Archive for July, 2012

Despite signs of economic uncertainty, including lackluster consumer spending and a weakened labor market, U.S. auto sales are projected to be strong in July, boosting business activity in the automotive sector. Read more


In this election year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a lot of heat as being the enemy of American manufacturing, but some companies are actually approaching the EPA for assistance. The latest organization to form a cooperation with the agency is consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, which is in the early stages of setting and meeting goals for an ambitious corporate sustainability plan. Read more


Plus: GDP Growth Slows, Durable Goods Demand Mixed, Jobless Claims Drop and U.S. Climbs Solar Power Rankings. Read more


Copper mine in Nevada. Credit: Jessica Spengler, CC BY 2.0

A new paper from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), “MMSD+10: Reflecting on a decade,” reports on the mining sector’s sustainability progress over the past 10 years. In the report, IIED researcher Abbi Buxton reviews the implementation of the 2002 recommendations by the industry-sponsored Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) initiative.

The MMSD process led to the adoption by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) of its Sustainable Development Framework, which consists of 10 principles: Read more

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Plus: 40 Years on Earth from Space, the Flying Firework Vehicle and Non-Sticky Chewing Gum. Read more



Did you know that United Arab Emirates is building its first nuclear power plant? We didn’t either. Did you know that the United States has approved the construction of what will be its first new nuclear power plant in a generation? Same here.

And it’s probably little known that nuclear energy still accounts for as much as 20 percent of all U.S. electricity generated.

In fact, here are the top five stories you’ve heard about nuclear energy this past year: Fukushima, Fukushima, Fukushima, Fukushima, Germany is cutting back on nuclear power due to Fukushima. Read more


As workers schedule vacation time before summer ends, they can take an eco-approach to their trips. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a checklist of green tips and resources for travelers who can practice green lifestyles away from home. Here, Green & Clean breaks down eight helpful tips. Read more

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