Environment

Genera Energy Introduces Proprietary Feedstock Management Systems

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Energy Grange™ and Supply ASSURE™ reduce production costs, improve crop yield and increase quality of biomass feedstock crops.

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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Longer Sentences for Drug Offenders Have No Greater Deterrent Effect...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Though the rates of recidivism for drug crimes are high, longer sentences do not have a deterrent effect.

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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Miami Beach Offers a Relaxing and Luxurious Lifestyle, and Ranks as...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Miami Beach is visited by thousands year round and offers an outstanding lifestyle of sun, fun and entertainment year round.

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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2014 High Low Wedding Dresses Provided By iFitDress.com

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

iFitDress.com, one of the most famous dress suppliers in the world, has unveiled its new selection of 2014 high low wedding dresses. Aside from that, the company has announced that these new gowns are...

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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iFitDress.com Announces Up To 65% Discount On Its New Victorian Bridal...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Recently, iFitDress.com, an innovative company that provides many kinds of wedding dresses and women’s special occasion outfits, has revealed its new collection of 2014 Victorian bridal dresses. The...

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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FAMU Researchers Awarded 100K National Science Foundation Grant

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to fund a research partnership with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning Helps Little Pink...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning has made a monetary contribution to Little Pink Houses of Hope, a non-profit organization that works to create a relaxing week-long retreat for breast...

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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Therma-Tru Introduces "Door Do-Over Week" - August 3 - 9,...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Therma-Tru Corp. launches "Door Do-Over Week" August 3-9, 2014 to help homeowners evaluate their current doors, learn more about door aesthetics and components, and providing valuable...

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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Specialty Technical Publishers Presents New U.S. and Canadian...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Launch of Two Modules from Internet Law: The Complete Guide. Introducing Internet Law Essentials: Canada’s Anti-Spam Law and Internet Law Essentials: U.S. Unsolicited and Bulk Email

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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North Texas-Based ICON Construction to Supply Temporary School House...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Winser, Nebraska Will Receive Three Facilities to Start the New School Year While Permanent Facility Rebuilt

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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Fiberon Announces Deck Day $20,000 Winner

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Fiberon announces Martin Weiss and his family as the winners of the first Deck Day Giveaway video contest. The Weiss family will take home a $20,000 composite decking outdoor living space.

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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North American Drone Leader 3D Robotics Announces Strategic...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

North American Drone Leader 3D Robotics Announces Strategic Acquisition of Sifteo

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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New Research Shows that the Majority of States Are Under-Budgeting for...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Which states will need the most immediate attention when a natural disaster strikes? New research found at...

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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Green Power Offsets Partners with impactChoice to Provide Holistic...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Green Power Offsets, a provider of renewable energy credits (RECs) has enhanced its offerings with solutions and services from impactChoice to provide businesses with tools needed to effectively...

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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This doc about ‘bomb trains’ filled with crude oil will make your head explode

Grist.org - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:33

VICE News just released Bomb Trains: The Crude Gamble of Oil by Raila 23-minute-long documentary investigating the explosive oil trains that regularly run from the Bakken shale to the Pacific Northwest. That might seem a bit long for web video, but you should watch it anyway — mostly because Thomas the Terror Engine is headed to your town, but also because Jerry Bruckheimer has nothing on the terrifying explosions at the 5:09 and 6:00 mark.

Oh, and you can find out if you live near a bomb-train blast zone right here. (Spoiler alert: You probably do.)


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

Your hiking gear might come from a sweatshop. Here’s how you can fix that

Grist.org - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:08

Most of the iconic locations for American outdoorspeople are … outdoors. You’ve got your Half Dome, you’ve got your Muir Woods, you’ve got your Mt. Washington, your Blue Ridge Parkway. But if there’s an indoor mecca, it’s probably REI’s flagship store in Seattle, with its glass-enclosed climbing spire looming over I-5, and its racks of everything from backpacks to snowshoes to collapsible trail-friendly dog bowls inducing a kind of glaze-eyed lust from those of us who are — love of the wilderness aside — still good old-fashioned American gearheads.

It’s a casual, friendly, airy, open space filled with the best kind of dreams — and it’s kind of the opposite of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, which collapsed last year, killing more than 1,100 people. As the New York Times reported, “survivors described a sensation akin to being in an earthquake: hearing a loud and terrifying cracking sound; feeling the concrete factory floor roll beneath their feet; and watching concrete beams and pillars collapse as the eight-story building suddenly seemed to implode.” And of course this was not some one-off tragedy. A few months earlier, 112 workers died in a fire at Tazreen Fashions, and before that — well, it’s a long list, all marked by unsafe conditions, chained doors, and the lethal combination of greedy owners and desperately poor workers with no control over their lives.

The link between dangerous Bangladeshi factories and the cathedral-like Seattle superstore is a little too close for comfort, though. Some of the brands that REI features — North Face, say — are made in those dark satanic mills. And North Face’s parent, the giant VF Brands, is refusing to sign on to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord that local unions and human rights activists have demanded to cut the risk of such disasters. Instead, it’s endorsed a rival set of criteria — just as, say, the forestry industry has endorsed its own set of rules for “sustainable” logging, ignoring the ones that environmentalists promote. Bangladesh has enough problems, as sea-level rise forces vast internal migrations; it’s simply cruel to trap already trapped people in dangerous factories.

The group United Students Against Sweatshops has mounted a campaign against VF, the parent company of North Face, which supplies logo gear to many colleges. Its been a spirited effort, but VF boasts that it is weathering the storm. Only a few universities — “we’re talking eight out of a thousand” — have severed ties with the company, VF insists. The intrepid students organizing this campaign say more than a dozen campuses have taken the step.

But either way, that’s not enough pressure yet to bring these conglomerates in line with the need for change. So that’s why those of us who are out of college, and making the disposable income to buy nifty parkas and high-tech longjohns, need to remind our dream-merchants to stop trafficking in nightmares. REI sells a lot of that North Face gear — it needs to tell the parent company to sign on to the real safety regulations in countries like Bangladesh, and to do it quickly.

It’s not the fault of your average REI shopper that their high-end gear gets made in dark satanic mills. But since we have the leverage to do something about it, it’s time for us to try. Here’s the very easy link to hit to send the management a message. Do it before you hit the trail.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Living
Categories: Environment

The latest French fashion: Eating ugly fruits and veggies

Grist.org - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:01

Few things are more unappealing than a lumpy, bruised potato covered in sprouts. But leave it to the French to make it look sexy.

A campaign by the French supermarket chain Intermarché is on a mission to make shoppers see the inner beauty in scarred, disfigured, or otherwise odd-shaped fruits and vegetables. The message: Why throw away perfectly good produce just because it doesn’t meet arbitrary cosmetic criteria — especially when so many families can’t afford to eat the five daily portions of fruits and vegetables recommended by nutritionists?

“Now, you can eat five ‘inglorious’ fruits and vegetables a day. As good, but 30 percent cheaper,” says an Intermarché promotional video, trumpeting the virtues of the “the grotesque apple, the ridiculous potato, the hideous orange, the failed lemon, the disfigured eggplant, the ugly carrot, and the unfortunate clementine.” Here’s an English version of the video:

The French are eating it up like chocolat. After Intermarché launched the campaign in March, it sold out of its ugly fruits and vegetables within the first two days, and saw a 24 percent increase in traffic in participating stores. Now it’s looking to expand the program to its 1,474 supermarkets all over France.

Unnecessary waste

We sure could eat more ugly veggies over on this side of the pond. A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that Americans toss a whopping 52 percent of the country’s fruits and vegetables — more than any other food group. A significant part of that loss occurs before the produce ever leaves the field.

Part of the problem is the structure of our industrialized food system. It’s made up of a few large buyers and many suppliers, leading to a situation where the largest purchasers have the power to dictate the terms of a sale. Marketing orders issued by trade associations specify the exact size, diameter, consistency, and color required for a certain product to be considered “grade A,” and if a fruit or vegetable doesn’t make the cut, its retail price drops dramatically.

When prices are too low, it costs a farmer more to harvest his or her field than he or she would make by the sale of the produce. If a field turns up “sub-standard” produce — which sometimes just means carrots half an inch too small — the farmer may be forced not to harvest it, leaving entire crops of perfectly edible, nutritious food to go to waste.

Standards are a necessary trade tool for retailers, for them to know what they’re getting when they buy in bulk quantities, explained Dana Gunders, a food waste expert at the NRDC. The problem, she says, is that today’s standards are ridiculously high.

As California organic farmer David Mas Masumoto put it in The Sacramento Bee, “If we picked our friends the way we selectively picked and culled our produce, we’d be very lonely.”

(Believe it or not, ripeness and taste aren’t part of marketing order standards — which explains why supermarket aisles are chock-full of great-looking, uniform peaches that taste like cardboard. Just sayin’.)

All about marketing

Gunders believes American consumers are far more open to odd-shaped produce than supermarket managers give them credit for. Sure, if given the choice between a great-looking tomato and a lumpy one, most might initially reach for the beauty queen. But enticed with a discount and presented with a light-hearted yet relevant social message, as Intermarché customers were, many will think twice.

“There are and always will be bargain shoppers out there,” Gunders said. “It’s all about marketing, right? Marketing got us into this corner where we’re wasting nearly half of our food, so marketing could get us back out of it.” She added that she’s been sent the Intermarché video by at least 15 different people since the English version first surfaced online, a sign that there is significant public interest in this kind of initiative.

Intermarché

Colorado resident Anna Bundick King, 41, who posted the “Inglorious” video on her Facebook feed, agrees that initiatives like this would find a receptive audience in the U.S. “Being a teacher, I would love to see this idea introduced in schools,” she wrote in an email. “It would be a fun way to teach responsible use of our resources.”

“If I were a U.S. retailer, I’d be jumping all over this,” said Gunders.

American supermarkets may be ready to listen. Lindsay Robinson, a spokesperson for Whole Foods, said the chain’s management had “seen the campaign and they love it.”

“We’re always looking for new ways to bring high quality, delicious produce to our customers,” she wrote in an email.

Omar Jorge Peña, a partner and general counsel at the small, independent East Coast supermarket chain Compare Foods, said his company was “aware of the ‘Inglorious’ fruits and vegetables concept” and would be “further studying its viability” in the company’s markets.

Ugly produce, yummy soups

To seal the deal, the masterminds behind Intermarché’s marketing initiative developed a line of soups and juices made exclusively with “ugly” fruits and vegetables — proof that a crooked carrot or lopsided orange can taste just as good, if not better, than her smooth, spotless neighbor.

And even that lumpy potato can be used to make gorgeous, sexy, golden-crisp French fries, n’est ce pas?

Intermarché
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Categories: Environment

Roanoke Airport Parking Rates Made Cheaper by Greenbee Parking...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:49

Greenbee Parking, a rising young airport parking service, has announced cheap and discounted Roanoke airport parking rates in their upcoming offers. Now all their customers using the Roanoke (ROA)...

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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6th Annual Stand Up for the Lake Festival Promotes Fitness, Fun and...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:49

Celebrate Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront with the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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Sibelloptics' New Laser Radar Can Help Airports, Wind Farms, and...

PR Web - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:49

Sibelloptics Recently Delivered a Laser Radar to NASA with the Ability to Detect Aircraft Turbulence; The System, Christened Windimager, is Also Able to See the Violent and Unpredictable Winds...

(PRWeb July 29, 2014)

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