Green Chemistry News
- Companies struggle to reduce chemical footprint.
In a 2007 Skidmore College museum exhibit titled Molecules That Matter, the exhibit’s curators noted that people are never more than three feet away from something plastic — made from chemicals known to be hazardous to human health or environment.
- From India, chemicals for cleaning up.
An engineer by training, Pramod Chaudhari founded Praj Industries in Pune, India, in 1983. The company started supplying technology for waste water treatment and distilleries. Now, the company specializes in bioethanol, waste-water and biochemical technologies.
- DuPont’s R&D is at center of fight with activist.
Eight years ago, DuPont Co. started selling a product it considers a prime example of the company’s unique research and development potential: carpet fibers derived from cornstarch. Whether this represents an anomaly or the promise of R&D breakthroughs is at the core of the company’s battle.
- Biobased polymers.
Corporate ingenuity and determination is starting to pay off, but products must still be muscled into the supply chain.
- Beyond the Headlines: Canada's environmental shortfalls; what clean water is worth.
In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Environmental Health News and Daily Climate Publisher Peter Dykstra tells us about a scathing report about the Canadian government’s environmental shortfalls written by the Canadian government, the cash value of clean water and the invention of nylon stockings.
Green Chemistry Drivers
- Despite persecution, guardian of Lake Tai spotlights China’s polluters.
Seven years after a toxic algae bloom forced millions of people who depended on the lake to find alternative sources of drinking water, Lake Tai, which straddles two provinces in the Yangtze River delta, remains a pungent symbol of China’s inability to tackle some of its most serious environmental problems.
- Deadly DuPont leak exposes safety, response failures.
Investigations are ongoing, but already it's clear that the response to last Saturday's DuPont emergency was inadequate and slow, and that DuPont failed to reveal to first responders how much was at risk. One of the chemicals in the building was the same one that caused the Bhopal tragedy in 1984, killing more than 2,200 people.
- Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste?
Egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their beauty products, with lead and arsenic being common ingredients.
- Chemicals in sunscreen 'may impair male fertility.'
A study reports that chemicals commonly found in sunscreen, which filter out UV rays, can impair male fertility. Experts warned when these chemicals are absorbed by the skin, they can interfere with the body's hormones.
- North Carolina farmers largely in favor of sludge, while local residents remain starkly opposed.
Two distinct sides have formed in arguments over the merits and disadvantages of Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities spreading sludge on Rowan County farmland.