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Weekly News Roundup

This week, W.R. Grace will finally put to rest its asbestos burden; Ohio wants to energize their state with fuel cells; and fish fertilizer for sale. What’s the most interesting? The lack of solar news! Coup de grace Principals of the law firm Cooney and Conway finally settled their asbestos class action suit against chemical […]

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Chinese new green year

Several news I came across regarding green investments in China. This red country has been getting a lot of black publicity lately about pollution and quality control so it’s good to get some green news for a change. This week, DSM says it is investing $20m in Tianjin Green Bio-Science (TGBS) Co. Ltd for the […]

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Lanxess’ Singapore promise

Lanxess said in its press announcement last week that the company will be a good neighbor in Singapore by installing the latest environmental safety technology in its new butyl rubber plant in Jurong Island. The company expects to spend up to $70 million, about 10-15% of its total investment in the project, to incorporate several […]

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Recession-proof buildings?

The US housing sector might be weak but green buildings are still expected to proliferate in the US this year and it is not because of re-painting. According to the American Institute of Architects, the number of cities with green building programs has risen by 418% since 2003. The western regions leads the way accounting […]

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Green city breaks ground

Construction will soon start for Abu Dhabi’s $15bn green city of the future. The Masdar city is planned to be the world’s first zero-carbon, zero waste, car-free community of 50,000 people, mostly with scientific pedigrees. Abu Dhabi is asking its oil customers to keep the investment money flowing. At least some of them are being […]

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Kiss me, I’m an Irish bag

Environmental groups are hoping Ireland’s success on plastic bag bans, which started five years ago, could be a catalyst for other countries to follow. According to this article from the New York Times, (kudos to my colleague Fred Seelig for sharing it!), plastic bag use in Ireland dropped 94% within weeks when the 33 cent-per-bag […]

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Bush push alternative energy R&D

US president George Bush on his last State of the Union address is calling more research and development for alternative clean energy sources such as carbon-emission free coal power and nuclear power plants; and advanced battery technology and renewable fuel for automotives; Below is an excerpt of his speech: To build a future of energy […]

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Green and bubbly

I’m off next week to the annual Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, where the global cleaning industry will talk about sustainability, regulation, trends, and maybe a little bit about politics. For now I’ll leave you with these two interesting articles from ICIS Chemical Business about the trend towards a more […]

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Abu Dhabi seeks greener pasture

The oil-rich emirate Abu Dhabi is ready to spend more than $15bn in green energy, according to Reuters. Some of the projects involve renewable energy infrastructure facilities that include solar, wind and hydrogen; carbon reduction, storage and management; research institutes and other investments towards developing renewable alternative energy. The $15bn investments is also expected to […]

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Norway bans flame retardant Deca-BDE

Europe’s flame retardant group is fired up over the recent move by the Norwegian government to ban brominated flame retardant (BFR) Deca-BDE in all applications effective April 1. Cefic’s European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel said Deca-BDE has been found safe for continued use by an EU risk assessment. BFRs have been in the cross-hair […]

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