Archive | October, 2008

How IT can cut emissions – McKinsey

Do you know that information and communications technologies (that includes your laptops and PCs, data centers and computing networks, mobile phones, and telecommunications networks…) is going to be, if it isn’t yet, one of the biggest carbon emitters on earth? Now you know… P.S.1 If you want to know more, just register for free. And […]

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From garbage to gas to cash

“In California, they don’t throw their garbage away – they make it into TV shows.” – Woody Allen. And that’s how garbage is being revolutionized by following Woody Allen’s sage (or should we say green) advice. There are so many developments now of turning trash into cash, garbage into gas, and… (what else rhyme’s with […]

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Top 10 US wind turbine spenders

Speaking of wind energy, there have been so many global investment news lately in this area which I’ll cite some examples in another post. For now here are the top ten state spenders on wind turbine technology, as reported by consulting firm BCC Research. The report also estimated the state’s forecast expenditures for wind turbine […]

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First wind energy-bat study

Good news for bat lovers! Wind energy supplier Iberdrola Renewables is conducting a study on the interaction between bats and wind turbines because of the growing concern of high death rates of bats near wind farms. Iberdrola has partnered with conservation group Bat Conservation International (BCI) for wildlife data collection at a southwestern Pennsylvania wind […]

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GREEN = INNOVATION

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published yesterday its feature on Innovations and most innovations nowadays it seems is focused on the environment. Specialty chemicals company Rhodia is certainly on top of this trend as they talked about how sustainability issues are largely affecting their R&D projects during my visit to their Center […]

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California prison reduces carbon footprint

California’s prison system is aiming to be the greenest in the US as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) already started installing 16 energy efficiency projects that expects to save more than 28 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 650,000 therms of natural gas and 22.5 million pounds of carbon-dioxide gases. Completion of all projects […]

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Soy in urinals

No, you won’t see any soybean plant sprouting in men’s bathroom anytime soon.This No-Flush urinal does not only saves water but the resin being used is made up of 30% soybean-based resin. US-based Waterless Company LLC, the maker of the urinals, said the weight percentage of soy resins in their product will likely increase as […]

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Hydrogen from sewage

Here’s one interesting development in the hydrogen arena. Researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University said they have developed a technology for producing hydrogen gas using several types of biowaste including ordinary municipal sewage. The hydrogen produced is said to be at a much lower cost than using the traditional “electrolysis” technology. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The blog’s weekly green news will now appear every Monday as it seems easier to gather information while watching Sunday night football… Brazil likes bioplastic US bioplastic producer Cereplast is supplying 2 million pounds of Cereplast Compostable resin to Canguru Embalagens Ltda., a Brazilian manufacturer of single-use food service items, and to a Brazil-based subsidiary […]

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Green Japan preview

Here is a sneak peek of my incoming article “Green Chemicals Movement in Japan” for ICIS Chemical Business‘ October 27 issue. This is an excerpt of my interview with Junko Edahiro, co-founder and co-chief executive of the non-profit group Japan for Sustainability (JFS). ———————– JAPAN MIGHT be considered one the greenest industrialized countries in the […]

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