Chisso

Type: Company
Name: Chisso
First reported Oct 24 2014 - Updated Oct 24 2014 - 1 reports

Large cracks in sea ice is drawing mercury down into the food chain.

Cloud plumes from cracks of open water in the arctic sea ice cover.  Image Credit: University of HamburgLike the swirling air around a pot of boiling water, washing machine like wind currents suck down mercury through cracks in the sea ice also known ... [Published Daily Kos - Oct 24 2014]
First reported Oct 15 2014 - Updated Oct 15 2014 - 1 reports

How the public apology became a tool of power and privilege

Consider this story of corporate contrition. From 1932 to 1968, the Japanese chemical manufacturer Chisso Corporation discharged mercury into Minamata Bay on the west coast of Japan, causing a lethal and disfiguring condition known as ‘Minamata Disease’. ... [Published Aeon Magazine - Oct 15 2014]
First reported Oct 10 2014 - Updated Oct 10 2014 - 1 reports

Aiding more Minamata victims

The central government has restarted work to officially recognize sufferers of Minamata disease — this time under a new guideline that the Environment Agency in March adopted ostensibly with the intention of recognizing more sufferers of Japan’s most ... [Published Japan Times - Oct 10 2014]
First reported Sep 29 2014 - Updated Sep 30 2014 - 1 reports

120 countries pledge to fight mercury pollution around the world

On Wednesday, at the UN General Assembly, 22 countries took pledges to take major steps to fight one of the world's most dangerous pollutant emissions. However, we’re not talking about greenhouse gasses here. Instead, these nations are aiming to address ... [Published Environment & Development Magazine - Sep 29 2014]
First reported Sep 24 2014 - Updated Sep 24 2014 - 1 reports

Procter & Gamble : Patent Issued for Articles Containing Nanofibers Produced from Low Melt Flow Rate Polymers

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- A patent by the inventors Isele, Olaf Erik Alexander ( West Chester, OH ); Chhabra, Rajeev ( Mason, OH ), filed on February 7, 2013 , was published online on September 16, 2014 , according ... [Published 4 Traders - Sep 24 2014]

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Finally, thawing of permafrost in the Arctic as temperatures in the region rise could also lead to more soil runoff of mercury, Branfireun said. "I think undoubtedly the location of the greatest changes will be at the high latitude in the poles, since this is where climate change is increased in magnitude" Krabbenhoft said
...impact and notoriety is truly global," Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP, said in a statement on Wednesday. "Their diversity speaks to the treaty's universal nature and relevance as they encompass both large and small nations, rich and poor, tropical and polar."
...to the background information obtained for this patent, NewsRx journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The present invention is directed to hygiene articles comprising nanofibers. The nanofibers are made from a melt film fibrillation process with a polymer composition having a melt flow rate of less than about 400 decigram per minute. The nanofibers, having a diameter of less than 1 micron, must comprise a significant number of the fibers in one layer of the web contained by the hygiene article. The hygiene articles include diapers, training pants, adult incontinence pads, catamenials products such as feminine care pads and pantiliners, tampons, personal cleansing articles, personal care articles, and personal care wipes including baby wipes, facial wipes, and feminine wipes. The present invention is also directed to hygiene articles comprising a nonwoven web comprising a layer having a significant number of nanofibers with diameters less than one micron. The nanofibers are made from a polymer composition having a melt flow rate of less than about 400 decigram per minute and using a melt film fibrillation process comprising the steps of providing a polymer composition, utilizing a central fluid stream to form an elongated hollow polymeric film tube, and using a fluid to form multiple nanofibers from the hollow tube."

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