Archive | March, 2008

Hurray! for Cow Power

Don’t wrinkle your nose on this news but according to Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), two million happy dairy cows in California could make other states’ energy sector green with envy. PG&E and BioEnergy Solutions recently started their biogas-to-pipeline injection project in Fresno County to produce renewable natural gas from animal waste. BioEnergy said […]

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Chem council’s new retail “fixer”

The American Chemistry Council created a new position called managing director for retail sustainability, to safeguard the interests of the chemical industry against the growing bans, regulations and standards on certain chemicals being initiated by major retailers as part of their sustainability initiatives. “Retailers are looking at a number of different ways to establish and […]

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ADM on eco-hot seat

Archer Daniels Midland’s CEO Patricia Woertz was ambushed by several members of the Rainforest Action Network at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO: nomics conference in California last week, demanding she sign a petition for ADM to stop using palm oil from endangered forests in Southeast Asia, according to the WSJ’s blog Environmental Capital. The WSJ […]

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Alcohols gone green

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I discovered some interesting green activities in the global alcoholic beverage industry. Five top UK brewers, SabMiller, Scottish & Newcastle, Marston’s, Wells & Young’s, Frederic Robinson’s Ltd., have adopted lighter-weight glass bottles for their beers, ales and wines, according to the non-profit organization Waste & Resources Action Programme […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Time flies when you have so much news to work on, and in the green world, journalists are bombarded by it. Here are this week’s news roundup : EPA says switch them out To date, one million switches, which contains minute amount of mercury, have been removed from scrapped vehicles through the National Vehicle Mercury […]

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Pulp non-fiction

Research scientists from the US Department of Agriculture is trying to help cut costs in bioplastics production using sugar beet pulp. According to them, the cheap pulp, currently used as a livestock feed or a pet feed ingredient can be converted into a specialized filler material for polylactic acid-based plastics. PLA is said to be […]

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Stock picks: Solar in, biofuel out

2008 could still be a bad year for ethanol stocks but brighter for solar, according to this excerpt from the Wall Street Transcript’s Alternative energy report. In the report, Pavel Molchanov of Raymond James & Associates said the solar sector will continue to thrive despite the US recession largely because demand is largely tied to […]

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Clean and green…and deadly?

This recent news from the New York Times proves that all chemicals, whether they’re renewable-based, petroleum-based or in between, can be toxic if not handled properly. The US biodiesel industry, still at its toddler stage, is finding a few of its members bypassing environmental compliance and have been fined for polluting several rivers with biodiesel […]

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Cosmetic confusion

Certifications of natural and organic cosmetics and personal care is proliferating worldwide, and could cause further consumer confusions, according to Organic Monitor. In North America, retailer Whole Foods announced their own premium body care standards. Certification companies Certech of Canada and NSF International based in Michigan also have their own standards, with Certech’s already available […]

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Green is boring?

A recent survey conducted by YouGov Plc said people in the UK are bored hearing about news on carbon dioxide emissions, with some not really understanding what is it all about. What should green groups do to make the issue about carbon dioxide emissions more exciting? Coz’ I sure need some pumping up on my […]

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