Environment

Vegalab LLC to Participate in the CAPCA Conference in California

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:14

Company to showcase its Vegalab and SUPREME GROWERS® all Natural Products

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Drs. Ornish, Esselstyn and Katz Headline Next Week’s Lifestyle...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:14

Sunday, October 19 marks the kick-off of Lifestyle Medicine 2014, set for October 19-22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort...

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Banning Plastic Bags is Good for Business: Innovation Now Leading...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:14

Banning plastic bags in California and in other states is now creating inventor opportunities, according to companies like Weed Recede online at...

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Swiftwick Announces New Company President

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:14

Chuck Smith accepts new position with athletic sock company

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Republican scandal-mongering is now a perpetual motion machine

Grist.org - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:55

As you may have heard, members of Congress have launched an investigation into EPA’s “collusion” with the Natural Resources Defense Council in the development the agency’s new carbon rules for power plants. Specifically, the investigation is being undertaken by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), best known for having sex with prostitutes while wearing diapers, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), best known for stealing cars. These guys are sick of ethically dubious conduct, y’all.

(Vitter’s the senior Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Issa heads the clown show that is the House Committee for Oversight and Government Reform.)

Rep. Darrell “Grand Theft Auto” Issa.Kent Williams

Much has already been written about the letter Vitter and Issa sent to EPA and NRDC, which verges on self-parody. It is filled with dark insinuation but bereft of evidence; it stops short of claiming any law-breaking but insists that there’s something improper about the fact that EPA met with NRDC several times and drew on its ideas when developing regulations. The lawmakers call this relationship, which is utterly standard between rulemaking agencies and nonprofits in D.C. and has been for decades, “collusion.” Of course, EPA met with some 300 groups, including dozens from industry, in addition to holding public hearings attended by more than 2,700 people, but the relationship with NRDC, Vitter and Issa say, was “far cozier.” This is all, as NRDC has pointed out, absurd.

Sen. David “Diapers” VitterDerek Bridges

Vitter has been leaking emails exchanged between EPA and NRDC a few at a time, each time repeating the ominous insinuations, desperately trying to keep this “scandal” in the news, but the emails themselves are almost hilariously bland. “Thanks for meeting with us.” “Look forward to working with you.” Cozy, I tell you! Cozy!

As far as substance, what happened is this: EPA was looking for a way to reduce carbon from power plants at low cost. NRDC came up with one — a really good one! So EPA took the idea, modified (which is to say, weakened) it considerably, and implemented it. That’s it. Really. There’s nothing more. It’s just dumb — see LeberBenen, or Chait for more mockery.

What’s notable to me is less the details of the investigation itself than what it says about how Washington works these days. Republicans started launching serial investigations back when Clinton was president. Remember that? Whitewater? The travel office? Vince Foster? The completely off-his-rocker Dan Burton, who used to head Issa’s committee? Republicans were crazy back then too, but those investigations were high-profile and, to a limited extent, effective. Some of them drew blood; hell, they got to impeach Clinton! It was habit-forming.

So the minute Obama entered office, they started again. But Obama hasn’t obliged them with any real scandals. So it’s been one strenuously pumped-up fake scandal after another: Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Solyndra, the IRS thing, on and on. They spend taxpayer money on endless show trials. They work overtime to create the atmospherics of scandal, explicitly to damage Obama’s approval rating. Investigations of the president have become less a reaction to events than simply part of Republicans strategy, a matter of habit, politics as usual.

This EPA investigation is a kind of reductio ad absurdum of this strategy. It contains all the same portentous language, all the same grim insinuation, all the same atmospherics, but there is literally nothing underneath. It’s as though they are holding up an apple and saying, in scary-movie-announcer voice, “this apple reveals the lawlessness that has overtaken this presidency …” They don’t seem to care that it’s just an apple. The press doesn’t seem to care that it’s just an apple. “It’s just an apple!” shout liberal groups, but no one seems to care about that either.

Republican no longer need any more than an apple. Once they wave it around, the institutions of modern Washington creak into gear. Congressman makes charges; agency and group deny charges; media reports charges and counter-charges. Congressman waits a few weeks, leaks another email, repeats charges, agency and group repeat denials, media reports the exchange. People in the right-wing bubble believe that there’s another scandal. The rest of the public more or less ignores it except as one more bit of friction, one more sign that politics isn’t working.

The machine has been built and it no longer needs fuel, no longer needs actual evidence of misconduct, to run. It’s now a perpetual motion machine, just part of the background noise in Washington. Nobody seems inclined to rethink their role in what is now an almost entirely pro forma set of rituals. It just runs and runs, wasting time and money, alienating the public, giving journalists something to do, sucking up the time and energy of liberal activists.

It’s just an apple. But we all play our roles anyway. And so it goes.


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Categories: Environment

The Chinese people care more about the environment than Americans do

Grist.org - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:21

Those who oppose action on climate change in America are fond of complaining about how futile our own efforts to cut greenhouse gases are when China doesn’t give a hoot about its own emissions. But a new poll finds that the Chinese people do want action to cut pollution — even more than we do in America.

The Pew Research Center asked people around the world to rank five global threats. A full third of respondents in China think that issues related to “pollution and the environment” present the greatest danger to the world. Compare that to 15 percent of Americans. (We Americans, according to Pew, are most concerned about inequality — which, incidentally, is a related issue because inequality both makes climate change harder to tackle, and will be made greatly worse as poor communities and nations face the brunt of a climate run amok.)

And increasingly, the Chinese people are making their voices heard. This summer, Stephen Vines reported for Al Jazeera on the growing number of environmental protests in China:

The latest official State of the Environment report recorded 712 cases of “abrupt environmental incidents” in 2013, up 31 percent from the previous year. Many of these “incidents” are in fact protests, and the level of protest in the current year is, if anything, on the up. Yang Chaofei, the vice-chairman of the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, told members of the powerful Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress that environmental protests have been growing 29 percent annually from 1966 to 2011.

Maybe the folks running the country with the world’s highest greenhouse gas emissions and some of the filthiest air are starting to listen to their people. This June, just a day after the U.S. announced its own plans to cut power plant emissions, a Chinese government advisor stated that, for the first time, his country would limit its emissions. And China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli outlined the country’s plans at the U.N. summit in New York last month. Mashable’s Andrew Freedman writes:

China has a goal to reduce its carbon intensity, which is a way of measuring the carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product, by up to 45% by 2020. Zhang said that China will reveal its goals for reducing emissions post-2020 during the first quarter of 2015, as the United States also intends to do.

Zhang said that in 2013, carbon intensity dropped by nearly 29% from the 2005 level, and that installed renewable energy capacity increased significantly as well.

“Responding to climate change is what China needs to do to attain sustainable development at home,” Zhang told the throngs of dignitaries, corporate titans and representatives of civil society groups at the U.N.

So not only have the Chinese beaten us in emitting, they’ve beaten us in being concerned about what those emissions do. Will they now beat us in doing something about it?


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Categories: Environment

How to get Republicans to stop using the “I’m not a scientist” dodge

Grist.org - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:35

In 2012, when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was asked by GQ how old the Earth is, he demurred, “I’m not a scientist, man.” This was not a smooth move. It made him sound like a dumb frat boy. You don’t need to be a scientist to know the Earth is roughly 4.54 billion years old, any more than you need to be a scientist to know the Earth is round or it revolves around the sun. All you need to know is what scientists have determined, which Rubio, who sits on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, should know.

What Rubio feared, of course, was alienating the religious extremists in his party, who believe the Earth is only 6,000 to 10,000 years old because the Bible, if taken literally, says it is. As Juliet Lapidos of The New York Times observed, “Mr. Rubio surely knows that, according to Gallup, … 58 percent of Republicans believe in creationism … Mr. Rubio probably figured that these same Republicans have no truck with geologists … But if his response was more proof of cunning than idiocy, it was still ludicrous.” Luckily for Rubio, GQ did not also ask whether he thinks the Earth is round.

But in May of this year, when Rubio was asked about climate change by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, he expressed no such reluctance to weigh in on matters beyond his area of expertise. “I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what’s happening in our climate,” Rubio said. Why the difference? Rubio is positioning himself to appeal to the right-wing fanatics who determine Republican presidential primaries. On the Earth’s age, he must merely avoid admitting the scientific consensus. But on climate change he must deny it, lest he incur the wrath of Rush Limbaugh.

Even though the “I’m not a scientist” dodge that Rubio pioneered went over poorly at the time, other Republicans have been recently imitating it when asked about climate change. The ones who have done so — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (Wis.) — are currently running in general elections. The more moderate general electorate requires them to simultaneously feign deference to science for the benefit of independents, while not admitting climate change is happening, so as not to alienate their base.

Writing in The Atlantic, David Graham does a good job of explaining why it is ridiculous for politicians to take the “not a scientist” dodge. Graham observes: “McConnell isn’t an economist, either, but he has strong views about the economy; nor is he a health-provider, but he has ideas about health-care provision.”

So how can journalists avoid letting Republicans give this asinine answer? By asking the right questions. If you ask a non-scientist whether human activity is causing climate change, “I’m not a scientist” has a surface validity as a response. But climate change isn’t a matter of belief. It’s a matter of scientific consensus, just like evolution or gravity. One should not ask whether politicians believe in climate science or evolutionary biology, just as one wouldn’t ask whether a politician believes that gravity causes apples to fall from trees. Instead, the question should be whether they accept climate science. The phrasing could be, “97 percent of papers published by climate scientists  in peer-reviewed academic journals have found that human activity is causing climate change. Do you accept those findings?”

One reason Rubio may have actually taken a position against climate science in his interview with Karl is that Karl asked the question as follows: “Miami, Tampa are two of the cities that are most threatened by climate change. So putting aside your disagreement with what to do about it, do you agree with the science on this?”

Sometimes the “I’m not a scientist” dodge can create what we might call “teachable moments.” For example, a number of Florida scientists offered to educate Scott on climate change in response to his evasions. In August, Scott met with some of them, but he did not make any comments or ask any questions after their presentation. This has all been pretty politically embarrassing to him.

But, ultimately, the media should not treat climate science as an open question. Rather, journalists should send a clear message that they are people who deal in matters of fact, and they expect politicians to do the same. Climate science is well established; the question is whether leading Republicans accept it.


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Categories: Environment

Construction Begins on Echo Spur, Park City, Utah's First...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:13

Seven Luxurious, “Green” Homes in the Heart of Old Town Present a Rare Ownership Opportunity as Vail Resorts Acquires Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort Acquires Solitude Mountain Resort

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SNOA Sleepwear Supports Eco-awareness and Polar Bear Habitat...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:13

One of the most respected pioneers in eco-friendly sleepwear is taking steps towards bettering the environment.

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SAE International Increasing Discoverability of Journals Articles and...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:13

SAE International announces partnerships with Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), ExLibris and EBSCO Information Services to share its full complement of journals and technical papers.

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True Goods Urges Consumers: “Think Before You Pink”

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:13

Top marketplace for toxin-free everyday products embraces Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but alerts consumers to marketing

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Top10BestSEOHosting.com Now Unveils The Best Reseller Hosting...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:13

The leading review website, Top10BestSEOHosting.com, has recently compared many top hosting companies and announced that GreenGeeks, FatCow and Hostgator are the best reseller hosting suppliers in...

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New Jumbo Wheels for Envirosight's ROVVER X 400 Crawler Answer...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:13

New jumbo wheels give Envirosight's ROVVER X 400 crawler the weight and traction necessary to navigate large interceptor lines with high flow.

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Dimension One Spas Invites Customers to “Beat the Chill” with a Hot...

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Retailers Offer 0% APR for up to 36 Months

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Global and Europe CNG Vehicles Market 2014 – 2018 Analysis in New...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:13

Global CNG Vehicles Market 2014-2018 and CNG Vehicles Market in Europe 2014-2018 are new research reports added to ReportsnReports.com store.

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Major Milestones and New Look for The Climate Trust

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:13

Veteran climate solutions nonprofit announces refined business model and bold new website

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Zepyor Parseghian Announces A Groundbreaking Solar Energy Option

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:13

Zepyor Parseghian and her renewable energy company Solar Servicing Center is adding to its repertoire of options that Southern California consumers can use to get solar panels installed at their homes...

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The Best SEO Hosting Companies Unveiled By Top10BestSEOHosting.com

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:13

Today, Top10BestSEOHosting.com, the well-known review website, announced that GoDaddy, Arvixe and iPage are the best SEO hosting companies in 2014.

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Best Cheap Hosting USA: Web Hosting Pad, InterServer and Bluehost Are...

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:13

Recently, Best Cheap Hosting USA has compared many web hosting companies and announced that Web Hosting Pad, InterServer and Bluehost are the best suppliers for the webmasters.

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INDIGO Offers NF-kB Assay Systems

PR Web - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:13

New Assay Critical to the Study of the Human Immune Responses and Cancers.

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