Archive | July, 2008

G8′s global warming thoughts

The White House released this morning a statement from the G8 nations and major emerging economies about their vows to cut greenhouse gas emissions and achieving a low carbon world full of peace and harmony. No specific actions were discussed at the G8 summit meeting but they did emphasized the need for technological breakthroughs to […]

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Green Canadian cash now available

The government of Alberta, Canada said yesterday that it is appropriating a total of C$4bn ($3.92bn) to reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). A C$2bn fund will be invested in carbon capture and storage projects while the rest will go to public transit investments to reduce vehicle use. “We’re tackling both sides of the […]

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California hard on water softeners

Water softeners are expected to soon be banned in California, according to the Water Quality Association (WQA). The bill will not only costs homeowners sums of money, WQA said, but will also have the potential to drive up illegal water softener sales and installation that do not have greener softening technologies currently being offered by […]

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Fantastic plastic

Here are several recent developments in the bioplastic world ranging from renewable-based to recycle-based manufacturing. A more comprehensive article on renewable and biodegradable plastics might be coming soon in September from ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for). In this BusinessWeek article, Dow Chemical and Braskem are neck- and- neck in building sugar cane-based […]

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EU airlines emissions law a done deal

European Union lawmakers approved a deal today that will charge airlines (including non-European carriers) that fly into and out of the EU-27 nations to pay for their carbon emissions, according to Reuters. Right now, US carriers are not charging emissions tax to its customers going into and flying out of Europe but that will probably […]

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Wanna ride a turtle?

This could be the next hip green ride if affordable enough. A Spain-based company called Turtle Airships is building an airship that looks like giant turtles made out of rigid shelled hulls of aluminum and carbon fiber. Its hulls will be covered by solar cells, which will power the airship in daylight. Biodiesel will power […]

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Portable hydrogen coming to a store near you

I mentioned SiGNa Chemistry last week regarding their recent Green Chemistry award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).One particular interesting application for SiGNa’s technology is in fuel cells and you can read more about it in this article I’ve written for ICIS News: US SiGNa targets green chemicals marketNEW YORK (ICIS News)–Advanced materials company SiGNa […]

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Dirty plastics need not apply

Recycled plastics might be healthy for the environment but is it safe for food use? The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published this month its guidelines on recycled plastics for food packaging to make sure the plastics are not contaminated. EFSA will take into account the quality of the input materials, the efficiency of the […]

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Green funds bought Texas recycler

It’s a good year for recyclers and waste treatment services as green investors seem to be on the lookout for this type of businesses. Just today, the Abu Dhabi-sourced Masdar Clean Tech Fund and US-based Virgin Green Fund completed the buyout of Texas petroleum and metal recycling business of DuraTherm. The company provides waste treatment […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blog was off for the holiday (Independence Day) last Friday and in the author’s rush to go to the nearest beach to cool some of this climate change effects lingering in New York City, the weekly news roundup was a little delayed…. Still quoting the blog’s favorite motto: “Better late than never!” Rapeseed […]

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