Green Chemistry News
- Family firm really does live off fat of the land.
A family business in Yorkshire business is doing its bit to combat climate change by turning waste cooking and food oils into biofuels.
- Widener experiments with ‘green chemistry.’
Widener University now numbers among the 17 colleges and universities nationwide to have signed the Green Chemistry Commitment, which recognizes the work already taking place on the campus to bring the chemistry department in line with a sustainable and environmentally-friendly curriculum.
- Walmart and Target take aim at hazardous ingredients.
Megaretailers Walmart and Target announced last fall that they would reduce or eliminate ingredients in household goods that they deem harmful to human health and the environment. In the months since the announcements, both companies have gone silent about the policies.
- Third industrial revolution to drive green chemistry adoption.
Many believe that we are witnessing the third wave of industrial revolution. Just like during first and second industrial revolutions, chemistry is expected to play a pivotal role as the world makes a transition from the fossil-age to the renewable-based economy.
- If chemists had a nontoxic goal, would West Virginia water have been drinkable?
Three weeks after thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning chemical spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River, some residents have only recently been told that their water is safe to drink.
Green Chemistry Drivers
- BPA-free plastics may be less safe than those with chemical.
For Debra Berliner, the debate over using plastics in her home is manifested by a BPA-free plastic sippy cup her husband purchased for her 22-month-old son that remains opened but unused in a kitchen cabinet.
- Mis-LEED-ing green buildings.
As Americans increasingly look to reduce their carbon footprint and choose "environmentally friendly" products, eco-friendly rating systems are often more of a marketing tool than they are an actual indication of a product's "green" status.
- China outsourcing smog to West region stirs protest.
China’s leaders want to lift the gray blanket of deadly smog that often chokes Beijing’s residents by shifting power plants to the less populated western part of the country inhabited by minorities.
- Almost 500 foods contain the 'yoga mat' compound. Should we care?
That compound found in commercially baked bread – yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too – is in the news again. A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products.
- Green solutions for the District’s stormwater runoff problem.
The story of stormwater runoff in Washington is a tale of two cities. In one, rain mixes with sewage; in the other, it’s separated. But neither is sending pristine water into the Potomac and the Anacostia.