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Innovation in Life Cycle Engineering and Sustainable Development
The focus of this book is the consideration of environmental issues in engineering process and product design. It presents a selection of 30 papers ensuing from the 12th CIRP International seminar on Life Cycle Engineering. This…

#Corn regains initiative in US battle for acres


Corn won back some ground in the battle against soybeans to attract area in US farmers’ planting schedules amid talk of a shortage of seed, and of South American growers planning huge sowings of the oilseed.

With new crop November soybeans falling in Chicago, and new crop December corn making some headway, a much-watched ratio between the two contracts fell back below the key level of 2.50:1.

The 2.50:1 point represents “a big number”, Don Roose, president at broker US Commodities said, in that it marks the tipping point between encouraging corn sowing, at smaller numbers, or soybean plantings, at higher levels where the ratio has tended to since US Department of Agriculture sowings numbers two weeks ago.

A USDA survey showed farmers intending to plant their highest acreage with corn in 75 years, in part at the expense of soybeans, despite the prospect of US stocks of the oilseed becoming depleted as importers seek replacement supplies for those lost to disappointing South American harvests.

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Green Economy: 'China's youth reveal ‘startling' demand for low carbon goods'


From Business Green:

Businesses have been urged to accelerate their environmental footprinting strategies to include emerging economies, after new research by the Carbon Trust revealed young people in China could hold the key to unlocking mass demand for greener products.

The survey of 2,800 young people across six countries carried out by TNS found 83 per cent of 18-25 year-olds in China would be more loyal to a brand if they could see it was reducing its carbon footprint. In contrast, just 57 per cent of US respondents and 55 per cent of young people in the UK made the same claim.

Globally, 78 per cent of young people said they want their favourite brands to reduce their carbon footprint, but again those in Chinese showed the highest demand for emission reductions with 88 per cent calling on firms to cut their footprint.

South Africa came in second place with 86 per cent of respondents calling on blue chips to reduce their impact, followed by Brazil at 84 per cent. Again the US and UK lagged far behind with only two thirds of respondents demanding more action from big brands.

The analysis was launched just days before the Carbon Trust unveils the first four Asian companies to receive the Carbon Trust Standard, its independent label awarded to companies that reduce their organisational carbon footprints year-on-year. 

Check out the rest of the article here. You can also check out an infographic of the study here.

(Image credit: Carbon Trust