed to developing innovative solutions that will help solve pressing problems in China and the world, by setting its sight on the frontiers of science and technology that align with the country’s strategic objectives.Category: General /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. 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[Via Dancing Astronaut] Skrillex appeared on a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show, discussing the EDM genre, Deadmau5’s recent shit-talking, Paris Hilton as a DJ, and more. Here are a few choice quotes from the segment, with the full audio streaming below:About EDM Music and popular culture:“I guess naturally because it’s so new, but it’s the cool thing about it. There hasn’t been a genre or platform in music in a long time that’s been so criticized. Because it’s new and people don’t understand it, it makes people look old when they criticize it. The thing about electronic music, as far as the culture goes and the way the kids connect with the music, it’s a lot like a Phish show or Grateful Dead show; we’re constantly producing and making new stuff every single day on the road, and they want to hear all the new records. It’s almost like what a radio DJ does.”About Deadmau5:“The thing about Joel is that he’s kind of in his own lane. His attitude is very specific. He criticizes everybody. He talks shit about everybody. He was posting about me when I was first releasing music and helped a lot, released one of my first EPs on his label. He talks crap about everybody. You can’t take him that seriously or personally. I don’t know what his intentions are, or why he is the way he is. I never felt the need to be competitive with him.”About Paris Hilton:“It is what it is, if people want to go out and pay to see her. I don’t think she makes a million dollars a night I think that’s just a rumor.”The full audio can be heard below:All in all, Skrillex comes across as well-spoken, and attuned to the EDM movement that he represents. What do you think: is the EDM culture a lot like a Phish or Grateful Dead show?The EDM superstar was a panel member at November’s 10th Annual Billboard Touring Conference in New York City for a Keynote Case Study on The Grateful Dead.
To end a monumental year in 2015, the Vermont-based band Twiddle embarked on a cross-country tour supporting their first disc in the dual album, “PLUMP.” The quartet has now released a documentary that gives fans insight to their creative processes while recording the much-anticipated album.Interviews with the band and their fans give an inside look to the phenomenon that is Twiddle, as they make their stop at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA for back to back sold-out shows.The hour-long documentary, filmed by Collective Visions also features live renditions of songs from “PLUMP,” as well as classic Twiddle jams and a special cover of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers. Watch it below: Songs Performed (in order of appearance):Indigo TriggerComplacent Race (tease)Brick of BarleyI’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (Cover)FiveEncore: Lost in the Cold
Manline Mega, which specialises in abnormal loads and project cargo up to 85 tonnes, is adding 20 new trucks to its fleet over the next six months.HLPFI reported in September 2014 that Barloworld Transport acquired an 80 percent shareholding in Kumkani Heavy Haulage. Rebranded under the Manline Kumkani banner, the division boasts a fleet of 12 dedicated trucks, 78 Goldhofer multi-axle modular trailer combinations, and four Faymonville extendable trailers. This allows Manline to customise and extend trailers to transport irregular-shaped abnormal loads of up to 900 tonnes on public roads.Complementing these two divisions, Barloworld Transport group has confirmed that later in February it will establish Barloworld Cranes. Using Liebherr all-terrain cranes and Tadano truck mount cranes, Barloworld Cranes will be able to provide tailored solutions and services for mining clients and projects within the sector.”Having recognised the growing need for a comprehensive turnkey solution within the mining sector, we can now provide a unique abnormal transport and lifting service,” says Neil Henderson, ceo of Barloworld Transport. “Clients can certainly expect to benefit from competitive pricing, improved efficiency and streamlined services delivered by one provider, which will add tremendous value in the long term.”As the first African provider to offer such a wide range of solutions, we are confident that we can grow along with our clients and provide them with the world-class services and solutions they have come to expect,” adds Henderson. “This is in line with our vision to deliver ‘smart’ transport solutions across the continent.”www.barloworld-transport.comwww.manlinegroup.com