Green Chemistry News
- How can we create a less toxic world?
If we want companies to create products that are safe and healthy for humans and the environment, teaching green chemistry is our best bet.
- Eliminating the need for chemistry.
Should greening organic synthesis or finding new, nontoxic chemicals and materials be necessary, when we might more simply eliminate the need for synthetic chemistry?
- What comes out in the wash.
It's the tiny fibers, less than one millimeter wide, that come from our clothes when we launder them. These fibers make their way into the world's rivers and seas through the sewage and drainage systems of our cities.
- The 50-year war over toxic chemical triclosan.
Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical in wide public use, has been linked to a host of serious health risks. But regulators just can’t or won’t pull it from the shelves.
- Pressure for chemical law reform mounts.
A diverse coalition of stakeholders who normally don’t agree with one another is pushing lawmakers to fix the Toxic Substances Control Act —a nearly 40-year-old U.S. chemical safety law that nearly everyone says is flawed.
Green Chemistry Drivers
- Barriers to pollution prevention.
Many industrial facilities aren’t acting to prevent the release of toxic chemicals because they aren’t aware of less hazardous alternatives, according to new data released by the Environmental Protection Agency.
- What’s the best way to make green cleaning products?
Calls urging the world’s citizens to lead more environmentally sustainable lives rang out from the highest reaches in 2015.
- Arctic reindeer poo acts as flame retardant., Arctic reindeer poo laced with flame retardant.
Analysis of dung from wild reindeer in the Arctic finds that it contains manmade flame retardants.
- No tangled web.
A team of materials scientists have been trying to make strong polymer fibres using less-nasty solvents. Not only have they succeeded, their virtue has been rewarded by the discovery that this approach creates even stronger materials than the old and noxious one.
- Special report: Toxic firefighting foam has contaminated U.S. drinking water., Toxic firefighting foam has contaminated US drinking water.
A foam to fight burning jet fuel made by 3M and the U.S. Navy smothers fires, but massive use has contaminated drinking water around the U.S. Huge amounts of the foam have been found in soil and water.