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How Companies Can Adapt to Climate Change

Climate change poses a host of risks to businesses, from infrastructure damage caused by extreme weather events to increased price volatility of raw materials and reputational risks. A McKinsey & Company report outlines these risks — and what leading companies are doing to turn these risk into a competitive advantage. Volkswagen, for example, is investing […]

AkzoNobel’s Carbon Credits Methodology Wins Environmental Award

AkzoNobel’s carbon credits methodology for the shipping industry has won the Best Offsetting Project award in the 2015 Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings. The first of its kind within the shipping industry, the carbon credits methodology is based on ship owners converting existing vessels from a biocidal antifouling system to a premium, biocide-free advanced hull coating […]

Nestlé Launches Recycled Plastic Water Bottle

One of Nestlé’s bottled water brands, resource Natural Spring Water, has launched new bottles made with 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET), excluding the cap and the label. The company says it hopes the recycled plastic bottle will focus attention on the uses of rPET and reinforce the importance of bottle-to-bottle recycling. Parent company Nestlé Waters […]

GEA Acquires Hygienic Pumps Supplier

Technology group GEA has acquired Hilge, a leading supplier of hygienic pumps, especially stainless steel pumps for food and beverage applications. The company is based at Bodenheim, Germany and generated with about 150 employees revenues of more than EUR 35 million ($39 million) in fiscal year 2014. Hilge’s product range is complementary to the offering […]

Canada Fibers Creates Solid Waste Recycling Initiatives

Canada Fibers has created an affiliate named Urban Resource Group that will focus on production of high-quality sustainable products from solid waste. Canada Fibers’ solid waste recovery operations include four municipal recovery facilities in the province of Ontario, as well as two large-scale commercial recovery facilities. Show More Summary

Update: Last of the New Signal Booster Rules Now In Effect

The last of the rule revisions adopted by the FCC to help improve cell phone reception has now taken effect, thanks to a notice published in the Federal Register. This proceeding, aimed at allowing use of cellular signal boosters, last showed up on our radar here in the CommLawBlog bunker last fall, when the Commission … Continue Reading

Commercial Reverse Osmosis Systems Designed to Water Type

Aqua Clear Water Treatment Specialists says it can customize a commercial reverse osmosis system to fit just about any water criteria in applications including the car wash industry, mobile pool filtration, microelectronics, text tiles and beer breweries, among others. Each system is unique and custom designed to the specific water type. Each design of the […]

Solar-powered plane lands safely in Hawaii

18 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Swiss pilots have made aviation history after successfully landing the plane attempting to fly around the world powered only by solar energy in Hawaii at sunrise Friday.Solar Impulse 2 CEO Andre Borschberg landed the plane at Kalaeloa airport in west Oahu at approximately 5:54 a.m. Hawaii time after completing the longest and most dangerous leg […]

Latin America waits to assess options from potential expanded US crude exports

Platts’ Richard Capuchino has spent the past few months speaking with upward of 40 entities as part of Platts’ Structured Market Engagement Program. He entered into many discussions about the Americas crude market, and here he shares what he learned about how Latin American markets could respond to possibly expanded US crude exports. Everyone from […]

Mobile and Online Messaging to Exceed 438 Billion per Day by 2019, Juniper Research Says

Mobile and online messaging traffic is poised to reach 160 trillion per annum by 2019, up from 94.2 trillion this year, according to the latest report from Juniper Research. The projected number is equivalent to 438 billion messages sent and received by users on a daily basis by 2019, and includes SMS, MMS, and IM (instant [...]

Fraud, Bots, and Wasted Money: Behind the Smoke and Mirrors of Online Advertising

One’s return for investment in advertising has always been difficult to measure, particularly in the days where print advertising was the only option. As department store magnate John Wanamaker famously once said: “I know half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, I just don’t know which half.” He was referring, of course, to the difficulty [...]

Free licences for the over 75s to be funded by the BBC: VLV condemns lack of consultation

The Voice of the Listener and the Viewer (VLV) has responded to the surprise announcement made by the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, in the House of Commons that the BBC’s licence fee income will pay for the cost of licence fees for the over 75s from 2018 onwards at a cost of around £650 million […]

SmartBear brings free API monitoring and IoT testing to open-source community

21 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

SmartBear Software, the leader in software quality tools for the connected world, announced today the release of SoapUI 5.2 Open Source which includes integration to AlertSite UXM and support for Internet-of-Things (IoT) messaging format MQTT. Integration with these tools provides developers and testers the industry’s easiest way to test and monitor APIs and IoT devices. […]

Microsoft pushes towards a more interoperable world with its Windows 10 IoT plans

As of late, Microsoft has been warming to the idea of Interoperability. Perhaps, market forces are dictating Microsoft’s necessity to embracing the change, or maybe the company is attempting to re-establish its software roots in the industry. Whatever the cause, Microsoft has been collaborating with various foundations, internet groups and adopting standards that make its […]

London loses golden touch as China’s build-up of bullion continues apace

London, the traditional home/hub of the world’s gold trade, could be slowly losing its grip on power as more and more of the world’s physical gold moves from London’s vaults to Asia, chiefly China. This part of the story isn’t really anything new. Since 2013 when Western investors started to liquidate Exchange Traded Fund holdings […]

AT&T-DirecTV and the Benefit of Multiple Requests

AT&T appears likely to secure all required governmental approvals of its $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV. AT&T has made multiple requests for acquisition authority of late and the odds of multiple “mother may Is” seems to work here. Show More Summary

Parks: 40 percent US broadband households want smartphone-based medical alerts

More than 40 percent of US broadband households are interested in receiving medical alerts via a smartphone or another connected platform, according to a report from Parks Associates.The report, called Smart Home Platforms for Health, assesses the potential for smart home platforms to support connected health offerings. Show More Summary

Joshua Newton's Water Jobs & More - 7 July 2015

Josh sent these to me on 6 July 2015. I have added several from my Twitter feed at the bottom Josh's and other job notices are archived here. All the jobs I post are archived at Twitter; the hashtag is #JobWaWi. Dates shown are closing dates unless otherwise indicated. 'None'...

Nest Protect Users Get Insurance Discounts, Big Data Concerns=

The age of Big Data has come to the home — in the form of insurance discounts for smart home products like the Nest Protect smoke detector. And that Big Data is likely to come with security and privacy concerns.Liberty Mutual and American Family Insurance Co. last week announced insurance discounts for customers in some […]

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