Shale gas – the need for a coordinated policy

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The UK is stepping up the pace of the search of new shale gas deposits. The state authorities are becoming more and more actively involved in the support of the shale investments. The British example may soon show whether subsidizing the commercial excavation of shale gas is profitable, and whether state aid helps to achieve independence from energy resources imported from overseas.

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Strategic investment

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Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY has focused on developing production, increasing the range of products in its portfolio, improving the quality of products, and on environmental protection. We are currently directing our efforts to making the industrial processes in Our Works more flexible.

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Vertical farming

| Production & Resources |

Vertical farming stands for the production of food in a purpose-build, multistory buildings. Although the term sounds futuristic, such structures exist already and more are currently being planned or built.

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10 years of Polish agriculture in EU

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The celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Poland joining the European Union provide a good opportunity to sum up various processes, including the changes which have taken place in the Polish countryside during this time. Despite fears expressed before the accession, the majority of agricultural manufacturers appreciate our presence in the structures of united Europe.

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Family farms are the future

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According to up-to-date research about family-owned farms, such businesses are very productive and may be able to feed all the people in the world. Their development could be the way to ensure food supply safety for the constantly growing population.

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Future in shale gas

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Voting in of the shale gas bill by the Polish government was the first breakthrough on the path to the excavation of the resource. Another major step is the launch of Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal in Świnoujście, which is scheduled in early 2015. The port will open up new opportunities of sourcing natural gas, which will have positive impact on the key sectors of the Polish economy.

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Good climate for industry in Europe?

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The European Commission is intent on limiting carbon dioxide emissions, diligently fulfilling the commitments resulting from the Kyoto Protocol and other conventions on climate protection. At the same time, it is striving to boost the importance of the European manufacturing industry. Are these two EU policy goals compatible?

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An alternative to artificial fertilizers?

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The scientists from Reach Earth Institute in Vermont were seeking for an effective fertilizer, which is not manufactured synthetically. Their immediate pick was at urine.

First experiments proved successful

In 2012 the team initiated a field trial. The scientists believed that if urine contains nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, it may be used for enriching soil. The mineral elements were obtained from the residue present in water treatment plants. The first experiment involved using 600 gallons of urine. The test results were promising, as the efficiency of cereals fertilized in this manner was twice as high as in the areas where cultivated crops were not fertilized.

What the future holds

In 2013 the volunteers provided 3000 gallons of urine. REI staff are preparing another trial, in which as many as 6000 gallons are to be used. According to experts, if the Americans produce 30 billion gallons of urine, they might provide 5 kilograms of fertilizer per person. There are plans to develop drugs based on minerals present in human waste. The application of urine as a fertilizer is possible on a local scale. Nevertheless, practical application of this solution on truly large farms remains a challenge.

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