Archive | August, 2008

Shell out of wind

Are major oil companies just full of hot air when it comes to their clean energy strategies? Last month, Shell decided to abandon its stake in a large offshore wind farm in the UK, which was then bought by energy company E.ON and Danish utility firm DONG Energy. According to this article from the International […]

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China’s green revolution

Here’s a nice interesting insight from my colleague John Richardson about China’s fast track towards becoming the world’s leader in clean technologies. If you’re an ICIS subscriber (about ICIS), you can access the whole article in this link. Or you can also read the unedited somewhat similar version on his blog. Otherwise (that is if […]

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Green casino coming soon

Atlantic City in New Jersey will have a new player in their midst…and it will be green. Revel Entertainment is building Atlantic City’s 12th casino, which it claimed will be the world’s greenest come 2010. The $2 billion casino resort will use environment-friendly concrete mix technology and the company said it will pursue LEED (Leadership […]

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Lost polar bears

Sometimes the way to get to your pocket is to tug your heart strings and this advertising about polar bears almost worked on mine. According to WWF, several polar bears are way miles away from home and swimming more in open waters to find food and shelter. “While these bears are swimming around in an […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This week’s big news (for me at least) is Mayor Mike Bloomberg considering wind energy projects in New York City. According to this article from the New York Times, the mayor is not only looking to install wind turbines in the windy parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island (what about Staten Island?), the top […]

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Chrysler now produces hybrid electric cars

Chrysler said it has begun rolling off its new hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) assembly line in Newark, Delaware, in time for the introduction of the company’s new 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid and 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid.The company said the two full-size 4×4 sport-utility HEVs are nearly $8,000 below the competition. Dodge Durango’s suggested […]

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The mystery of bioplastics

Plastic bags’ disposal and waste issues are under scrutiny all over the world but is bioplastic really the solution? There are buzzing questions whether some of the bioplastics currently being offered in the market are 100% biodegradable or maybe they’re just partially degradable. Some of them are being labeled as renewable – what the heck […]

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Lanxess’ green chemistry goals

If a chemical or chemicals can help make cars reduce fuel consumption and carbon emission; help create cheaper fuel cells or solar panels; or make existing or new sources of water drinkable, does this mean the chemical or chemicals can be categorized as green? Even if they are not made from plants, bacteria or other […]

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Save earth…through a game

I’ll soon be posting some green chemistry news from the specialty chemical company Lanxess. But while I’m working on it (and sipping my green tea frapp from a nearby Starbucks here in Pittsburgh, Pa), here’s a cool game to ease your pain in waiting for my next post [with bated breath I assume]. Presenting Treewala, […]

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Pittsburgh’s shiny green steel

I am off to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for two days attending a US bash given by the Germany-based specialty chemicals company Lanxess. The company is also celebrating their recent quarterly profit. In case I’ll be too muddled with their champagne and wine to be able to concentrate on posting any witty green news comments, I’ll leave […]

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