Archive | May, 2008

TV news inflames fire retardant fears

Last night’s news on CBS reported the concerns on human exposures to brominated flame retardants especially the chemical Deca, a polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) produced in the US. Deca is also a focus of attention in Europe although a recent study from the European Union indicated that the flame retardant do not pose any risk. […]

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Cosmetics show powdered with green

Attending even just one day and I’m bombarded by green product offerings at last week’s New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) annual trade show in New Jersey. My day started with Evonik’s Lauren Kjeldsen who talked about their new natural cosmetic actives from their partnership with Sabinsa. Evonik also noted that 54 of its […]

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Do you believe in global warming?

If not, then you can sign up in this petition by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, which is urging the US government to reject the Kyoto Protocol and any other climate change proposals. The Institute has already gathered signatures from 31,000 US scientists, according to this report from ICIS news.

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Green awards, big rewards

I just finished my article about California’s Green Chemistry Initiative and one of the key elements that most industry and manufacturing trade groups would like to see is incentive-based programs instead of mandatory policies (no surprise there!). With that note, here are some of this year’s green awards that I came across within the two-month […]

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Can you live without chemicals?

ICIS Chemical Business (Disclosure: I work for ICIS) published today an article about one of my colleagues, Andy Brice, trying to live for a week without polypropylene plastics. This challenge came about during a “going cold turkey” discussion in the chemical community forum ICIS Connect. No matter how the chemical industry is continuously being targeted […]

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UK’s green bank

Here’s a great idea from the UK-based information services company j4b, who recently launched the database website, green grants machine. The site is designed to help UK businesses find the fundings that they need to help them be more green whether by purchasing hybrid fleet vehicles, install solar panels, introduce a recycling scheme in the […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’d better post the weekly news roundup early before this blog banishes into thin air…for a few hours anyway. Coming soon: CO2 Transformers Carbon Sciences’ carbon dioxide transformation technology found its first application in the production of precipitated calcium carbonate. Demand for PCC, according to the company, is projected to grow to 10 million tons […]

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Operational Note

This blog will disappear for three hours on Saturday 17 May 2007 between 9am and 12 noon (UK summer time) for server maintenance. It will then magically re-appear.

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Wind racing the sun

Wind energy investments seem to be neck and neck with the solar market. This week alone I came across three wind energy investment announcements: Fluor building the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the UK; GreenHunter Wind Energy planning to develop China’s first wind energy project; and Mesa Power LLP also planning to build the […]

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Swedes douse off flame retardant ban

On a hot seat from the European Union’s legal challenge, the Swedish government decided on May 8 to lift its ban on the use of Deca-BDE flame retardant in textiles, furnitures and some electronic cables. According to the European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel (EBFRIP), the ban imposed on late 2006 was inconsistent with the […]

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