Every climate initiative must be road tested in the developing world – and adequate funding is essential
1st August 2021 by

The views expressed in this blog are, as always, my personal views and do not represent the views of...

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As the drift towards a divided world continues, here are some climate change realities
8th July 2021 by

Note that, as always, the views expressed here are personal. Thank you. By John Richardson Executive...

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China styrene demand faces annual decline while imports could fall by 38%
1st July 2021 by

By John Richardson SINCE FEBRUARY this year the ICIS petrochemical data has pointed to a significant...

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The multi-million dollar polymers opportunity: continued big regional price differentials
29th June 2021 by

By John Richardson POLYMER BUYERS outside northeast (NEA) and southeast Asia (SEA) have a big opport...

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More data show how far we still have to go to solve the climate and plastic waste crises
27th June 2021 by

By John Richardson SEE THE END section of this blog post for a dystopian version of our environmenta...

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China PP demand could fall by 1m tonnes in 2021 but prospects for PE look better despite a weak January-May
24th June 2021 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart confirms that China’s economic slowdown, which began in January...

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The climate challenge can only be met if there is a global price on carbon
22nd June 2021 by

By John Richardson DEVELOPED WORLD oil and gas majors who faced rising investor pressure on greenhou...

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Global polyethylene demand boom likely, increasing the sustainability challenge
15th June 2021 by

By John Richardson IT FEELS LIKE several lifetimes ago. If you recall, way back in November-December...

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The pandemic, climate change, plastic waste and the great divide: the world in 2025
13th June 2021 by

By John Richardson NOBODY SHOULD be surprised that the developing world has fallen behind in the bat...

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Inflation pressures build on prolonged supply chain disruptions
8th June 2021 by

By John Richardson OK, I MAY have got this wrong. Inflation could be a bigger problem than I envisag...

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