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Why is coal the worst fossil fuel – emissions, climate, health, smog…?

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Coal fossil fuels

Beijing, China (Source,

The photo above shows a street during daytime in Beijing, China, where over 70% of people wear masks on smoggy days.  Smoggy days occur frequently resulting in periodic highway and airport shutdowns.  The main cause of the smog is smoke and soot particles spewed from stacks of coal burning factories. Continue reading “Why is coal the worst fossil fuel – emissions, climate, health, smog…?” »

China encourages more chemical R&D

Posted on May 12th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

China's chemical industry

Despite making strides in recent years, China still feels far behind developed countries in the world in terms of their overall capability and level of technology innovation. But how will the Chinese government turn from a big chemical country into a great chemical power? With R&D innovation as a key driver. Continue reading “China encourages more chemical R&D” »

Industry growth rates, productivity threatened by global trends

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Consultancy McKinsey’s chemicals practice threw some interesting thinking into the pot last week. Its research indicates that chemical sector returns have been flattening over the past few years with performance being negatively impacted by overcapacity and slower demand growth. Continue reading “Industry growth rates, productivity threatened by global trends” »

China’s Five-Year Plan for Chemical Innovation

Posted on March 28th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Covering the years 2016 to 2020, China’s new Five-Year Plan is a road map designed to guide national development, and it includes plans for the country’s chemical industry. Although proud of its success in this sector, China believes that to pursue its goal to be a great chemical power, Continue reading “China’s Five-Year Plan for Chemical Innovation” »

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