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Chemists Develop Eco-Friendly Oil Spill Solution

June 29, 2015 9:54 am | by City College of New York | Comments

City College of New York researchers led by chemist George John have developed an eco-friendly biodegradable green "herding" agent that can be used to clean up light crude oil spills on water.


Council Rejects Fracking Shale Gas in Northwest England

June 29, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A local council has rejected plans to frack shale gas in northwestern England in a case closely watched as offering a precedent for exploration in Britain.


Germany's Oldest Remaining Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

June 29, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Germany's oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by the end of 2022.


Economic Officials Say Tesla Factory Will Open In A Year

June 26, 2015 4:32 pm | by Riley Snyder, The Associated Press | Comments

The "gigafactory" will produce lithium-ion batteries for use in Tesla electric cars.


Board Urged to Adopt Buffers Between Homes, Oil Drilling

June 26, 2015 4:21 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Farmers and environmentalists urged Montana regulators to establish buffer zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling.


Shell Heads For Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits

June 26, 2015 4:17 pm | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of rich oil reserves under the Chukchi Sea.


Board of Corruption-Riddled Nigerian Oil Company Dissolved

June 26, 2015 4:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nigeria's new president on Friday dissolved the board of the state oil company from which billions of dollars is missing, a move likely preceding an investigation.


Company Looking at Downsizing Proposed Coal-to-Liquid Plant

June 26, 2015 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The announcement Wednesday by Houston-based DKRW Advanced Fuels raised new skepticism about whether the plant at Medicine Bow in Carbon County would be built.


Monsanto to Upgrade Herbicide Plant

June 26, 2015 3:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Hugh Grant, CEO of the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant, said the company would invest more than $1 billion in the Luling facility during the next three to five years.


Study: Fracking Doesn't Have to be Rough on The Environment

June 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers at Northwestern University believe that improving the operational efficiency of natural gas fracking could produce a "win-win" for both the U.S. energy sector and the environment.


California Oil Spill Gushed Like Hose 'Without a Nozzle'

June 26, 2015 9:50 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | Comments

Plains All American is facing scrutiny from federal regulators and lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the spill, which washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.


Terrorist Beheading, Explosion at US-Owned Gas Factory in France

June 26, 2015 9:39 am | by LORI HINNANT, LAURENT CIPRIANI, Associated Press | Comments

The industrial site belongs to Air Products, an American chemical company based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Synthetic Biology Used to Engineer New Route to Biochemicals

June 25, 2015 5:35 pm | by University of California - Davis | Comments

A chemistry professor at UC Davis aims to design and build new biochemical pathways within living cells, based on existing pathways from other living things.


Scientists Study Possibility That a Cocktail of Everyday Chemicals Could Trigger Cancer

June 25, 2015 4:58 pm | by Brunel University | Comments

The study selected 85 chemicals not considered carcinogenic to humans and found 50 supported key cancer-related mechanisms at exposures found in the environment today.


US Chemical Production Down Slightly in May

June 25, 2015 4:51 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

There were gains in the output of pesticides, chlor-alkali, other specialties, and synthetic rubber. These gains were offset, however, by declines in the production of plastic resins, organic chemicals, adhesives, fertilizers, acids, phosphates, sulfates, manufactured fibers, and pharmaceuticals.



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