Environment

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Awards $300,000 to The Denver Foundation to...

PR Web - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:54

The funding will help The Denver Foundation deepen, leverage, and grow philanthropy among individuals and groups within Metro Denver communities of color.

(PRWeb July 02, 2014)

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Acanto Boutique Hotel, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Now Offers Package...

PR Web - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:54

The Acanto Boutique Hotel, one of the most charming hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico offers bundled flights and room rates.

(PRWeb July 02, 2014)

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Holland & Hart Helps Negotiate Largest U.S. Non-utility Power...

PR Web - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:54

Holland & Hart attorney Rochelle Rabeler represented Duke Energy Renewables in the successful negotiation of the largest non-utility solar photovoltaic power purchase in the United States. The...

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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Wholesale Active Mini DisplayPort 1.2 To DVI Adapters Unveiled By...

PR Web - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:54

Recently, Hiconn Electronics has added more than 1000 brand new Active Mini DisplayPort 1.2 To DVI Adapters to its product category. These new items come in several different specifications.

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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Christians Soulseeking Book Publishing Has Published Said I Wouldn’t...

PR Web - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:54

Nineteen year old Tameka Hicks released her debut book sharing God's messages through poetry, scripture references, and God’s spoken word.

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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Biztech Is Now "The Hamilton Mill"

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:54

Biztech, the 11-year-old business incubator based in Hamilton, Ohio, today announced its new name and rebranding initiative aimed at attracting early-stage entrepreneurs and companies. Moving...

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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Baltimore air polluter fumbles, and kids score one for their hard-hit community

Grist.org - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:29

After close to three years of youth-led organizing against a massive incinerator planned for their South Baltimore Fairfield neighborhood, the young activists got their first taste of victory recently, when the state of Maryland ordered Energy Answers International, the company building the incinerator, to stop construction on the project.

Assistant Attorney General Roberta R. James sent a letter to Energy Answers on June 20 alerting the company that it was in violation of the state’s air pollution control laws and regulations. Specifically, the incinerator company failed to purchase offsets for the hundreds of tons of toxic air pollutants the incinerator will emit when it gets up and running, which many in the Fairfield community hope won’t happen.

The offsets — a company’s agreement to pay another company to clean up its emissions so that it can keep polluting — are mandatory under Energy Answers’ permit provisions. The company was required to begin buying offsets when it started construction last year.

But Sasol North America, Inc., one of the companies the offsets are banked off of, reported Energy Answers to state authorities when it failed to fulfill its obligations. The state is seeking $25,000 per violation for every day that Energy Answers has been delinquent, which could add up to $8 million, according to Baltimore Brew.

“In the interim, Energy Answers must discontinue all construction operation at the Fairfield site until Energy Answers is able to demonstrate to the Department’s satisfaction that it has replaced all the emissions offsets for which Energy Answers had an option to purchase from Sasol,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Roberta R. James in the letter.

An Energy Answers spokesperson told me that the company is presently in negotiations with the state over how to settle the penalties.

“The failure to purchase pollution offsets calls into question the validity of the construction permit, as well as the company’s ability to comply with the Clean Air Act going forward,” said Leah Kelly of Environmental Integrity Project, an organization that’s been gathering research on the incinerator’s potential harmful impacts. “It is especially important that Energy Answers follow the law since this will be one of the State’s largest sources of mercury and other dangerous pollution so close to schools.”

Destiny Watford, one of the leading youth organizers of Free Your Voice, found out about the state stopping incinerator construction a day after she helped lead Baltimore Public Schools board members on a tour of the Fairfield community. The school board has contracted with Energy Answers to purchase energy generated from the incinerator once it’s built. Earlier this month, Watford led the students in a presentation before the board, where they used Hip Hop and poetry to voice their opposition.

“The incinerator has never been a good idea,” said Watford, 19, when I interviewed her yesterday by phone. “It doesn’t make sense environmentally, economically — and this violation is just another reason why the state shouldn’t invest in it. It’s an example of how industry can violate human rights and human health, and we feel that the project isn’t valuing the sanctity of human life.”

In this South Baltimore area, which has some of the worst air quality in the country thanks to the cluster of polluting facilities already there, the youth really deserve to have the last word. The students are currently working with the school district and other city entities that have contracted with Energy Answers to convince them to back out of the deal. Cheers to the youth for standing tall on this.


Filed under: Cities, Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Retracted Roundup-fed rat research republished

Grist.org - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 22:37

A paper based on an experiment led by the scientist Gilles-Eric Séralini — which became a lightning rod in the genetic engineering controversy and was eventually retracted — has been republished in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe.

The paper suggests an association between tumor growth in rats and the consumption of Roundup-resistant corn, or Roundup itself. Its publication unleashed a flood of photos showing horrifically tumorous rats.

Back in December, I wrote that the retraction was unwarranted. Sure the study’s sample sizes were far too small to show anything definitive, but many other experiments — including some suggesting the safety of genetically engineered foods — have used the same methods. Retracting this paper without applying the same level of scrutiny to those other papers was clearly a double standard.

Instead of retracting a paper because it is “inconclusive,” I argued, let’s judge it on its merits, and consider the evidence it brings in the context of the significant body of research that’s been done on this issue.

It’s been widely reported that this paper had been peer-reviewed again before republication, but Nature confirmed with the editor of Environmental Sciences Europe that there was no new peer review in the traditional sense. Traditionally, “peer review” means that qualified reviewers point out weaknesses in a paper and make suggestions for improvement, sometimes toning down the paper’s claims. That didn’t happen in this case. Instead, the journal simply had reviewers “check that there had been no change in the scientific content of the paper.”

Much of the criticism of the paper focused on the fact that the breed of rats used in this study tend to get tumors if you let them live long enough, no matter what. This, the critics contend, is a major distinction between the Séralini study and the bulk of the previous studies, which were shorter. The republished paper stresses that “it was not designed as a carcinogenicity study,” and instead highlights liver and kidney pathologies. The original paper didn’t make any claims about cancer per se; it just noted the formation of tumors.

The blog Retraction Watch has a sane response to this (and it doesn’t have a dog in the fight — it’s run by journalists who focus on the scientific process, not by anti-GMO activists or biotech boosters):

Now, “tumor” and “cancer” are not necessarily the same thing. But the original paper certainly referred to tumors repeatedly, and Séralini, as Nature reported at the time, “…has promoted the cancer results as the study’s major finding, through a tightly orchestrated media offensive that began last month and included the release of a book and a film about the work.”

But what if we ignore the tumors and focus on organ damage and mortality? Well, then we’re back to the place I started: We have one study suggesting a somewhat hazy association (scientists are still objecting to the statistical analysis). It deserves to be taken seriously, and considered along with all the other other good, independently funded science on GM safety. That body of science overwhelmingly suggests that there are no negative health effects for Roundup or GM foods. It’s true that there have been far fewer long-term feeding experiments, that last for more than three months, but there are several.

In republishing the paper, Séralini and his team released their raw data, for which they deserve tremendous credit. They also made the eminently reasonable suggestion that the companies doing safety studies should have to do the same.

I’d take it a step further. As it is, drug companies and seed companies alike may choose not to submit the results of their own studies if they don’t like the results.

There’s a movement called the All Trials Campaign that aims to force companies to share the results of all clinical trials — not just the ones that work out. It seems like an obvious step to do this — and equally obvious to extend the approach to toxicological studies, like the ones pesticide and seed companies do.


Filed under: Article, Business & Technology, Food
Categories: Environment

Latest sign that the end is nigh: You can now get a ‘ride share’ in a helicopter

Grist.org - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:53

You know how it is — there you are, standing on the roof of the American embassy during the fall of Saigon and all of the helicopters have their vacancy lights turned off. It’s the worst!

Now, thanks to the ride-share company Uber and its whirly-bird partner, Blade, well, you’d still be screwed. But if you want to get from Manhattan to the Hamptons this Thursday for a little surfing, they’ve got you covered.

Uber, a company that gets its name from a word banned from the German national anthem after World War II, is teaming up for one day with Blade, a company that offers Uber-like services for those in desperate need of a helicopter. Just make sure you get the pilot to crank Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” as you come in low over P-Diddy’s place.

Michael J. de la Merced at the New York Times has the full story:

On Tuesday, Uber plans to announce that it will partner with Blade, which runs an app that lets users order helicopter rides to the Hamptons and Montauk from New York, for July 3.

Young Wall Street types and others willing to pay $2,500 to book a full load on a helicopter can order up an Uber Chopper ride on a Eurocopter AS350 from Midtown Manhattan to the beach resort via Uber’s own app, which will shunt customers to Blade’s services. (That comes out to about $500 per seat, a slight discount to Blade’s normal price of $575 per seat.)

The one-day promotion is the second time that Uber has offered chopper rides, as the company continues to test ways to branch out from its core service of car rides.

I guess if you squint really hard with one eye and poke the other with a stick, this can look climate friendly: The app pairs people looking for rides, so no need to waste gas taking your own chopper anymore. And if you opt out, you can proudly get that “One Less Helicopter” tattoo!

And maybe the idea will catch on with other ride-sharing companies. I understand Airwolf is out of work, and if ever a vehicle was born to wear a pink mustache, it’s The Screaming Mimi from the hit ’80s action adventure show Riptide. [Editor’s note: Although it contained a yacht, a helicopter, a speedboat, a racecar, a badass 4x4, lots of bikinis, and a freaking robot, Riptide was in fact a massive failure.] And who knows what new friends you might make — perhaps a plucky private dick with some amazing mustache grooming tips. (Just make sure you remember to tip T.C.)

In the end, this is just another in a long line of insane services for the frighteningly rich, but in the name of journalism, I booked a ride with Blade. The service was solid, but the helicopter was pretty cramped. The other four passengers and their horses took up a lot of space. I hope they made their connection with the Apocalypse, which apparently is now.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

Hemoglobin A1c Testing Devices Market: Global Analysis, Size, Share,...

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:53

Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled "Hemoglobin A1c Testing Devices Market: Global Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 - 2019" to its report...

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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DISCcert Announces DISC Certification for Trainers Webinar to Begin...

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:53

DISCcert’s DISC Certification for Trainers Webinar for July 2014 is scheduled for July 23rd, 30th, Aug 6th and 13th at 11am PST. The purpose of the four part webinar series is to certify corporate...

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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Mark Rohrbach Appointed Senior Engineer for Pacific Northwest Region

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:53

Hayward Baker names Mark Rohrbach Senior Engineer at its Seattle Regional Office covering the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada regions.

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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Save the Date: DoD Maintenance Symposium to be Held November 17-20,...

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:53

The theme of this year's DoD Maintenance Symposium is "Delivering Agile and Affordable Maintenance Capability," a topic that will bring government and industry leaders together to...

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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UMD Researchers Demonstrate Alarming Indonesian Forest Loss

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:53

A new study published in Nature Climate Change demonstrates an alarming increase of rainforest loss in Indonesia during the past 12 years—this loss is greater and faster than the rate shown in Brazil...

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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Nation’s Most Valuable Fishing Port Asks Congress for Flexibility,...

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:53

House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman John Tierney (D-MA) Join New Bedford, Mass. Mayor Jon Mitchell to Discuss Improvements to Federal Fisheries Law...

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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Global Trimethoprim Sulfate Industry Examined by 9Dimen Research in...

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:53

In-demand research study, “2014 Market Research Report on Global Trimethoprim Sulfate Industry,” worked out by 9Dimen Research is now available at MarketPublishers.com.

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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City Edge Apartment Hotels Now Offers the Best North Melbourne Hotels...

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:53

City Edge Apartment Hotels is now offering the best North Melbourne hotel deals to its guests. They do not offer any unnecessary amenities to the visitors which makes their visit costly.

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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This timelapse serves up some deforestation with your World Cup

Grist.org - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:22

We all know that this World Cup, however magnificent the saves, comes with its fair share of fouls. But it’s one thing to know that Brazil built a stadium in the capital city of Amazonas, and another thing entirely to SEE 30 years of satellite images in which a little patch of mostly green is slowly and almost completely colonized by concrete.

(To be fair, FIFA can only take the blame for the stuff that happens after 2007, when Brazil was named this year’s tournament host … in fact, most of the deforestation was already fait accompli by then, but you didn’t click on this for quibbles, you clicked on this because you wanted to watch a depressing timelapse.)

That, my friends, is what deforestation looks like — otherwise known as what happens when you build a road into a rainforest. While development is heaviest on the peninsula that is Manaus, you can also see little seams of roads stretching out into the virgin green of the surrounding forest, bringing more construction with them. SkyTruth, who pointed out this timelapse, had this to say about Manaus:

Playing soccer in the middle of the rainforest is tough (80+ degrees with 80+% humidity), but building in this region proved even tougher.  Most of the materials had to be shipped up the Amazon, and a sizeable part of the stadium was shipped all the way from Portugal.  Workers fought with high humidity that allegedly caused steel to buckle (?!) and three people died during the construction efforts.

None of which will stop us from declaring war on Belgian waffles and waving ye olde stars and stripes today. But don’t worry — the knockout match is in the town of Salvador, where the Yanks and the Red Devils will face off in a venue that, in a nod to basic thriftiness, can at least be reused in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

P.S. If you like to watch the world in fast forward, you can check out other views at Timelapse.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

Out of land and almost underwater, the country of Kiribati may move to Fiji

Grist.org - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 19:50

Moving is such a bitch. You’ve got to find a buddy with a truck, friends willing to work for food, and tranquilizers for the cat. It’s even tougher when you’re moving a whole country, a situation the tiny island nation of Kiribati faces. Do you know how hard it’s going to be finding enough boxes to move 100,786 people? Kiribati’s pizza bill is going to be shocking. And crossing 2055 miles of open ocean ain’t like moving out to the county — your pal’s pickup is going to need excellent ground clearance.

Lawrence Caramel (who sounds delicious) at The Guardian has the story, complete with weird British spellings and distances measured in kilometers:

The people of Kiribati, a group of islands in the Pacific ocean particularly exposed to climate change, now own a possible refuge elsewhere. President Anote Tong has recently finalised the purchase of 20 sq km on Vanua Levu, one of the Fiji islands, about 2,000km away.

The Church of England has sold a stretch of land mainly covered by dense forest for $8.77m. “We would hope not to put everyone on [this] one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it,” Tong told the Associated Press…

Within a few decades, small islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans risk being extensively or even completely submerged. In places the sea level is rising by 1.2cm a year, four times faster than the global average.

Kiribati may be the first to pull the trigger and purchase lands for a new home, but it is unlikely to be the last. “We are the canary,” Kiribati president Anote Tong told CNN. “But hopefully, that experience will send a very strong message that we might be on the frontline today, but others will be on the frontline next.”

Pity Kiribati’s mailman. He’s gonna have a stack of forwarding requests 137 feet high.

 


Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Tips for Growing Berry Shrubs in Small Spaces from Fall Creek Farm...

PR Web - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:53

Easy to grow and requiring little care, BrazelBerries thrive in containers on patios, decks and balconies.

(PRWeb July 01, 2014)

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