Archive: February, 2016

What’s so funny about a world without engineers?

A world without engineers actually isn’t funny — at all. A world without engineers would look a lot like the frightening dystopias of science fiction or fantasy films. But there’s another way to consider that scenario – one that uses a lighter, more humorous touch. Be An Engineer Through its ‘Be An Engineer‘ initiative, ExxonMobil […]

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Energy outlook to 2040: Chemicals and plastics growth — in the U.S. and globally

Industrial energy usage is projected to rise by 30 percent from 2014 to 2040, with the chemical sector leading the way, according to an ExxonMobil report released last month, “The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040.” Energy demand in the chemical sector will grow by about 50 percent over that period, driven by improving […]

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Fixing EPA’s chemical assessment program – Latest reviews show IRIS is still a work in progress

It’s hard to believe but this year marks the fifth anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) 2011 report on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program. The report identified systemic problems and offered sweeping recommendations to overhaul the program. So what has happened in the five years since the […]

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Grappling with uncertainty: New paper offers a better approach

As Donald Rumsfeld taught us, how you handle and communicate what you don’t know is just as important as dealing with what you do know. A new paper recently published by the scientific journal Environment International offers several different ways to help better address the uncertainty conundrum when it comes to sharing the results of […]

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Catalysis helps society do more with less…R&D can accelerate the benefits!

What do cold water detergents, catalytic converters, and fertilizer have in common? They all rely on a powerful technology called catalysis. Catalysts are added substances that increase the rate of a chemical reaction. As a result, less energy is used per unit of product. In many ways, catalytic processes and technologies make modern living possible. […]

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