The Strategic Sourceror: Balancing supply chain sustainability and risk management

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Improving sustainable practices In its effort to reduce risks of disruptions while still managing to be sustainable and efficient in operations, some supply chain leaders are at a crossroads. This predicament is understandable since, as Ian Lefshitz, a contributor to Supply Chain Executive, worded it, “While there are obvious long-term benefits to more sustainable practices,… Read more »

Community Composting Grows from a Seed into a Movement

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Three years ago, Dustin Fedako attended the US Composting Council’s annual conference. As founder of Compost Pedallers, a bike-powered compost recycling program in Austin, Texas, Fedako didn’t know what to expect from the conference, which is geared toward the industrial composting model. He just wanted to “sponge up as much as he could.” He learned… Read more »

How the GyroGlove Steadies Hands of Parkinson’s Patients

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A wearable device promises to help steady hand tremors by using an old technology—gyroscopes.   When he was a 24-year-old medical student living in London, Faii Ong was assigned to care for a 103-year-old patient who suffered from Parkinson’s, the progressive neurological condition that affects a person’s ease of movement. After watching her struggle to… Read more »

By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says

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There is a lot of plastic in the world’s oceans. It coagulates into great floating “garbage patches” that cover large swaths of the Pacific. It washes up on urban beaches and remote islands, tossed about in the waves and transported across incredible distances before arriving, unwanted, back on land. It has wound up in the… Read more »

Storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day

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A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the US electrical grid can’t affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable. Now a researcher proposes an underground solution to that problem. A new study shows that wind, water and solar generators can theoretically result in a… Read more »

Solar Impulse 2: Around the World without Fuel or Fear – from Davos

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Learn how breakthroughs in clean technology can take us to new heights with the explorers who are set to break the record for the world’s longest solo flight using only solar energy. André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard took off from Abu Dhabi in March and aim to complete the circumnavigation of the Earth by returning… Read more »

New method for converting solar energy into electrical power using photo-bioelectrochemical cells

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A new paradigm for the development of photo-bioelectrochemical cells has been reported in the journal Nature Energy by researchers from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in Israel, and the University of Bochum, in Germany. The design of photo-bioelectrochemical cells based on native photosynthetic reaction is attracting substantial recent interest as a means for the conversion… Read more »

More Than 1,000 Sustainability Reports Expected in Next Two Years in North America: CSE Research

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there is a clearly visible trend of public companies (82%) to publish sustainability reports in order to disclose information and be transparent about their sustainability performance. What is also interesting is that there is a growing trend for Small-Medium Enterprises to publish sustainability reports in order to increase their transparency, attract customers and grow their… Read more »

Health Benefits of 15 Teas #Infographic

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Photos of Paris’ Monumental Housing Projects That Challenge Ideas About How the French Live

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Since 2011, French photographer Laurent Kronental has been working on an ongoing series documenting life on the edge of Paris in the “grands ensembles.” These monumental housing projects were built between the 1950s and the 1980s on the outskirts of major French cities as answers to a dearth of housing and an influx of foreign… Read more »