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Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panel Imports Boomerang on U.S. Solar Industry

A friend recently sent me an article from Forbes concerning the tariffs that the Obama administration has placed on Chinese-manufactured solar panels. It provides an interesting case study of how tariffs invariably have the opposite effect than intended by their imposers. When the government slaps a tariff on an imported product, it's for the sole purpose of making it unattractive to American...

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Are You Skipping Your Summer Vacation?

Although more professionals are taking some time off this year than last year, new findings indicate that vacations are still financially out of reach for many Americans. The recession led many workers in the United States to skip their annual vacations, but according to CareerBuilder.com last week, the number of American workers who have already taken or plan to take a vacation is up slightly...

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Kimberly-Clark Aims to Reduce Its Forest Fiber Footprint

Kimberly-Clark, the company behind personal care products such as Kleenex and Huggies, has announced a new initiative to cut the amount of wood fiber it sources from natural forests in half by 2025. To reduce its forest footprint, and reflecting its global sustainability initiatives, the company will shift to alternate fiber sources. The announcement was made at the Rio+20 United Nations...

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Sustainable Packaging Basics: What Is It, What Are Its Principles and Where Is It Going?

Sustainable packaging has emerged as one of today's hot-button issues in industry. Why is there a huge push for greener and cleaner packaging? What does the term sustainable packaging mean? What should producers and purchasers of packaging solutions be doing to reduce their environmental impacts? And consider this: A new report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) claims that the term sustainable...

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GOP House Members Make a Mockery of DOE's Energy-Efficiency Rules

It seems that you can't really talk about the environment, and the laws that govern it, without being assumed that the discussion and point of view are driven by politics. And in a presidential election year, just about every single utterance about Congress or the White House is considered political. Before I get into the story of how three congressmen from the Republican party in recent months...

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Worth a Look: How Product Recalls Work

Plus: Family Versus Career, Lean Lessons from Green Berets, Fat-Finger Syndrome, Career-Killing Beliefs, Bad Business Grammar, Small-Town Innovation and Top Science Photos in 2012. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT's weekly Worth a Look feature spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might...

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Small Biz Owners Sacrificing for Success

Although smaller companies report business conditions have grown more positive in recent years and cite an optimistic outlook for the future, many small business owners have made serious personal sacrifices to ensure their businesses stay afloat, new research shows. Business activity has been trending upward among smaller firms in the United States as the economy continues to rebound from the...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: RFID Market Surges

Plus: CEOs Lower Outlook, Manufacturers Identify Top Issues, Jobless Claims Drop and Suppliers to Benefit from Manufacturing Upswing. CEOs Soften Economic Expectations Chief executives of United States companies expect slower economic growth ahead, and have lowered their expectations for sales, capital investment and hiring compared with last quarter, according to the results of the Business...

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Global Organization Documents Best Practices, Examples of Sustainable Manufacturing

So you want to pursue sustainable manufacturing. Congratulations, you made a good decision. Now comes the hard part: What exactly does that mean, and how do you do it? The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently published a summation of some best practices, collecting examples of how companies are incorporating sustainable manufacturing principles in their day-to-day...

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