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UPS Delivers On Promise for Better Fuel Efficiency

According to its recently issued sustainability report, UPS's U.S. package volume rose 1.8 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, but the amount of fuel consumed per package went down by 3.3 percent. Considering that UPS delivered 3.94 billion packages in 2010, the savings are quite significant. All told, they avoided driving more than 63.5 million miles in 2010 - the equivalent of 251,987 trips to...

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Big Solar Deals Speed Up Reality of Clean Energy Adoption

From a media perspective, a lot of theoretical ink has been spilled over the past few years over the merits of clean energy. Algae has been grown, wind has been blown, bio-fuels tested and greenhouse gases contested. For every inconvenient truth pushing the clean energy agenda forward there are usually a few red herrings thrown into the mix to keep confusion and debate alive. Until now. I think...

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The New Masters of Sustainability

To address the growing interest in renewable energy and the environment, Santa Clara University's School of Engineering will launch a new master's degree in sustainable energy this fall. Faculty from all of the engineering disciplines, along with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business will participate in this interdisciplinary program. The planned coursework will focus on...

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Public Perception -- Not Science -- Will Rule The GM Food Debate

There are some topics that few people are able to sit in the middle of. The link or lack of link between vaccines and health threats is one. Genetically modified (GM) food is another. GM food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is any foodstuff that contains "organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally." GM food began...

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Manufacturing Tech Orders Rise in June

U.S. manufacturing technology orders increased 15.3 percent from May to June, and demand for machine tools and related products continues to outpace 2010 orders. The total value of United States manufacturers' machine tool and related equipment consumption rose to $459.39 million in June, up 15.3 percent from May, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report,...

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Climate Change is a Business Too

Climate change is a hot topic among scientists, skeptics, and bloggers (All This Wrangling Over Climate Change - What's Up With That?). And for businesses, addressing climate change takes many forms: upgrading facilities to energy efficient systems, switching to energy efficient vehicles, recycling, reducing waste, and employee awareness programs. Businesses are also looking outside their own...

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Bunnies, Bluebirds, and Butterflies - A Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard?

A couple of weeks ago, I was riding through a residential neighborhood here in Raleigh, N.C., when a small sign in someone's front yard caught my attention. I pulled over to take a look. Intriguingly, the green and tan sign declared the owner's yard to be a "Certified Wildlife Habitat." The sign was issued by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and said that the property "provides the four...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: OSHA Aims to Strengthen Whistleblower Program

Plus: Factory Orders Fall in June and Unemployment Rate Drops in July. Factory Orders Fall in June New orders received by factories in the United States fell 0.8 percent to $440.7 billion in June, pulled down by weak demand for transportation equipment, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported last week. May's figure was revised down to show 0.6 percent growth instead of 0.8 percent. June...

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Listening to the Ecoterrorists In Their Own Words

Last week this reporter wrote an article about the ecoterrorists who do things like spike trees, blow up people's homes and cars -- never theirs, of course -- destroy scientific research they don't agree with, blow up buildings, power stations -- never the ones that power their own homes, of course -- all with self-congratulations about what good people they are, how they're doing so much to save...

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