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Global Food Security Index Launched
DuPont says the Global Food Security Index was launched yesterday by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU; London),which is part of the Economist Group. The index is exclusively sponsored by DuPont. The Global Food Security Index addresses underlying factors of food insecurity in 105 countries and...

Sustainability: Focus Shifts from Cost Reduction to Profit Optimization
Thomas: Plastics from CO2. Lohec: Pragmatic approach. Van Beurden: Big in biofuel. Hawkins: Collaboration is key. Leading chemical makers continue to save costs through resource-efficiency programs, but they are also focusing increasingly on the development of sustainability-advantaged products. A new...

European Commission-Chemical Industry Relations Strengthen; Sustainability Is Common Goal (update with video)
European Commission vice president Antonio Tajani and Cefic president Georgio Squinzi, gave a joint press conference today to mark the opening of a four-day exhibition within the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels to celebrate the role of chemistry in society. Tajani and Squinzi told CW...

Can China's Chemicals-from-Coal Sector Become Environmentally Sustainable?
As reported by CW this week from Süd-Chemie’s ‘Defining the Future’ technology symposium in Beijing, Chinese chemical companies are developing a huge pipeline of projects for generating chemicals and fuels from the country’s most abundant feedstock; coal. Whether they can do this...

DSM Secures Contract to Develop Water-Decontaminating Microbes (update)
DSM BioSolutions, DSM’s microbial fermentation contract manufacturing business, has disclosed that it has secured a contract with BiAqua (Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands) to develop microbes for decontaminating water. BiAqua is an innovator of bio-based solutions for serious water contamination issues...

EU Proposes Banning Phosphates in Laundry Detergents
The European Commission has today proposed to ban phosphates and limit phosphorus-containing compounds in all domestic laundry detergents across the European Union (EU). If approved by the European Parliament and the EU member states, the regulation would come into effect January 1, 2013.   Delaying the...

AkzoNobel Sells Water Treatment Chemicals Site in Sweden
AkzoNobel subsidiary Eka Chemicals has agreed to divest its water treatment chemicals production activities located at Vetlanda, Sweden, to Feralco Nordic (Helsingborg, Sweden), a multinational firm with its primary focus on water treatment. Financial terms were not disclosed. The divestment does not involve...

Switchgrass Planting Would Reduce Nitrate Leaching
Research by Iowa State University (ISU; Ames) shows that planting switchgrass in rotation with fertilized crops reduces levels of soil nitrates leached into waterways following heavy rain.   Matt Helmers, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Antonio Mallarino, professor of...

Gases from Waste-water to Power Rockets
Two engineers at Stanford University have developed a cheaper, cleaner waste water treatment process which generates greenhouse gases (GHG) nitrous oxide and methane. These gases may then be siphoned off for applications such as powering rocket propulsion and the waste treatment plant. The research forms...

EPA Pulls Plug On Use of Nalco Dispersant in BP Cleanup
EPA has issued a directive requiring BP to “identify and use a less toxic and more effective dispersant” to help break apart oil gushing from a broken BP well in the Gulf of Mexico. The order came just hours after the agency reported that “toxicity data does not indicate any significant...












 
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