Archive | July, 2008

China and biomass

Speaking of China again, it seems that biomass could answer (partially at least) two of the country’s biggest problems: pollution and energy source. According to this study from AMBIO (a nonprofit publication of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), China could reduce pollution as much as 46-60% using biomass-based energy. Currently, only 14% of China’s […]

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Humans are to blame?

For those who think global warming is just nature’s way of being grumpy, US physicists are saying otherwise and reaffirmed that humans are to blame for the future mess the world is going to be in. “Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth’s climate. They […]

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Green lawyers to the rescue

Preserving the environment is proving to be a profitable venture for lawyers. In the past few weeks, I’ve encountered several announcements from law firms stating that they are forming new businesses dedicated to untangling the intricacies of the carbon market. Cincinnati-based Thompson Hine formed last week its new Climate Change and Sustainable Business Solutions group […]

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Preparing for Olympics

The Chinese government is cleaning up its profile and trying to be more environment-friendly especially with the incoming 2008 Summer Olympics Games in Beijing. US aluminum producer Alcoa and Chinese bus maker Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co. Ltd. are hoping they could help with their new green buses that will be displayed and road tested during […]

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What’s cheap, green and sweeter than Apple?

It’s the new 2-watt CherryPal desktop computer, which reportedly delivers 97% less power consumption (equivalent to your clock radio’s power use), has 80% fewer components (less metals and chemicals use compared to standard PCs), and has a decade or more lifespan. According to the company CEO, the $249 paperback-sized desktop (excluding keyboard and monitor) has […]

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California wants green buildings

As mentioned last Friday, California’s Building Standards Commission adopted the first statewide green building standards in the US which will become mandatory in 2010. The new building standards aim to reduce energy use in building structures by 15% more than current standards; reduce water usage in commercial and residential buildings ( such as 50% landscape […]

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A Gore-y energy plan?

Ex-vice president Al Gore seems to think that the US is ready and able to eliminate the use of coal, natural gas or petroleum oil in US electricity within 10 years by using alternative energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. According to his speech yesterday (see the video below), his plan of a carbon-free […]

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Weekly News Roundup

A busy end to the week with Al Gore giving its “reach for the moon” climate change speech yesterday; California adopting the nation’s first statewide green building code; President Bush lifting a decade-old offshore drilling ban; and Australia releasing its long-awaited cap-and-trade carbon schemes. The blog will talk more about them later (except for the […]

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More green needed for biochems

Thanks to Paul from Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) for alerting me on this hot off the press market study on industrial biotechnology by the US International Trade Commission (ITC). According to the ITC, research and development within the US bio-based chemical industry (including pharmaceuticals) grew strongly from 2004 through 2007, with R&D expenditures reaching $3.4bn […]

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Video about eco-solutions

I came across this really cool YouTube video from GreenTechnology.com. It features one of CNN’s EcoSolutions segment about developments of biobased or energy-reducing electronics by Sony as well as Mohawk carpets made from recycled plastic bottles. Based on watching this video it occurred to me that the chemical industry has really done a good job […]

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