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US bottled water category will be bigger than carbonated soft drinks by 2017, predicts IBWA
Bottled water is poised to overtake carbonated soft drinks as America’s largest beverage category by volume by 2017, "if not by the end of 2016," according to data from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)
Oilsands producers set to re-enter evacuated sites
All of the Canadian oilsands facilities that workers fled last week as a wildfire spread are being allowed to prepare for restart as cool, humid weather has helped contain the inferno. Alberta lifted mandatory evacuation
The Robots Are Coming
In this post, I use the term "robot" in a generic sense. Any computer-controlled mechanical device would fall under the definition of robot as used in the title. The standard term for most of this type of equipment....
N.C. House revives coal ash oversight panel
N.C. House members, defying a promised threat by Gov. Pat McCrory, voted Wednesday to recreate a commission to oversee the state’s key decisions on coal ash disposal. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, also requires
BlueJack Energy Solutions Secures $100 Million from Energy Spectrum Capital
BlueJack Energy Solutions announced that it has secured an initial equity commitment of up to $100 million from Energy Spectrum Capital through Energy Spectrum Partners VII LP (“Fund VII”). Formed in the third quarter...
Desalination Capacity Rises to 140 Million m3/Day in 2020 as Green Energy Expands Viability
Desalination -- converting sea water into fresh water -- will grow at 8% annually to 140 million cubic meters (m3) daily in 2020, reflecting soaring demand in some parts of the world and growing viability of renewable..
Norwegian company saves electricity by separating oil and gas on the sea bed
A recently-established Norwegian company, Seabed Separation has developed a more environmentally friendly way of extracting oil and gas from offshore wells. The method is claimed to save a year’s worth of electricity...
Local tech seeks cash flow from waste water
The industrial waste water Jonathan Rhone comes across at his lab on the University Endowment Lands isn’t so different from the glow-in-the-dark stuff populating sci-fi movies – minus the neon radiance. “The water we’re
Key Pipeline Could Unleash Alberta’s Oil Sands
Canadian energy regulators handed a win to Alberta’s oil sands producers last week, recommending approval for a major oil pipeline expansion to the Pacific Coast. Canada’s National Energy Board determined that...
U.S. top oil and gas producer in 2015
The U.S. managed to beat out the Saudis and Russia as the world's top oil and natural gas producer last year, despite low prices and a persistent supply glut challenging the industry, according to the federal government.


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