Archive | June, 2009

Greenest US governors

Speaking of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, did you know that he is listed as the second greenest governor in the US following Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado? This is according to Greenopia, which recently released its ranking of 50 Greenest Governors in the US. Following Schwarzenegger is Ted Kulongoski of Oregon. Sarah Palin of Alaska, […]

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Electric vehicles now coming out

There had been a lot of news on electric vehicles launch and development and I was unable to post them until now First stop, last week, US petrochemical company ExxonMobil Chemical launched an electric car sharing and rental program called AltCar in Baltimore, Maryland, alongside Canadian battery developer Electrovaya. Vehicles in the program called the […]

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Weekly News Roundup

A very busy week last week with lots of bioplastic and recycling news from the plastic show NPE2009;green chemistry news from the American Chemical Society’s annual GreenChemistry and Engineering conference; and the House debates (andfinally approval) on the American Clean and Energy Security (ACES) bill. This week, ICIS Chemical Businessis also featuring white biotechnology as […]

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Clues that your’re an environmentalist

Got this email this morning from the Natural Marketing Institute. Top 10 Clues That You’re an Environmentalist: Your workplace doesn’t have recycling so you bring everything home Your Tupperware® collection consists of reclaimed takeout containers, yogurt containers, and salvaged jars You have maximized the number of places to dry Ziploc® bags in your kitchen You […]

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Get your hydrogen…from chicken?

Scientists at the University of Delaware say they have developed a new hydrogen storage method that can hold vast amounts of hydrogen at a far lower cost than other hydrogen storage systems under consideration. The researchers used chicken feather fibers, which they said are mostly composed of keratin, a natural protein that forms strong, hollow […]

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What’s green at the plastic show?

My colleagues from ICIS are in full-force covering this week’s largest plastic trade show in North America, NPE2009, in Chicago sponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). I’ve been also getting a lot of bioplastic updates from twitterer @Wi_Bioplastic (thanks!). As ICIS reported, bioplastics, recycling, energy conservation, and additives regulation were the talk […]

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Cash for Clunkers bill: Is it green?

Finally, I was able to read more about the new Cash for Clunkers bill now to be officially called Car Allowance Rebate System (C.A.R.S) by July 22, which was passed by the US Congress last week and about to be signed by President Obama. This bill generated several debates as well although not as intense […]

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Canada plans to ban phthalates

Last week Friday, Canada’s Minister of Health announced their planned proposal to ban phthalates in soft vinyl toys and child-care articles as well as further reduction limits of lead in consumer products. Canada is proposing regulations to prevent the use of six phthalates DEHP, DINP, DBP, BBP, DNOP and DIDP citing studies that suggest these […]

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Carbon cap and trade costs little

I was working about the Cash for Clunkers bill (where you can exchangeyour old car for money voucher for a new supposedly moreenvironment-friendly car) and it was more complicated than Ithought…I need to do more research about that. So for now let’s go back to the American Clean and Energy Security (ACES) bill where a […]

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Real time global carbon counter in NYC

I haven’t seen this yet but definitely worth checking out during my lunch break. A new real-time global carbon counter was unveiled last week in the heart of New York City at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, outside Madison Square Garden and Penn Station (near Macy’s). The installer, Deutsche Bank said this world’s first scientifically […]

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