Business & Industry

Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Trade Gap Shrinks Sharply

Plus: Weekly Jobless Claims Rise and Worker Productivity Slows. U.S. Trade Gap Shrinks as Exports Hit Record High The United States trade deficit shrank 6.7 percent in April to $43.7 billion, the lowest level since December, after American manufacturers shipped a record $175.6 billion in goods and services overseas, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported last week. The deficit in March was...

Read More »
Business & Industry

The Boy Scouts of America Will Soon Be Wearing More Green

The Boy Scouts of America strives to teach young boys and men about character, citizenship, and fitness. They have taken their mission a step further by joining with SustainU in creating a line of jerseys that are made from 100% recycled materials and are manufactured in the U.S. The jerseys will be made from REPREVE®, a 100% recycled fiber made by Unifi that is composed of used PET water...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Wave Farming: Blue Acres Is the Place For Me.

It has not been a good spring for wave power. In fact, it might be as ill-fated as the Google variety. Despite rosy predictions from various quarters on the potential of harnessing the power of tidal waves in Britain, earlier this year Her Majesty's government, perhaps to save a bit of cash to pay for an upcoming wedding, scrapped a £42 million ($69 million) marine renewable deployment fund,...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Light Friday: Odd Behavior From Job Seekers' Parents

Plus: Giving Up Smell to Keep Technology and Astronauts' Amazing Views of Earth in Orbit. Give Up Smell or Lose Your iPod? If you had to chose, which would you rather lose: your sense of smell or access to Facebook? A McCann Worldgroup survey of 7,000 people aged 16-30 examined the motivations of young people around the world and sought to uncover what makes them different from every generation...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Cool this Summer

Efficient cooling saves energy, money and the quality of our lives. Here are some simple things you can do to help keep your home cool this summer, without breaking the bank. Record-breaking heat has already engulfed the Northeastern region of the United States for the second consecutive day — summer hasn't even officially begun yet. If you're wondering out how to keep your house as cool as...

Read More »
Business & Industry

The second season of NYC °CoolRoofs initiative aims to coat one million square feet of rooftop with a reflective white coating. Lending a hand are Google, Con Edison, and a corps of volunteers who will contribute to the City's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the primary goal of PlaNYC, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's comprehensive sustainability plan. New York...

Read More »
Business & Industry

EPA Awards Ten Small Companies with Environmental Technology Funding

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, is awarding almost $2.25 million to ten small U.S. companies to support the development of new technologies for protecting the environment and public health. "The SBIR program demonstrates how meeting environmental challenges can help create jobs," said Dr. Paul T. Anastas, assistant...

Read More »
Business & Industry

IMT Classic: Social Media Etiquette 101

We can all learn a lesson from New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his Twitter problem. Online missteps today can receive broad exposure and yield lousy results, affecting your career prospects in increasingly awkward ways. In the second edition of our new weekly IMT Classic feature, learn how to avoid breaching social-media etiquette. Read more.

Read More »
Business & Industry

Burning Rubber: Innovative Ideas for Recycled Tires

With millions of cars, bikes, trailers and planes currently in circulation, what's being done with all of the discarded tires? Other than recycling them to make more tires, there are actually quite a few surprising places where old rubber is making itself useful. Handing Out Green in the Great, White North In the great white north, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) awards eligible Ontario-based...

Read More »
Business & Industry

New Fuel Economy Labels Indicate Vehicle's Environmental Impact

The U.S. EPA has unveiled new fuel economy labels for model year 2013 cars and trucks that show comprehensive fuel efficiency information. Required on all conventional gasoline-powered as well as alternative fuel cars, such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, the new window stickers will have the vehicle's estimated fuel costs, savings, and impact on the environment. The labels will compare...

Read More »