Archive | August, 2008

Mining for green gold

Mining company US Mine Makers says they can recover gold and platinum using a more environment-friendly processing that uses sodium bromide instead of sodium cyanide to leach the metals from the ore. The waste byproducts in the recovery process is also more eco-friendly, the company said. “For years we have been involved in the remediation […]

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Weekly News Roundup

My apologies for the delayed news roundup. I’ve been kidnapped by the people from Planet Green since Friday and they wouldn’t let me use the internet unless I drink their green fruity concoctions and get inebriated. I have no idea what happened the day after and I have a theory that the green people wiped […]

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Coal operators clean up

Coal plant operators in Texas and Wisconsin have caved in to pressures from green groups as they promised to retire older, less-efficient facilities; use emission-reduction technologies in their new plants; and invests in renewable alternative energy resources. We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Power concede today to settle their dispute with environmental […]

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Bursting solar deals

If I’m an alternative energy investor, should the surge in solar projects make me think twice in investing in this industry? They reminded me of the dot.com and housing boom before their bubbles burst. The same sentiment is partially echoed in this article published last week in ICIS Chemical Business (Disclaimer: I work for ICIS). […]

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Next decade’s weather forecast: BAD

Summer this year in New York has seen several weeks of downpours and continuous heat and humidity, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The EPA released its climate change report last month and noted that continued global warming could likely increase the frequency and intensity of heat waves […]

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Americans stick to green

Another sign that the green market is recession-proof is this new survey from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The survey indicated that many American consumers are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products even in the face of economic uncertainty. “Americans who said their current financial situation is “fair” or “poor” were […]

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Eco pedal vs Eco booster

Nissan might have its new EcoPedal technology but Ford is preparing to launch its EcoBoost engine technology developed by turbo manufacturer Honeywell. By next year, Ford’s 2010 Lincoln MKS model will feature a new turbocharged 3.5L V-6 engine, which performs like a large V-8 engine but will deliver the fuel economy of a V-6. Honeywell […]

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Green formulations rise

I just finished my article on natural waxes (such as soy wax and beeswax) and found out that demand for the products are really increasing because 1. consumer preference for natural-based materials, and 2. price for petroleum-based counterparts has surged. I’ll post the article once it’s out on August 18. For now, here are several […]

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How to conserve fuel? Ask your car pedal!

Don’t be alarmed if your car pedal seems to push back when you accelerate. The car maker Nissan is going to commercialize next year its Eco Pedal technology designed to assist drivers to become more fuel-efficient. Each time the driver steps on the accelarator, a counter push-back control mechanism is activated if the system detects […]

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EU climate rules chill sports car makers

An interesting article from Reuters regarding the effects of European carbon trading schemes in sports cars manufacture. Makers of sports car such as Lamborghini, Porsche, Fiat (which also makes Ferrari and Maserati), and Aston Martin are claiming that they should be excluded in the European Union’s new rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new […]

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