Archive | October, 2008

Treats from the Green Blog

Just wanted to greet everybody a Happy Halloween and as a treat, here are several climate change funny cartoons that I took from the web (hopefully I won’t get sued for these!). 1. Carbon Credit card – No interest fee for one year!

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Carbon project guidelines

Although the feasibility of capturing, storing and even reusing carbon dioxide to reduce greenhouse gases is now acceptable within the scientific community, skepticism still exists (like the idea of clean coal I guess) some coming from green groups themselves such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Environmental think-tank World Resources Institute (WRI) launched a preliminary […]

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Less emission from hybrid plastic

California-based bioplastic manufacturer Cereplast said the use of its Biopropylene hybrid resin (which can replace up to 50% petroleum-based plastic content) emits 42% less greenhouse gas emission compared to the use of regular polypropylene. In a study by a professor from Michigan State University, he found that approximately 1.82 kilograms of carbon dioxide are produced […]

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Solar consumer products boom

Wal-Mart is expecting a bigger demand for solar-based consumer products and is already stocking its solar charger kits for sale next year, according to this press release from Canada-based ICP Solar Technologies, a manufacturer of proprietary solar panels and products. ICP said an estimated $1m worth of Coleman-branded solar charger kits will be sold next […]

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What bites corn plastic?

Here is one big reason why food manufacturers and consumer product goods retailers are still hesitant about using corn-based plastics. According to The Oregonian newspaper, it is difficult for recyclers to recycle corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) plastics because it melts at lower temperatures compared to traditional resins such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This means PLA […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I am way over my head this week with two articles on a deadline and trying to study for my mid-term exams (political science, English literature and classical studies if anybody is interested to know). Expect the green blog to have some sputtering post moments in the next few days while I diligently work for […]

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Record clean tech investments

Despite a worldwide financial downturn this past few months, venture investments for clean technology in North America, Europe, China and India are said to have reached a record $2.6bn just in the third quarter of 2008 alone, according to the market research and financial service Cleantech Group. Investments in the past three quarters of 2008 […]

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Green packaging is hot

ICIS Chemical Business released this Monday its feature on packaging and from what the magazine’s editors have found out is that sustainability is definitely becoming more ingrained within this industry mostly driven by consumer demand. The benefits of cost-cutting and energy saving also add to packaging players’ enthusiasm over this trend. In the article “Green […]

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Wal-Mart enforces Chinese green rules

No cheating in Wal-Mart supply chain is emphasized at the company’s China summit this week in Beijing, attended by the retail giant’s more than 1,000 leading suppliers as well as Chinese government officials and non-government organizations. Wal-Mart president and CEO Lee Scott said: “I firmly believe that a company that cheats on overtime and on […]

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Science of Survival exhibit

A former colleague from ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) asked how could the chemical industry help play a part in energizing teaching and putting the flair back into teenage science. One sure-fire way to attract teenagers and young adults (even old crones like me) is to put science on their electronic brainwaves […]

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