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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, www.thebeijinger.com)

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…?” »

Sustainable Feedstock for Plastic Production

Posted on March 30th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

We’ve looked before at the problems of plastic manufacture, and plastic waste in particular. In a report recently published, the European Commission (EC) has made the development of a roadmap for plastics a high priority. Continue reading “Sustainable Feedstock for Plastic Production” »

Emitted Methane as Feedstock for Bio-manufacturing – improving the Earth’s climate in small bites

Posted on February 20th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Sina - methane

(Source: The Business Journals, www.bizjournals.com)

 

There are good reasons for the burning flares in refineries, chemical and natural gas processing plants and oil wells.  From a distance it looks like a tall chimney with a red flame atop.  The primary function of the flares is to act as safety devices.  Continue reading “Emitted Methane as Feedstock for Bio-manufacturing – improving the Earth’s climate in small bites” »

A European Plan For Sustainability

Posted on February 9th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Just over a year ago, the European Commission (EC) began implementing a plan to modernize the European economy with a focus on sustainable consumption and production. Continue reading “A European Plan For Sustainability” »