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High carbon levels: Have we been here before?

After Sandy struck the East Coast, we saw what the world will be facing if and when sea levels rise very substantially, as some scientists have predicted. Is warming really the result of massive amounts of carbon trapping solar heat … Continue reading

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Cheap Shale Gas: Multiplier effects

Recently, two domestic chemical companies deeply involved in the chlor-alkali chain agreed to merge their participation in this area to create a formidable competitor in the production of PVC, other chlorine derivatives and caustic soda. In a transaction valued at … Continue reading

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Compostable plastic bags: Economics work for municipalities

A lot of progress has occured in the production of plastics from renewable materials, the goal generally being to reduce the consumption of hydrocarbons and to make a “greener” product. A secondary goal is to produce plastics that can decompose … Continue reading

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What about algae?

¬†Ok, here are the pluses and minuses: They can be grown in non-arable land; oil yield is higher than from traditional seeds; they don’t need fresh water, can use saline; they are not a food source (like corn, for example); … Continue reading

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