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Oil Boom's End Threatens Pain For Much of Latin America

February 25, 2015 | by JACOBO G. GARCIA, Associated Press | Comments

Soaring oil prices the past decade transformed this rural backwater into Colombia's richest city as nearby fields pumped black gold, drawing new businesses, international pop stars and vanity art projects such as the biblical-themed arch that towers over these sweltering grasslands.

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Oil Slump Threatens Easy Life of Affluent Norwegians

February 24, 2015 3:01 pm | by MARK LEWIS, Associated Press | Comments

Already 10,000 workers have been laid off. It's the start of what economists are predicting will be a long recession in the energy industry.

Filthy India Air Cutting 660 Million Lives Short by 3 Years

February 23, 2015 2:04 pm | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | Comments

India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels to power its economic growth with little regard for the environment.

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Beer Byproduct Could Help Clean Municipal Water Supply

February 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

An unwanted byproduct of the beer brewing process appears set to help the city of Boulder, Colorado comply with water regulations and potentially save thousands of dollars.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 20, 2015 3:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The U.S. remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Effort Comes to Energy-Rich Colorado

February 20, 2015 3:33 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels has come deep into energy country as activists ask the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies.

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Company Whose Train Exploded Had Spent Millions on Lobbying, Campaign Contributions

February 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The railroad company whose train triggered a massive explosion Monday in West Virginia had spent millions lobbying against rail oversight legislation in Congress, according to a report.

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In Case You Need a Laugh...

February 19, 2015 4:31 pm | by The Onion | Comments

The Onion has nailed it with this headline: "Lucrative New Oil Extraction Method Involves Drilling Directly Into Gas Stations."

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The Race For “The Jesus Molecule” Continues

February 19, 2015 4:06 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Chem.Info | Comments

This final installment of a three-part plant profile of Virent, takes you inside their bio-based paraxylene operations to find out how they're helping green the chemicals scene.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year.

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EPA Labels Don't Reflect Total Savings for Hybrid, Electric Cars

February 19, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study.

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Study: Industrial Chemical Contributes to Ozone Loss

February 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The report particularly concerns dichloromethane, which has a wide variety of industrial uses, including as a paint remover, cleaning agent, solvent and fumigant.

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Why Refinery Strike Has Had Little Bite at Gas Pump

February 18, 2015 10:56 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

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Does The World Still Need Biofuels? Virent Thinks So.

February 12, 2015 4:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

The plunge in oil prices has made many biofuel companies wring their hands. But Virent says it's just a matter of time before biofuels — like the ones they are producing — will again be a viable and needed part of the energy equation.

Study: World Dumps More Plastics Into Oceans Than Previously Thought

February 12, 2015 3:29 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

China is responsible for 2.4 million tons of plastic that makes its way into the ocean, nearly 28 percent of the world total, while the United States contributes just 77,000 tons, which is less than 1 percent, according to the study published Thursday in the journal Science.

Report: Most Dollar Store Products Exceed Chemical Thresholds

February 11, 2015 5:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The report from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions — a coalition of health, community and environmental groups — included test results for 164 products found in retailers commonly called dollar stores, including toys, jewelry and household products.

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