A Self-Healing Polymer for a Sustainable Future

Read the full post in the ACS Green Chemistry Nexus blog. Since the dawn of civilization, natural materials have been a fundamental part of human life and environment. However, in the 20th century, due to exploitation and high cost of natural resources, synthetic materials replaced natural materials. Recent advances in biotechnology and materials science have …

Sustainable Rubber is No Stretch

Read the full post in the ACS Green Chemistry blog. The list of companies joining the race towards sustainable rubber is growing. From startups to global chemical manufacturers, there’s a widespread push to develop high quality rubber that isn’t sourced from petroleum. Fluctuating oil prices, growing pressure to be sustainable, and virtually no domestic means …

Optimizing Recycling: Criteria for Comparing and Improving Recycled Feedstocks in Building Products

Download the document. Global industry has made progress toward a world in which more efficient use of resources, including recycling, helps to reduce impacts on the natural systems that support life. However, contamination of recycled-content raw material (or "feedstock") with potentially toxic substances reduces feed-stock value, impedes growth of recycling rates, and can endanger human …

Collaboration can save the Mississippi River Watershed

Read the full story in Ag Professional. A diverse group of more than 400 businesses, associations, government agencies, science organizations, academic institutions and non-profit organizations released the first-ever report card evaluating the condition of one of our nation's most storied and central waterways. This effort, known as America's Watershed Initiative, was undertaken to provide information …

Fertilizer runoff feeds growth of harmful algal blooms

Read the full story at GoErie. Over the past decade, Lake Erie's western basin has been plagued with harmful algal blooms (HABs) with a devastating impact on marine life, tourism, recreational and commercial fisheries and drinking water. HABs have also reduced the amount of oxygen to such low levels that dead zones have been created …

As the Fracking Boom Spreads, One Watershed Draws the Line

Read the full story at Yale Environment360. After spreading across Pennsylvania, fracking for natural gas has run into government bans in the Delaware River watershed. The basins of the Delaware and nearby Susquehanna River offer a sharp contrast between what happens in places that allow fracking and those that do not.