Green Chemistry News
- 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.
- Forward-thinking companies bet on green energy.
A couple of decades ago, two academic chemists developed 12 principles of green chemistry to guide the design of chemical products and processes which reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.
- Wonder stuff: Shrimp plus spider kills plastic.
Combine the hard stuff in shrimp shells with a spider silk protein and you get shrilk, a tough, biodegradable replacement for world-choking plastics.
Green Chemistry Drivers
- Calls to ban toxic chemicals fall on deaf ears around the world.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them.
- Chemicals and medicines tainting Congaree National Park waters.
Scientists are finding potentially harmful levels of medicines, chemicals and bacteria in waterways at Congaree National Park as the preserve’s managers scramble to resolve what they suspect is a growing threat from leaking sewage and farm runoff.
- New study: Hidden dangerous chemicals in popular costumes, party supplies.
A new study by a trio of environmental organizations has found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and party supplies.
- Legal fight over PCB responsibility continues.
NCR Corp. continued to produce carbonless copy paper well after learning a chemical involved in the manufacturing process posed a long-term risk to human health and the vitality of the Fox River, a federal appellate court has found.
- Cape Cod studies seek link between breast cancer, septic systems.
As advances continue in the detection and treatment of breast cancer, some argue that more investigation is needed into the root causes of the disease.