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Algae for chems coming soon?

Excitement is palpable in the [carbon-dioxide laden] air of algae industry as big oils and chem firms recently jumped in to the development of algae as potential feedstock for fuel and chemicals. Last week, ExxonMobil announced its $600m commitment in developing algae for biofuel feedstock with its partnership with Synthetic Genomics (SGI). The companies said […]

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Chemicals can make the world green…but

No argument here as every single thing in the universe is made out of chemicals. But I guess what the chemical industry wants to point out is that while environmentalists are accusing them of dirtying the planet and making people become mutants (while at the same time everybody is lapping out the luxuries and convenience […]

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Another Spain study critic

I got this email from the Washington News Observer (sort of like TMZ except covering politics instead of celebrity news *lol*) and they send several YouTube clips about their exclusive interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) criticizing Obama’s emulation of Spain’s renewable energy industry. This topic seems to be getting a lot of comments and […]

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Cap-and-Trade pains

I mentioned about Kimberly-Clark‘s recent prediction that any cap-and-tradebills in Washington will not pass this year as the government is brokeright now and can’t afford to pass a risky (and possibly expensive)legislation. ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) actually interviewed Eastman Chemical‘s chairman and CEO Brian Ferguson who is also outspoken and more […]

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Recycling market declines

Market research firm IBISWorld reported that amid growing green businesses, the recycling market seems to be the only one that has really been hit by the economic recession. Compared to green industries such as natural products, biotechnology, environmental consulting, hydroelectric and renewable power generation, the recycling market this year is expected to decline after growing […]

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Global carbon market jumped 256%

Market research firm SBI said that the global carbon market achieved a 256% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past five years and recorded nearly $118 billion of global carbon emissions transactions in 2008. The industry is expected to decrease by 29% this year as a result of the decline in the prices of […]

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Greening your drugs

Thanks to Tom Nicolay of Research Advantage for the tip on the booming botanical and plant-derived drugs market. According to market research firm BCC Research, the global market for botanical and plant-derived drugs was worth $19.5 billion last year and is expected to reach $32.9 billion in 2013 for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) […]

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The darker side of solar

You know why traditional chemical manufacturing processes are considered very energy efficient these days? Because they have been doing these processes for decades. This cannot be said for newer manufacturing methods such as solar panel production, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Timothy Gutowski. “The seemingly extravagant use of materials and energy resources by […]

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Green chemicals reached $1.63bn

This is not about my blog’s revenue (which, unfortunately, currentlyamounts to zero) but pertaining to the global renewable chemicalsmarket. According to consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, revenues for the global biorenewable chemicals market reached $1.63 billion last year and is expected to increase to $5 billion in 2015. Most of the growth is driven by […]

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No such such thing as green economy?

It is true that most of the reports I’ve encountered (and posts) about the burgeoning green economy and the promise of new jobs are all seem to be bright, sunny, absolutely, positively (sometimes nauseatingly) optimistic. Finally, here is a report that might put back a little bit of realism into the equation. Researchers from the […]

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