Chemistry http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24409/all en NTSB chief says Obama administration needs to act immediately on oil train safety http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140423/ntsb-chief-says-obama-administration-needs-act-immediately-o <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - The head of the National Transportation Safety Board says the Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. 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Other residents were warned not to drink tap water for a day.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/chairman-veolia-unit-china-apologizes-after-water-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Lanzhou Veolia Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:02:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6128141 at http://www.globalpost.com EPA reduces amount of cellulosic biofuels required in gasoline to reflect 2013 production http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140422/epa-reduces-amount-cellulosic-biofuels-required-gasoline-ref <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. 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Chemistry Petroleum Petroleum geology The Canadian Press Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:34:36 +0000 The Canadian Press 6127748 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140422/syrias-chemical-weapons-wild-card-chlorine-gas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Oliver Holmes</p> <p>BEIRUT (Reuters) - Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140422/syrias-chemical-weapons-wild-card-chlorine-gas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemical warfare Chemistry Politics War Weapons of mass destruction Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:15:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6127649 at http://www.globalpost.com Deadly Texas fertilizer warehouse blast preventable: investigators http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140422/firefighters-did-not-know-blast-risk-2013-warehouse-fire-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DALLAS (Reuters) - A deadly 2013 fertilizer warehouse explosion in Texas that claimed at least 14 lives could have been prevented, U.S. safety investigators said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Between 40 and 60 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded 22 minutes after a fire broke out at the West Fertilizer Co warehouse on April 17, 2013, leveling a neighborhood in the town of West, 70 miles southwest of Dallas.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140422/firefighters-did-not-know-blast-risk-2013-warehouse-fire-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Disaster Nitrates Nitrogen metabolism Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:14:01 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6127644 at http://www.globalpost.com Supreme Court rejects Exxon's appeal in pollution case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140421/supreme-court-rejects-exxons-appeal-pollution-case <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Washington, Apr 21 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal by Exxon Mobil Corp. in a case that obligated the firm to pay $105 million for contaminating a New York City aquifer.</p> <p>In 2009, a court found that Exxon had contaminated subterranean water wells with a fuel additive known at MTBE, which leaked from its underground storage tanks in the NYC borough of Queens.</p> <p>Last July 2, a federal appellate court upheld the verdict.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140421/supreme-court-rejects-exxons-appeal-pollution-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Chemistry Disaster Exxon Mobil Corp Hospitality Law Politics Pollution Soil contamination Agencia EFE Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:16:19 +0000 Agencia EFE 6126959 at http://www.globalpost.com Top court declines Exxon's appeal in water pollution case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140421/top-court-declines-exxons-appeal-water-pollution-case <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Lawrence Hurley</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.</p> <p>The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the judgment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140421/top-court-declines-exxons-appeal-water-pollution-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Chemistry Disaster Environment Exxon Mobil Corp Hospitality Law Politics Pollution Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:21:50 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6126662 at http://www.globalpost.com ER trips for kids' pain and coughs often end with codeine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140421/er-trips-kids-pain-and-coughs-often-end-codeine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrew M. Seaman</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite recommendations against the use of codeine in children, a new study found many emergency room doctors still give the potentially dangerous opioid to kids, such as for pain and coughs.</p> <p>While researchers found that codeine prescriptions for children in U.S. emergency rooms decreased slightly from 2001 to 2010, between about 559,000 and 877,000 kids were still receiving the drug in that setting each year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140421/er-trips-kids-pain-and-coughs-often-end-codeine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Morphinans Organic chemistry Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:47:57 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6126455 at http://www.globalpost.com Petrochemical plant to start operating in Bolivia in 2016 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140420/petrochemical-plant-start-operating-bolivia-2016 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>La Paz, Apr 20 (EFE).- The urea and ammonia plant being built by South Korea's Samsung in central Bolivia will begin operating in 2016, President Evo Morales said.</p> <p>Work is progressing satisfactorily and the plant is expected to be completed by the end of next year, Morales said during an inspection of the facility on Saturday.</p> <p>The $862.5 million petrochemical plant in the city of Entre Rios is the biggest investment project in Bolivia's history.</p> <p>Morales was accompanied on his tour by Carlos Villegas, the CEO of state-owned energy company YPFB.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140420/petrochemical-plant-start-operating-bolivia-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Nitrogen metabolism Socialism Agencia EFE Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:30:52 +0000 Agencia EFE 6126137 at http://www.globalpost.com Petrochemical plant to start operating in Bolivia in 2016 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140420/petrochemical-plant-start-operating-bolivia-2016-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>La Paz, Apr 20 (EFE).- The urea and ammonia plant being built by South Korea's Samsung in central Bolivia will begin operating in 2016, President Evo Morales said.</p> <p>Work is progressing satisfactorily and the plant is expected to be completed by the end of next year, Morales said during an inspection of the facility on Saturday.</p> <p>The $862.5 million petrochemical plant in the city of Entre Rios is the biggest investment project in Bolivia's history.</p> <p>Morales was accompanied on his tour by Carlos Villegas, the CEO of state-owned energy company YPFB.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140420/petrochemical-plant-start-operating-bolivia-2016-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Nitrogen metabolism Socialism Agencia EFE Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:30:52 +0000 Agencia EFE 6126138 at http://www.globalpost.com From lab to kitchen, 'wonder' nanomaterial http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140420/lab-kitchen-wonder-nanomaterial <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Graphene has been touted as a wonder material -- the world's thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen.</p> <p>Thus far, graphene has proven elusively hard to manufacture on an industrial scale. Methods have required a choice between high quality graphene in small quantities, or large batches with defects.</p> <p>A team from England and Ireland, however, reported on Sunday they had used a blender to make microscopic sheets of graphene.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140420/lab-kitchen-wonder-nanomaterial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Materials science Matter Technology AFP Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:19:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6126117 at http://www.globalpost.com Pfizer considers $100 billion bid for AstraZeneca: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140420/pfizer-considers-100-billion-bid-astrazeneca-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer &lt;PFE.N&gt; has approached British rival AstraZeneca &lt;AZN.L&gt; to propose a 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover, Britain's Sunday Times reported.</p> <p>The paper cited senior investment bankers and industry sources saying that informal conversations about a deal had taken place between the two but that no talks were currently under way after AstraZeneca resisted the approach.</p> <p>Pfizer and AstraZeneca both declined to comment on the report to Reuters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140420/pfizer-considers-100-billion-bid-astrazeneca-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AstraZeneca Chemistry Organic chemistry Pfizer Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:46:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6126021 at http://www.globalpost.com