U.S. emissions surged in 2021, putting the nation further off track from its climate targets

Read the full story from the Washington Post.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions roared back in 2021, the latest indicator that the country remains far off track from meeting President Biden’s ambitious climate change targets for the end of this decade.

A 17 percent surge in coal-fired electricity helped drive an overall increase of 6.2 percent in greenhouse gas emissions compared with the previous year, according to an analysis published Monday by the Rhodium Group. While emissions remained below pre-pandemic levels, it marked the first annual increase in reliance on the nation’s dirtiest fossil fuel since 2014, the independent research firm said.

Webinar: The State of Green Business 2022

Jan 22, 2022, noon-1 pm
Register here.

The sustainable business world enters 2022 flying high, as the world focuses with increasing urgency on many of its core issues: sustainable finance, the circular economy, clean energy, climate tech and more. All are reaching inflection points, growing and changing faster than many could have imagined.

In this 15th annual edition of the State of Green Business, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning report, we dig into a wide range of issues, including an exclusive look at key job trends, courtesy of LinkedIn, and key indicators from S&P Global on such things as corporate carbon pricing, physical risk exposure and companies’ TCFD support.

In this one-hour webcast, coinciding with the report’s release, GreenBiz Group Chairman Joel Makower and a team of GreenBiz analysts will discuss the key trends for sustainable business in 2022.

Among the topics:

  • How companies are driving decarbonization through their supply chains
  • The growth of circular “mining” for critical materials
  • How “true zero” is becoming the new mantra for clean-energy buyers
  • Regulators’ newfound focus on ESG reporting
  • The growth of resale in consumer markets


  • Joel Makower, Chairman & Co-Founder, GreenBiz Group


  • Richard Mattison, CEO, S&P Global Trucost
  • Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Deonna Anderson, Senior Editor, GreenBiz Group
  • Theresa Lieb, Food Systems Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Grant Harrison, Green Finance & ESG Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Jesse Klein, Associate Editor, GreenBiz Group

If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the webcast recording and resources, available to you on-demand after the live webcast.

SABIC partners to create circular polymers from ocean-bound plastic

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

The Saudi Arabian company is working with Malaysia-based HHI to chemically recycle mixed and used ocean-bound plastic into certified circular polymers.

The grass isn’t always greener

Read the full story at Q Magazine.

America’s largest irrigated crop is not corn, soy, or anything else you might find in the commodity marketplace. It’s turf grass: the crop that American homeowners grow in pursuit of the dream of a lush, green, manicured lawn. According to NASA, the United States has around 40 million acres of turf grass, which is an area roughly equivalent to that of the state of Wisconsin. This makes turf grass our largest irrigated crop and one that has replaced scores of diverse habitats for wildlife. Turf grass helps lawn-owners achieve a long-cherished suburban fantasy, but it does not produce food or anything else useful for the environment. In fact, the dream of a pristine lawn comes at a high cost, requiring excessive inputs like water, gas, and chemicals. What might it take to reimagine the American lawn?  

Innovation needed to reclaim lithium from old batteries

Read the full story from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

American regulators are looking to implement recycling standards for lithium-ion batteries to reduce waste, poor labor conditions, and pollution.

A Survey of Federal and State-Level Solar System Decommissioning Policies in the United States

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This report provides a survey and brief overview of both Bureau of Land Management and U.S. statewide solar decommissioning policies, and a discussion of some of the potential impacts different policy designs may have on utility-scale solar development, including impacts that might influence construction timelines and over project costs.

Montana petitions U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist NCDE grizzlies

Read the full story from Montana Free Press.

Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office announced today that the state is petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, citing robust population counts and touting the state’s ability to independently manage Montana’s grizzly bears, which have been federally protected since 1975.

Green production of high performance nanocomposites from grapefruit peel

Read the full story at Azo Nano.

The efficient use of biowaste to decrease environmental pollution is vital for the long-term sustainability of the planet. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering used waste grapefruit peels to synthesize multipurpose nickel nanoparticles ingrained in nitrogen graphene-like carbon nanomaterials (Ni@ NGC) with excellent electromagnetic characteristics.

How chemistry is part of the solution to climate change – and not just part of the problem

Read the full story from the World Economic Forum.

There’s little doubt that chemistry has had a profound and positive impact on our lives. Used in everything from detergent and toothpaste, to medicines, plastic, paints and beyond, chemicals play an integral role in society. Unfortunately, using some comes with serious unintended consequences, with harmful compounds damaging both the environment and human health.

While it can pose problems, chemistry is not the enemy. In fact, one branch of chemistry – green chemistry – offers a promising solution. Taking its lead from nature, its approach is to design chemical products and processes in a way that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances, thereby creating better, safer end results and reducing waste. Its application encompasses the entire life cycle of a product, from design and manufacture, through to use and recycling or disposal at the end of its useful life.

Missouri cement plants scramble to cut greenhouse gases. ‘These are the steps that we need to take now.’

Read the full story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Missouri cement producers are looking to a range of new technologies — from freezing carbon as it exits smokestacks to chemically separating it — to combat the industry’s massive greenhouse gas pollution, and join a trend gathering momentum.