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A crane carrying with melting steel at the blast furnace Schwelgern 2 at ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Duisburg , Germany (December 12, 2014). Patrik Stollarz/AFP

The ‘circularity paradox’ in the European steel industry

Europe recycles 70% of its steel, but much is exported, turning what should be a circular process into a linear one. Instead, materials need to be circularity-ready the moment they’re manufactured.
It’s a long way from most places, but it is about to host a bigger battery than the world’s biggest, molten salt solar and pumped hydro generation, and a much bigger steelworks. Shutterstock

Looking good. Why Whyalla, of all places, has a sustainable future

Far from being wiped off the map as was once predicted, Whyalla is coming back in an unlikely way, as potentially Australia’s biggest steel producer powered almost entirely by renewable energy.
Kentucky bourbon is among the products targeted with retaliatory tariffs by the EU. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Why trade wars can be perilous: 5 essential reads

Trump has started a trade war with China and much of the world. Here’s what you need to know.
A furnace at Dalian Special Steel Co. Ltd. in China’s Liaoning province. Reuters

How transshipment may undercut Trump’s tariffs

This speed read explores why it’s hard to stop manufacturers in specific countries from dodging trade barriers by pretending that their goods come from somewhere else.
Bush, seen here in 2006, revoked his steel tariffs less than two years after imposing them in 2002. Reuters/Jason Reed

George W. Bush tried steel tariffs. It didn’t work

President Trump slapped steep tariffs on steel imports, echoing protectionist measures taken by Bush in 2002.

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