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Chemical & Engineering News: Environmental SCENE

Welcome to Chemical & Engineering News's Environmental SCENE, an up-to-the-minute collection of news about environmental research, business, and policy, including coverage of climate change, pollution, toxic substances, and sustainability.

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Shell bids for cellulosic ethanol plant

18 Oct 2016 16:58:00 +0000

Refiner may snag large Abengoa facility for $26 million(image)

Putting a human cost on endocrine disruptors

17 Oct 2016 22:42:00 +0000

Study quantifies health care spending and lost wages stemming from low-level exposures to certain synthetic chemicals(image)

Subsurface microbes turn methoxy compounds in coal into methane

17 Oct 2016 05:00:32 +0000

Strain of Methermicoccus shengliensis archaea has previously unidentified methanogenesis mechanism(image)

Mercury from WWII submarine wreck pollutes sediments off Norway

14 Oct 2016 19:55:00 +0000

But the discharge probably has not contaminated the marine food web(image)

Antifungal RNA spray protects barley plants

14 Oct 2016 12:17:00 +0000

Plant vascular system transports RNA designed to shut down critical enzyme in fungal pest(image)

Rotterdam eyed for waste-to-chemicals plant

14 Oct 2016 12:16:42 +0000

Enerkem and partners select Dutch port for methanol project(image)

EPA expedites action on five chemicals

12 Oct 2016 21:10:00 +0000

Agency moves to reduce exposure to persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic substances under new law(image)

Why efforts to block invasive aquatic species aboard ships are off to a rocky start

10 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Despite ratification of a maritime treaty, confusion still reigns over how to comply(image)

Fuel composition influences engine emissions of carbon nanotubes

10 Oct 2016 05:00:25 +0000

Carbon nanotubes form when a diesel engine burns fuel containing traces of sulfur and ferrocene(image)

Lead pollution approaches natural background levels

10 Oct 2016 05:00:24 +0000

A study of northern Alberta peat bogs indicates that lead emissions controls have been successful(image)

Microbial enzyme could help clean up explosives

10 Oct 2016 05:00:00 +0000

New way to detect and destroy the increasingly popular munition 2,4-dinitroanisole(image)

Lignin waste could sustainably safeguard titanium-based sunscreen

07 Oct 2016 20:10:24 +0000

Coating titanium dioxide nanoparticles with lignin traps free radicals formed by UV light(image)

Size up your state: Industry-funded R&D

07 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000

NSF report shows most funding concentrated in five states(image)

Novamont opens bio-BDO plant

06 Oct 2016 14:50:00 +0000

Italian firm will use the intermediate in biodegradable plastics(image)

Fossil fuel methane emission underestimated

05 Oct 2016 20:34:00 +0000

Study finds these releases may be twice as much as previously reckoned(image)

Glycerol-chomping cyanobacteria work night and day to produce polymer precursors

03 Oct 2016 05:00:47 +0000

The engineered bacteria can use both carbon dioxide and glycerol to make 2,3-butanediol(image)

The global push against hydrofluorocarbons

03 Oct 2016 05:00:19 +0000

Negotiators will soon finish accord to phase out these synthetic greenhouse gases(image)

Has lignin’s time finally come?

03 Oct 2016 05:00:15 +0000

After years of burning it, companies are starting to recover the ubiquitous tree biopolymer(image)

Perspectives: Nonprofit groups come in many colors

03 Oct 2016 05:00:04 +0000

A veteran chemist lays out the challenges and benefits of working for one of today’s nonprofit environmental organizations(image)

Antioxidant coating could help reduce marine biofouling

29 Sep 2016 21:56:44 +0000

Surface interferes with formation of mussels’ biological glue(image)

Who will win the 2016 Nobel Prize In Chemistry?

29 Sep 2016 19:15:00 +0000

C&EN reporters and panelists predict the recipients of this year’s prestigious award during webcast(image)

Fuel composition influences engine emissions of carbon nanotubes

27 Sep 2016 13:13:00 +0000

Carbon nanotubes formed when a diesel engine burned fuel with sulfur and ferrocene, a common fuel additive(image)

Blue-light special on perfluoroalkylations

26 Sep 2016 05:00:59 +0000

Combining photochemical synthesis with a continuous-flow reactor leads to practical kilogram-scale arene trifluoromethylations(image)

Fruit fly excrement on food contains pheromones that entice other flies to join the feeding frenzy

26 Sep 2016 05:00:56 +0000

Studying pheromones in fly feces could lead to new strategies for fighting crop pests(image)

Insecticidal protein protects against western corn rootworms

26 Sep 2016 05:00:54 +0000

DuPont Pioneer researchers help combat the budding problem of resistance to insecticides produced by GM crops(image)

Detoxifying VX

26 Sep 2016 05:00:52 +0000

Calixarene compounds deactivate deadly organophosphonate nerve agents in a matter of minutes(image)

The inorganic kids are alright

26 Sep 2016 05:00:14 +0000

The Division of Inorganic Chemistry’s Young Investigator Awards program celebrates a decade of highlighting new talent(image)

2016 MacArthur ‘genius grants’ given to three scientists doing pioneering chemistry-related research

22 Sep 2016 13:56:00 +0000

Synthetic chemist Jin-Quan Yu, microbiologist Dianne K. Newman, and geobiologist Victoria J. Orphan are among the new class of 23 fellows(image)

Sponge made of coffee grounds scrubs lead and mercury from water

21 Sep 2016 13:21:00 +0000

The material could make it easier to use coffee waste for water remediation(image)

Membrane coating could help remove endocrine disruptors from wastewater

19 Sep 2016 21:08:00 +0000

Adding a hydrophilic coating to a nanofiltration membrane helps clean parabens and bisphenol A from wastewater for recycling(image)

Scrubbing natural gas with sulfur

19 Sep 2016 05:01:09 +0000

Microporous polymer made with elemental sulfur can remove CO2 from gaseous blends(image)

Insecticidal fern proteins protect genetically modified cotton from pests

19 Sep 2016 05:01:06 +0000

The newly created plants are the first to ward off whitefly-inflicted damage in cotton fields(image)

Now boarding: Commercial planes take flight with biobased jet fuel

19 Sep 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Aviation industry hopes to cut emissions with renewable fuels(image)

Isotope analysis points to violent moon origin

16 Sep 2016 22:19:00 +0000

Collision between young Earth and Mars-sized planet formed the moon from vaporized debris, study suggests(image)

Isotope analysis points to violent moon origin

16 Sep 2016 22:19:00 +0000

Un estudio sugiere que la Luna se formó a partir de los escombros gaseosos de la colisión entre una joven Tierra y un planeta del tamaño de Marte(image)

Congressional panel battles over subpoenas of scientists

15 Sep 2016 19:32:46 +0000

House Science Committee Republicans say inquiries important to protect federal research(image)

Drug use in Athens rose dramatically after economic crisis

12 Sep 2016 18:35:19 +0000

Concentrations of legal and illegal drugs in wastewater skyrocketed after the Greek economic collapse in 2010(image)

Microbial communities thrive in fracking wells

12 Sep 2016 05:00:27 +0000

Genomics analysis identifies at least one new organism that’s unique to shale formations(image)

New screening method assesses the impact of low-dose drug mixtures in the environment

12 Sep 2016 05:00:27 +0000

Approach suggests previous methods have not accurately determined risks to aquatic life(image)

C&EN profiles Chemists Without Borders, the humanitarian chemistry organization

12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Nearly all-volunteer organization achieves big impact in developing world with shoestring budget(image)

Hawaii targets sunscreens with oxybenzone

08 Sep 2016 23:44:14 +0000

State asks public to steer clear of these products to safeguard coral reefs(image)

New method casts light on a chicken-and-egg problem

08 Sep 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Raman spectroscopy could make chicken breeding more humane by identifying the sex of embryos still in the egg(image)

New method casts light on a chicken and egg problem

06 Sep 2016 19:29:00 +0000

Raman spectroscopy could make chicken breeding more humane by identifying the sex of embryos still in the egg(image)

Ancient fossils in Greenland suggest evidence for microbial life from 3.7 billion years ago

05 Sep 2016 08:30:00 +0000

Researchers discover conical formations they believe are stromatolites, a smoking gun for ancient life(image)

Mining waste displays catalytic prowess

05 Sep 2016 05:00:50 +0000

Simple process turns toxic red mud from aluminum processing into an active catalyst for generating hydrogen from ammonia(image)

Ground-cherries boost caterpillar’s immune system despite being toxic to other insects

05 Sep 2016 05:00:49 +0000

The fruit containing withanolides is being examined by researchers for anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.(image)

Perfluorinated chemicals found in alligators, crocodiles

02 Sep 2016 00:05:54 +0000

Results can point researchers to water pollution hot spots(image)

Enlisting fungi to recycle lithium-ion batteries

29 Aug 2016 05:01:08 +0000

Fungi-produced acids could leach lithium and other metals from batteries in a ‘greener’ recycling method(image)

Wind, solar rising as crucial energy sources in U.S. and globally

29 Aug 2016 05:00:51 +0000

Both are fastest growing energy sources across the world, agencies say(image)

Transforming agriculture, again

29 Aug 2016 05:00:00 +0000

A consolidating industry scrambles to harness a wave of innovation that is nothing like today’s seeds and chemicals(image)

The uneven world of chemical accident investigation

29 Aug 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Experts point out differences, call U.S. Chemical Safety Board a world model in root-cause probes(image)

New method produces electricity from the salinity difference between low- and high-salt solutions

27 Aug 2016 00:10:00 +0000

ACS Meeting News: New method produces electricity from the salinity difference between low- and high-salt solutions(image)

A new concern for drinking water

26 Aug 2016 16:25:00 +0000

ACS Meeting News: Nanoparticulate iron minerals may help release neurotoxic lead from pipelines(image)

Molybdenum disulfide functions as fast-acting water disinfection catalyst

21 Aug 2016 22:32:32 +0000

Nanostructured form of material harvests visible light, generates bacteria-killing reactive oxygen species(image)

Lower prices bring uneven first-half chemical earnings

21 Aug 2016 22:30:46 +0000

Amid cheap commodities, chemical firms stoke the fire under consumer specialties(image)

Membrane separates hydrocarbon isomers in energy-saving process

19 Aug 2016 21:46:00 +0000

So-called carbon molecular sieve purifies precious para-xylene from an isomeric mix using reverse osmosis(image)

Potential new source of atmospheric aerosols identified

11 Aug 2016 18:28:27 +0000

New study questions prevailing assumption that fatty acids aren’t photochemically active(image)

EPA watchdog declines to investigate chemistry professor

10 Aug 2016 19:51:35 +0000

Inspector general turns down environmental groups’ request for a probe of methane emission study(image)

Concrete creep mechanism explained

08 Aug 2016 05:00:35 +0000

Discovery could assist development of deformation-resistant structures(image)

Making sure chemical toxicity tests don’t miss metabolites

08 Aug 2016 05:00:18 +0000

EPA looks to incorporate metabolism into high throughput chemical screening(image)

Fracking air pollution study retracted

05 Aug 2016 19:17:00 +0000

Corrected results show airborne polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons near fracking operations in Ohio do not pose elevated cancer risk(image)

Refinery fostered weak safety, Chemical Safety Board says

05 Aug 2016 00:56:14 +0000

Report probes sulfuric acid accidents that injured workers(image)

Thyroid disrupting chemicals found in household dust

02 Aug 2016 15:57:52 +0000

Virtual screening method predicts compounds that bind to thyroid hormone receptor(image)

Analysis provides a glimpse at the lifestyle of our single-celled ancestors

01 Aug 2016 12:30:00 +0000

Researchers discover that the last universal common ancestor between bacteria and archaea likely lived in a hydrothermal vent, fixed nitrogen, and relied on hydrogen and carbon dioxide(image)

The chemical reactions taking place in your swimming pool

01 Aug 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Urine, sweat, and lotions all react with treated pool water to form chemical by-products, but the jury’s still out on whether those by-products are harmful to your health(image)

A tomato that can travel and doesn’t taste like cardboard

01 Aug 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Researchers find a gene that slows down ripening but doesn’t sacrifice flavor or color(image)

Tesla spurs demand for lithium chemicals

28 Jul 2016 22:19:34 +0000

Albemarle, FMC, and others to boost output of lightest metal(image)

Legionnaires’ outbreaks in Flint linked to city’s water problems

27 Jul 2016 21:30:00 +0000

Corrosion in drinking water pipes allowed deadly bacteria to flourish(image)

Analysis provides a glimpse at the lifestyle of our single-celled ancestors

25 Jul 2016 21:25:52 +0000

Researchers discover that the last universal common ancestor between bacteria and archaea likely lived in a hydrothermal vent, fixed nitrogen, and relied on hydrogen and carbon dioxide(image)

Legionnaires’ outbreaks in Flint linked to corrosive tap water

25 Jul 2016 17:24:00 +0000

Corrosion in drinking water pipes allows deadly bacteria to flourish(image)

Dandelions, the scourge of lawns, may be a fount of rubber

25 Jul 2016 11:30:00 +0000

Researchers and start-ups are nourishing the roots of a sustainable alternative to the rubber tree(image)

Cave dripwater may contain fire evidence

25 Jul 2016 05:01:02 +0000

Heightened water evaporation rates leaves its mark on oxygen isotope ratio(image)

U.S. Energy Department awards $40 million to speed nuclear waste cleanup

25 Jul 2016 05:00:49 +0000

Multi-investigator research centers to focus on weapon production wastes(image)