Archive | September, 2008

VCs not worried on greentech bubble

The financial market maybe in shambles but the Green Technology sector should cheer up with this new report from KPMG (a US audit, tax and advisory firm) stating that the venture capital community is expected to invest more in green next year. In KPMG’s poll of 301 venture capitalists (VCs), corporate executives, entrepreneurs and bankers, […]

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NGOs’ chemical list for dummies

Public activists and non-government organizations especially in Europe seem to know more about the risks and hazards of specific chemical products more than the chemical producers and consumers themselves.Take for example the list of “high concern” chemicals called the Reach SIN list 1.0 provided by the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec), the Sweden-based nonprofit organisation dedicated […]

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States of the green nation

Sustainlane.com, an online community focusing on sustainable living, released today its top green US cities for the year based on their ability to maintain healthy air, drinking water, parks and public transit systems, as well as a robust, sustainable local economy with green building, farmers markets, renewable energy and alternative fuels (yes..I admittedly just cut […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The US financial crisis is this week’s big news with Lehman Brothers filing for bankruptcy, insurance firm A.I.G being bailed out by the federal government (following their earlier bailouts of two other giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae), and Merrill Lynch to be acquired by Bank of America. Will this crisis affect federal funding and […]

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Market crash in 2025

My colleague John Richardson looked at his crystal ball and saw history repeating itself, this time with another financial collapse in 2025 involving greedy green brokers, government ignorance on carbon technology, bubble collapse in green home mortgages, fake carbon certifications, and questionable carbon practices. Good thing in the US right now we have Uncle Sam […]

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Rumors on Chinese hair bands

I just got this email from a friend about rumors circulating the web that some China-sourced hair bands are made out of recycled condoms. Snopes.com, the website that verifies whether a web-circulating urban legend is true or not, confirmed the rumor and cited several press agencies that reported the news. However, Snopes did emphasize that […]

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Short selling abounds in clean techs

Today’s temporary ban on short selling of US stocks by the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed a lot of this activities going on in the clean technology sector, according to the solar technology company Evolution Solar. “Not only have financial companies been targeted, but many alternative energy companies, and solar companies in particular, seem to […]

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Bio-diapers on the market

I finally found a greener diaper product that could probably help an environmentalist mom’s dilemma between choosing an inconvenient washable cloth or non-biodegradable/compostable disposable diapers. gDiapers, which is being marketed (limitedly) in the US by Australian founders Jason and Kimberly Graham-Nye is composed of three layers: a washable cotton outer layer; a washable waterproof inner […]

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MTV attacks greenwashers

We always heard that green is now in the mainstream but I guess this makes it really, really official if MTV is now producing videos geared towards environmentalism and even has its own green site called MTV Switch, which is the network’s Global Climate Change Campaign. “It’s all about seeing things in a different light–a […]

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US cars ready to be electrified?

Are US consumers ready to convert to plug-in electric automobiles? General Motor sure hoped so because it doesn’t want another billion-dollar electric vehicle project to go down the drain as what happened with their EV1 commuter car in mid 1990s, according to this New York Times article. GM is gearing up the 2010 launch of […]

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