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Unilever: 100% Traceable Palm Oil for European Foods This Year

One hundred percent of palm oil sourced for Unilever’s European foods business will be traceable and certified sustainable by the end of 2014, according to the company’s sustainable palm oil progress report. The report says 58 percent of its global volume is now traceable to known sources and Unilever now has visibility of about 1,800 […]

McDonald’s, Beef Industry Slammed for ‘Greenwashing’

McDonald’s and the rest of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef are “greenwashing” beef production with their principles and criteria for global sustainable beef, according to consumer, worker and environmental groups. In a letter...Show More Summary

IBM, Veolia Form Smart City Partnership

IBM and Veolia have teamed up to offer smart cities services to municipalities. The first products — smart water services — will incorporate IBM’s Intelligent Water software, which uses big data, and provide a system that integrates, optimizes and analyzes all data related to water management. The new systems for water are currently under development […]

Study Finds no Energy-Related Water Contamination in Bakken Region, But...

Oil and gas development in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana has not impacted shallow water resources, according to a new study. However, the age of the groundwater sampled and the sample locations indicate additional research should be conducted to fully evaluate energy production impact. read more

Survey Reveals How Much Consumers Hate Waste

Consumers don’t like to waste food items like peanut butter and mayonnaise and beauty items like toothpaste and body lotion. They dislike it so much, in fact, that they will take extreme measures to get every last drop, according to results of a survey conducted by LiquiGlide. The company, whose technology allows viscous liquids to […]

Gazelle Pays $200M for Used Electronic Devices

Consumer electronics trade-in company Gazelle has paid $200 million to consumers for used devices, preventing e-waste from ending up in landfills. Gazelle says it has accepted more than 2 million devices from more than 1 million customers. In addition to paying people for old cell phones and other electronics, Gazelle has also launched a new […]

Want a Piece of the $33B-and-Growing ‘Internet-of-Things’ Market?

The Internet is set for another revolution, much like the smartphone explosion of the 2000s. This revolution, the “Internet of Things” (IoT), will connect physical devices, such as air conditioners, appliances and lights to the Internet. The IoT is generating particularly widespread interest due to its projected growth from $33 billion in 2013 to $71 Continue reading ?

Renewable Business Acquisitions Continue in Australia

Over my years in renewables, I’ve lived with and installed a range of technologies including the odd small wind turbine. I’ve visited properties where committed owners have installed these devices appropriately and have enjoyed low cost reliable energy without a power line in sight, for decades. read more

10 enterprise Internet of Things deployments with actual results

Much of the media focus on IoT has been on connected devices like smart appliances, wearable devices, and other novelties. However, at Cisco’s Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago last month, a number of complex deployments that have transformed cities or businesses were highlighted. Here are 10 of the more interesting deployments. via 10 Continue reading ?

The future of the Internet of Things still murky

To make business operations more efficient, Atek Access Technologies turned to the Internet of Things. St. Paul, Minn.-based Atek manufactures various products for the oil industry, whose customers haven’t always been the most forward-looking. Show More Summary

Power In New England: Why are Prices Increasing so Rapidly?

On October 20, IBM announced that it was spinning off its chip division by paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion. GlobalFoundaries appears to have won the deal with its geographic position of owning fabrication facilities in New York as well as in Germany and Malaysia. Show More Summary

Atomic Show #226 – Nuclear tour de France reunion

On Wednesday, November 12, I got together with two friends. The three of us were 60% of a group of five writers and bloggers given the opportunity to visit a sampling of nuclear facilities in France owned and operated by Areva. That experience helped form a strong bond. Show More Summary

World Nuclear Association discussion on radiation protection

I just received a link to a fascinating podcast from the World Nuclear Association about the risks associated with attempting to protect the public from low doses of radiation. It was posted almost a month ago on October 14, 2014. IShow More Summary

The Evolution of the ‘Internet of Things’ By @RedHatNews | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? via The Evolution of Continue reading ?

How Big Will the Internet of Things Grow?

How many devices are likely to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) — and which industries are most likely to be affected by its growth? At its Symposium/ITxpo 2014 in Barcelona last week, Gartner offered answers. By 2020, there will be 25 billion connected devices. And the most forceful impact will be with Continue reading ?

Future Energy Fellows: #energychat on Energy Storage Advancements

Major advances in materials science and manufacturing are driving down the cost and upping the performance of energy storage at a rapid pace. With energy storage on the cusp, The Energy Collective hosted a live Twitter conversation to explore the implications for electricity systems and markets. read more

Busy Samsung stirs many pots, from smart home to VR to health tech

Samsung on Wednesday detailed its latest tools for developers — including a new sensor-filled wearable reference design — to get them excited about making apps customized for its devices. “We believe in open platforms and strong partnerships because together we can better serve our customers,” Samsung President Won-Pyo Hong said Wednesday during a keynote at Continue reading ?

IoT facilities automation saves businesses big money

As the “Internet of Things” (IoT) — devices automatically communicating with each other using wireless networks — gains momentum, enterprise efficiencies are already being realized, according to Brian Modoff, director of communications research for Deutsche Bank Securities. Show More Summary

Cooling India: Financing the Cost of Transition to Refrigerants with Lower Climate-Change Impact

At the Montreal Protocol meeting, starting on Monday in Paris, countries could seize one “low hanging fruit” opportunity by agreeing to move forward on phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent and fast-growing heat-trapping gases. read more

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