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Will emissions-reducing technology be on time?

The emissions noose is already tightening around many manufacturers’ necks around the world especially in the European Union. My colleague Philippa Jones of ICIS news reported about the recent changes in the EU emissions bill, which will weigh heavily on the pockets of energy-intensive industries in Europe such as power producers, the chemicals sector, aluminum, […]

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New greener chemicals that EPA loves

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given out its 2007 P2 Recognition Project award, which recognizes new chemicals and technology designed for pollution prevention to Clariant, BASF and Chisso America. Clariant got a thumbs up for its Cartaspers PSM, a readily biodegradable chemical designed to keep stickies out in the board-and paper-making process. Paper […]

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Greenwashers beware

Regulators worldwide are increasingly being vigilant about any greenwashing business for consumers’ protection and rightly so. The FTC is already looking to revised their Environmental Marketing guidelines through a series of workshops that examines green marketing. In Norway, tighter advertising guidelines on cars are being enforced such as fining car makers if they use the […]

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Carbon offset programs…are they for real?

I once received an offer from a green energy company asking me if I want to reduce my carbon footprint by parting some of my few precious dollars every month to support their wind energy project. They call it selling carbon offsets, meaning, if you feel guilty about your carbon emissions every time you drive, […]

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Global plastic bag crackdown

Several governments are starting the year by planning to reduce their plastic baggage. China plans to ban super thin plastic shopping bags (thinner than 0.001 inches) effective June 1 because of growing plastic pollution problems, according to several news report. Thicker plastic bags will be charged although the Chinese government did not yet provide any […]

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ADM injects earth with CO2

Biofuels and agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) plans to reduce some of their greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from its Decatur, Illinois-based ethanol plant and storing it via drilled wells deep below Mount Simon Sandstone, a major regional saline-water-bearing rock formation in Illinois. According to Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), ADM’s partner […]

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Solar power shines in India

Another heavenly idea, Reuters reported that India is planning to subsidize solar power plants to help develop the country’s renewable energy infrastructure. The government will pay 12 rupees (30 cents) per kilowatt hour for solar photovoltaic and 10 rupees per kilowatt hour for solar thermal power fed to the electricity grid. All I can say […]

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Chicago bottled water tapped by tax

Consumer plastics remain under siege with another so-called “Eco-Sin” tax underway this time in Chicago. While San Francisco is now fining grocery/shopping stores that use plastic bags Chicago will soon apply a 5-cent tax on each and every plastic bottled-water sold in the city starting January 1. Several food and beverage retailer alliance is already […]

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For fuel cells, gold is more precious than platinum

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory found that nanoscale catalysts gold-cerium oxide and gold-titanium oxide are more efficient in producing purer hydrogen in fuel cell reactions than the expensive platinum-based catalysts. These next generation catalysts could lead to cheaper fuel cells, which could lead to less expensive hydrogen-based automobiles, which could lead […]

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