Green Chemistry News
- Pakistani schools install new water filtration system.
About 100,000 kids studying in the public sector schools in Punjab will be drinking clean drinking water following construction of a nano-filtration, reverse-osmosis technology water filtration plant capable of filtering out arsenic and other heavy metals.
- Chemicals: Science views waste in role as raw material of the future.
It sounds like the perfect solution. Bayer, a venerable German chemicals company, has developed a process for using carbon dioxide, the main culprit for climate change, as a feedstock for making plastics.
- ‘Green chemistry’ could harm auto industry and consumers.
While well intentioned, Califonia's green chemistry law could have a negative impact on the auto industry’s dramatic progress improving fuel economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing passenger safety.
- Specialty chemicals: Cleaning up.
Bed bugs and fracking are not the only things Ecolab has going for it.
- California's safer consumer products initiative kicks in.
The first regulatory effort in the U.S. that pushes consumer product makers to shift from the use of hazardous chemicals to safer ingredients took effect in California last week.
Green Chemistry Drivers
- Argentine protesters vs Monsanto.
The people of a working-class suburb of Córdoba in Argentina's central farming belt stoically put up with the spraying of the weed-killer glyphosate on the fields surrounding their neighbourhood. But the last straw was when U.S. biotech giant Monsanto showed up to build a seed plant.
- One day we'll fix everything with glues copied from shellfish.
A researcher has figured out a way to take the power of natural glues and make non-toxic and incredibly strong synthetic adhesives. It could help do everything from securing broken bones to manufacturing cars.
- Urban gardening: Managing the risks of contaminated soil.
In cities around the globe, gardeners and farmers are digging into backyards and vacant lots, replacing blighted eyesores with lush, productive vegetation. But these other urban soils are often heavily contaminated, prompting questions about potential health consequences.
- New findings on PFOA and cancer in a highly exposed community.
A major epidemiological study reports an association between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) exposure and kidney and testicular cancers in people who lived near and worked at a plant that produced the chemical.
- The contaminants that affected your great-grandparents could be in your genes.
Michael Skinner's research has challenged fundamental principles that have guided toxicology for decades. Not only is your great-grandmother’s environment affecting your health, Skinner concluded, but the chemicals she was exposed to may have left a fingerprint that scientists can actually trace.