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The World's Greenest Cities

Urban areas gobble copious amounts of energy, accounting for most of world consumption. Discover 10 cities—including a few local standouts—that are innovators in eco-friendly energy usage: Seventy-five percent of world energy consumption happens in cities, says Energe-Cites, a France-based organization, which acts as the voice of some 100 European cities committed to sustainable...

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Renewable Energy Set to Take Off

Energy sources such as wind, solar and bioenergy are fast expanding their reach in the market. Learn why the growth rate of these power alternatives is expected to accelerate: While renewable energy—including hydropower and biomass—accounts for a modest 8% of U.S. energy consumption, its growth rate is nothing short of impressive. "The combined annual compound growth rate for wind and...

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Gasoline to Aid Fuel Cell Technology

Fuel-cell cars face a significant roadblock—the difficulty of storing and distributing hydrogen. Fortunately, researchers have found a way to quickly and efficiently extract hydrogen from gasoline: While fuel cells have captured our imagination with their ability to generate clean electricity, they have also long confounded us with their need for hydrogen, a clean fuel that is very difficult...

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The Oil Factor: How to Protect Yourself - and Profit - from the Coming Energy Crisis

A financial guru reveals how following oil prices can lead investors to real financial security in The Oil Factor: How to Protect Yourself – and Profit – from the Coming Energy Crisis. From the Publisher Financial guru Stephen Leeb shows how following oil prices can lead investors to real financial security. A storm is coming—an inflationary "perfect storm" whipped up by...

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Oil & Gas Forecast: This Year and Through 2025

Energy costs are surging, leaving many to wonder—how long will this go on? Find out what this summer holds for gasoline prices and jump ahead 20 years to explore the future of oil and gas: 2004 will likely be remembered as a year of soaring energy costs. While natural gas prices have been surging for a while—for almost 4 years, they've hovered at levels far above those of the...

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Will Soaring Oil Prices Wreak Havoc on the Economy?

While OPEC's recent decision to raise its output had an immediate impact on oil prices, its moderating effect will be short-lived. Discover how surging prices will affect the economy: Prices of gasoline and crude oil have been inching up for months, but in recent weeks they've gone through the roof. Gasoline prices topped $2 a gallon in May, a dramatic increase from $1.20 in early 2002. Largely...

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How Factories are Offsetting Higher Energy Prices

While consumers are feeling the blow of oil price hikes, many manufacturers are surprisingly taking things in stride. Find out how they're keeping the prices of their goods largely unchanged: With crude oil prices topping $40 a barrel, prices of manufactured goods should also be surging, right? Wrong. Industrial companies are managing to counteract oil hikes with energy efficiency measures that...

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Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Nineteenth Century, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal

Explore the story behind several historic engineering feats in Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Nineteenth Century, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal. From the Publisher From the London sewers that banished cholera to the Panama Canal that shaved thousands of miles off a dangerous sea passage, from the Hoover Dam that diverted the world's most unpredictable...

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The Benefits of Metal Injection Molding

While many are shying away from metal injection molding because of its huge startup cost, one contract manufacturer is realizing substantial gains. Learn the pluses of this specialized process: While some thousands of North American companies are well acquainted with plastic injection molding, a much smaller number has ventured into metal injection molding because of its sizeable startup cost....

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