Archive | April, 2008

Weekly News Roundup

I just came back from a conference called Soaps, Detergents, Oleochemicals, and Personal Care (SODEOPEC) hosted by the American Oil Chemists Society in Orlando, Florida. One session from the conference was dedicated to green, sustainable and environmental issues which I’ll blog about next week.I also wanted to blog about my Disney World experience but I […]

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Amazon’s oil-clean up battle boils

The 14-year old toxic clean-up battle in the Amazon jungle reached a new boiling point when a prestigious environmental award drew the ire of Chevron, the defendant against the ongoing $16bn lawsuit filed by the Amazon Defense Coalition, which represents 80 Ecuadorian communities and five indigenous groups in the class-action suit. This year, two recipients […]

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Trees a crowd says Newsweek

In Newsweek’s April 14 green cover issue, the question remains on who is the greenest among the three US presidential candidates. According to the magazine, several green groups are having a hard time deciding whom to endorse. Obama and CLinton are said to be strong environmental candidates although McCain is reportedly also appealing to some […]

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DuPont’s green survey says…

DuPont has been running around and drilling the minds of consumers (and auto makers) for some green tips. According to a recent company-sponsored survey conducted by Market Tools, 65% of US consumers are willing to pay premium for renewably-sourced products. Other findings include women tending to be more environmentally responsible than men (True or False?); […]

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Green research blooms

Celebrating Earth Day this month seems to bring out more green research and development news which all came out just last week. According to the website Chemie.de, chemists from Virginia Tech have been developing a low-cost hydrogen producing system using plant sugars, water and a cocktail of enzymes. Improving the technology could eventually lead to […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This week, W.R. Grace will finally put to rest its asbestos burden; Ohio wants to energize their state with fuel cells; and fish fertilizer for sale. What’s the most interesting? The lack of solar news! Coup de grace Principals of the law firm Cooney and Conway finally settled their asbestos class action suit against chemical […]

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Let the green shopping begins!

Market data provider Mintel is confirming what most consumers have been seeing in the retail market in the past several years: the bombardment of eco-friendly, sustainable and renewable-based products. Mintel said 328 eco-friendly products were launched last year compared to 5 in 2002. “Manufacturers have responded with everything from recyclable packaging to products that maintain […]

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Coal it off!

International green groups has given the World Bank’s recent announcement of a $4.2bn clean energy investment in India a very coal-d reception. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will finance in the building of a total 4,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant in the Mundra region, with the first 800 mega-watt unit to start […]

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Do you want to ride in this plane?

Boeing said it has successfully flown a hydrogen fuel cell-powered airplane last week, the first in aviation history. Fuel cells have the potential to power small manned and unmanned vehicles and on the long run, could be used as a secondary power-generating systems for large commercial airplanes, said Boeing. However, Boeing does not envision large […]

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Ikea trashes plastic bag

Multinational retailer IKEA finally shelved their use of plastic bags after their one-year program of selling the bags for 5-cents each. IKEA said more than 92% of their customers opted on not buying their plastic bags during the program. The company decided to stop offering plastic bags as well as paper bags altogether starting October […]

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