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Blog Beer Watch: Do Try This At Home

One Blog reader has sent me this video of what to do with your leftover bottles – it’s ideal for those of you with children, or adults, still at home for the school holidays.The Blog Beer Watch campaign has been picking up supporters over the festive season. Sightings of plastic bottles in new applications have […]

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Seriously Chemical Potatoes

We all know how the increased demand for ethanol has led to more planting of corn and higher prices for fertilizers, leading in turn to higher prices for vegetables, milk, meat and bread. Will potatoes soon be unaffordable? Click here to see what the new breed of Super Potato has to tell us about the […]

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Plastics are chemical-free say Australian winegrowers

My colleague Nigel Davis gives a scornful laugh as he points out that these foolish Australian winegrowers think they are opting for a chemical-free solution in choosing plastic posts for their vineyards.

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Beer in plastics – is this the future?

Draught beer poured forth from a Carlsberg keg lined with a vacuum-packed plastic bag at a barbecue last weekend. I watched as the empty “DraughtMaster” keg was refilled with another plastic pouch after the thirsty guests had finished the first five litres. Is this a major advance in polymer technology? “Plastic beer bottles are the […]

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Photo of the Day: Ground opens up at potash mine

Steve Mitchell on ICIS Fertilizers has just sent me this photo of the further collapse last week of the Berezniki 1 potash mine in Russia’s Perm region. You can read about it in Rebecca’s article on ICIS news. The sinkhole was caused by flooding, and is now threatening the nearby railway line. Must be a […]

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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (the movie)

It looks like this is a film for us: “A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash.” It’s opening in the UK in November. Has anyone seen it yet? Thanks to for photo of “Depleted Azeri Oilfield.”

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The craving for anonymity in petchems

We had visitors in the ICIS office a few days ago from a big new pan-European multi-product privately owned petrochemical company. We drank coffee together and talked about the structure of their company versus the structure of ours. It was a friendly and constructive meeting in the spirit of Glasnost, but I’m not going to […]

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