Can Natural Gas Bring Back U.S. Factory Jobs?

Obama touted the energy boom in his State of the Union as fuel for economic revival.
President Obama touted the energy boom in his State of the Union as fuel for economic revival, but can abundant natural gas really turn back the clock on more than three decades of economic change?
Some 7.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs have been lost since the 1970s for reasons that are complex, but include cheap labor, lax environmental regulation, and subsidy and tax policies overseas. The cost of energy is certainly one factor in siting new factories, but is it a big enough bait to lure back the blue-collar jobs lost during the rise of globalization?

How Much Is U.S. to Blame for “Made-in-China” Pollution?

Air pollutants generated in China during the manufacture of goods destined for export travel across the Pacific, contributing to U.S. smog

China has some of the dirtiest air in the world, but a large share of the country's pollutants are generated during the manufacture of goods destined for countries like the United States, according to a new study. (See related story: "Coal Burning Shortens Lives in China, New Study Shows.")

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases Greenhouse Gas Guidance

Seeks to Ensure Common Framework for Sector GHG Emissions Reporting
Press Release

Jan. 20, 2013 / 3BL Media / - In an effort to better understand GHG emissions associated with the beverage industry and to establish a common methodology for estimation, tracking and reporting, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable has released a document entitled Beverage Industry Sector Guidance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting.

Corporate Carbon: Mike Bellamente + Leigh Fondakowski

Multimedia with summary

When we talk about corporations trying harder to do the right thing when it comes to the environment, it’s important to remember the consequences of not doing the right thing. Both of our guests this week on Sea Change Radio are trying to shine a light on corporate polluters – but in very different ways.

When Seeking the City Solution on Climate, Don’t Forget the Suburbs

Posted by Daniel Kammen of University of California, Berkeley

Our cities have the potential to be a key climate change solution. Already they are hot-beds of innovation in local and global approaches to the nexus of sustainability and quality of life.  People who live in cities drive less, use less energy to heat, cool, and light their homes, and even their water and sewer lines are shorter and require fewer resources. But all of those advantages – and the ability to save more land for nature and agriculture – will be cancelled out if our cities are ringed with suburbs that are profligate in their use of energy and resources.

Toward Context-Based Reporting Webinar

Press Release

As the measurement  of corporate sustainability matures to become more commonplace, stakeholders are beginning to ask, "Are these new metrics really measuring true sustainability?" The emerging answer is, "only when applied in proper context." We'll present the state of the art in Context-Based Sustainability, followed by a dialogue on Autodesk's open-source methodology for calculating science-based carbon targets and Q&A, with an opportunity for listeners to send in their questions.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Time to Set a Price on Carbon


By Georg Kell, Reuters, 19 November 2013

In this op-ed for Reuters, UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell makes the business case for setting a price on carbon and why many businesses are already taking preemptive action on climate change.

Read the full article on Reuters.

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CCMC Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions


A project team at Caterpillar China Machinery Components (CCMC) in Wuxi, China, set a goal to reduce energy, water and steam use at the plant in order to bring down costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The team's suggestions included upgrading air compressors and switching from metal halide to LED lamps in the plant. These two projects have provided a total reduction of approximately 200 metric tons of CO2e annually.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What the warming arctic needs

What the warming arctic needs

By Laurence C. Smith & Jan-Gunnar Winther, members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic,  | 28 October 2013

The world needs clear-eyed discussion about numerous controversial issues in the Arctic, including the mitigation of climate change impacts, native peoples, economic development, and the region’s growing feedbacks to the rest of the world.  Its changing environment means there are many emerging issues which we are becoming more familiar with, yet they persist in their complexity.


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