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Control Solutions adds Mosquito Mist Ultra to its already diverse...

PR Web - 2 hours 10 min ago

CSI launches a versatile synergized permethrin formulation into the pest control market

(PRWeb May 24, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Treeium Announces Sponsorship of Sustaintopia 2015

PR Web - 2 hours 10 min ago

Treeium Inc., a California-based home remodeling company focused on eco-sustainability, today announced it will be a sponsor of the 2015 edition of Sustaintopia, one of the leading events in the world...

(PRWeb May 24, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Investors Take Note Credit Worthiness Of Renters Across The Nation Is...

PR Web - 5 hours 10 min ago

Peoples Home Equity shares a recent Corelogic article regarding the increasing credit worthiness of renters across the nation.

(PRWeb May 23, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Federal Reserve Board: Credit Access For Mortgages Improved

PR Web - 5 hours 10 min ago

The Federal Savings Bank shares a recent Federal Reserve survey highlighting research that banks have begun loosening their credit standards.

(PRWeb May 23, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Go diving for sea urchins with a hilarious 73-year-old

Grist.org - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 12:01

Pete Halmay has been diving for sea urchins off the coast of San Diego for over 30 years. He’s 73, and has had his share of health problems, but he wouldn’t think of quitting any time soon. He jokes that he only has another 30 years left to fish until his wife won’t let him do it anymore.

Halmay loves his daily hunt for urchins — and wants the ecosystem to stay healthy. He takes only the finest urchins to sell to local restaurants. Sustainability, to Halmay, means “instead of going out there, and getting more and more, you get just the right amount.”

Halmay’s story is brought to life in the 13th episode of The Victory Garden’s Edible Feast, where the Perennial Plate’s Daniel Klein explores San Diego’s food scene. Watch the episode to meet Thom Curry, an olive farm owner who explains how to make pure extra virgin olive oil; restaurant owner Trish Watlington, who gives tips on how to grow healthy peas and beans; and, finally, chef Javier Plascencia, who artfully cooks with quail, farro, and fresh roasted vegetables.


Filed under: Article, Cities, Food
Categories: Environment

Developers at Pixel Film Studios Release ProFlare 5K Prism for Final...

PR Web - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 08:43

Pixel Film Studios, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, announced the availability of Apple Final Cut Pro X ProFlare 5K Prism Plugin by Pixel Film Studios....

(PRWeb May 23, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Baltimore Attorney Urges Governor Hogan to Sign the Fracking...

PR Web - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 08:43

Steven H. Heisler, whose practice includes representation of those harmed by environmental dangers, says Maryland's legislators were right to pass measure halting fracking in the state while...

(PRWeb May 23, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Parker & Sons Welcomes the Department of Energy’s Water Heater...

PR Web - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 08:43

Manufacturers are now required to produce water heaters with a minimum Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) of 8.2.

(PRWeb May 22, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Belize’s Chaa Creek Awarded Travel Hall of Fame

PR Web - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:42

The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s recent induction into Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame shows that the popular Belizean eco resort and Belize have both matured to become one of the world’s most desirable travel...

(PRWeb May 22, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Weekly Mortgage Applications Fall But Rates Continue Rising

PR Web - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:42

Peoples Home Equity comments on the latest mortgage application figures.

(PRWeb May 22, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Water Select’s New Technology Saves Water In California Hotels During...

PR Web - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:42

Water Select launches new water conservation technology for hotels that saves water and energy during this epic California drought. This new Hotel water conservation product will introduce guests to...

(PRWeb May 22, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Brahmans for Export Sale to Mexico & Guatemala Announced by Moreno...

PR Web - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:42

Moreno Ranch announces new export sale opportunities, specifically Brahmans for export sale to Mexico and Guatemala. The Florida-based ranch is increasing its focus on Brahman cattle for export,...

(PRWeb May 22, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Pioneer Millworks to Reveal New Design Trends with Reclaimed Wood at...

PR Web - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:41

Pioneer Millworks will share the latest in reclaimed wood design trends and products at the Dwell on Design trade show in LA May 29 - 31.

(PRWeb May 22, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Is Tomorrowland the the most dystopian movie of 2015?

Grist.org - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:39

The basics: A girl genius who just doesn’t want the world to stop dreaming, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) gets caught trying to sabotage the shutdown of NASA’s Cape Canaveral launch site. After her NASA engineer dad (wait, this sounds familiar) bails her out of jail, she collects her things and stumbles upon a mysterious pin that can transport her to the futuristic utopia of Tomorrowland. After the pin stops working, Newton learns that the only way to get back to Tomorrowland is to enlist the help of grumpy old George Clooney (George Clooney), hardly playing science prodigy Frank Walker. Walker was exiled from Tomorrowland long ago and is pretty bitter about it, but when he realizes that Newton could help fix what he did, the three of them team up and hijinks ensue.

Why it’s green: Tomorrowland should piss off anyone who thinks there’s still anything worth saving in this world, because it implies that depressing old Todayland has completely gone to shit and no one’s doing anything about it. This is less an invigorating call to action than an insult. The film opens with a montage of Newton’s teachers lecturing their classes on all the poverty, wars, environmental destruction, etc. going on around the world, and when an overeager Newton asks what people are doing to fix things, there’s nothing to say. The message seems to be: If it’s too broke, don’t fix it — build a new one.

Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable, because for a movie that’s surprisingly low on substance, there’s actually a lot to unpack here. First thing’s first: What is Tomorrowland?

Disney

The brainchild of Nicola Tesla, Gustave Eiffel, Thomas Edison, and Jules Verne, Tomorrowland is a parallel world where the best and brightest go to follow their dreams and build the beautiful utopia that we’ll never have in this lowly dimension because, I don’t know, all of us regular people are in the way or something. And the only way to get there is through an invitation in the form of one of those pins– it’s very exclusive.

Like many things in this movie, it’s not clear what the long-term plans are for Tomorrowland. Will it eventually open its doors to the rest of humanity? Will it lend some of its fancy futuristic technologies to this sad and dying world? Will the residents of Tomorrowland just let the plebes die off and start their own superspecies? Who knows, and who cares! All that matters in Tomorrowland is that the best among us get to live and play in the utopia they deserve. Tomorrowland is the high-tech charter school up the block to Todayland’s underfunded and overworked public school.

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But as far as high-tech wonder goes, Tomorrowland is a bit of a Monet: From afar, it looks like the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz, which — admittedly — is a pretty cool skyline. But zoom in, and the city turns out to be pretty underwhelming — especially given that it’s supposed to be the most incredible place ever. The biggest difference between Tomorrowland and Todayhell is that everything in Tomorrowland seems to fly — which is pretty sick, but also not that original. After airborne transit, the second most ubiquitous tech in Tomorrowland is touchscreens, but frankly: yawn.

The geniuses of Tomorrowland do, however, deserve some props. Interdimensional travel and the ability to see into the past and future are probably most impressive, but there are also these giant, humanoid 3D printers, essentially, that can construct large pieces of infrastructure in seconds. And while they might not be as sexy, these robots seem like they’d be incredibly useful — especially in a lesser dimension full of old and decrepit infrastructure (hint, hint!)

Barring a few standout features, the day-t0-day lives of Tomorrowlanders don’t seem that much better than ours — at least where tech is concerned. (I mean, have you taken stock of what kind of technology we have at our fingertips these days? It’s pretty insane.) Tomorrowland is incredible for an entirely different reason: Everyone there seems equal, prosperous, and happy, which, if anything, is what makes it the utopia it so desperately wants to be.

A lot of hype around Tomorrowland has focused on the film’s optimism — look at this happy, perfect future we could have! But really, this movie is just as dystopian as all the other gloom and doom stories that our culture has been obsessed with in recent years — moreso, in fact, because in Tomorrowland there’s no fight of good vs. evil. Instead, humanity is just divided into two: an elite society and everyone else. The idea that our only hope for a better world is building a whole new one is, well, depressing as hell, because that other world ain’t gonna happen.

Disney

Tomorrowland fell short not only on basic plot development and gee-whiz tech, but also on portraying a strong female lead. As Forbes pointed out earlier this week, Tomorrowland is one of six female-driven box office movies out this weekend (it’s sad that we’re celebrating that.) But to be honest, Newton is no Furiosa. The whole sabotaging NASA thing was pretty badass, but that was by far the most impressive thing Newton did in the entire movie. She looked like a deer in headlights for the rest of it.

So should you see Tomorrowland? Eh. If you wait until it leaves theaters, then you can invite some friends over and turn it into a game. I suggest drinking every time Newton looks scared and/or confused, or whenever you see something that’s supposed to be super impressive but just … isn’t. And when it’s all over, you can take turns trying to fill in the plot holes. Here are some questions to get the conversation rolling: Why did Tomorrowland need fixing in the first place? What happened to the real world in the end? Does it matter? Should we all just give up and stop procreating? And how much more fun would life be, really, if we all had sick hoverboards?


Filed under: Living
Categories: Environment

Climate change is messing with gravity again

Grist.org - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:20

The Southern Antarctic Peninsula has dropped the ice equivalent of 350,000 Empire State buildings into the ocean since 2009, according to new research in the journal Science. This level of ice loss is so great that it has actually caused a small shift in gravity, Science Daily reports.

Wait – don’t panic! The change in gravity doesn’t mean you’ll have to don a super-cool space suit any time soon. This type of gravity-shifting ice melt was previously documented in Western Antarctica. Here’s how Eric Holthaus explained it at the time:

Though we all learned in high school physics that gravity is a constant, it actually varies slightly depending on where you are on the Earth’s surface and the density of the rock (or, in this case, ice) beneath your feet.

So while you’re not at risk of suddenly floating away the next time you walk the dog, you might want to worry over the massive amounts of ice loss. From Science Daily:

Using measurements of the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet made by a suite of satellites, the researchers found that the Southern Antarctic Peninsula showed no signs of change up to 2009. Around 2009, multiple glaciers along a vast coastal expanse, measuring some 750km in length, suddenly started to shed ice into the ocean at a nearly constant rate of 60 cubic km, or about 55 trillion litres of water, each year.

This makes the region the second largest contributor to sea level rise in Antarctica and the ice loss shows no sign of waning.

Well, cool. If you need us, we’ll be over here, readying our water wings.


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Categories: Environment

Diverse cities don’t always have diverse neighborhoods

Grist.org - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:08

It’s not a new idea, perhaps, but it bears repeating: Even if you live in a city that is “racially diverse,” that doesn’t mean you live cheek-by-jowl with people of other colors and ethnicities.

Take Chicago, for example, which is among the most diverse cities in the nation. But a FiveThirtyEight analysis, based on data from Brown University’s American Communities Project, found that Chicago is by far the most segregated city in the U.S.

That’s because if you look at Chicago’s racial makeup on a smaller scale – census tracts of about 4,000 people – it gets pretty darn homogenous (here called the “neighborhood diversity index”). If you then look at the diversity of those neighborhoods in relationship to Chicago’s overall diversity, it gets very homogenous (the “integration-segregation index”).

According to FiveThirtyEight, the American city with the most racially diverse neighborhoods is Sacramento, Calif., but the most effectively integrated city of all – if you look at how racially integrated a city theoretically could be, based on its overall racial makeup – is Irvine, Calif. Here are the rankings:

(Read it all nicely explained here.)

Segregation is something we all know and experience, but it does pop the eyebrows to see it broken down into numbers like this – or beautifully, hauntingly portrayed, as with Dustin Cable’s interactive, color-coded Racial Dot Map that uses data from the 2010 Census to depict just how tightly clustered racial groups are across the country. Portland, Ore., “the whitest city in America,” looks like a dusting of red, green, and yellow (Asian, black, and Hispanic) on the outskirts of a blue sea (white):

UVA Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

Of course, segregation has big implications when it comes to equity (duh) and to environmental justice: The black and brown areas of a city are far more likely to face off with a refinery, a waste incinerator, or a toxic dump, and therefore have lower-quality air and water and higher rates of asthma and cancer and poor birth outcomes than white areas. And segregation could be a big part of why black, Latino, and Asian Americans have longer, shittier commutes, too.

What gives, America? Oh, just a long, fraught, history of brutality and oppression that isn’t really history. Right. I’m moving to Irvine.


Filed under: Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

It’s official: California farmers volunteer to give up water

Grist.org - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:49

California’s drought has touched everyone in the state. First the government eliminated irrigation water deliveries through much of the public canal system. Then the governor told cities and industry to cut back water use by 25 percent. Now the state is taking a step it hasn’t resorted to since 1977: It’s claiming water from people with old riparian water rights. These are people who have been drawing water from rivers since the Gold Rush era, and who are generally immune to cuts. But in the most severe shortages, the state can order them to stop pumping.

When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered cities to conserve water, many people were disappointed that he did not set a similar mandate for ag. Of course, the state had already turned off the tap for many farmers. And now it’s making further cuts, going after senior water-rights holders this time. To protect some of this water, farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta volunteered to cut their water use 25 percent from 2013 levels, if the state would promise not to mandate deeper cuts in the growing season. About 10 percent of California’s irrigated farmland is in the delta; today, the state announced it would take the deal.

Other cuts are virtually inevitable for farmers who don’t participate, said Felicia Marcus, chair of the state Water Resources Control Board. Those cuts could come next week, unless rain and cool weather allows for delay. Further cuts will go beyond any that have ever happened before: “Senior [water rights] holders have never been cut as much as they will be this year,” Marcus said. “Lawsuits are inevitable.”

The restrictions may be hard to enforce because California simply doesn’t measure water use in some places. Here’s the Associated Press:

Regulators don’t have widespread remote sensors or meters to make sure water isn’t diverted.

The cutback orders instead are enforced by honor system and complaints. Only a fifth of junior water-rights holders already told to stop pumping from the San Joaquin watershed have confirmed they were complying, a water board official said Wednesday.

However, state officials said they would use satellite and aerial photography to insure that farmers were letting their fields go dry. Cheating is expensive if you get caught. Violators can be fined $10,000 a day. Most Californians support the cuts to urban water use and think the cuts to ag won’t cause real hardship to the general population, according to a Field Poll.


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Categories: Environment

Sea lion, fed up with climate change, hits the bar

Grist.org - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:25
Michael Armstrong

Sea lions have been driven out of the sea and onto city streets because their tasty sources of food — like anchovies and sardines — are being decimated by acidifying oceans. In San Francisco, for example, they’ve been wandering the streets starving and confused, but in Southern California (of course) they’re a little bolder.

Last week, a sea lion flopped onto dry land in Orange County, declared “ugh,” and, just like you, immediately headed to the nearest bar.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The pup wandered off the beach, through the parking lot and up the steps leading into Beach Ball just before 11 a.m. May 12, bar patrons said.

Sea lion sightings have become more common recently along Orange County beaches. More than 2,000 of the animals, most of them dehydrated and malnourished, have washed ashore this year in California, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The sea lion, in addition to being fucking hungry because humans ruined his home, has an eye infection which, in the perfect intersection of tragic and cute, makes him look like he’s winking all the time.

All jokes about sea lions and Hair of the Dogs (get it? Because pups!) aside, starving sea lions landing in Newport bars is really upsetting. And as if they didn’t have it bad enough, they might run into an evil surfer with a penchant for cocaine and murder!


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

Plastic Bottle Recycling Market to Grow at 3% CAGR to 2019 Says a New...

PR Web - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:40

Global Recycle Market for Plastic Bottle Industry 2015-2019 research report covers information on major plastic bottle recycling market companies like Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies,...

(PRWeb May 22, 2015)

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Prepare to pay more for eggs

Grist.org - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:24

Breakfast is about to get a bit more expensive: A particularly nasty case of avian influenza sweeping through Midwest chicken farms has forced the destruction of loads of birds and crippled domestic egg output.

Some 39 million chickens and counting have been affected so far. As egg supplies continue to dwindle and prices keep climbing, analysts estimate the outbreak will cost consumers an additional $7.5 billion to $8 billion.

Since the disease was first reported in late April, wholesale prices of breaker eggs — eggs used by food manufacturers for liquid, dried, or frozen eggs — have increased from 63 cents a dozen to $1.83 a dozen. Wholesale prices of shell eggs, which are cartoned and sold in grocery stores, have increased from $1.19 a dozen to $2.03 a dozen. Companies dependent on eggs — like Nestlé SA, producer of Edy’s and Häagen-Dazs ice cream — are prepping for shortages, or are starting to consider other alternatives, like plant-based substitutes or imports from abroad. Reuters has the story:

“The U.S. has never imported any significant amount of eggs, because we’ve always been a very low-cost producer,” said Tom Elam of FarmEcon, an agricultural consulting company. “Now, that’s no longer the case.”

Still, companies wanting to import eggs may have to look far afield.

“Canada is short on eggs and has been buying heavily from the U.S. for the last several years,” said Rick Brown, a senior vice-president of Urner Barry, a commodity market analysis firm. “Mexico has been dealing with its own outbreaks of avian influenza, so they’re banned from importing into the U.S. The logical place people will be looking now would be Europe.”

Avril, a farmer-controlled agri-food group that owns France’s largest egg brand, Matines, said it has seen an increase recently in demand from the United States and elsewhere in the Americas and plans to start making shipments in June.

Higher prices and a higher carbon footprint for our eggs? Maybe a Denver omelet made from sorghum, beans, and peas isn’t so gross after all. (Ugh, it totally is.)


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Categories: Environment

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