Green Chemistry News
- Industry heavyweights come to Vermont to oppose toxic chemicals bill.
Global technology giant IBM has joined the opposition to a Vermont proposal to regulate chemicals in children’s products that the state’s health department considers harmful.
- The artificial leaf Is here. Again.
Daniel Nocera, a Harvard chemist has pioneered the artificial leaf, an invention that generates energy more or less the way a tree does. Light strikes a container of water and out bubbles hydrogen, an energy source. Discovering a brilliant way to efficiently generate hydrogen is hard enough. Then there’s everything that comes after.
- Recasting regulatory strategies to enable green chemistry.
Pharmaceutical process chemists are in a unique position to design and develop chemical processes that not only improve drug efficacy and safety but also are good for the environment and their company’s bottom line—goals that embody the principles of green chemistry.
- Nature has a promising replacement for hormone-scrambling plastics: Shrimp shells.
Chitin is the stuff of shrimp shells, insect armor and butterfly wings - and now of a small collection of chess pieces, party cups and egg cartons in a lab at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
- California proposes changes for some consumer products.
California is proposing that manufacturers eliminate hazardous chemicals from three types of consumer products, either by removal or reformulation with safer chemicals. The classes of products would be the first targeted under a state initiative for safer consumer products that took effect last year.
Green Chemistry Drivers
- Inside an old Chicago packing plant, inspiring proof that urban indoor farming can succeed.
At The Plant, a group of food businesses runs in awe-inspiring harmony. A fish farm fertilizes the plants. A new brewery supplies carbon dioxide to help plants grow. And refuse from the cheesemaker feeds a digester that powers the whole operation.
- New products offer more ways than ever to create a 'green' nursery.
As sustainably made nursery products become increasingly prevalent and there are more ways than ever to create a “green” nursery for your bambino, the biggest question may be where to start.
- CDC dropped plans for MCHM air 'screening level'.
Citing a lack of data on potential health effects, federal officials dropped plans immediately after the January Elk River chemical leak to devise a “screening level” for what amount of MCHM in the air would be dangerous if inhaled, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed.
- Newark homes not so sweet with toxic vapors seeping inside.
You buy a house you can finally afford in a new neighborhood of 19 two-family homes in Newark’s Ironbound. Then out of the blue in January state officials tell you they’re sorry but it turns out that for at least 12 years you have lived on top of contaminated groundwater filled with toxic vapors that can be lethal.
- Chemicals on pet collars can affect children.
After an assessment, the EPA found "unacceptable risks to children" the first day after the flea collars using the chemical propoxur are put onto the pet, because they leave a residue that can be absorbed through kids' skin. Here's the rub: The products won't actually be gone until 2016, if then.