Archive | December, 2008

2009 welcomes green chems

The incoming year could be a big year for Green chemistry. US president-elect Obama promises to boost the green energy market while industry talks of more chemical restriction from Congress will also boost development of alternative “green” chemicals. Another major development is California’s Green Chemistry Initiative where the state has already jumpstarted its rule-making process […]

Continue Reading

Green chem wiki

California’s Environmental Protection Agency created a wiki website inviting anybody and everybody who has interests in the agency’s ongoing Green chemistry rule making process. The agency says it will spur discussions and new ideas as the state’s green chemistry regulations are being drafted. “This wiki information gathering process is a precursor to the formal rulemaking […]

Continue Reading

Check your kids’ gifts

The holiday season again brought more toy safety issues from consumer advocates and although this advice is probably late (since most already threw out tons of ripped boxes that house their kids’ gifts), it might still be worthwhile checking in the internet to see if your toys are safe, according to nonprofit group Ecology Center. […]

Continue Reading

Weekly News Roundup

Slow news during the holidays enable me to compile two weeks worth of green news roundup. Here they are in no particular order: Ford likes Sabic resins Ford might be too busy begging for bailout money but its R&D for fuel-efficient car is still ongoing (R&D is definitely needed for them to survive!). Sabic says […]

Continue Reading

Hydrogen car available at Amazon.com

I wonder if any kids (or adults) got this cool hydrogen racing car for their holiday present? According to Amazon.com, this 3-pound H-Racer uses a real fuel cell and has its own on-board hydrogen storage system. I saw this car in Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and I heard BASF supplied the fuel cell […]

Continue Reading

Holiday green gifts

Christmas is over, school is out (at least temporarily) and I am finally able to get a few moments to access the internet and wish the green blog readers a very Happy Holidays! I’ve been compiling news announcements of several green consumer products launch for months in time for the holidays. I wonder if they’re […]

Continue Reading

Obama to face climate change

The green blogger is apologizing for the erratic posts as she is banned from spreading her cold virus including using her keyboard and mouse. Right now she is sneaking in to post this very important news about president-elect Obama announcing his new climate change gurus for his Science and Technology Team. Physicist and climate change […]

Continue Reading

California’s green chemistry rules

California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) released yesterday its final Green Chemistry Initiative proposals that aims to eliminate or reduce toxic chemicals in California’s products and manufacturing processes. Six policies were recommended: EXPAND POLLUTION PREVENTION and product stewardship programs. DEVELOP GREEN CHEMISTRY WORKFORCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING through new and existing educational programs and partnerships. CREATE AN […]

Continue Reading

Toyota freezes hybrid plant work

It turns out that hybrids are not recession-proof after all. Prius manufacturer Toyota said that they are suspending the construction of their new plant in Mississippi because of the downfall in US auto demand. The plant was expected to produce Prius hybrids beginning in mid-2010. Toyota said they have no timetable in resuming the project. […]

Continue Reading

Biosuccinic plant underway

The world’s first biobased-succinic acid plant with a capacity of 2,000 metric tons/year is already under construction in Pomacle, France, according to white biotech company Bioamber, a joint venture between US-based DNP Green Technology and France-based ARD. Bioamber was launched in April 2008. The biosuccinic acid can use various renewable feedstock such as sugar cane, […]

Continue Reading