01 Apr '12, 1am

China Environmental News Alert from @NRDC's blog:

By 2000, Wang Youqi and Jane Chuan were convinced that the research methods they were patenting could help stave off the environmental nightmare they saw unfolding during return visits to their homeland. China, already reeling from pollution, was poised to more than double coal consumption during the decade. That would choke cities with smog and exacerbate global warming. Chuan remembers pitching U.S. investors on cleaning China’s coal. Only a handful of California’s Internet-obsessed venture capitalists bit, she says. So, in 2003, the couple moved back to Shanghai. By 2006, Wang had his breakthrough in sight. He’d found a way to unlock a chemical stored in the coal that was poisoning his country and to put it to an unlikely use: cleaning China’s air. The catalyst he discovered speeds reactions that convert methanol extracted from coal into a substance called dimethyl carb...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/chinagreenlaw/china_env...

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