Archive | June, 2008

Advocates demand asbestos ban

I would have thought that asbestos is already banned in the US. Public advocates Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the John McNamara Foundation formed a committee early this month that calls on legislators to eliminate manufacture and use of asbestos in America. ADAO said that recent product testing confirmed asbestos is still found in […]

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Hydrogen vehicles now available…to few

Honda’s US launched of its FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle yesterday has been all over the news but don’t go trading your gas-guzzling car as of yet. According to Honda, only 200 vehicles will be produced in the next three years and the first five were already promised to three Hollywood celebrities and two […]

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Eco-friendly green bombs?

Here’s another interesting insight from my colleague Ivan Lerner about the conundrum of responsible destruction on this week’s issue of ICIS Chemical Business.Calling Doctor Strangelove…16 June 2008Someone has noticed that dropping bombs and explosives is dangerous to the environment. Next week: water is wet. And ice is cold By Ivan Lerner/New York IN THE June […]

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Green-struck Hollywood

The land of glitter and glamor added green to their fashionable G-list. To coincide with the recently released “the Incredible Hulk”, Universal Studio hooked up with conservation group the World Land Trust in developing the ‘Incredible Hulk Carbon Calculator’. Both said Hulk’s greenness might drive fans to analyze their own by balancing their carbon emissions. […]

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Talk green with Samsung

Electronic giant Samsung officially launched its new bioplastic-based cellular phone in Korea today. The W510 model also uses water-soluble coating while the F268 (including accessories) do not contain brominated flame retardants and polyvinyl chloride, the company said. “Now we are trying not only to launch more environmentally-conscious products with more renewable material and less energy […]

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Tyson’s ‘chicken or egg’ suit

Are chickens antibiotic-free if antibiotics are administered on pre-hatched eggs? US producer Tyson seems to think so and recently sued the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its supposed inconsistent labeling rules on antibiotic-related product claims, according to this report from Reuters. Tyson announced on June 2 its plans to withdraw its “raised without antibiotics” labels […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Severe weather in the Midwest is threatening the feedstock supply for biobased chemicals and fuels; chemical registration for Europe’s REACH started this month, and the rest of this week’s news are focused on hydrogen, algae, and green investments. More hydrogen stations General Motors and Clean Energy Fuels opened a hydrogen fueling station in Los Angeles, […]

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What smells worse than manure?

The answer to that is crude oil extracted from pig manure, according to these resourceful and brave chemists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NIST team said they were able to analyze the chemical components of pig manure-based crude oil, which was developed by engineer Yuanhui Zhang of the University of […]

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Beware of hybrid hype

With fuel prices so high these days, consumers (such as my sister) are looking towards hybrids as a solution to their driving problems. Consulting firm ABI Research, however, warns of the hybrid pitfalls in their latest study. According to them, realistic evaluations and estimations in terms of fuel savings must be made in order to […]

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Is wood flooring environment friendly?

According to the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), wood flooring is the only flooring option available that is completely sustainable. The group released a study on the environmental impact of wood flooring & several flooring alternatives. NWFA said: “Being green is much more than just being a rapidly renewable material. To truly recognize a product’s […]

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