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OECD Says Nations Need to Measure Sustainability and Well-Being, Not Just GDP

October 29, 2012

When it comes to measuring progress in the world, economic measures just aren't enough -- measures such as sustainability, health, education and subjective well-being need to be taken into account, as well. That's the conclusion reached at a four-day forum hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in New Delhi, India, Oct. 16-19. OECD gave the theme “Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy Making” to its fourth World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy. Read More

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If GM Can Do It... A Starter's Guide to Zero Waste

October 26, 2012

Is zero waste to landfill really just a pipe dream for manufacturers? It would be depressing to think so, since industrial facilities in the United States pack 7.6 billion tons of industrial waste into land disposal units annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Zero waste to landfill (also known as zero waste), the concept of turning normally discarded industrial waste materials into resources for others to use, according to the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), involves designing and managing products and processes to find ways to render them still usable after their useful lives instead of being destined for the landfill heap. Read More

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Report: Industry Pollution Almost as Deadly as Disease in Developing Countries

October 25, 2012

The health of over 125 million people living in developing countries is at risk from industrial pollution and emissions, a problem that grows as manufacturing shifts to Third World nations, says a new report. “The World’s Worst Pollution Problems 2012: Assessing Health Risks at Hazardous Waste Sites,” by the Blacksmith Institute, in partnership with Green Cross Switzerland, also reveals the industries contributing the most to this burden. Read More

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U.S. Economy Expands at Modest Pace into Fall

October 25, 2012

Economic activity expanded modestly in most U.S. regions through the end of summer and early fall, boosted by gains in sales and revenues in the manufacturing and retail sectors, as well as stronger performance in the automotive industry and housing, the Federal Reserve reports. Read More

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Schools Use Solar Power to Save Money and Educate Future Generations

October 24, 2012

While it still faces formidable challenges, solar power is making inroads into regular, everyday American life. Solar panel installations can be seen everywhere, from private residences to shopping malls to office parks to convention centers, and they are starting to take significant hold at educational institutions. Solar power is not just about cash-strapped school districts looking to save a few dollars on energy costs but also a way for them to raise money by selling renewable energy credits. For many school systems, the installation of solar panels on school buildings opens up a brand new avenue of curriculum, in renewable and clean energy education. Read More

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Worth a Look: Products Made to Fail

October 24, 2012

Plus: Business Groups Challenge Conflict Minerals Regulation, China’s Slowing Economy Hurts U.S. Exporters, Concentrating at Work, New Magnesium Applications and 3-D Printing Bridges Tech and Manufacturing. Read More

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Next-Generation Biorefineries Will Be More than Just About Fuels

October 23, 2012

Biorefining, the process of using biomass or plant-based raw materials, such as plants, plant oils, seeds and grains, and refining them (in a similar manner to petroleum refining) to produce a variety of fuels, chemicals and raw materials for manufacturing, is not new. The most discussed product of biorefineries is, of course, biofuels, such as biodiesel and bioethanol, but just as with petroleum refining, biorefining is capable of producing a host of other useful products. Biorefineries were once identified as the foundation of a new, bio-based global industrial platform that can help lower emissions while meeting the world’s demands for fuel, energy and chemicals. While the first generation of biorefineries have existed for some time now, industry watchers say we’re on the verge of seeing next-generation biorefinery plants and technologies.  Read More