Environment

Otis Alumni Win Prestigious Rome Prize to Map the Ecology of the Roman...

PR Web - 32 min 24 sec ago

Otis College of Art and Design alumni Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips propose uncovering the biodiversity of Rome to reveal the dynamics of historical, political, and ecological change.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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People of color contribute least to smog, yet breathe more of it. WTF?

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:43

Get a load of this: It’s not poor people whose nostrils get the dirtiest air. It’s people of color — even wealthy ones.

It’s true, you can’t 1,000 percent separate race and class, but new findings from the University of Minnesota found that race, more than income, determines who smog hurts the most. Writes ThinkProgress:

When low-income white people were compared to high-income Hispanic people, the latter group experienced higher levels of nitrogen dioxide. Altogether, people of color in the U.S. breathe air with 38 percent more nitrogen dioxide in it than their white counterparts, particularly due to power plants and exhaust from vehicles.

Unfair, especially because people of color produce less air pollution than white people (African-Americans, for example, emit 20 percent less CO2 than white Americans). So why is this happening? You know, other than racism? Writes Atlantic Cities:

[T]hat’s still a subject for further investigation; [U-Minnesota Professor Julian] Marshall notes that one theory is that more non-whites tend to live in pollution-rich downtown areas and near freeways.

The difference isn’t unique to New York and L.A. — it’s true even in the Midwest. The researchers specifically call out Michigan and Wisconsin as places where policymakers should take their findings into account and use air pollution regulations to stem inequality. Lowering people of color’s NO2 exposure to that of white people would prevent 7,000 heart attack deaths every year, the researchers write.

Since air pollution is the No. 1 environmental health risk around the world, killing 7 million people annually, it’s pretty significant that people of color are disproportionately affected. It’s yet another reminder that our ideal clean-air, clean-water, bike-safe future’s gotta include gender, racial, and class equality. Onward!


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

Napa Real Estate Market in Recovery

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:21

2013 was a very good year for the Napa real estate market, and clearly continuing its recovery this year, according to California Wine Country property expert Latife Hayson. The region’s economy is...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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New Star EV Personal Transport Vehicle from JH Global Services

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:21

This preppy new street legal LSV is sure to make a splash this summer in your neighborhood.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Earth Day Calls: Time to Detox the Family Medicine Cabinet

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:21

Personal Care Products commonly found in American homes may expose families to harmful chemicals. Topical BioMedics offers information and tips for making cleaner, greener, healthier choices.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Fertilizer Runoff and Dead Zones Cost the US Billions

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:21

US Bio Carbon announces a new solution to the nitrates runoff problem.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Bill McKibben checks “have species named after me” off to-do list

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:15

If you had the power to name a living creature, would you use that power wisely? Would you name it after one of your heroes? Let’s be real: Beyoncemus knowlesi does have a pretty nice ring to it!

Peter Kerr, a scientist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s State Collection of Arthropods, recently discovered a species of gnat. Through a great feat of willpower, he was able to avoid the temptation of christening it Gnat King Cole, Jr. (There’s a reason that Grist staff members aren’t scientists.) Instead, he decided to name it after foremost green activist, author, and Grist board member Bill McKibben, honoring McKibben’s commitment to protecting the health of the planet and all of its forms of life.

The Megophthalmidia mckibbeni makes its home in California. It enjoys fungi, forests, and following 350.org on Twitter. Just kidding about the last one – gnats can’t use smartphones, guys!

We reached out to McKibben to find out how he felt when he learned about his new spirit animal. He was predictably modest:

“I felt truly honored. I love this planet we got born onto, from the big down to the very small. To be officially connected with its great diversity – well, that means a lot.”

And as it turns out, McKibben has a lot in common with this insect:

“I was born in California, and my father was a member of the Sierra Club back when it was mostly a hiking group, spending his weekends in the mountains and forests, so I feel some extra kinship. And I love mushrooms too. I wouldn’t dare try to pick them myself, but I’ve never met one I didn’t find delicious.”

Sounds like a good match! Well done, Peter Kerr.


Filed under: Article, Living
Categories: Environment

Airbnb can make your dreams of running a brothel come true

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:27

Thought you were renting your place so an exhausted sightseer could crash? Oh, she’s definitely sleeping … with some horndug and his hundos.

In an unexpected result of the sharing economy, Airbnb rooms might be replacing NYC hotels as primo sex worker spots. As one anonymous 21-year-old escort told the New York Post:

It’s more discreet and much cheaper than The Waldorf. Hotels have doormen and cameras. They ask questions. Apartments are usually buzz-in.

Her escort agency rents apartments for a week at a time through Airbnb, she told the Post, then cycles sex workers and their clients through. The agency avoids detection (or it did til recently) by having the ladies pay for the rooms with their personal plastic. Clever yet illegal!

Sure, the sharing economy functions under the assumption that others will use your lawnmower, car, or apartment as gently and upstandingly as you do, and one Post report doesn’t mean you necessarily have to sideeye every pillow in your pad. But carnal embraces are bound to take place in rented rooms, hotel or Airbnb, pro bono or on spec. So if you aren’t cool with finding 10 used condoms and baby wipes at your place (or worse), as a New Yorker in the Post story did, maybe don’t put your home on Airbnb.


Filed under: Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

Screw being ladylike on a bike

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:22

Turns out the sexist soap bubble we live in doesn’t pop when you hop on a Surly. If anything, people get MORE judgey: Ladies, you better not get to work sweaty and unpretty! But how dare you ride in a skirt and heels? I half expect some guy with a handlebar mustache to promote riding sidesaddle. (Lest you think we live in a post-gender society, know that women in the U.S. only take 1-in-4 bike trips.)

Former Grist editor Sarah Goodyear reached out to female cyclists, asking what it means to be feminine on two wheels (if there even IS such a thing). Reading the smattering of responses she got over at Atlantic Cities was both reassuring and eye-opening, reinforcing that there’s no one way to be a woman on a bike, just as — WAIT FOR IT — there’s no one way to be a human on Planet Earth. (Crazy, I know.) Here are a handful of ruminations on cycling, fashion, and gender (all of which you should read, BTW):

“I like to hope that I’m changing/expanding the perception of what is feminine when I zip around on my bike while wearing a dress.” — Emily

“It’s not that I want to avoid looking feminine, but that I want to be seen primarily as a cyclist. Yes, I’m a woman who rides, but how often do we talk about masculinity and riding?” –Caitlin Cohn

“I weird people out when I show up in a public space and take off half my layers. Women are expected to show up to places already presentable.” –Melody Hoffman

“I was always turned off by the pandering-seeming marketing of ‘feminine’ bike products: cute cruisers, wicker baskets, and that ‘I’m just always constantly biking to some cutesy-picnic-date’ vibe … ‘Feminine’ can be having really strong, shapely legs! ‘Feminine’ can be taking up less physical space, using less fossil fuel, and caring about the environment!” –Ruby Gertz

“Cycling is one of life’s greatest joys for me. I couldn’t care less what it implies about my femininity.” –Nsedef

YEAH. So eff gender expectations of being sporty or sexy or both. Wear what you want; just get your feet on the pedals!


Filed under: Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

VDC Research Selects Microchip’s New Family of MCUs for Embeddy Award

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Hardware company awarded with Best of Show at EE Live! 2014.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Discounted Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (7-Inch, Dark Gray) Online Now at...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

SeeTips.com has recently updated its website with Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 collection (7-Inch, Dark Gray). The company announces that Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets are the most recommended tablets for the...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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SEIA Members Honored by White House as ‘Champions of Change’

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Applauding their efforts to “expand energy choices for Americans,” the Obama Administration today presented its Champions of Change Award to 10 solar organizations. Following the announcement, Rhone...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Juniper Systems to Host Fisheries Webinar on Custom Fisheries Apps

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Juniper Systems is hosting an upcoming webinar for fisheries professionals on April 24th.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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1% for the Planet Transitioning to Second Generation of Senior...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Terry Kellogg, Chief Executive Officer, to leave after nine-year record of achievement

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Motorcycle, Bike and Parts Manufacturing in Canada Industry Market...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Industry manufacturers will likely invest heavily in targeting new customer groups, such as women and millennial, over the next five years. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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New hurricane maps will show whether your house could drown

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:39

The federal government will begin making its hurricane warning maps more colorful this summer, adding a range of hues to represent the danger of looming floods.

Red, orange, yellow, and blue will mark coastal and near-coastal areas where storm surges are anticipated during a hurricane. The different colors will be used to show the anticipated depth of approaching flash floods.

Severe flooding that followed Superstorm Sandy helped prompt the change — NOAA says it had a hard time convincing Manhattanites that they faced any real danger from such floods.

“We are not a storm-surge-savvy nation,” Jamie Rhome, a storm surge specialist with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, told Reuters. “Yet storm surge is responsible for over half the deaths in hurricanes. So you can see why we’re motivated to try something new.”

Here’s a hypothetical example of what one such map might look like for Florida. Beware, Ft. Myers!

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Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Vermont poised to mandate GMO labels on food

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:52

Vermont is on the verge of becoming the third American state to require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

State senators approved a GMO-labeling bill on Tuesday with a 28-2 vote, sending it back to the House, which approved an earlier version with a 99-42 vote last year. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has said he’s likely to sign it.

The bill would require the words “partially produced with genetic engineering” to be stamped on packages of GMO-containing food sold in Vermont. The lists of ingredients would also need to specify which items contain GMOs. It would be illegal to market such foods as  “natural,” “naturally made,” or “naturally grown.”

Connecticut and Maine have both recently passed similar laws – but those laws will only take effect if enough other states do likewise. The two states don’t want to face the inevitable lawsuits from Big Food on their own.

Vermont is the first state willing to go it alone. Its bill would take effect in July 2016. State lawmakers say they crafted the language of the bill carefully, hoping it could survive court challenges.

“It’s quite likely we will be sued,” bill sponsor Sen. David Zuckerman, a member of the Vermont Progressive Party, told Politico. “We have looked at the various court cases out there.”

The Grocery Manufacturers Association confirmed that it could be a party to a lawsuit against the rules. “We will continue to fight to protect the accuracy and consistency of food labels,” said GMA Vice President Mandy Hagan. Which might sound like a pro-GMO-labeling stance – if only those words had been uttered by somebody else. “If it turns out that litigation is the best way to do that then that is an option we will pursue,” she continued.


Filed under: Food, Politics
Categories: Environment

H2O Coin, the First Crypto-Coin Made for Water Charity Purposes,...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

Let's help those who are in need.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Gusher Days Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary, May 2-3

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau supports this free festival held at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City, La.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11684485.htm

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US VPN Offers a Stable Alternative to Proxy Servers for Unblocking...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

idcloak announces the release of its US VPN service, which serves as a quality alternative to proxy servers for unblocking YouTube and other video streaming sites.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11739177.htm

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