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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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Still a global menace

28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Health concerns prompt calls to end production and use of deadly substance in the U.S. and beyond(image)



Cement could be a helpful carbon sink

22 Nov 2016 21:36:00 +0000

Model suggests cement reacting with CO₂ can offset part of the emissions from its production(image)






Will the artificial leaf sprout to combat climate change?

21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Technology to produce fuels from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide faces scientific and economic challenges(image)



Synthetic biology pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere

17 Nov 2016 23:41:00 +0000

A suite of enzymes borrowed from humans, plants, and other life-forms can turn the greenhouse gas into industrial building block chemicals(image)



EPA reaffirms plan to ban chlorpyrifos on food

17 Nov 2016 00:56:00 +0000

Agency cites concerns about neurotoxicity of organophosphate insecticide(image)



Two-faced fabric separates oil from emulsions

14 Nov 2016 06:00:57 +0000

Cotton coated with cleverly designed polymer could find use cleaning up oil spills(image)



Iron catalyst reduces oxyanion pollutants

14 Nov 2016 06:00:53 +0000

Inspired by enzyme active sites, new catalyst could clean up pervasive nitrate and perchlorate contaminants in the environment(image)



Sulfur hexafluoride is added to the fluorination tool box

14 Nov 2016 06:00:52 +0000

Chemists introduce first practical method for using SF6 as a fluorinating reagent in organic synthesis(image)



Bugs, they’re what’s for dinner

11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Edible insects could supply as much dietary iron as meat(image)



Mutagenic dyes prevalent in house dust

10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Screening unveils the largest class of brominated compounds present in the home(image)



Bugs, not beef

08 Nov 2016 21:47:00 +0000

Edible insects could supply as much dietary iron as meat(image)



Pristine Stone Age wood and bone artifacts are being dissolved by sulfuric acid in the soil

07 Nov 2016 06:00:44 +0000

Draining of the boggy area for agriculture turned a pristine archeological site into a treacherous place for artifacts(image)



Cold fusion died 25 years ago, but the research lives on

07 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Scientists continue to study unusual heat-generating effects, some hoping for vindication, others for an eventual payday(image)



EPA greenlights 2,4-D and glyphosate mixture

02 Nov 2016 18:21:00 +0000

Proposal would expand use of Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide(image)



General Electric to exit water treatment by 2017

02 Nov 2016 17:58:00 +0000

Proceeds will pay for an enlargement of the firm’s oil services business(image)



New weapons in the fight against fungal wilt

31 Oct 2016 16:34:00 +0000

C&EN and CAS examine the intellectual property behind the fight against fusarium wilt disease(image)



Formaldehyde protects lignin during biomass processing

31 Oct 2016 04:13:53 +0000

Simple treatment keeps natural polymer from turning into sludge(image)



Heat-shock proteins have unrecognized roles in cells

31 Oct 2016 04:13:21 +0000

This family of cellular paramedics doesn’t just help peptide chains fold; it also assists mature, folded proteins to get their jobs done(image)



Long-sought atmospheric intermediate detected

28 Oct 2016 11:34:28 +0000

Study helps confirm 43-year-old mechanistic proposal for CO2-forming reaction(image)



Chlorine gas released in Kansas distillery chemical mix-up

27 Oct 2016 23:30:56 +0000

U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigating accident(image)



Chemical Safety Board says multiple errors led to fatal accident

27 Oct 2016 21:58:00 +0000

Two workers died in 2013 Williams Olefin chemical plant explosion(image)



ExoMars orbiter ready to map trace gases

26 Oct 2016 04:54:00 +0000

Although Schiaparelli lander crashed, mission’s orbiter will take data around red planet for next four years(image)



Chemical Safety Board says multiple errors led to fatal accident

24 Oct 2016 18:42:43 +0000

Two workers died in 2013 Williams Olefin chemical plant explosion(image)



ExoMars orbiter ready to map trace gases

24 Oct 2016 16:28:00 +0000

Although Schiaparelli lander crashed, mission’s orbiter will take data around red planet for next four years(image)



Concrete skin detects cracking and chemical leaks

24 Oct 2016 05:00:48 +0000

Researchers develop a silver and copper coating to monitor the structural integrity of building materials(image)



Chilling tomatoes blocks production of flavor-making enzymes

24 Oct 2016 05:00:45 +0000

Researchers discover that cold temperatures lead to methylation of genes involved in making tomatoes tastier(image)



Extracting inorganic ions, organically

24 Oct 2016 05:00:11 +0000

Organic ligands help sequester and separate inorganic ions in mining and nuclear waste treatment(image)



Deep divisions impede House Science Committee

24 Oct 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Attacks and infighting from the previously congenial committee worry the science community(image)



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)



Interruptores endocrinos: ¿cuál es el coste para los humanos?

17 Oct 2016 22:42:00 +0000

Un estudio calcula el gasto en sanidad y las pérdidas de ingresos causados por niveles bajos de exposición a determinadas sustancias químicas sintéticas(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)