Archive | August, 2009

Fragrance chems to be disclosed

The era of fragrance secrecy might soon be over as the fragrance group IFRA (International Fragrance Association) agreed to publish a list of fragrance ingredients used in consumer products on their website by December 31, 2009. “To support our goal of increased transparency, we have determined that publishing an alphabetized list of fragrance ingredients would […]

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Pesticides still suspect for bee problems

While viruses and other pathogens were deemed potentially responsible for the ongoing bee colony epidemic called colony collapse disorder (CCD), scientists from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) did not discard the potential effects of pesticides in this epidemic as well. A recent report from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that a higher […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Vacation is over and news are piling up. Here are last week’s supposed weekly news roundup but was never done in the green blog’s eagerness to skip town early this week. The good news: there’s another one coming up on Monday! I can’t believe summer’s almost over! Sugar in deicers Midwest Agri Commodities will supply […]

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On vacation

The green blogger is on a much needed vacation and will be back on August 31.

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Your view on cap and trade

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) set up a polling website to gauge America’s opinion on the pending cap and trade legislation called ACES (American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009). Through several questions, the ACC explores possible effects of the ACES (or any other climate change) bill and asks whether you agree, disagree (or […]

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DuPont expands solar material capacity

As the solar energy market continues to expand worldwide, chemical companies supplying the necessary materials are enjoying the rising wave of growth. DuPont said it expects overall sales of its photovoltaic materials products to exceed $1bn by 2012 and has announced today that its plan to increase its Tedlar polyvinyl flouride (PVF) production capacity. The […]

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Can certification solve E-waste problems?

The Netherlands-based Ewaste Foundation is hoping certification can help defuse E-waste dumping into developing countries such as Africa and China coming from European as well as from the US. How it works? It’s like buying those carbon offset credits but unlike tree planting, your money will be used to to process and dismantle the corresponding […]

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Opportunities are in the air

My attention was caught last weekend by a segment in Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street Journal Report about how investors can cash in on the pollution market. According to Richard Sandor, CEO of Chicago Climate Exchange, the carbon industry would be huge and would ultimately be the largest commodity in the world. He noted the success […]

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Massachusetts mandate bans algae

This recent mandate from the Massachusetts’ state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on biofuels might be music to the ears of waste fats and oils suppliers but definitely constricts the development of non-food based biofuel feedstock such as algae, switchgrass, camelina, jatropha and other non-food oils sources. According to a report from Biofuels Digest, DOER’s […]

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BASF enters green city

I’ve posted information last year about the $15bn Masdar city – which aims to be the world’s first zero-carbon and waste free city – and I wondered if investment and construction would slow down for this project because of the global financial crisis. I guess that’s not happening as indicated by this news announced today […]

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