Green Chemistry News
- South Africa to exploit opportunities in green economy.
The South African government will exploit opportunities in the green economy to create jobs and cut carbon emissions, says Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor.
- 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.
- Strong, clear bioplastic containers could be made from rice.
Researchers in Finland have transformed rice starch into a temporally stable, optically transparent, biodegradable plastic with potential applications in food packaging and biomedical materials.
- 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.
- West Virginia's American Water repeatedly delayed locating potential Elk River contamination sites.
Back in April 2006, officials from West Virginia American Water told state regulators they were planning to review the Elk River watershed to find out what potential contamination sources were upstream from their Kanawha Valley water treatment plant.
- 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.
- Quats: Common disinfectants cause reproductive problems in mice, study.
Mice exposed to disinfectants in commercial-grade cleaning products took longer to get pregnant, had fewer pups and suffered more miscarriages and distressed fetuses, researchers reported today.