Green Chemistry News
- 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.
- Safer chemicals would benefit both consumers and workers.
Consumers in North America and Europe are starting to expect that regulation will protect us from harmful chemicals in the products we buy. Unfortunately hazardous chemicals are still all around us.
- Green chemistry education roadmap charts the path ahead.
Although green chemistry and engineering emerged in the 1990s, integration of green chemistry concepts into the chemistry curriculum has not proceeded at a fast enough pace to support this growing field.
- EPA gives green awards without checking facts.
Green companies could be lying about their award-winning achievements for decreasing pollution, and the Environmental Protection Agency would never know it, according to an EPA Inspector General report.
Green Chemistry Drivers
- Kristof: Contaminating our bodies with everyday products.
In recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us. Unregulated substances, they say, are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.
- Uncorking the chemical potential of wine waste.
Italian scientists have devised an innovative and economically feasible biorefinery that can squeeze more chemicals out of the mountains of grape waste produced during wine production.
- Cutting out textile pollution.
Cleaning up one of the world’s dirtiest industries will require new technology and more.
- Seeking a safer flame retardant.
Researchers have identified an alternative flame retardant that outperforms existing formulas — a chemical that’s nontoxic, environmentally friendly, and inspired by the sticky mucus of marine mussels.
- Natural substance found in mussels looks to be a nifty flame retardant, too.
As manufacturers look to supplant some portion of the standard halogen- or bromine-based retardants, a chemical engineering team at the University of Texas announced last week that it has come up with an even simpler solution.