Business & Industry

What Manufacturers Expect in 2011

The nation's manufacturing sector has held up better than other sectors during an uneven economic recovery and is expected to continue expanding. Economic forecasters and business leaders are boosting their year-end and 2011 estimates for United States growth, prompted by higher demand and increased production. Moreover, manufacturers are more optimistic about an economic uptick for their...

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EPA Efforts Result in Significant Reduction of Acid Rain

Since its initiation in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA's Acid Rain Program has earned well deserved recognition for its contribution towards dramatic sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission reductions. An analysis estimates annual public health benefits of the program in 2010 alone is more than $120 billion. SO2 and NOx Emission Rates, 1990-2009  ...

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Pink Snails Among New Tactics Set to Re-Invigorate Recycling Awareness

Think the hum-drum world of recycling is only limited to collecting plastic, glass, paper and cardboard? Think again! A smattering of truly innovate ideas have recently hit the recycling circuit. On the surface, these are small, unique tactics that probably won't set the world of sustainability on fire. But the creative thinking behind each idea is something the sustainability industry-at-large...

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10 in '10: Innovations from the Past Year

Inventors kept busy last year, creating a wealth of new devices to entice consumers, advance the boundaries of science or help those in need. Here we look at 10 of the top engineering and science innovations from the past year. While lingering recessionary effects continue to affect research and development funding and many businesses have scaled back on their innovation initiatives, major...

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Another Year of Odd, Dumb and Strange Things

2010 marked another year of offbeat science, inventions and business decisions. In many instances, we get the how and the what of these developments, but it's the why we're struggling to understand. Like all serious things, the workplace, business and science are rife with strange and stupid things. In our second annual roundup of such things, we look back at some of 2010's more offbeat...

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25 Trade Shows to Visit this Year

Discover the latest developments in your industry or market; mingle with experts; and see first-hand what your peers are doing. There are plenty of industry trade shows to visit this year. Here's a sampling of 25 to consider. AG CONNECT Expo Jan. 8-10, Preview Day: Jan 7 (with special admission), Atlanta, Ga. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers will offer educational sessions and...

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Best of Recommended Reading 2010

The following 10 books were the most popular Recommended Reading choices in 2010. From business know-how to historical analysis, these books will keep you entertained and informed in 2011. Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game Poorly Made in China is a dramatic and often witty travelogue of one man's journey through China's export manufacturing...

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2011 Hiring Outlook

Although 2010 was a year of economic recovery, employment conditions continue to lag and millions of Americans still struggle to find work. Will hiring prospects in the new year provide a light at the end of the tunnel? Following a difficult two-year period of mounting job losses, unemployment conditions in the United States bottomed out in 2010. But while the general economy has been recovering...

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The Chevy Volt Protects the Environment in More Ways than One

The extended-range electric Volt will indirectly protect the environment and help with the Gulf oil-spill cleanup. General Motors has announced that they will be reusing the plastic booms that were protecting the coastline from the oil spill, turning them into parts for the new Chevy Volt. The company will collect the booms that are off the coasts of Alabama and Louisiana and expects to net about...

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In Information Technology, The Cloud is Green

There aren't a lot of bright spots in the economy right now, unless you're selling smartphones, tablet computers and apps for both devices. There are still fewer bright spots in the business-to-business economy. One of those spots is cloud computing, that nebulous (no pun intended) IT service delivery model that involves putting computing processes entirely onto the Internet (or "in the cloud")...

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