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  • Will the mine of the future be a mine at all?
    Metals to support our way of life are extracted by mining and processing large quantities of rock. The basic extraction paradigm is "drill, blast, load, haul, dump, crush, grind, separate, process." There are many variations, but fundamentally, the paradigm has not changed since ancient times.
  • Synthetic leather’s green revival.
    Firms that make synthetic leather for consumer products have therefore been under pressure to come up with cleaner technology. Those efforts are bearing fruit.
  • Toward a greener chemistry.
    As a young graduate of the University of British Columbia’s doctoral program in chemistry, Philip Jessop’s first job was at Research Development Corp. in Japan. But when his boss, Ryoji Noyori, suggested he work on supercritical carbon dioxide, he says, “I had to go the library and look up what it was.”

Green Chemistry Drivers

  • Chemists convene in San Fran.
    As a hotbed of environmentalism and a destination for travelers from around the globe, San Francisco was a fitting backdrop for the American Chemical Society national meeting. The meeting’s green, international theme was probed in many symposia, including those on climate science literacy and global stewardship of materials facing critical shortages.
  • Study indicates even most vigilant consumer can avoid flame retardants.
    Josephine Wilson has tried to shield her daughter from the "nasties." When she learned about flame retardants, she scrutinized her home for sources. She and her husband eventually replaced their couch and mattress. Their vacuum has a HEPA filter to remove chemicals that accumulate in dust.
  • Mass poisoning.
    Fruits and vegetables are nature’s boon to mankind, providing nourishment and satiating hunger. In modern times, however, vegetables have become means to deliver poisonous chemicals into the human body.