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
- Can Mexico City's roof gardens help the metropolis shrug off its smog?
In a sheltered corner of one of the greatest megacities on Earth, there is a place where lizards careen around tree trunks, butterflies drink nectar from vermillion flowers and hummingbirds whisk the heavy air with their wings.
- Top 5 USDA discoveries of 2013, including weight-loss flour.
Each year, the agency issues its dryly named "Report on Technology Transfers," which outlines scientific breakthroughs that came about through USDA research. The more interesting breakthroughs include fertilizer from tires and gold particles that detect West Nile virus.
- Stash Tea leaves SFI in green controversy.
Portland-based Stash Tea is the most recent company to reject the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an Oregon nonprofit, from its label, joining 25 brands including AT&T and Allstate.
- Brushing teeth with sewer water next step as Texas faces drought.
Wichita Falls, a city of more than 104,000, suffering the worst drought on record, is about to become the first place in the U.S. to treat sewage and pump it directly back to residents.
- New rules for chemicals needed to protect health.
U.S. Congress has utterly failed to effectively regulate the chemical industry, and thus shares responsibility for widespread toxic chemical contamination of people and the environment.