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The Transition Movement - Preparing for a World After Peak Oil

How will the world function if fossil fuels become scarcer and their consumption becomes increasingly regulated to fight climate change? How will people live with less oil? What will communities be like? The advocates of a social movement called Transition think the world is now entering just such an environment of oil-scarcity. Transition organizers think the time is ripe to create new systems...

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The Green City By the Bay

San Francisco has been chosen the "Greenest City in North American," in a study of the environmental performance of 27 major metro areas in the U.S. and Canada.  The study, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by Siemens, is part of the Green Cities Index. Twenty-seven cities in the U.S. and Canada were selected to represent the most populous metropolitan areas and...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Factory Orders Rise

Plus: Unemployment Rate Edges Up and U.S./Mexico Cross-Border Trucking Dispute Resolved. Factory Orders Rise Following a 0.9 percent drop in April, United States factory orders rose 0.8 percent in May, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce last week. The increase pushed the total value of new factory goods orders to $445.3 billion in May. "The increase was broad-based, with gains in a...

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Greenwashing: Have Your Plastic Bottled Water And Drink It, Too.

This might help set the theme: Through the 1970s, when ecological concerns first became household topics, "Public utilities spent 300 million dollars advertising themselves as clean green companies. This was eight times more than the money they spent on pollution reduction research."  Greenwashing, friends. There you have it. Or, as The Tenth Edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary...

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Light Friday: Atlantis Lifts Off for Final Shuttle Mission

The Space Shuttle Era is another step closer to its bittersweet end with the final flight by Atlantis, dubbed the STS-135 mission, having launched today. NASA's final space shuttle launch went off without a hitch, as Atlantis disappeared into the clouds over Cape Canaveral this morning. "Atlantis and its four astronauts left Earth for the final space shuttle mission, which will cap off an amazing...

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Sustainability Spotlight: NREL's Solar Research Earns Three R&D 100 Awards

Three technologies developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory, including a technique to turn silicon into ink, a faster way to assess solar cells, and a new furnace for heating solar cells, have been recognized by R&D Magazine as being among this year's most significant innovations. These technologies have emerged from the research stage and are poised...

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Seven Alternatives To Alternative Energy

While the world is busy trying to make the most obvious sources of alternative energy - wind, solar, hydro, fuel cell and geothermal - viable and affordable on a large scale, other scientists and researchers are busy coming up with alternatives to the alternatives. Some of the most noteworthy are downright odd...yet intriguing. Such as... Booze into Biogas? Sweden apparently has a bit of a...

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Mid-Year Reader Favorites: Weird Office Habits, Labor Unions, e-Manners and Management Fads

Here's your chance to catch up on (and discuss) the issues that have mattered most to our readers, from colleagues' odd behavior and American labor unions to management philosophies and job interviews. In case you missed them in our biweekly e-newsletters, below are IMT's five most-read articles so far this year, plus a few we think are particularly worth checking out. Here's your chance to catch...

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Does the Public Really Believe Humans Are Causing Climate Change?

Are public attitudes about climate change shifting? Do people believe the planet is getting warmer and that humans are the cause? A look at recent research shows that people worldwide who are aware of climate change tend to go along with that "consensus" view, although opinions are changing when it comes to at least one cantankerous bunch: Americans. (Photo Credit: eutrophication&hypoxia)...

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