Archive for October 7th, 2013

Manufacturers of packaging and processing machinery are feeling the pinch of the widening talent gap in their industry, according to PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Consequently, the industry group has launched an initiative to get member companies to come together and attract young workers to the field.
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Details on key economic indicators are stuck in limbo, as many departments that tally and publish the information have temporarily closed thanks to the gridlock-induced fiasco that is the government shutdown. The lack of information, along with the inevitable impact of the government shutdown on markets, has businesses and economists worried.  Read more

Credit: Kate Ausburn

Credit: Kate Ausburn

A report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds that, in 2013, solar photovoltaic (PV) power will add more capacity globally than wind for the first time. The group predicts that the world will build 36.7 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV in 2013, compared to 35.5 GW of onshore and offshore wind combined.

What does the expansion of solar power generation mean for land use? Is PV efficient enough to generate the electricity the world needs, without taking over all of the agricultural land and crowding us all out?

A highly-publicized New York Times opinion piece a few years ago by Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research popularized the idea that a transition to renewable energy for electrical generation will consume “vast amounts of natural resources — most notably, land.” In his op-ed, Bryce cited a study by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) highlighting the problem of “energy sprawl” and its potential effects on the environment. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Senator Lamar Alexander invoked the TNC study in defense of nuclear as a land-efficient energy source.  Read more

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