Archive | November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Green Blogger is off this week celebrating a food-binging holiday (so totally un-green!). The blogger will report back on Monday, December 1, and will regale you about the green state of Black Friday shopping in America as she do her civic duty of helping the US economy.

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To Russia with green love

Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan said Russia should start developing a renewable energy sector even though the country is the world’s largest gas producer with rich oil and coal reserves. Oil and gas production regions in Russia is faced with rapid decline, the firm said, and green energy development is imperative. Geothermal, hydro and biomass […]

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China tightens food safety

I might be having a deja vu but I thought China already has strict melamine testing rules implemented following the melamine tainted pet food and toothpaste scandals last year? According to ICIS news (subscription required), the Chinese government is proposing new standards to focus on melamine testing following this year’s melamine-tainted dairy products scandal. Since […]

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Food container ban in California

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is battling another proposed plastic ban in California this time on food containers. The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) proposed yesterday a ban on polystyrene (the styrofoamy ones) take out containers as well as a statewide fees for plastic bag use as ways to clean out ocean litter. OPC said […]

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Economic slump hits recyclables

You would think that recyclable materials and chemicals should do well with manufacturers and retailers looking for cheaper and more environment-friendly alternatives during a global economic recession. Unfortunately the excess waste of the economic boom era as well as the current weak demand for products (thus the slow-down of manufacturing) seemed to have driven the […]

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Ohio launches biosoy program

The State of Ohio is seeing green in soybeans, and not just from food and biofuel applications. The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC) and Polymer Ohio, recently launched its “Cell to Sell” soy technology program to accelerate commercialization of soybean-based industrial products and chemicals. The program will reportedly provide credible, timely […]

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Why the Big 3 are in the dumps

This could be one of the major reasons why Ford, GM and Chrysler are begging for bailout help in the US Congress: it’s because the US car market is lagging behind Europe and Japan in terms of greeness. According to automotive data provider Jato Dynamics, the US car market is slower to embrace fuel-efficient and […]

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Climate solutions = Jobs

Unlike politicians’ vague promises of a green economy, a study from Duke University pinpointed specific carbon-reducing technologies that has the potential for future green job creations in the US, and in fact is said to be already existing in some parts of the US. Researchers at Duke’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC) said […]

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Planned Maintenance 20 November 2008

Notice This blog will be undergoing planned maintenance on the morning (UK time) of Thursday 20, November 2008. During that time you will be able to read this blog, but will not be able to post any comments. We expect full functionality to be restored in the afternoon of 20 November. Thanks for your patience.

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Dangling the hybrid carrot

According to several news reports, majority of US folks (including Congress) are against bailing out the cash-strapped Big 3 automobile makers — GM, Ford and privately-held Chrysler — but there are worries especially within environmental groups if the financial crisis will push development of US electric and hybrid cars into the back-burner. The report from […]

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