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The cost of US climate regulation

We’ve heard about the White House’s plan to implement a carbon cap and trade (C&T) system under the EPA’s proposed budget, and that has produced a flurry of mixed reactions, debate and economic implication forecasts. I will try my best to understand some of this studies as trying to learn how the C&T system works […]

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Soy reduces pork emissions

On a lighter news, if you want your meat to have lesser carbon footprint, find out if the pork you’re eating comes from a swine barn sprayed with soybean oil. You heard it right. Not only is soybean oil being used to make your pork deliciously fried, it can also address dust and odor problems […]

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Lawsuit on coal ash spill

I have so many news on draft that it might take a while to post all of them so for those who sent me their press releases and interesting stories, please bear with me. For now, here is an interesting update on the coal ash spill in Tennessee, which happened on December 22, 2008. A […]

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The green spirit might be willing but…

It seems the current economic recession has curtailed the desire for several planned plastic bag bans or tax, according to this article from the New York Times. The mayor in Portland, Oregon, decided this month to discard his proposal of taxing plastic bags citing the current economic strain faced by people, while another proposal in […]

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BP pays $180m for clean air violations

The US Department of Justice has fined BP Products North America almost $180 million for violating EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations at its Texas City, Texas refinery. BP agreed to the settlement and will spend more than $161m on pollution controls, enhanced maintenance and monitoring and improved management practices on its petroleum refining operations. EPA […]

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Coal in trouble?

The green blogger is in Bolingbrook, IL, right now to cover Elevance‘s renewable chemistry round table and the opening of their new facility. Fortunately, she’s a little bit early so has the time to blog a bit about the current coal situation. According to New York Times, 83 coal plants in the US have either […]

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Perfluorinated chems may reduce fertility

Thanks to my colleague Lara McNamee for sharing this article about a study on perfluorinated chemicals and their effects on women’s fertility. According to research scientists from University of California’s Department of Epidemiology, exposure to perfluorinated chemicals such as PFOA (perfluorooctanoate) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) – which are widely used in many consumer products and […]

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Green chemistry in ICIS

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published on Monday several interesting articles on the fields of green and chemistry. I already mentioned in my previous post about the growth of carbon capture technology and its potential for chemical companies. An article titled “Green is in the air“ interviewed Air Products’ head of the […]

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CCS article from ICIS Chemical Business

Despite its complexities, the market for carbon capture and storage technology is indeed fascinating to follow. I tried my best to capture (pun intended) an overview of this market mostly on the capture part and ICIS Chemical Business just released online today my article on how the chemical industry could potentially benefit from this high-growth […]

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Eco-lectronics at CES trade show

Several major manufacturers showed their green strategies at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Toshiba showcased several of its eco-conscious laptop computers, energy-efficient lamps and LCD TVs, and battery-assisted bicycle; LG Electronics showcased its energy-efficient home appliances and eco-designed mobile phones; Samsung displayed its new line of energy-efficient TVs and front-loading washers; […]

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