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December 7, 2012
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  • ACC lauds progress against marine litter
    Plastics trade associations have released a report that shows how projects to minimize marine litter are gaining ground. "The plastics industry is firmly committed to the principle that plastics do not belong in the world's oceans and should not be littered -- plastics should be responsibly used, reused, recycled and finally recovered for their energy value. I'm pleased that actions taken in 2012 and planned for 2013 greatly exceed our commitments from November 2011," said Steve Russell, ACC's vice president for plastics. Plastics Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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TSCA Protects Confidential Chemical Identities
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION - Citing Section 14(b) of TSCA, EPA has recently called for disclosure of chemical identities, notwithstanding objections by study submitters that chemical identities are trade secrets or confidential information. This Bloomberg BNA Insight investigates further. Download the free white paper now and get 7 days FREE access to Chemical Regulation Reporter.
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  • Researchers challenge health assumptions against BPA
    A peer-reviewed journal has questioned findings that used data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey to link bisphenol A to diabetes and heart diseases, writes Jon Entine. A group of researchers from various universities reviewed the claims. "In contrast to those previous studies, which looked at only one, two or three datasets, these researchers found no associations between urinary BPA and heart disease or diabetes across four NHANES datasets. Their conclusions challenge one of the central contentions of researchers who believe that BPA is harmful," Entine writes. Forbes (12/6), (France) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Research & Innovation 
  • DuPont: Chinese consumers see benefits of bio-based products
    Seventy percent of Chinese consumers are confident in the environmental benefits of using bio-based products, according to a survey by DuPont. "Greater adoption of biobased products in China could help the country reduce its energy intensity and carbon emissions and advance a new era of green manufacturing," said Jeremy Xu of DuPont Industrial Biosciences. Green Chemicals Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers formulate method to synthesize fluoroform
    Researchers have developed a method of breaking down fluoroform into forms that could be useful for making drugs and agricultural chemicals. The process is unlikely to have an effect on the annual volume of fluoroform, but "costs of doing this chemistry will become lower because fluoroform has not got much value," researcher Surya Prakash said. Royal Society of Chemistry (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Good bosses don't waste time on distractions
    Bosses need to make sure they don't waste time chasing after stuff that's cool but unimportant, getting sucked into projects with no clear endpoint, or overreacting to minor, one-off problems, writes Terry Starbucker. "It's all a matter of leadership perspective -- that ability to take a step back, and 'see' the bigger picture," he writes. (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A streetcar named innovation
    The Turkish prime minister once said that democracy was "like a streetcar" -- a means to an end, rather than a goal in its own right. We could say the same of innovation, writes Scott Bowden, since it's vital to focus on our companies' true goals rather than pursuing innovation processes for their own sake. "[W]e must not become so focused on the mechanism of our journey that we lose sight of the overall destination," Bowden writes. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it."
--Charles Buxton,
British brewer, philanthropist, writer and legislator

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