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Tips For Buying A Home In A Seller's Market

PR Web - 25 min 49 sec ago

The Federal Savings Bank offers some tips to buyers looking to purchase a home in a seller's market.

(PRWeb July 03, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

DryLet to Highlight Benefits of Patented ManureMagic™ at North...

PR Web - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 22:10

Visit the ManureMagic Booth to learn more about its industry-leading attributes

(PRWeb July 03, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Global Soluble Fertilizer Market Technical Data & Manufacturing...

PR Web - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 19:10

The Global Soluble Fertilizer Industry Research Report of 195 pages, profiling 26 major manufacturing companies and providing 287 tables and figures to support the soluble fertilizer market analysis...

(PRWeb July 03, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Pro Ace Care Now Offers $60 Off on Air Condition Repair in Vancouver

PR Web - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 16:10

Pro Ace Care has recently announced a limited time promotional deal in which it is offering $60 off on air condition repair. More information is available at...

(PRWeb July 03, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

US Air Purifiers to Introduces Field Controls Trio Portable Air...

PR Web - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 13:10

US Air Purifiers will now be carrying the Field Controls Trio 1000P portable air purifier. The TRIO 1000P is time-tested, proven technology all wrapped up in a new innovated user-friendly design. To...

(PRWeb July 03, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Study Finds Small Amounts of Asbestos May Trigger Mesothelioma in...

PR Web - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 13:10

New research suggests that mesothelioma patients with the BAP1 mutation are more likely to get mesothelioma even if they have never worked in an asbestos industry.

(PRWeb July 03, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes

Grist.org - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:00

Concrete might as well be part of Elizabeth Hausler Strand’s blood.

Alongside her father, a masonry company owner, she spent her high school and college summer breaks in Chicago learning how to build houses. Then, in 2004, she founded Build Change, a nonprofit that retrofits and builds permanent housing in the wake of natural disasters. She was inspired to start the organization while finishing up a civil engineering masters program at the University of California Berkeley — after seeing the devastation that followed a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Gujarat, India, which killed more than 20,000 people.

“I look at housing as a basic human right — everyone has the right to a safe house that can protect them from natural disasters [including] earthquakes, typhoons, and wind storms,” she says. “I felt that is an engineering challenge that I could help to solve.”

Hausler Strand launched Build Change’s first project in Indonesia after the Indian Ocean tsunami leveled the northern part of the country in 2005. Ten years later, the organization still has a hub in the Southeast Asian nation and has since started projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, the Philippines, and, most recently, Nepal. In these communities, the organization partners with homeowners and local construction workers to teach safer building standards. Homeowners continue to receive grant money and technical assistance from Build Change as long as their home is constructed in compliance with the organization’s safety standards.

In the coming years Hausler Strand is going to be busy, sadly. Thanks to climate change, extreme weather events such as hurricanes and typhoons — and even tsunamis and earthquakes — are occurring more frequently. And underdeveloped countries are likely to be hit hardest by these natural disasters.

After 10-plus years of bringing in (literal) reinforcements, Hausler Strand spoke to us about what she’s learned.

Building trust is as important as building houses.

Hausler Strand says that fostering peace of mind is an important part of any rebuilding process. “We don’t want to create an environment that causes more trauma,” she says. “People are already [traumatized] and so the last thing we want to do is add to that by building a house for them that they don’t trust.” To that end, Build Change involves homeowners and community members in the construction process. “When we empower people to make their own decisions, then we see them really owning the process and investing their own funds and prioritize building safely.”

Relocation is hard — but sometimes necessary.

“In the Philippines, we are working to get people out of storm surge areas,” she says. “There are people arguing that the typhoons are becoming more common and stronger because of climate change, so I think there’s a lot of desire to get people out of [those] areas.” Build Change tries to be thoughtful and strategic about where to relocate people. “We are working to relocate some folks out of the storm surge area to an area very close to where they used to live, so we don’t disrupt their social networks, incomes, jobs, and their community.”

Transitional housing is not an adequate replacement for permanent housing.

As funding dwindles post-disaster, survivors are at risk of having emergency shelters turn into permanent housing. And while temporary shelters are critical in the aftermath, they are not a long-term or sustainable solution.

“We advocate against transitional shelters,” she says. “The people and the governments we’ve worked with [prefer] to move toward permanent solutions because money is limited. The donor community doesn’t have enough funding to build someone a temporary house and then come back later to build a permanent house. There isn’t enough money around to build someone a house twice.”

Sometimes, simple solutions go a long way.

Says Hausler Strand: “For masonry [buildings], they can perform well in an earthquake or be very dangerous. One of the things we do if we’re dealing with a simple building is we put a ring beam, which is basically a reinforced concrete beam along the top of the walls, [which] connects all of the walls. If we can just do that, it makes a big difference.”

Making changes doesn’t have to mean importing construction materials from abroad, either. Her organization is able to build more sustainably by using locally available materials, including sand, gravel, rebar, and even reusing materials from fallen buildings.

Schools need lovin’, too.

After celebrating Build Change’s 10th anniversary, Hausler Strand helped launch the organization’s 10-in-10 initiative, which aims to provide 10 million people with safer houses and schools over the next 10 years. In the past, the nonprofit mostly focused on personal homes. But ahead, the organization will also work with communities to build safer schools.

Precautionary measures are also a part of Hausler Strand’s long-term strategy. “As we look at our next 10 years, I would love for us to spend the most time on prevention — working with people to strengthen the buildings before an earthquake or typhoon.”

Filed under: Article, Cities, Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Wessex Water to Trial TaKaDu to Enhance Water Network Management

PR Web - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:08

Wessex Water and TaKaDu sign a 1-year contract to enhance water conservation efforts and manage the water network more efficiently

(PRWeb July 03, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Fourth of July Holiday Happenings At The Beach With A World Patent...

PR Web - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:07

The New York Inventor Exchange approves the Towel Mate for licensing and trading intellectual property rights.

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

3 Tips For Buying A Home For The First Time

PR Web - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:07

The Federal Savings Bank offers the following tips as guidelines for first-time home buyers buying a piece of real estate.

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Team Obama plans big overhaul of GMO regulations

Grist.org - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:54

On Thursday, the Obama administration signaled that it is ready to grab one of the hottest regulatory potatoes in government and launch a thorough revamp of the way that genetically engineered crops and animals are regulated.

Almost no one is happy with GMO regulation. Both the Environmental Working Group and the Biotechnology Industry Organization — two organizations on opposite sides of this issue — have issued statements saying reform is overdue.

But that’s where the consensus ends. Scientists point out that pesticide-reducing crops, developed with public money, have been stranded because no company wants to take them through the arduous regulatory process. Natural food advocates point out that corporations are responsible for doing their own safety testing, and they call for long-term feeding trials. In other words, some people believe that genetic engineering is woefully over-regulated, and others believe just as ardently that it is under-regulated.

The regulations were supposed to insure that GM products were adequately tested without slowing down the progress of research too much. But we seem to have the worst of everything in our GMO regulations: They create a high hurdle that prevent startups from innovating, while doing almost nothing to inspire public confidence.

White House Science Adviser John Holdren acknowledged this problem in a blog post Thursday. Technology has outstripped the regulations, and “the complexity of the array of regulations and guidance documents developed by the three Federal agencies with jurisdiction over biotechnology products can make it difficult for the public to understand how the safety of biotechnology products is evaluated,” he wrote (along with three other officials).

It’s high time for a change, biotechnology expert Greg Jaffe told the New York Times:

“While this may be late in coming, it is a step in the right direction,” said Greg Jaffe, biotechnology project director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group that is not opposed to genetically modified crops but favors regulation.

“While the regulatory system may be ensuring safety, it’s not ensuring confidence to the public that the products are safe,” and the government now realizes those are two different things, Mr. Jaffe said. “They are acknowledging that the current system is too convoluted and confusing.”

Regulations might be broadened to cover new techniques. For instance, various “gene-editing” technologies can alter DNA precisely — down to a single link in the DNA chain. Because gene-editing doesn’t move genetic material from one organism to another, it may not be subject to current regulations.

On the other hand, the advancement of technology might also be a reason to scale back regulation: In the early days, it was impossible to see all the changes wrought by shooting genes of one species into the genome of another. But advances in DNA sequencing technology now allow scientists to see if any genes have ended up in unexpected places.

The Obama administration is opening up a hornet’s nest here — you can see why no one has touched this for 30 years. The process is likely to take at least a year, and there’s no indication about which way the administration will tilt, except some cheery language about making the system better for everyone. Maybe, since everyone hates the rules now, it will be possible to please all sides by coming up with something that everyone hates slightly less.

Filed under: Article, Business & Technology, Food
Categories: Environment

France is swimming in fondue — that’s not a good thing

Grist.org - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:47

A stifling heatwave is baking Western Europe at the moment. This means that millions of French people are currently prohibited from wearing black and eating cheese or chocolate, which basically means that they have lost their national identity. Brie is transforming into fondue under the broiling sun — and if you wanted fondue, you’d go to a goddamn Melting Pot.

From The Guardian:

In France, where temperatures in some areas have reached 40C (104°F), train transport continued to be disrupted and delayed on several lines, including between Paris and Toulouse, as metal tracks and cabling were affected. Within Paris, the RER C trains which link the capital to the suburbs were experiencing delays as trains were slowed and maintenance work was carried out to avoid tracks buckling in the heat.

France’s weather office put 40 regions on orange alert, warning of an “enduring heatwave of significant intensity requiring particular vigilance”.

France, which has activated its national heatwave emergency plan, is particularly sensitive to the risks after thousands of its elderly people in isolated areas died in a European-wide heatwave in 2003 that led to nearly 20,000 deaths. In 2003, Europe was caught off-guard by the severity of the heatwave, and authorities are currently working to ensure the most vulnerable – such as elderly people, young children and those who are ill – are monitored.

Due to climate change, Europe, like the U.S., will be more susceptible to miserable, sweaty, dairy-product-endangering heatwaves. Imagine the opening scene of Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? in 100 degree heat — it would be a human barbecue. Think of the models!

Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

Patrick Achebe Releases Debut Book, Whispering Waves: Poems for...

PR Web - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:06

Whispering Waves will be available from Mira Digital Publishing and Amazon.com in early July.

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Kenall’s TekDek™ Helps University Achieve Award-Winning Energy Savings...

PR Web - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:06

89 percent energy savings from LED lights manufactured and designed by Kenall Manufacturing clinches prestigious Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Award for University of Minnesota - St....

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Brandsmart USA and ABM To Fund $2 Million Retrofit With PACE Financing...

PR Web - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:06

Brandsmart USA will receive low-cost PACE financing for a comprehensive energy-efficiency retrofit through the Florida Green Energy Works Program.

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

6 Fireworks Safety Tips from Amica Insurance

PR Web - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:06

Many Fourth of July celebrations will include fireworks this summer, so it’s important to keep safety in mind. That’s why Amica Insurance is sharing some tips to promote the proper use of fireworks.

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Solveforce Introduces New Cable Bandwidth Plan Services to Los...

PR Web - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:06

Solveforce is now going to provide cable bandwidth services to Los Angeles, California effective immediately. Solveforce plans on assisting customers in obtaining their Cable Bandwidth service for...

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Web SEO Master Introduces SEO Services Provider Options to Los...

PR Web - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:06

Effective immediately, Web SEO Master will be offering SEO Services Provider options to Los Angeles, California & surrounding areas.

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

We’re coming for you, Cuba

Grist.org - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 21:43

Hey there, Cuba. Now that we’ve cleared up that whole embargo thing — you know, the one that left you economically crippled for decades — we’re gonna go ahead and ruin what little good came out of it. That cool?

When the U.S. banned the export of non-food and medical goods to Cuba back in 1960, we not only forced the little country to grow up without internet or new cars, we also inadvertently turned it into an environmental haven. But now, thanks to our sudden bout of generosity, we’re gearing up to turn that boring old haven into the resort towns and cruise ship destinations that we love so much. Here’s more from the New York Times:

Already, American corporations are poised to rush into a country only 90 miles from Florida’s shores.

[…] Cruise ship companies and hotel chains like Marriott and Hilton have indicated their enthusiasm. “I can’t stop thinking about it,” Frank Del Rio, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said in an interview. “Cuba and the cruise industry are just a match made in heaven, waiting to happen.”

But Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who went to Cuba with a congressional delegation in 2013, told the Times that he doesn’t think ruining Cuba will be that easy: “I don’t think they’re so lustful of development that they will just roll over and completely prostitute themselves to whomever comes by with a checkbook.”

That would be good, because U.S. corporations certainly won’t think twice about what they’re ruining with those checkbooks, even though some of it sounds pretty awesome. Here’s more from the Times:

Over the last two decades, Cuba has taken steps to preserve its natural resources and promote sustainable development. Environmental problems remain, including overfishing and the erosion and deforestation left from earlier eras. But the ministry overseeing environmental issues has a strong voice. And since 1992, when Fidel Castro denounced “the ecological destruction threatening the planet,” in a speech to the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, a series of tough environmental laws has been passed, including regulations governing the management of the coastal zone. The government has designated 104 marine protected areas, though some still exist only on paper, with no administration or enforcement, and it has set a goal of conserving 25 percent of the country’s coastal waters.


The collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1991 and the continued isolation by the United States forced the country to fend for itself. With the tools of big agriculture — fuel for heavy machinery, chemical fertilizers, pesticides — out of reach, farming moved away from the increased sugar production that characterized the Soviet era, turning more to organic techniques and cooperatives of small farmers. Oxen replaced tractors, and even today a farmer walking behind his plow is a common sight in the countryside.

Hmm … on second thought, Cuba, you’re kinda making us look bad. Cover it all with water slides and Walmarts!

Filed under: Business & Technology, Politics
Categories: Environment

Bureau of Reclamation Provides $1.5 Million for River Basin Studies...

PR Web - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:05

Funds Basin Studies for Salinas and Carmel River Basins in California and Lower Santa Cruz River Basin in Arizona, Selects Middle Rio Grande Basin in New Mexico and Mojave River Basin in California...

(PRWeb July 02, 2015)

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Categories: Environment