4 myths about manufacturing in the fourth industrial revolution

February 20, 2019 by  
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It’s not limited to wealthy, developed nations.

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3 companies using the power of AI to advance the circular economy

February 20, 2019 by  
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Where there’s efficiency, there’s economics.

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By the numbers: the economic, social and environmental impacts of ‘fast fashion’

January 17, 2019 by  
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Plus, what you can do about it.

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Partnering to protect water

November 27, 2018 by  
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One company’s efforts to assess its water risk across its global manufacturing facilities.

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Air taxis — why they’re no longer pie in the sky

November 27, 2018 by  
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Major transportation players such as Uber are already investing in the up-and-coming sector.

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What does Cyber Monday mean for ‘Delivery Tuesday’?

November 27, 2018 by  
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Why we should welcome — and not fear — an expansion of e-commerce from a transportation perspective.

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Can China become a powerhouse in green manufacturing?

September 14, 2018 by  
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Initiatives in Shanghai and Beijing signal a heightened focus on emissions reductions and coordinated waste management across regions.

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A simple truth: Energy efficiency is good for manufacturers’ bottom lines

September 5, 2018 by  
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And it’s an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Mystery of banned CFCs resurgence may be solved

June 26, 2018 by  
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The world recently learned that chlorofluorocarbons ( CFCs ), an ozone-damaging industrial gas banned under the 1997 Montreal Protocol, have made an unexpected comeback, with significant emissions detected in the atmosphere. The source of these banned gases has remained unclear. Now, documents and research gathered by the New York Times and independent investigators suggest that the CFCs, specifically CFC-11, may be coming from factories in China that manufacture foam for buildings and appliances. “You had a choice: Choose the cheaper foam agent that’s not so good for the environment, or the expensive one that’s better for the environment,” factory owner Zhang Wenbo told the New York Times . “Of course, we chose the cheaper foam agent. That’s how we survived.” At the time of Zhang’s interview, local authorities were conducting inspections throughout town and citing those who violated regulations. When they arrived at his factory, they assessed that it was in violation of environmental codes and ordered it shut down. “They never told us until last year that it was damaging the atmosphere ,” Zhang said. “Nobody came to check what we were using, so we thought it was O.K.” Although some provinces in China have tightened enforcement of the CFC ban, the chemical still remains available online. “When nobody is watching, they can make some, or when they get an order — an underground order — they can also produce it,” local refrigeration expert Liu Le told the New York Times . “They produce for a while until they’re discovered, and then move on.” Related: Antarctic ozone layer shows “first fingerprints of healing” The U.S.-based Environmental Investigation Agency has determined that at least eight factories in four provinces are still using CFCs to create foam. “The scale of this environmental crime is devastating, with massive potential impact on the climate and the ozone layer,” executive director Alexander von Bismarck said. “We’re hoping for a strong response from a strong environmental agreement.” While the mystery is becoming more clear, there is much more that needs to be done to determine the full extent of the problem. Head of the United Nations Environment Program Erik Solheim said, “Based on the scale of detected emissions there is good reason to believe the problem extends beyond these uncovered cases.” Via New York Times Image via Depositphotos

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How Michelin is finding a second life for tires

May 29, 2018 by  
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It’s beginning to integrate circular economy principles into its core manufacturing processes.

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