Archive | October, 2008

Japan launches voluntary CO2 market

My Green Japan article in ICIS Chemical Business is now available online. In it are some examples of how the chemical industry is responding to the issue of climate change. The article also reported about how carbon emissions from Japan’s industrial manufacturing sector (including energy, steel, chemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, cement, etc.) is closely […]

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Top 10 global pollution

International environmental groups Blacksmith Institute (US based) and Green Cross Switzerland issued the top ten worst pollution problems in the world. They said these pollutions are the main contributing factor to death and disability in the world. “Our goal with the 2008 report is to increase awareness of the severe toll that pollution takes on […]

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Green lining in GE’s revenues

Sustainability is proving to be a good investment for General Electric (GE). According to the company, GE’s 2008 revenues from its Ecoimagination business — GE’s products and technologies that targets energy efficiency, clean technology and other environmental solutions services — rose 21% to $17bn despite the current economic turmoil. GE’s annual green R&D investment is […]

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Green struck film festival

Last week’s opening of the 21st Tokyo International Film Festival was celebrated with an environmental theme in mind, and our good friends from Japanese chemical company Teijin, in collaboration with Coca-Cola Japan, did their part with the unrolling of their Green Carpet. Not only is it colored green (duh!), but the carpet is made completely […]

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Canada bans BPA-contained baby bottles

Canada’s soon-to-enact BPA ban in baby bottles is another sign that maybe polycarbonate bottle manufacturers should look for alternatives now. The Government of Canada announced yesterday that it will immediately draft a regulation banning the importation, sale and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottles that contained bisphenol-A (BPA). They said that they rather take actions now […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blog is having a bit of a trouble finding worthwhile news for the weekly roundup and wondering if this is a sign of possible hiccups in green investments due to the current economic crisis. I’ve heard of a solar IPO being cancelled and another renewable energy company terminating their plans for an acquisition. […]

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More hydrogen research

In connection with fuel cells, I just wanted to share these new R&D breakthroughs on hydrogen production. The green blog mentioned this week about producing hydrogen using sewage feedstock but according to researchers from the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Ontario, Canada-based Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. (KPM), you can also extract pure […]

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Fuel cell rumor from BASF

I just went this morning to the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey to attend the North American debut of a global exhibition called Science of Survival, and what a treat it was! The exhibition, sponsored by BASF, Nissan and HSBC, uses an interactive “kid-friendly video game” like effects that challenges visitors, both kids and […]

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Bottled water scare

Halloween is coming and there is nothing more scary than a report that said the bottled water you’re drinking has fertilizer, bacteria and drugs in it. The US bottled water industry is trying to douse the flames of allegations made by the public health advocate Environmental Working Group (EWG), and this time it’s not about […]

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FDA conflict of interest in BPA

Here’s more drama brewing in the world of bisphenol A (BPA). A US Congressional committee, which has been investigating the BPA issue since January, is said to be investigating a possible instance of conflict of interest involving the chairman of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel on BPA, Martin Philbert. Philbert is […]

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