Environment

Rice paddies providing respite for birds in drought-ravaged California

Grist.org - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:24

Water is in dangerously short supply in California, and most of the state’s wetlands have disappeared. So where are all those migratory birds traveling the congested Pacific Flyway supposed to stop for a rest and a feed?

Here come rice farmers to the rescue.

Rice farms are sometimes criticized for using a lot of water. But much of that water is released back into rivers and streams after the growing season. And it is the temporary layer of funky water that makes these fields, found the world over, potential habitat for wildlife.

Experiments led by University of California at Davis researchers have found that salmon fry raised in inundated rice fields grow faster and stronger than their cousins maturing in faster-flowing rivers. The muddy fields also resemble wetlands where birds naturally congregate.

The Nature Conservancy is taking advantage of the wildlife-nurturing potential of rice paddies, partnering with growers to provide “pop-up” habitat for migratory birds. Here’s KQED’s Quest with the details:

Winter is always a busy bird season at Douglas Thomas’s rice farm in Olivehurst, California, about 40 miles north of Sacramento. …

The birds come here because Thomas keeps his rice fields flooded in December and January. The water decomposes the rice straw leftover from last year’s harvest.

Normally, at the end of January, “we would let our water go and start trying to dry our fields out because the lake that’s in front of us has to be dry enough to drive a tractor in it and then we’ve got to seed it,” he says.

But not this year. Thomas is leaving water on his fields a little longer as part of an experimental project with The Nature Conservancy, designed to provide extra habitat for the birds when they need it most. …

The group is paying farmers to create about 10,000 acres of these temporary wetlands in February and March. The bidding process is secret, but bids came in both above and below $45 per acre, the payments some farmers get from federal conservation programs.

The approach is particularly valuable in California’s Central Valley. About 95 percent of wetland habitat has been lost during the past two centuries in the once wildlife-rich landscape, replaced by earthen levees constructed alongside rivers to protect farms and homes from natural flooding.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Food
Categories: Environment

Exogen Biotechnology Launches First of Its Kind DNA Health Monitoring...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

Berkeley-based startup, Exogen Biotechnology, has launched a first of its kind citizen science campaign on Indiegogo for its new laboratory test to measure DNA breaks, which are the most lethal type...

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11532846.htm

Categories: Environment

Bayer CropScience Showcases the Benefits of Biologicals as Part of...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

Crop Science Leader’s Efforts In Offering Innovative Tools To Support Crop Protection Featured On National Public Television Program Airing Feb. 5, 6, And 9, 2014

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11533962.htm

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The D'Addario Foundation Presents the U.S. Debuts of Two...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

Award-winning guitarists Chiawei Lin and Hugo Moltó Medina to perform works by Bach, Brouwer and others in their U.S. debuts this February

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11527308.htm

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BrandHive Named Agency of Record for Bergstrom Nutrition

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

BrandHive will provide full consulting services for industry leading raw ingredient OptiMSM®.

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11527752.htm

Categories: Environment

Encinitas Union School District Help Protect the Ocean, Students &...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

Saving the ocean from harmful chemicals and improving staff and students’ safety fits perfectly into the Encinitas Union School District’s well-known commitment to student wellness and environmental...

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11529677.htm

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XRSolutions, LLC Releases Version 5 of Meridian for RFP Analysis

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

XRSolutions, a supplier of unique proposal management and collaboration solutions, is pleased to announce a new release of its flagship product Meridian for RFP Analysis 2014.

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11531787.htm

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NanoMaterials Publishes the 2013 Test Results Compilation for Its GH-X...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

“NanoMaterials Ltd.” has published its yearly "2013 Test Compilation Report” for one of its leading products, the GH-X Extreme Pressure (EP) Anti-Wear (AW) / Anti-Friction (AF) Paste Additive for...

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11523094.htm

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Calling All Couples with a New Baby; There’s Something You Need to...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

When you get up at night and expose you and your baby’s eyes to light, it will cut off your melatonin and make it hard to fall sleep again. Light bulbs that don’t make the blue rays that kill...

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11523177.htm

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Mission X to Manage the 6th Annual Warrior Competition

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

Mission X was selected by the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, KASOTC, to plan and implement the prestigious 6th Annual Warrior Competition, held in Amman, Jordan on April 30 – May...

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11530172.htm

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Find Parking Thanks to Big Data - Faspark Secures Investment from...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18

Faspark, the Chicago Startup which uses big data to solve your parking problems, has secured investment from German investor and is rebranding to Parknav

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11530387.htm

Categories: Environment

Farty cows accidentally set a barn on fire

Grist.org - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:08

Teens: not the only ones who light their farts on fire! OK, so cows weren’t exactly cackling while passing gas crouched above a lighter, but their gassy burps and flatulence DID make a barn in Germany explode. Proof that methane gas from 90 cows is dangerous to more than your nose! Reports Reuters:

High levels of the gas had built up in the structure in the central German town of Rasdorf, then “a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames,” the [police] force said in a statement.

The explosion damaged the roof of the barn and even burned one of our bovine buddies, who was treated and hopefully got an adorable cast or something for all the other cows to sign. And local emergency workers did a sniff test measured the gas levels to make sure another explosion is out of the question.

As Umbra recently noted, a single cow can let loose up to 400 pounds of methane annually (although cities are leaky too). We knew that could be dangerous to the global climate, but here’s definitive proof it’s dangerous to the local climate as well. Yet another reason to cut back on our meat consumption.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

Hey pedestrians, here’s when you’re most likely to die

Grist.org - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:53

Real talk: You can get hit by a car anytime as a pedestrian (unless there are no cars around, of course). But the most dangerous time is twilight.

Right after sunset, when drivers are squinting from the light in their eyes, is when most fatal traffic accidents with pedestrians happen. John Nelson of IDV Solutions put together a chart illustrating this. Dark blue is the highest fatality rate. Time of day runs along the top, and months go down the side:

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Although sunrise is also a dangerous time for pedestrians, dusk is clearly worse. In January, for example, 38 percent of traffic accidents between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. involved pedestrians, compared to only 8 percent from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. As sunset happens later during the year, the highest rate of pedestrian traffic deaths shift accordingly.

It’s worth noting, however, that dusk during the summer months isn’t as dangerous as winter — fatal traffic wrecks at sunset involved a pedestrian 38 percent of the time in December and January, but only 27 percent of the time in June and July.

So be careful out there, whether you’re walking to the bus or driving home from work this winter!


Filed under: Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

Chipotle’s new miniseries gives factory farming the “Scandal” treatment

Grist.org - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:53

Factory farming isn’t an entertaining topic — sadness- and guilt-provoking, yes, but not something you settle in to think about on a Friday night. But Chipotle (of all things) might be changing all that with Farmed and Dangerous, a four-part miniseries airing on Hulu on February 17.

The web series takes on Big Ag, presenting a fictitious dilemma: A major beef producer starts feeding its cattle petroleum-based chow, but a cow explodes, and the security footage of the explosion goes viral. Enter the creepy dad from Twin Peaks (Ray Wise) as an Olivia Pope-style fixer who tries to smooth the scandal over, even going so far as to pimp out his daughter to the cute activist farmer who leaked the video. There’s even a Matt Damon joke!

It looks … good. Like “I’d totally watch that” good. But we can’t help but be a little skeptical. Is this the new advertising, pitting viewers and Chipotle on the same underdoggish team against a huge, evil villain we can defeat simply by eating more burrito bowls? Chipotle explains:

So why did we make “Farmed and Dangerous”? It’s not every day that a restaurant produces an original series. The answer comes down to the fact that at Chipotle, we’re dedicated to raising awareness about alternatives to factory farming. “Farmed and Dangerous” addresses issues we feel strongly about, and we hope viewers come away with a smile as well as questions about where our food comes from.

Hmm. We’ll be watching you, Chipotle! Literally.


Filed under: Food, Living
Categories: Environment

Triple J Produce to be Featured in Upcoming Episode on of American...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:17

Exploring the Latest Innovations and Advancements in Sweet Potato Production

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11525182.htm

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Napa Valley Grapegrowers Outline Plans to Manage Drought - Low Yield,...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:17

Napa Valley Grapegrowers outline plans for managing Napa’s 45,200 acres of grapevines in California's current drought conditions. So far in 2014, there has been no rain.

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/napavalley/drought/prweb11526524.htm

Categories: Environment

Floor Heat Systems, Inc. Corrects Fox News Video How to Prevent Space...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:17

Fox News reported that in the winter months, space heaters are the “go-to for heat-up”. But what the video omitted is that electric radiant floor heat is the one fail-safe way to warm a cold room.

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11527843.htm

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Study Identifies Prognostic Factors in Mesothelioma Effusion Patients,...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:17

Greek researchers say three factors can help clinicians with treatment planning for patients with this common symptom.

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11528332.htm

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NyloDeck Repurposes One Million Pounds of Recycled Carpet Fiber for...

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:17

See NyloDeck Featured on Show Village Homes and Booth C9313 at the 2014 International Builders Show - Las Vegas, February 4-6

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014NyloDeck/01recycledcarpetfiber/prweb11530410.htm

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AT Conference Conducts 10 Millionth Conference Call

PR Web - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:17

Milestone conference was conducted by one of company's earliest customers.

(PRWeb January 29, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/AT-Conference-10-Million/Conference-Calls/prweb11531377.htm

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