Business & Industry

The GOP delays more EPA regulation, and allow cement plants to do what they want to your air

I'm not sure exactly when it happened. Maybe it was when Al Gore, the vice-president of the United States through the 1990s, became such a high-profile champion of the environment. Or maybe it was when business interests, specifically the oil and coal industries who have such powerful lobbies in Washington, began giving more and more money to Republican political candidates, thereby making their...

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The High Costs of Cyber Crime

A string of high-profile corporate security breaches this year illustrates that cyber criminals are growing more sophisticated and aggressive in undermining the global business community's defenses. Any company that relies on networked systems — including industrial facilities — can be a target. Here we look at the costs of cyber crime and the importance of robust protection....

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U.S. Tech Giants Become Alternative Energy's Fairy Godfathers

While the failure of government-backed solar start-up Solyndra generated a lot of news headlines, it has also encouraged some discussion about the role of government in helping get new industries off the ground. It may also have highlighted the fact that venture capital companies and their investors may be starting to fall out of love with alternative energy, an industry that has proven it needs...

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Aerospace & Defense Struggles to Globalize

Most aerospace and defense industry leaders agree that their firms would benefit from increasing the pace of globalization, yet a number of challenges are slowing their efforts. For most aerospace and defense (A&D) companies, the customer base, sources of production and research and development (R&D) are already international. Operations and the supply chain, however, remain less global than in...

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The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Daniel Yergin's The Quest presents an impressive range of characters and stories that illustrate the principles that will shape a robust and flexible energy security system for decades to come. In this gripping account of the quest for the energy that our world needs, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Prize. A master storyteller as well as a...

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Shipping Thieves at Large: A Cargo Theft Review

Cargo theft rates have consistently grown over the past five years, in some cases at an exponential rate. It's no wonder that supply chain pros see this growing threat as a risk to their operations. As global shipping grows more complex, so does cargo theft, which takes a significant portion of potential revenue out of the supply chain each year. In FreightWatch's 2011 Supply Chain Survey, based...

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Partnership for a Greener LA

As part of the commitment to the DOE's Better Buildings Challenge, the City of Los Angeles has developed the LA Commercial Building Performance Partnership, which offers a suite of free resources to help building owners upgrade buildings to make them more energy and water efficient while saving tenants money. Backed by the Clinton Climate Initiative and partially funded by the Recovery Act, the...

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Why (and How) to Support Veteran-Owned Businesses

In this Expert's Corner, GovPro.com's Mike Keating explains why it's important for state and local governments to support veteran-owned businesses with contracts, and highlights ways veterans can win government business. Unemployment in the United States remains high for people who have served our country. Veterans who left military service in the past decade have an unemployment rate of 11.7...

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4 Simple Ways to Safeguard Your Computer

From spyware to the "blue screen of death," one computer disruption can ruin an entire workday. Here are four basic tips to protect your PC, whether at home or on the job. This October marked the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, which promotes awareness of a multitude of security issues and online safety. The initiative...

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"Bats in My Hair" and Even Worse Excuses for Calling in Sick

As we enter cold and flu season, employees are expected to take more sick days than during any other period of the year. Some of them are too creative for their own good when calling in sick. Cold weather means cold and flu season, often resulting in a call, e-mail or text to the boss saying you're taking the day off. According to CareerBuilder.com, 30 percent of employers report that their...

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