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Familiar Patterns of Man-made Disasters, Part 4 of 4: Common Traits

Posted on August 24th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

This post is the fourth in a series of four discussing avoidable disasters caused by human beings.  Of the four posts three described examples of disasters created by human beings: 1. Asbestos published July 17; 2. Smoking; and 3. Climate change.  Seeking unbridled profit is the driver of all three disasters. Continue reading “Familiar Patterns of Man-made Disasters, Part 4 of 4: Common Traits” »

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” »

Energy Conservation Part 4 – Environmental Impact

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

In the previous post, a process change reduced the amount of fuel necessary to produce a given amount of steam resulting in significant energy cost savings over the intended life of the equipment. Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 4 – Environmental Impact” »

Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide, Buildings and CLT!

Posted on June 15th, 2016 by in New Materials & Applications

Western wood structures

(Source: www.CanadianArchitect.com and www.westernwoodstructures.com)

Most people would react to the suggestion of using wood for anything as environmentally detrimental. Trees would have to be cut and often the discarded wood gets burned adding to the carbon dioxide burden of the atmosphere. Continue reading “Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide, Buildings and CLT!” »

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