Archive | August, 2008

Don’t throw your old newspaper!

According to this article from the New Journal of Chemistry, Japanese researchers from Saga University were able to recover precious metals such as gold, palladium and platinum from industrial wastewater using a sorption active gel formed from chemically treating an ordinary newspaper with p-amino benzoic acid, a compound used in sunscreen. The researchers said a […]

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Chicken gas powers Chinese farm

Biogas from chicken manure will now power a big chicken farm in Beijing using GE’s Jenbacher gas engines. According to GE, the plant, with annual capacity of 14,600 megawatt/hour electricity, is the first of its type in China designed to help reduce suburban electricity shortage. With 3 million chickens in the farm producing 220 tons/day […]

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E-waste export ban introduced

A bill banning the export of electronic waste to developing nations was introduced last week in Congress by Environment and Hazardous Materials subcommittee chairman Gene Green (D-Texas), and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), a member of the Congressional E-waste Working Group. The H.RES.1395 resolution also calls for the U.S. to join other developed nations to ban […]

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Pollution solution in China

As China’s Beijing continues to be shrouded with smog days before the Olympic games, more transportation solution is being offered to reduce air pollution from companies such as Segway and Alcoa. Chinese and Olympic officials are going to use the zero-emissions Segway PT for stadium and event hall management, community policing, arena logistics, airport security, […]

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Welcome the new green grads

It seems salary and benefits options are not enough to entice newly graduate students to work for a company. They have to have a good green status too. According to a recent survey conducted by career service provider Experience Inc.,79% out of 2,774 college students and recent grads they asked reported that they would be […]

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New green chems in July

I thought July would be a lull time for companies to launch new green chemicals but I seem to have my own record-breaking number of products this month. Either that or I’m just lazier the previous months in scanning new product news. Congratulations to the top 7 chemicals that made the list! Why seven? Because […]

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Weekly News Roundup

One of the big news this week is the pending pthalates ban on kids’ products. Both Senate and Congress already approved the bill that contains the ban and is just waiting for President Bush’s signature. This is a major blow for the chemical industry and a big win for public advocates. Another is the record-breaking […]

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Pregnancy test for sea urchins

During my Wednesday visit to Evonik Degussa’s groundbreaking ceremony for its new alkoxide (used as biodiesel catalyst) plant in Mobile, Alabama, they told me about their high-tech wastewater monitoring system – using sea urchins to monitor the site’s waste water effluent. According to Evonik, sea urchin bioassay determines the concentration of wastewater versus potential toxicity […]

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Regulatory news heat up

I received good news that the Green Chemicals blog reached its record-breaking 4,323 readers for the month of July! Thanks for the visit and come back again! (and again and again!!) To get the momentum going, I’ll post later this afternoon this week’s roundup and the blog’s monthly new green chemical products launch. For now, […]

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