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Interactive Map Locates Renewable Energy Resources

A new, free-to-use geospatial application, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), allows users to easily and accurately map potential renewable energy resources in the United States. The electronic map, called RE Atlas, is available online at http://maps.nrel.gov/re_atlas. According to Dan Getman, leader of the team that developed the map, it will serve as "an excellent...

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With unemployment still high, U.S. states try to train workers for "green jobs of the future."

It seems like forever since the U.S. economy was humming and the unemployment rate was below seven percent. More than three years ago the bottom began to fall out of the U.S. economy, and it seems only now to start to be recovering a little bit. With millions of people unemployed for the first time in their lives, often for months and even years at a time, it's got to be difficult to hear that...

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Worth a Look: A Factory Grows in Brooklyn

Plus: Key Consumer Trends for 2012, Facilities of the Year, Dubai from Space, Sherlock Holmes' Lessons on Mindfulness, Geeky Science Holidays and MORE. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT continues its weekly Wednesday feature that spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped...

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The Damage Done, Part 8 -- Does Solar Power Have Its Environmental Dark Side?

Solar power is often held up as the epitome of clean, renewable energy production. What could be more "green" than spreading millions of solar panels before the sun like flower petals and generating clean electricity for the world? The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) says that There is more than enough solar radiation available around to satisfy the world's energy demand. The...

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Cruising Into Environmental Disaster

With the capsizing of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Tuscany in Italy, the world has learned a few things. First, how not to be a cruise ship captain. Second, the environmental threat that a large cruise ship can present, which may shortly follow the human catastrophe of several dozen lives lost. As of right now, very little sits between 2,400 tons of thick, low-grade fuel in...

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CFOs' Top Concerns in 2012

Chief financial officers at U.S. companies are less confident about the prospects for U.S. economic expansion in 2012, although many plan to stay the course in terms of hiring and investment, survey findings show. With major concerns about the ongoing European sovereign debt crisis, domestic deficit problems and a likely Supreme Court ruling on health care reform, chief financial officers (CFOs)...

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Are Health Care Facilities Greening Up Their Act?

How are hospitals and other health care organizations doing at "greening" their facilities and operations? This question arises today, as I am confined in a large hospital in central North Carolina for three days while essential medication is being adjusted and monitored. Since the work of environmental bloggers is so crucial to the future of the earth, many of us don't get days off lest calamity...

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EPA Publishes Information on Toxins Released into the Environment

The 2010 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) analysis publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and other releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. The 2010 results have been released by the Environmental Protection Agency to provide information regarding community toxins. The TRI...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Initial Jobless Claims Plummet to Nearly 4-Year Low

Plus: U.N. Warns of Danger Signs in Global Economy, Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline for Now and Annual Work-Related Injury Costs Skyrocket. U.N. Warns of Looming Economic Downturn The global economy is forecast to grow by just 0.5 percent in 2012, essentially contracting on a per-capita basis, unless rapid steps are taken to resolve international debt issues, improve employment and repair an...

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Sustainable Packaging Symposium to be held in April

The Institute for Sustainability, a technological community of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Summit Media Group's Greener Package are producing the Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2012- Advancing Sustainable Supply Chains with Optimized Packaging in Houston, Texas, on April 3-5, 2012. Presentations will cover the value proposition for the optimized package; data and analysis...

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