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Mercury link to dolphin deaths

Another news from Australia, scientists from the continent found that mercury poisoning could be a contributing factor for why dolphins strand themselves on the shore. According to an article from the Royal Society of Chemistry, scientists from the Monash University in Melbourne found higher mercury levels in beached dophins, twice that of live animals. Historical […]

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Views on green cleaning

ICIS Chemical Business (disclosure: I work for ICIS) published its second soap and detergent issue for the year and like the first one, the global cleaning industry continue its major focus on sustainability, regulation and innovation. As far as the green cleaning trend goes, eco-labeling seems to be a very hot topic within North America […]

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ex-Fujicolor guy fined for green crime

A former employee of Fujicolor Processing recently plead guilty to cherry-picking samples of the company’s wastewater effluent In Terrell, Texas. According to the Department of Justice, Gerald Lakota presented on their monthly discharge monitoring reports only good sample to meet their facility’s effluent limits required by the discharge permit. He faces up to five years […]

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Advocates demand asbestos ban

I would have thought that asbestos is already banned in the US. Public advocates Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the John McNamara Foundation formed a committee early this month that calls on legislators to eliminate manufacture and use of asbestos in America. ADAO said that recent product testing confirmed asbestos is still found in […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The global green industry has been very busy this week from companies forming new green businesses to the introduction of the world’s first renewable gasoline. New slimy gasoline Sapphire Energy said it has produced 91 octane gasoline made from algae. The gasoline is said to meet ASTM standards and completely compatible with the existing petroleum […]

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US officials introduced kid-safe chemical bill

Proliferating news on leaching chemicals in kids’ mattresses, bottles, toys, and electronics have driven three government officials to introduce a new US chemical regulatory proposal targeting kid safety. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and representatives Hilda Solis (D-Ca) and Henry Waxman (D-Ca) introduced the ‘Kid Safe Chemicals Act of 2008′ that would ensure for the first […]

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A solution to road hazardous waste

It was remissed of us (ICIS Chemical Business, the magazine I work for) not to include this important news in our next week’s logistics issue. To compensate, I decided to put this as the blog’s green feature of the week! Presenting: The revolutionary Ipee, a disposable, biodegradable, single-use urine device. It converts the urine into […]

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Don’t play around with GreenPeace

There will be no peace for game console manufacturers unless they fully comply to GreenPeace’s demand. According to the group’s new study “Playing Dirty”, three major electronic manufacturers continue to use chemicals and materials GreenPeace deems hazardous in the game consoles Wii (Nintendo), Playstation (Sony) and Xbox (Microsoft). Through a series of testing, GreenPeace said […]

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TV news inflames fire retardant fears

Last night’s news on CBS reported the concerns on human exposures to brominated flame retardants especially the chemical Deca, a polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) produced in the US. Deca is also a focus of attention in Europe although a recent study from the European Union indicated that the flame retardant do not pose any risk. […]

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