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So What Is Cap and Trade, And What's An 'Offset?'

Let's explain cap and trade in a way we can all understand: At its base, the reason it exists, cap and trade is a way to not exactly reduce the amount of pollution in the world, but to shift around the blame, or responsibility for it. Oh sure, it was presented as a way to reduce the amount of world pollution, but in its structure it was never designed to actually do that, it was always designed...

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Light Friday: Does the Zodiac Influence Your Salary?

Plus: Real Pirate Talk and a Space Station Flyover. Talk Like a Pirate Day Just Got Less Pirate-y Monday marked the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a tongue-in-cheek holiday concocted by two friends from Oregon, which in the past nine years has expanded into a full-fledged movement, asking participants around the world to tap into their inner buccaneer. But new reports suggest that...

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Sustainability Spotlight: NREL is Tops in Technology Transfer and Improves Its Sustainability Practices

Transforming cutting-edge technologies developed by scientists and engineers at government labs into commercial application in the marketplace is an ongoing effort that has the potential for great success. NREL projects involving use of silicon ink in PV cells, electrochromic window technology, and the development of black silicon for creating high energy solar cells have been granted awards for...

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Workplace Fatalities Down Slightly in 2010

Preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show slightly improved numbers for workplace fatalities last year. Transportation-related fatalities continue to be the No. 1 cause of on-the-job deaths. Nearly the same number of workers in the United States lost their lives due to fatal workplace injuries in 2010 as in 2009, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor...

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Big Apple On Board with Country's Largest Bike Share Program

When it comes to cities that hold sustainability in high regard, New York probably doesn't come to mind for most people. But that perception could change in the very near future thanks to the New York City Bike Share Program, which is pedaling closer to a launch date. First, here's more about other bike share programs from Just Means, a leading source of sustainable business trends: Anyone who's...

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AlwaysOn Announces the 2011 GoingGreen Global 200 Top Private Companies

The GoingGreen Global winners are companies that are transforming big industry and creating viable business models for the green technology. AlwaysOn, a leading business media brand networking the Global Silicon Valley, worked with partners at Morgan Stanley, SAP, KPMG, Hewlett-Packard, Goldman Sachs, Technology Partners, Bridge Bank, Sheppard Mullin, Silicon Valley Bank, NEA, and industry...

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EPA trying to green America's capital cities, five at a time

It's one of the most significant pieces of living history from the American civil rights movement. Stretching from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery, the National Historic Trail was the site of the 1965 Voting Rights March, when thousands of people walked over the Edmund Pettus Bridge and demanded freedom and equality for all. Robert Smith, the Director of Planning for the City of Montgomery, and his...

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Industrial Production up in August

Following several months of steady growth, U.S. industrial production continues to increase despite some worrisome regional indicators and a slowdown in the broader economy. Industrial production in the United States increased 0.2 percent in August, following a 0.9 percent rise in July, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve. This marked the fourth consecutive month of growth in industrial output,...

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Pre-Fab Green Gets a Jump Start from GE Ecomagination

As part of its Ecomagination Challenge, GE Energy Financial Services has invested $22 million in Project Frog, a San Francisco based company in the business of selling pre-fabricated, energy efficient commercial building kits. Targeted for retail spaces, healthcare, schools, and government buildings, Project Frog's technology combines semi-custom designs with a pre-engineered kit of energy...

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Machine Tech Orders Rise in July

U.S. manufacturing technology orders increased 7.3 percent from June through July and were up 92.7 percent from the year-ago level, according to the latest data. The total value of United States manufacturers' machine tool and related equipment consumption rose to $506.97 million in July, up 7.3 percent from June, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report,...

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