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Familiar Patterns of Man-made Disasters, Part 3 of 4: Climate Change (no Chinese hoax!)

Posted on August 7th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

This post is the third in a series of four discussing avoidable disasters caused by human beings. Of the four posts three describe examples of disasters created by human beings Continue reading “Familiar Patterns of Man-made Disasters, Part 3 of 4: Climate Change (no Chinese hoax!)” »

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” »

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