- Climate change: Is there a need to ban ozone-saving chemicals (HFCs)? Read FT (“Campaigners press for global ban on HFCs”), Climate Change Corp and Science Daily.
- Climate change: New authoritative study predicts “global collapse”. See article in The Independent and read the 10-page executive summary of the 2009 State of the Future report.
- Aviation: Can aviation industry develop sustainable fuels? See Environmental Leader.
- Biofuels: Steve Levine on Exxon’s algae adventure in Business Week.
- Sustainable Consumption and Production: Wall-Mart to measure its social and environmental impact (CNN Money). Inspired by EU’s Retail Forum? Read also the more skeptical analysis by Joel Makower.
- The US House of Representatives adopted new legislation to strengthen the chemical industry’s efforts to produce more environmentally-friendly chemicals. The “Green Chemistry Research and Development Act” will encourage and finance sustainable chemistry research, development, technology transfer and education. More on this can be found on the BioPact blog. WorldChanging had an impressive background article on sustainable chemistry in July 2007. The EU is trying to help the emerging European green chemistry efforts through its European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem). EurActiv has a good dossier on the sustainable chemistry initiatives at EU level.
US NGO Environmental Defense has published an interesting report comparing policies on chemical substances in Canada, the United States and the European Union. It seems the EU’s REACH directive is already having an impact on other economic regions, but the report with the title “Not that innocent” also indicates where REACH could still learn from the others.