A new wave of programs and training centers across the U.S. can give manufacturing the boost it needs to recover from the skills and talent crisis. Even more, such initiatives can strengthen industry awareness for students considering careers in the manufacturing industry. Here is a handful of new resources underway. Read more
Yes, the good news just keeps on coming. Environment360 reports that U.S. CO2 emissions have reached their lowest levels since 1994, crediting “renewable energy technologies, advances in energy efficiency, and the rapid shift from coal to natural gas for generating electricity” for the drop.
Suzanne Goldberg, the U.S. environment correspondent for British newspaper The Guardian, writes that “carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13 percent in the past five years, reaching levels last measured in 1994, because of new energy-saving technologies and a doubling in the take-up of renewable energy,” citing a new report compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
Indeed, the BCSE report itself notes that “renewable energy installations hit an all-time record with at least 17 GW of new nameplate capacity added in 2012.” A total of $44 billion worth of renewable energy generation is currently installed. In April 2012, “electricity generation from natural gas equaled that from coal for the first time in U.S. history.”
Natural gas. Remember that. Read more