Environment

Kärcher's Wins Innovation Award at 2014 ISSA/Interclean in...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:12

Kärcher has won the Innovation Award at ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2014 in Amsterdam, the trade show for cleaning professionals, for its Mopvac B 60/10 C: out of a total of 66 entries, the international...

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MWH Global Promotes Six Employees to Vice President, One to Senior...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:12

“Fostering the professional growth of our MWH employees means strengthening the overall organization and delivering results to clients and communities around the world,” said Alan Krause, chairman and...

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New York Building Conference Answers Call to Mitigate Climate Change

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:12

NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo set for June 17th, 2014 will demonstrate current building efficiency strategies that meet 2050 global carbon reduction goals.

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Empire Communities Named Green Builder of the Year by BILD

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:12

Empire Communities is Green Builder of the Year for 2013, granted by the Building Industry and Land Development Association. This prestigious award recognizes industry leaders pioneering...

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Sedona, Arizona Makes the "10 Most Sacred Spots on Earth"...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:12

Budget Travel recently named Sedona, Arizona as one of the most cherished and revered destinations in the world on their "10 Most Sacred Spots on Earth" list.

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Walmart is the last place Obama should be making a clean energy speech

Grist.org - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:01

Today President Obama is speaking about clean energy and energy efficiency at a Walmart in Mountain View, Calif. Of all the places he might give a big speech on energy, a Walmart supercenter is a baffling and disconcerting choice.

Walmart — despite its skill in attracting publicity like this — is a laggard on renewable energy and one of the biggest and fastest-growing climate polluters on the planet. While many competing retailers are already running on 100 percent renewable power, Walmart’s wind and solar projects supply just 3 percent of its U.S. electricity — and that’s down from 4 percent two years ago.

Walmart’s fossil fuel consumption and climate emissions, meanwhile, are growing rapidly. In the last year alone, Walmart’s climate emissions rose 2 percent, or more than 500 million metric tonnes. It now ranks just behind Chevron on the list of biggest climate polluters.

As if these facts were not troubling enough, a recent academic study has documented, for the first time, how the big-box retailing revolution led by Walmart and other big chains has dramatically increased the amount of energy we’re using to schlep consumer goods across the country and into our homes. The data is downright shocking. The movement of retail goods consumes 440 percent more energy today than 40 years ago. By contrast, overall energy use in the U.S. has grown just 45 percent. Transporting stuff — shampoo, jeans, television sets — to stores and then to homes now accounts for almost 7 percent of all the energy Americans use. (And this figure doesn’t even count shipping goods from overseas — just domestic freight.)

These findings come from a study published in Environmental Science & Technology and authored by energy experts Laura Schewel of UC-Berkeley and Lee Schipper, formerly of Stanford (and now deceased). “The movement of retail goods is … a significant — but understudied — fraction of our overall energy footprint,” the authors write.

Why are we now burning so much more fossil fuel to move retail goods? There are multiple reasons, but many of the most important factors are rooted in the rise of Walmart. Aided by government subsidies and favorable zoning policies, the explosive growth of this chain and others like it has radically transformed retailing, changing both how goods are distributed and how people shop for them.

One of the biggest changes has been a sharp increase in the number of miles Americans drive for shopping. Growth in shopping-related driving has far outpaced increases in driving for all other purposes. “The retail industry has consolidated, going from about nine stores per thousand residents in 1970 to less than four per thousand residents in 2009,” the study explains. “This phenomenon … began with the rise of the department store and concluded with the widespread presence of Big Box retail.” Fewer stores per capita means most people have to drive a little further to get what they need. U.S. households now log an average of 2,200 miles more a year to shop than they did in 1969.

Another big change has to do with how much further our stuff is trucked within the U.S. The growth in “stuff miles” is likely a result of the fact that Walmart and other large chains have driven manufacturing overseas. “Imported goods arrive in the U.S. at ports, which may be further from their final destination than were the domestic production facilities of earlier decades,” the study notes.

Some 40 percent of the goods that arrive by ship in Southern California, where Walmart is by far the largest importer, are bound for stores east of the Rocky Mountains. Thanks to the deregulation of trucking and the just-in-time delivery model Walmart pioneered, most of these goods will be shipped by truck, rather than train, even though rail is far less energy-intensive.

Adding solar panels to some of its stores by no means makes up for all the ways Walmart, together with Target and other big chains, has made and is still making retailing far more polluting than it once was. Nor does it make Walmart’s planned expansion — it wants to build hundreds of new stores in the next year alone with the aim of squeezing out smaller competitors and growing its market share — anything but a very bad idea for the planet.

Alongside the good policies on solar power and energy efficiency that President Obama is announcing today, he should add a few more. We need to get rid of tax loopholes and hidden subsidies for Walmart, and stop allowing land to be consumed for sprawling retail development. Instead we need policies that support local economies and spur the regeneration of neighborhood businesses that source some of their goods regionally and enable residents to walk or bike for their daily errands.

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Also check out: Walmart’s greenwash: Why the retail giant is still unsustainable


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Aegis Electronic Group, Inc. Brings Camera Technology to Meet the...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

Aegis Electronic Group, Inc is proud to join forces with highest quality camera manufacturers bringing their specialities to designers of UAV, UGV, Unmanned Surface and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles....

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Thrift Town Announces New VIP Rewards Program

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

Thrift Town is launching a completely new, green, and easy VIP Rewards program in all 14-store locations. This program will take the place of the former VIP program and Super Shopper punch cards.

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Acnodes Corp’s Palm-sized Fanless Embedded System Featuring Atom N2600...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

Based on NM10 Express Chipset, FES5530 is powered by Atom N2600 1.6GHz dual-core CPU and serves in environments prone to shock, vibration, humidity, and temperatures from 14°F to 122°F....

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The Nissan Advantage Program Produced Notable Success

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

GPT, along with Nissan have been leading the way in installation of public charging stations and creation of electric vehicles.

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St. Vincent Health and Xavier University Receive Goldberg Innovation...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospitals cut its infection rate in half using a launderable hospital mattress cover and were awarded, along with Xavier University, an Honorable Mention for the National...

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Electric Motorcycle Maker Vectrix, LLC Files Bankruptcy, Assets to be...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

The Bankruptcy Trustee for electric motorcycle maker Vectrix, LLC announces that he will auction the company assets on June 18, 2014, at its New Bedford headquarters.

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ACE Data Recovery Announces Additional Service Center Openings

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

Industry leading data recovery and computer forensic company expands reach to another 10 major US cities.

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On Mother’s Day, the Best Gift for an Expectant Mother is a Reverse...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

In today’s chemically induced world, a pregnancy can be a perilous time for a woman and her developing fetus. APEC Water advises new mothers to drink more filtered water during their pregnancies to...

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Shipbird: A Crowdsourced Delivery Service Launches in the Bay Area

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

A new 24/7 delivery service launched in the Bay Area, using "on your way" technology and couriers who deliver packages during their daily commute.

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Various Kinds of Discounted LED Downlights Offered by China Light...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

Recently, COBLights.com, a famous China light supplier, has released its new collection of LED downlights. What’s more, the company has launched a special offer on these useful items.

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Discounted Microwave Cable Assemblies Recently Revealed by China...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

Recently, LenoRF, a famous China electrical accessory factory, has launched its promotion of microwave cable assemblies. Now, all the company’s useful microwave cable assemblies are offered at deeply...

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Discounted Wedding Cake Toppers Now Available At Wowminime.com

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

Wowminime.com, one of the most popular suppliers of funny figurines, has recently announced its new selection of wedding cake toppers. Now, these interesting items can be ordered at the company’s...

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Activated Carbon Market - Global Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:12

Transparency Market Research published new report "Activated Carbon Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019" Browse Full Report With TOC :...

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Cheap 2-Ports AC USB Power Adapters Revealed By China Electronics...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 04:12

Recently, Hiconn Electronics, a renowned electronics accessory wholesaler, has announced that its 2-Ports AC USB Power Adapters are offered at discounted prices, up to 30 percent off. The special...

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