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U.S. Lags Behind UK on Mining, Oil and Gas Transparency

There is a global push to enforce disclosure when it comes to mining, oil and gas corporations that pay large sums to foreign governments for the right to mine in their countries. But getting laws enforced that will ensure transparency (and hopefully help regulate human rights and environmental abuses) is harder than it should be – even here in the U.S.

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What is Emotionally Durable Design?

Why do we hold onto certain objects for decades, while others we are willing to discard before they’re even broken or tatty? In his book “Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy” Chapman stresses that “we are consumers of meaning not matter.” He explores how we retain interest in things only when they continue, over time, to remain meaningful, and can adapt to our changing desires and values.

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The 10th Anniversary of the Northeast Blackout: Are We Any Better Off Today?

August 14, 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the Northeast Blackout and yet, Americans are still dependent on the same aging grid system that uses technology developed in the 1800s. Increasingly hotter summers and natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy will continue to put strain on the grid, hampering its ability to deliver reliable power. NRG Energy CEO David Crane discusses the new technologies that will help Americans utilize cleaner sources of energy, such as solar, and reduce their dependence on the current power grid.

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How Skanska Uses Building Information Modeling to Design Better Buildings

The uptake of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is beginning to transform the green building landscape. For Skanska, using BIM enables it to deliver cost effective, energy efficient buildings with lower carbon footprints. This article explores these business benefits and why, for Skanska, BIM is the future of low carbon construction.