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PetRescueRx.com: "A Pets Before Profits Pharmacy," Now...

PR Web - 24 min 15 sec ago

PetRescueRx.com "A pets before profits pharmacy" is the nation's only online pet pharmacy that donates 100% of the profits to support animal adoption efforts. A new breed of business...

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Cali Bamboo Fossilized® Flooring Takes the Title of World’s...

PR Web - 24 min 15 sec ago

Scoring an unprecedented 5,574 lbs. on the Janka Hardness test, Cali Bamboo’s Fossilized® bamboo flooring is the hardest wood flooring in the world.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

NPG Releases New Photography Scholarship Calendar

PR Web - 24 min 15 sec ago

Featuring winning images from NPG’s annual Scholarship Contest, the calendar depicts environmental treasures threatened by U.S. population growth.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Adventure Life Announces the Beginning of Antarctica's Travel...

PR Web - 24 min 15 sec ago

Adventure Life reminds travelers that the Antarctica travel season is now beginning! Don't miss your chance to explore the mysterious Great White Continent.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Inmar and GS1 US to Provide Effective Recall Management Course for GMA...

PR Web - 24 min 15 sec ago

Inmar product recall management experts will team up with GS1 US and the GMA to facilitate training.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Equal Earth Expands Footprint, Grows Portfolio of Renewable Energy...

PR Web - 24 min 15 sec ago

Equal Earth, a renewable energy financing company, just two months since the company secured $90 million to finance clean energy projects is rapidly expanding. The company recently announced that it...

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Is carving jack-o-lanterns wasteful?

Grist.org - 1 hour 48 min ago

Q. Between the bags of candy, scary movies, and pumpkins, Halloween is high on my list of favorite holidays. But it does all seem a bit wasteful. Am I unleashing some sort of environmental horror by buying and carving a pumpkin? What’s the best way to be a responsible jack-o-lantern carver? 

Laura O.
Seattle, Wash.

A. Dearest Laura,

Does Halloween have its own version of the Grinch? You know, a grouchy character who attempts to ruin All Hallow’s Eve by filling people with guilt about their plastic masks, sugar-bomb treats, and profligate pumpkins? What would we call such a character – the Hallomeanie? In any case, while I must occasionally remind you all about palm oil in candy, I do not relish the Hallomeanie role. Halloween is fun. Carving pumpkins is fun. So it delights me to not have to tell you to cease and desist with your holiday merrymaking: I think it’s fine to enjoy a spooky pumpkin once a year.

To do this right, Laura, I recommend that you consider all stages of the pumpkin life cycle, from growth to distribution to use to disposal. To begin at the beginning: The guidelines we use for food also apply to food-turned-décor. If you can, go for a jack-o-lantern that grew to round, shiny maturity on an organic farm. True, organics tend to be spendier than conventional squash, and they might be harder to find, but a fungicide- and pesticide-free pumpkin protects both you (should you eat it, but more on that later) and the planet. Pumpkins rank No. 25 out of 51 types of produce on the Environmental Working Group’s pesticide guide, meaning that while they’re not the worst offenders, they’re still turning up positive for some chemical residues.

Then there’s the distribution question. Naturally, we want to minimize the distance our squash travels from patch to porch. That’s why farmers markets are such an excellent place to shop: You’ll be guaranteed a locally grown pumpkin (assuming, of course, that your market carries only local produce — which not all markets do), and shipping a load of them in one truck from the farm to the neighborhood market is fairly efficient. Compare that to 100 cars driving to a pumpkin patch to take home 100 individual pumpkins, and you’ll see what I mean. This is not to condemn pumpkin patches, mind you; I like a good hayride as much as the next environmental advice columnist. Just be mindful of your own transportation emissions and get there without driving if you can.

Naturally, growing your own backyard pumpkin is best of all, but I’m guessing it might be a bit late for that this time around. Maybe next year?

Once you have pumpkin in hand, it’s time for the fun part – decorating! And I suspect this may be where your concerns about waste kick in, Laura. After all, pumpkins are food, and here we are leaving all that beta carotene to rot on our front steps. It’s worth noting that the sturdy, Headless Horseman-size pumpkins we typically use for carving jack-o-lanterns are bred for looks, not for taste. Even so, you don’t have to throw away those stringy guts: Use them in soups, breads, and muffins. And of course, roasted pumpkin seeds make for one of the best seasonal snacks out there.

And if you simply can’t abide by wasting any part of an edible squash? Choose a smaller, yummier variety (think sugar pie or cheese) and adorn it with marker, stickers, ribbons, construction-paper cutouts, whatever – as long as it leaves the surface intact. Then whip up a nice pumpkin puree on Nov. 1 (a wonderful antidote to too many fair-trade chocolates).

Finally, there’s the question of disposal. You live in a city with compost pickup, Laura, so if you opt not to eat your jack-o-lantern, composting it will be simple for you. Those who aren’t so lucky can also return their pumpkins to the soil from whence they sprung, no compost pile necessary: Just take it out back, smash, cover with leaves, and let Mother Nature do her thing (I wonder if we could tap America’s reserves of rowdy teens to do this for us). You might also consider donating your spent squash to the zoo – plenty of them will gladly hand it over to their elephants, tigers, and bears for a snack or enrichment item (we’re talking puzzles for meerkats, people).

Pumpkins are just one part of Halloween, of course, so before we go let me point you to some perennial advice on treats, costumes, and home decorations. And may I also suggest a scary movie or two, Laura? Something tells me you’d love a triple feature of this, this, and definitely this.

Glowingly,
Umbra


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Categories: Environment

Westinghouse to Supply Advanced Safety System to Ukraine Nuclear Power...

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine (NNEGC Energoatom) to provide a passive hydrogen control...

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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PlanetShoes Adds Dije California Shoes

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

Lifestyle retailer PlanetShoes.com further develops their ever-expanding line of casual footwear to include newly launched Dije California.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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EasyTurf Joins Local Charity Efforts

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

EasyTurf is scheduled to join the DogFest Walk and Roll November 22 at Liberty Station in San Diego, Calif.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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ROA Airport Parking Rates Newly Revised as Greenbee Parking...

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

Greenbee Parking, a fast growing airport parking firm, has announced a strategic partnership with Airport Plaza Hotel in Roanoke. This partnership will allow them to offer better and safer parking for...

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Pixel Film Studios Released Pro3RD Vol. 7 Plugin Exclusively for Final...

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

Announced today was the release of new fun animated lower 3rd plugin entitled Pro3RD Vol. 7 from Pixel Film Studios.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Top 10 Best SEO Hosting Has Recently Announced That Arvixe Is One Of...

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

Top 10 Best SEO Hosting has recently compared plenty of Web hosting companies and announced that Arvixe is one of the most recommended suppliers in 2014.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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SEO Hosting Review Site Best Cheap Hosting USA Unveils The Latest...

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

Best Cheap Hosting USA has recently done a lot of research and unveiled the latest JustHost reviews for worldwide customers. The site believes that JustHost is one of the most recommended cheap PHP...

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Visionary Leaders Across Sectors Issue a Renewed Vision for Protecting...

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

The Children's Environmental Health Network convened a diverse group of visionary leaders to chart a renewed vision and blueprint for protecting children's environmental health.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Source Naturals®, Introduces Vegan True™

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

New Supplement Line Features Top Nutrients Vegans Need

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Garden Media Releases 2015 Garden Trends Report: “Unearthing the Best...

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

Nine gardening and lifestyle trends influencing the industry for 2015 and beyond

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Prescott College Names John Flicker as New President

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

Longtime President of National Audubon Society and Former VP of The Nature Conservancy Named President of Arizona’s Prescott College

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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QA Graphics Completes System Graphics for Industry Leading Engineering...

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

QA Graphics, a leader in developing building automation system graphics, worked closely with Bluestone Energy to create a realistic 3D graphic library of their integrated equipment.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Autumn Vineyards Fade to Brown, While One Temecula Winery Goes Green

PR Web - 3 hours 24 min ago

When owners of Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Winery were told by their electricity provider that they would experience yet another rate increase, Fred and Robert Renzoni launched their mission to find...

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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