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Global Steel Output Inches Downward, but Outlook Improves

Worldwide steel output continued its monthly decline in September, though production remains above the prior-year level and new research forecasts a strong rebound in steel demand in the near future, according to the World Steel Association. Global crude steel production increased 0.9 percent year-over-year in September, while the capacity utilization rate among steel manufacturers rose to 74.4...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Award Winning Energy Efficiency Measures Save Taxpayers $42 Million

Held each year in October in conjunction with Energy Awareness Month, the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize innovative efforts to implement sustainable strategies that improve energy, water, and vehicle fleet efficiency for federal agencies. The 31 initiatives receiving an award saved taxpayers almost $42 million in energy and water costs in fiscal year 2009, and kept the...

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Rechargeable LED Light Bulb Makes U.S. Debut

A rechargeable light bulb? What? And why? A new product is hitting the market that could revolutionize lighting (or could just be another gimmick that will flop).  From the marketing info, it sounds like a pretty cool product: MagicBulb, the award winning light bulb that will stay lit after the power cuts out. MagicBulb is an LED bulb that is rechargeable, cuts energy use, doubles as a...

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Greening the Manufacturing Process from Materials Procurement to Disposal With A Little Help From Your Software

Many manufacturing businesses today dread hearing the inevitable word "green." It conjures up mental images of acres of solar arrays, astronomically priced space-age materials glittering in the sun, and tanks of high-priced biofuels made from designer vegetables and organic agricultural waste. The green information industry has spent a lot of column inches trying to educate manufacturers that...

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Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite, Safely

With incidents of bed bug infestations on the rise, consumers are turning to pesticides as a means of ridding their homes of the creepy crawly critter. To help consumers find appropriate products safe for in-home use, the U.S. EPA has created a database that lists all pesticides registered for this purpose. There are more than 300 different products registered by EPA for use against bed bugs. The...

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4 Fundamental Flaws in the H-1B Visa Program

Loopholes in H-1B and L-1 visa programs have made it too easy to bring in cheap foreign workers who are displacing American workers, according to a new report, which says that an overhaul of the programs should address four fundamental flaws in their design. The H-1B and L-1 visa programs are "riddled with problems," and loopholes in both have enabled businesses to employ foreign guest workers at...

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A Plan To Eradicate the Bloodsuckers in Washington: The Bedbugs, That Is

What do you call a creature that feeds on human blood, sometimes without the host noticing, hangs out in hotel rooms, sometimes of the seedy variety but often of the swanky five-star type, causes rashes and psychological harm and is mostly nocturnal? No, the answer isn't "a Washington lobbyist." Or...that's not the only answer. The answer is Cimex lectularius, and just as with a Washington...

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Industrial Production Falls in September

Following a long period of expansion, U.S. industrial output decreased in September for the first time since the end of the recession, raising concerns over the long-term strength of the recovery in industrial production. Industrial production in the United States decreased 0.2 percent in September, following 0.2 percent growth in August, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest industrial...

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Paint as an Energy Saving Tool

Think of it as sunscreen for your house or office building. The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used an exterior paint that reflects the sun's rays on demonstration houses to show how choosing the right paint can lower energy costs.  The test houses were painted using TEX-COTE's COOLWALL® primer and topcoat manufactured by Textured Coatings of America.  COOLWALL...

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"Design for Reuse Primer" Expands the Definition of Sustainability

Developed by Public Architecture, the "Design for Reuse Primer" profiles 15 innovative building projects that support material reuse in construction.  The document expands the definition of sustainability by looking beyond conservation and towards proactive waste reduction. Through interviews with contractors, architects, clients, and specialists, the "Design for Reuse Primer" provides a...

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