Archive | May, 2009

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Breaktime!

The green blogger is on a short weekend vacation trying to recharge. Will be back on June 2.

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Learning from Green’s History

Speaking of history, have you ever wondered how the green movement came to being? An article from ICIS Chemical Business(the magazine I work for) examined the rise of green consciousnessduring the 1960s triggered by Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestselling book Silent Spring.Thebook documented the effect of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) onwildlife, particularly birds, and also attacked the way […]

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Ford invests (again) in green products

Ford Motor Company is going back to its roots (soybeans specifically) and is now further investing in more eco-friendly materials and products for automobile parts – interior components front to back, seat cushions and fabrics, underbody and impact shields, headliners, trunk liners, etc. Here are current biobased products already in their cars: Soy-based polyurethane foams […]

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Wind farm ‘kills Taiwanese goats’

Bats may not be the only creatures having problems with wind farms. It seems these are also being blamed for these goats’ insomnia-related deaths. According to this report from BBC News, the poor goats (about 400 of them) died from exhaustion because of noise coming from the wind turbines installed almost 40 meters away near […]

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Top climate lobbyists

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, New York Times posted this interesting article about major firms lobbying for businesses and organizations that seek to influence global warming legislation this year. According to a recent study from the watchdog group Center for Public Integrity, more than half of those 880 total businesses and groups are manufacturers, power […]

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Weekly News Roundup

As mentioned last week, the chemical industry’s lawyers and lobbyistsare busy lining up in Washington to have their say on the recentlyproposed Waxman-Markey bill especially concerning its cap-and-tradeemissions plan. Speaking of lobbyists, the New York Times posteda pretty interesting article on top climate change lobbyists inWashington, which I’ll post later on this week. For now […]

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Let the climate change debates begin

Washington (and the chemical industry) is abuzz this week with the proposed American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act by House Reps Waxman and Markey. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed the bill on May 21 with a 33-25 vote. The bill aims to cut global warming pollution by 17% compared to 2005 […]

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Chemicals gain in solar energy

It seems that whenever I get tons of wind energy news, the solar market is not far behind. According to this recent report from Linx-AEI Consulting, the global market for advanced chemicals and materials used in photovoltaic solar cells and modules might decline this year to $2.3 billion (probably because of the current economy) but […]

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Windy news

Another catching up I need to do is about several wind energy announcements from the past few weeks. Late last month, the Department of Energy announced that it will provide $93 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support further development of wind energy in the United States. In additional, DOE’s National Renewable […]

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Toxic Media?

A toxicologists survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) and Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University, found that majorities of toxicologists rate most government agencies as accurately portraying chemical risks, but they rate the media as well as leading environmental activist groups as overstating risks. This […]

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