An environmentalist has flown a light aircraft across Australia using a fuel blend made partly from plastic waste. He claims the fuel – known as ‘the 10% solution’ – is proof that plastics can be turned into a viable alternative aviation fuel.
With the world’s population estimated to reach 10bn by 2050, WHO predicts that food production will need to increase by 70%. Maria Burke finds out if cellular agriculture – a move away from a reliance on livestock – might provide a more sustainable alternative
Speciality chemicals are very special indeed. They enable industry and society to operate at all levels and touch almost every human activity. Unlike fine chemicals, where purity at the molecular level is crucial to their efficacy, especially for pharmaceuticals or agrochemicals, the sale of a speciality product is nearly always made on the basis of performance as much as composition.
Together with Brexit, debate about the circular economy is likely to have a major impact on the chemical industry. Neil Eisberg reports from the 2016 Cefic Annual Assembly in Florence.