Archive | July, 2008

Chemicals from glycerine

It’s been a while since I visited the glycerine industry but it seems that research for new applications for the product is ongoing despite the market’s pricing (and supply) volatility. Chemical engineers at Rice University have developed a fermentation process that can convert the biodiesel coproduct glycerine into high value organic acids such as formate, […]

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Victory for paint makers

Rhode Island’s supreme court reversed this week a 2006 jury ruling which would have force paint manufacturers Sherwin Williams, NL Industries and Millenium Holdings to pay billions of dollars to clean up lead paint contamination in the state. This is a victory for the paint and coatings industry which already stopped manufacturing lead paints since […]

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Carbon tax pains now in Canada

Should consumers directly pay for fossil fuel-based carbon emissions? Some Canadian officials seem to think so as drivers in British Columbia is now greeted with the tax with some gasoline stations raising their gasoline prices to cover the tax costs, according to Reuters. Utilities, public transportation and other services are expected to follow suit, the […]

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Mercury link to dolphin deaths

Another news from Australia, scientists from the continent found that mercury poisoning could be a contributing factor for why dolphins strand themselves on the shore. According to an article from the Royal Society of Chemistry, scientists from the Monash University in Melbourne found higher mercury levels in beached dophins, twice that of live animals. Historical […]

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Greenwashing doesn’t wash

Goodyear found that out when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) forced the company to apologize to its customers for misleading them on the environmental benefits of Goodyear’s Eagle LS2000 range of tires. Goodyear also has to offer partial refund of the tire’s purchase price. This came at a time when the company has […]

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And this year’s EPA green chemistry awards go to…

The visit of advanced materials company, SiGNa Chemistry, today in our office reminded me to post this year’s recipients of the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards by the Environmental Protection Agency. 1. Battelle (Greener Synthetic Pathways Award) – development and commercialization of biobased toners. 2. Nalco Company (Greener Reaction Conditions Award) – 3D Trasar Technology 3. […]

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Got green milk?

Milk prices in New York have gone up again by 44 cents/gallon today and I wonder if consumers care enough about the sustainability of their milk when it’s getting difficult to even buy them – green or not. The US dairy industry plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through several actions such as developing […]

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Flying the unfriendly (but greener?) skies

Airlines setting foot and taking off in Europe are soon going to be included in the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and are expected to pay 15% of their permits in ETS auction starting 2012, according to this Reuters article. The proposal, which was approved by Member States last week Friday, is expected to […]

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Sizzling green chemicals

Here is the list of the chosen ones, the green blog’s new green chemicals for the month of June. The question is… are they worthy of the word green (in your own definition of green)? 1. Ecolab’s alternative pesticides – Ecolab’s more sophisticated rat traps, CheckPoint Multiple-Catch Inserts and CheckPoint Snap Trap Inserts, are said […]

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