Archive for May, 2012

Executives anticipate an increase in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and strategic alliances over the next two years, according to new findings. Manufacturing leaders, in particular, are bullish about M&A activity through 2014 as they seek strategic alliances in emerging markets. Read more


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A study published in March 2012 in Environmental Research Letters discussed the likely results of projected sea level rise (SLR) on coastal areas of the United States in the near future. In the write-up, Claudia Tebaldi, senior scientist at Climate Central, maintains that the potential multi-meter sea level rise (SLR) in coming centuries “threatens permanent submersion or displacement of extensive coastal land, infrastructure and ecosystems.”

But even the shorter-term SLR expected in coming decades, Tebaldi finds, “will still impact low-lying coastal areas by augmenting the water levels reached by storm surges.” Read more


When one thinks of ecological issues that Los Angeles faces, a few come to mind as being particularly serious, threatening the quality of life in the city. So in their wisdom, the Los Angeles City Council, while coughing from auto exhaust, recently decided to ban plastic and paper grocery bags from the City of Angels. Was the city in danger of being overrun by discarded grocery bags? Read more


Plus: Manufacturing’s Flat Wages, Qualities of a Great Boss, Protecting Intellectual Property, Savant Syndrome, Sourcing in China and Benefits of Team Diversity. Read more


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Dave Kepler, chief sustainability officer at Dow Chemical Co., believes that to meet the demands of a burgeoning population, “we will need more sustainable products and infrastructure — in short, a more sustainable economy.”

Writing for GreenBiz, Kepler says “sustainable chemistry” will play a key role in meeting the increasing demands for material goods in an environment of tight resources and energy supply. He writes that more than 95 percent of manufactured goods rely on certain “chemical building blocks” somewhere in their value chains — that is, basic chemicals from which other chemicals get made. For that reason, “integrating sustainability and green chemistry concepts — ‘sustainable chemistry’ — as a building block is a vitally important part of building a more sustainable economy.” Read more


It’s nowhere you would end up unless you were planning to go there.

Anna Maria Island, Fla., has only about 1,300 year-round residents. It’s located on the Gulf Coast, approximately 60 miles south of Tampa. At first glance, you would think the town is just another quiet seaside place in Florida, with nice palm trees, a terrific ocean breeze and friendly people who thrive on helping tourists enjoy their stays.

But about eight years ago a local part-time resident named Michael Coleman teamed up with the son of a former governor, named Ed Chiles, and came up with an ambitious  idea that was also outlandish for its time. Read more


Plus: Durable Goods Orders Edge Up, Jobless Claims Dip, BOPP Film Market Grows, Motors Shipments Stable and MORE. Read more

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