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New Beach House Lifestyle Website Offers Décor For The Shore

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

Lake House Lifestyle opens a new online store with gadgets, entertaining and decorating picks for life on the coast.

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12185938.htm

Categories: Environment

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Grow Lights Sell Out in Only 2 Days

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

Due to the combination of Kind LED's reputation for strong performance in the grow room, and increasing demand for energy-efficient horticultural LED lighting, The new release of the K5 series XL...

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12186568.htm

Categories: Environment

Launching of The Nordic Times, a new online newspaper and aggregator.

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

The Nordic Times is a Non-commercial Liberal Scandinavian online newspaper and aggregator founded by MediaBuzz ApS, a Danish media company based in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Nordic Times...

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12190787.htm

Categories: Environment

Altec to Sponsor The Resource Group’s Annual RG Connect Conference

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

The day-long annual event, sponsored by Renton, Washington-based The Resource Group, will feature more than 20 concurrent breakout sessions, as well as an executive leadership track featuring two...

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12190988.htm

Categories: Environment

Progress Solar Solutions Issued A Patent for Mobile, Solar, Solar/Wind...

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

Progress Solar Solutions, LLC has been issued both a device and method patent (US 8,833,985 B2) for mobile, solar powered light towers; solar and wind powered light towers; and solar hybrid light...

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12191213.htm

Categories: Environment

Calling All Experts: New Mobile Learning App Accepting Content...

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

NoteStream iOS App Now Available in Apple® App Store

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/NoteStream/CallforExperts/prweb12191367.htm

Categories: Environment

Leading Water Treatment Expert Calls for 100% Waste Water Recycling

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne Interviews Total Water Management Advocate Neil Grigg, PhD on September 15, 2014 radio show.

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

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Best Cheap Hosting USA: Bluehost And JustHost Are Ranked As The Best...

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

Recently, Best Cheap Hosting USA, a popular review website, has announced that Bluehost and JustHost are the best VPS hosting suppliers in the current market.

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12191847.htm

Categories: Environment

Anderson & Vreeland Releases a New Infographic: Past, Present and...

PR Web - 41 min 52 sec ago

Anderson & Vreeland, leading manufacturer and distributor of flexographic plate processing equipment and materials, introduces a new infographic that provides insight into the history of...

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12184576.htm

Categories: Environment

What to do if you’re hit by a car while riding your bike

Grist.org - 1 hour 16 min ago

She was in her early 50s, I’d guess, with salt-and-pepper hair, glasses, and a right hook that left me laid out and bleeding in the street.

I’m not talking boxing here. I’m talking driving. This woman pulled up alongside me one day in late July as I was riding my bike home from work at Grist’s Seattle HQ, and she decided to turn right — right through me. The first thing I saw was her front bumper out of the corner of my eye, then her front right tire, her passenger-side door, closing in fast. Then it was all pavement and sky.

I’ve been biking to work, on and off, for more than 20 years. I like to think I’m a smart rider. I take calculated risks, sure, but my main objective is to stay the hell out of everybody else’s way. It can be scary out there, riding on the streets with all the crazies in their two-ton machines, but while I’d fallen off my bike of my own accord a few times, I’d never been hit.

The result: I had no idea what to do.

My first reaction was all instinct and luck. I slid and rolled and managed to stay out from under her tires. That much was good. But then the adrenaline took over. I jumped to my feet, grabbed my bike, and jumped around in the street, bleeding and yelling “What the fuck?” as my assailant gaped in horror. Then, satisfied that I’d made an impression, I jumped back on my bike and went home.

In the video above, you can see what Seattle Police Detective Drew Fowler thought of my antics. (Hint: Not impressed.) I also spent some time with attorney Bob Anderton of Washington Bike Law, whose specialty is representing injured cyclists and the families of people who are not as lucky as I was. Then I poked around the interwebs to see what other wisdom I could glean.

The result: A handy list of five things you should do if you’re ever unlucky enough to be hit by a car while riding your bike.

1. If you can, get yourself out of the street. It sucks to be hit by a car. It sucks even more to be hit twice.

2. Do a quick systems check — on yourself, not your bike. I know you love your wheels, but really, fuck your wheels. You’re most important right now. Are you bleeding? Is your helmet cracked? (You WERE wearing a helmet, weren’t you?) Any other signs that you may have serious injuries? Deal with those first. Everything else here is gravy. Well, except the next thing.

3. Stop screaming and call 9-1-1. I know, you’re not feeling any pain right now. You’re feeling PISSED. Some jerk just tried to flatten you while you were minding your own business, trying to do your health and our fast-warming planet a favor by choosing not to drive. But chances are good that said jerk wasn’t trying to run you over (though granted, he may have been). And once the adrenaline wears off, you’re gonna feel pain. I promise. It’ll be nice to have a paramedic handy when you do. Also a cop.

4. Get the driver’s name, address, and insurance information (verify these with their driver’s license and insurance card), then get names and contact info for anyone who saw the accident. With all due respect to the police, they don’t always look out for the interest of cyclists the way they should. This information could be your key to getting a fair hearing in court, and from the insurance companies should you need to replace your bike or your left elbow.

5. Chill. Find a safe place to sit down and wait for help to arrive. Repeat Step 2. And alright, now it’s OK to look at your bike. But don’t even THINK about jumping back on it and riding home until everything else is cleared up, and you’re sure that the bike still functions properly.

Easy, right? Good. Maybe you’ll do better than I did. And for extra credit, here are five other tidbits that might come in handy:

- Don’t tell the driver that you were responsible for the crash, or that it’s just a flesh wound. According to John Duggan, another Seattle attorney who specializes in bike law, saying that you were at fault, or minimizing your injuries or the damage to your bike, could work against you later in court or at the insurance office.

- Get your bike checked out by a mechanic. Once you’re sure that you’re OK, but before you ride your bike again, have a pro look it over for cracks or other damage that could cause another crash. As is true with your body, problems with your bike are not always obvious at first glance.

- There may be hope for getting insurance coverage for injuries or damage to your bike even if you ignored every word that I’ve written to this point. Anderton says that you have up to three years to make a claim — and even if you failed to get the driver’s information, your insurance may cover some of your losses.

- Don’t assume the cops are right. It’s not uncommon for police to ticket bicyclists who have been hit, according to Anderton. But laws and regulations vary from place to place — and cops may or may not be versed in the particulars. It’s not necessarily wise to challenge a cop on the spot, but you could have a lawyer look into the question after the fact. Which brings us to …

- Consider hiring a lawyer. There are plenty of people out there who, like Anderton and Duggan, specialize in bike law. Like most personal injury lawyers, they’ll probably consult for free, and charge a percentage of the winnings — if there are any.

And finally, keep on riding! When it comes down to it, you’re a lot less likely to be killed in a bike accident in this country than you are in a car — and cycling is great for your health and for the planet. And if there’s one sure way to make the streets safer for cyclists, it’s to get more cyclists out on those streets.

Need some tips re riding safely in the city? We made a video for that. It’s right here.


Filed under: Article, Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

Your electric car isn’t making California’s air any cleaner

Grist.org - 2 hours 16 min ago

This is a tale of two zip codes.

First there’s 94582: San Ramon, Calif.

Since 2010, the roughly 38,000 citizens and businesses of this prosperous Bay Area suburb, where the median household income is $140,444, have purchased 463 zero-emissions vehicles. Such vehicles receive major state subsidies; nearly $1 million of these subsidies went to vehicle purchasers in San Ramon. But San Ramon doesn’t need the anti-pollution help. Despite being home to a large highway complex and a business park, the city scores in the cleanest 10 percent of California’s zip codes, according to the CalEPA’s Enviroscreen Index.

The second zip code is 93640, the Central Valley town of Mendota, population 11,800, with a median annual household income of $28,660, which is less than the $36,625 sticker price of a battery-powered Honda Fit EV. Mendota is in the top 10 percent of California zip codes for pollution and vulnerabilities such as childhood asthma, according to the CalEnviroScreen. And how many vehicles were purchased there under state subsidies? Exactly one, a lone car whose owner received $2,500.

California’s green vehicle policies have been successful enough to become a model for other states, fueling a movement that is electric, both literally and culturally. The state’s audaciously utopian vision has cajoled an initially reluctant auto industry into producing cheaper, better behaving electric cars, led by the media-savvy upstart Tesla. Since 2010, Californians have put more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the road. But those green vehicle policies contain a flaw that undermines their intent and magnifies the unfairness of California’s economy. These rebates — of as much as $5,000, funded by an extra charge on vehicle registrations — go mostly to affluent communities on California’s coast.

Of the $151 million in subsidies paid since 2010, people who bought zero-emissions vehicles in the Bay Area, South Coast (Los Angeles), and San Diego Air Basins have gotten $132 million. Over the same period, people in the San Joaquin Valley have gotten $3 million, despite having the most intractable air quality problems in the state.

Go below the Valley’s smog, and the problem runs much deeper: Its cars are old — much older, on average, than the state’s vehicle fleet. Estimates suggest that the median vehicle in poorer Valley communities is from 1996. According to the Air Resources Board, a vehicle made in 1996 produces 29 times as much pollution per mile from its tailpipe as one sold in 2012.

Translation: The Valley’s stock of old gas guzzlers is wiping out the clean air benefits of the subsidies we’ve bestowed upon the wealthy parts of the state.

You can see the dynamic by looking at those two zip codes together. Every 1997 vehicle in Mendota wipes out the emissions benefits of 29 electric vehicles in San Ramon. More precisely, it only takes 16 of Mendota’s finest clunkers to turn the benefits of nearly $1 million in subsidies for San Ramon into a pile of sooty particulate.

I am not making this point to advocate the end of the green vehicle subsidies, but to point out that these subsidies were created to target the state’s wealthy. And they succeeded.

Rebates, tax credits, and HOV lane stickers appealed to the better-off in parts of the state with thriving economies and traffic congestion. Now the state needs to come up with a new set of policies to target California’s many Mendotas. We need a suite of incentives — low-interest loans, nonprofit auto leasing, and more accessible, appropriate rural transit — to get working families out of older polluting vehicles and into cleaner transportation (which doesn’t have to be electric).

Last year, I spoke with a Mendota farmworker who drives a 1995 Ford Explorer. Mr. Hernandez drives twice as far to his skilled job every day — 115 miles round-trip — as the average driver of a Nissan Leaf. Last year, he had to pay for two smog tests and repairs, totaling around $500, just to keep his car registered.

From Hernandez’s point of view, the car is a money pit, but it’s necessary in order to get himself to work and bring his daughter to high school. (Parents have to drive their kids to school when the Valley’s Tule fog delays school start times.) Because the car gets only 15 mpg, he spends $400 to $500 a month on gasoline, and often puts off paying other bills to keep getting to work.

Hernandez said he’d love to get “a little Honda.” Ironically, if he had access to credit, he could get a Ford Fiesta for $1,400 down and $194 a month, which would cut his gasoline bill in half. But such credit is not easy to come by: The percentage of families without a bank account in Fresno is 3.5 times the national average, and used car dealers charge much higher interest.

A well-designed state program to enable families to finance or lease better cars would improve their financial situation and reduce gasoline consumption, and carbon emissions. Hernandez’s clunker is a big opportunity to make much more dramatic air quality gains than we’re currently achieving. Once they’re in place, these programs can be extended to make electric or other zero-emissions vehicles accessible to more families and income levels. This will not be easy, but it is no more utopian than the dream of kick-starting an electric vehicle market.

And as it now stands, California’s air incentive policies miss the people who could use them, and sometimes even seem to work in reverse.

California’s air districts offer cash to owners who turn in old, polluting cars to junkyards, but these programs seem to pick up clunkers that are not driven much. In a survey of 164 vehicles scrapped in Southern California, 29 percent were incapable of driving 25 mph.

By contrast, Hernandez, with his high weekly mileage, got stymied when he went to his local scrapyard. He was offered a $400 incentive, but was told he’d need to pay $650 to clear up an issue in the title. The deal simply didn’t make sense. “Now I own an antique!” he said throwing up his hands like a man who’s trapped. But he’s not the only one: California’s big green vision will be stuck in neutral until we figure out how to extend its promise to every zip code.

This essay is supported by a grant from the Sierra Health Foundation.

This story was produced by Zócalo Public Square as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

YOUnify for Android is Now Available in the Google Play Store

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

YOUnify is the simplest and most efficient way to share contact information and social networks between any smartphone.

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12187718.htm

Categories: Environment

Steven Winter Associates’ Projects Receive 2014 Green Building Awards

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

Fairchild Wheeler Multi-Magnet High School, 119 Bishop Street, and Gateway at 570 each received a 2014 Green Buildings Award presented by Connecticut Green Building Council.

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12190297.htm

Categories: Environment

In Our World, PlanetShoes’ Video Series, Features Men’s Boots

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

PlanetShoes’ video series features a variety of men’s boot brands and the reasons why their footwear-loving employees adore these quality, stylish shoes.

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12190745.htm

Categories: Environment

Fashionable Marine Ball Dresses Added To BuyTopDress.com’s Collection

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

Recently, BuyTopDress.com, a popular supplier of wedding dresses and special occasion gowns for women, has revealed its new designs of fashionable marine ball dresses. Along with this, the firm has...

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12191634.htm

Categories: Environment

Duckweed and Watermeal Are Still Causing Problems in Ponds

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

Lake Restoration recommends products in the PONDRestore® Ultra Kit to protect ponds from unwanted aquatic plants like duckweed, watermeal and algae.

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12173406.htm

Categories: Environment

WebWise Education Partners with Nassau BOCES to Expand Online Learning...

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

Partnership ensures quality virtual support for students.

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

“Winter Water” in Your Engine Oil? -- Why You Need to Know

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

Water collects in motor oil during cold winter months, and can convert into highly corrosive sulfuric acid. To detect acid and other contaminants, WaveOn Technologies developed Lubricheck, the...

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Great Huts introduces Great Waterfalls of Jamaica Adventure Package

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

Visit the stunning waterfalls of Jamaica in the first of a new series of Adventure packages brought to you by Great Huts, Paradise on the Edge

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Gas Detectors Procurement Category Market Research Report Now...

PR Web - 3 hours 41 min ago

Gas detectors have a buyer power score of 3.7 out of 5, indicating moderate buyer negotiation poweras a result of moderate market concentration, which gives them the choice of many suppliers, the...

(PRWeb September 23, 2014)

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