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L.A.'s Ban on Plastic Bags Ought to Be Sacked

When one thinks of ecological issues that Los Angeles faces, a few come to mind as being particularly serious, threatening the quality of life in the city. So in their wisdom, the Los Angeles City Council, while coughing from auto exhaust, recently decided to ban plastic and paper grocery bags from the City of Angels. Was the city in danger of being overrun by discarded grocery bags? According to...

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Manufacturers Expect Uptick in M&As through 2014

Executives anticipate an increase in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and strategic alliances over the next two years, according to new findings. Manufacturing leaders, in particular, are bullish about M&A activity through 2014 as they seek strategic alliances in emerging markets. Internationally, merger and acquisitions (M&A) volumes dropped 24 percent in the first quarter of 2012 from Q4 2011...

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Worth a Look: Inside the Patent Wars

Plus: Manufacturing's Flat Wages, Qualities of a Great Boss, Protecting Intellectual Property, Savant Syndrome, Sourcing in China and Benefits of Team Diversity. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT's weekly Wednesday feature spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped under your...

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The Small Florida Town with the Big Green Street

It's nowhere you would end up unless you were planning to go there. Anna Maria Island, Fla., has only about 1,300 year-round residents. It's located on the Gulf Coast, approximately 60 miles south of Tampa. At first glance, you would think the town is just another quiet seaside place in Florida, with nice palm trees, a terrific ocean breeze and friendly people who thrive on helping tourists enjoy...

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Green Chemistry Carving a Bigger Role in Sustainable Manufacturing

Dave Kepler, chief sustainability officer at Dow Chemical Co., believes that to meet the demands of a burgeoning population, "we will need more sustainable products and infrastructure -- in short, a more sustainable economy." Writing for GreenBiz, Kepler says "sustainable chemistry" will play a key role in meeting the increasing demands for material goods in an environment of tight resources and...

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Tech Giants, Facing Pressure for a Clean Cloud, Make it Rain with Green Data Centers

"No trees were killed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced." It's a fun e-mail footer that shows up occasionally in place of the rather smug variation, "Consider the environment before printing this e-mail." It also pokes a little fun at the fallacy that digital content is somehow exempt from harm to the environment. Regardless of...

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EIA Updates Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) last month revealed new updates to its Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) caucus luncheon. The survey is designed to lead the development of future energy standards for buildings. The event's feature guest, Thomas Leckey, an energy efficiency expert and director of the Office...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Auto Suppliers' Confidence Surges

Plus: Durable Goods Orders Edge Up, Jobless Claims Dip, BOPP Film Market Grows, Motors Shipments Stable and MORE. Durable Goods Orders Rise Demand for long-lasting manufactured goods inched up 0.2 percent to $215.5 billion in April, a minimal gain after a revised 3.7 percent decline in March, according to the United States Department of Commerce last week. Economists polled by MarketWatch had...

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Light Friday: Ultra-Slippery Coating Keeps Ketchup Flowing

Plus: A Study Finds Coffee Drinkers Live Longer and a Big Week for Private Space Flight. SpaceX Rocket Launch a Success Earlier this week, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) successfully launched its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft to orbit. The successful launch marks the beginning of the first-ever commercial spacecraft mission to the International Space...

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Company Develops Eco-Friendlier Way of Making VOC-Resistant Plastic Industrial Containers

Wal-Mart's recent announcement of plans to significantly expand its sustainability scorecard program for its titanic supply chain will likely accelerate markets for more sustainable manufacturing technologies as well as industrial packaging used by manufacturers. Over 100,000 suppliers serve the world's biggest retailer, which alone accounts for 3 percent of U.S. GDP, so its program is bound to...

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