Environment

Aeros Announces Serial Production for Cost-Effective Tactical Aerostat...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:43

‘Sky Crow’ Now Ready for Global Rollout Following Customer Delivery of First System

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11512708.htm

Categories: Environment

Resource Manager for Excel (RMX) v 2014 Released by User Solutions,...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:43

Production & Maintenance Scheduling Tool Supersized to Handle Big Data

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11418418.htm

Categories: Environment

CAA Brings Rental Housing Experts to Expanded Expo

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:43

A rental housing expo and conference will debut this April, bringing together national experts, leading vendors and multifamily housing professionals from all over Northern California.

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014NorCal/CAAConnectExpo/prweb11490388.htm

Categories: Environment

Power Rental Market (Peak, Prime/Base & Standby Application,...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:43

The report identifies major end user industries and provides power rental revenue estimates from each major end user industries for all geographic regions and major countries....

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/power-rental/market/prweb11511035.htm

Categories: Environment

World Antimicrobial Coatings Market to Record 11.8% CAGR Through 2018,...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:43

In-demand research report “Global Antimicrobial Coatings Market by Type (Silver, Copper, & Others), Application (Indoor air/HVAC, Medical, Mold remediation, Building & Construction, Food &...

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11511837.htm

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Producers for the In View Series Hosted by Larry KingAnnounce that...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:43

As mounting evidence shows the harmful effects of pollution in air and water, the In View series with Larry King will inform viewers about programs and policies that aim to make air and water cleaner...

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/in-view-series/fighting-pollution/prweb11512270.htm

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Media Advisory: Next Step Living™ to Host Massachusetts Gubernatorial...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:43

To explore the role of government in maintaining the double-digit growth of the cleantech economy in Massachusetts and in advocating the use of clean energy, Next Step Living is hosting a forum for...

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11513036.htm

Categories: Environment

Tough love: Can a local leader save the EPA’s troubled southeast region?

Grist.org - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:14

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) picked Heather McTeer Toney, a former Mississippi mayor, as the new director of its historically troubled southeast region. This region (Region 4 out of EPA’s ten regional jurisdictions) not only contains many of the “energy apartheid” states where people of color appear unnecessarily locked out of the benefits of renewable energy, but is also where racist policies are persistent and pervasive. It’s also the region where environmental justice advocates have, in the past, had the most beef with decisions about allowing factories and power plants to be built near poor communities and communities of color.

“Many of the bad facility siting and permitting decisions result directly from deals and compromises made between Region 4 and state and local governments — often at the expense of and over the opposition of African American residents,” wrote environmental justice historian Robert Bullard back in 2009. “It is no accident that the modern civil rights movement and the environmental justice movement were born in the South.”

Some of that was addressed when Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, a former district attorney for Dekalb County in Georgia, was appointed the first black administrator to lead Region 4 in September 2010. The change in leadership was obligatory: For almost 40 years, Region 4 was led by a white director despite the fact that the largest concentration of the nation’s black population resides in these states, as does the fastest growing Latino population.

A couple months after Keyes Fleming’s appointment, a group of environmental justice leaders and residents of over-polluted communities handed her an 11-point “call to action.” Among their demands were reforms to the siting and permitting processes Bullard mentioned above, the removal of coal ash waste from landfills in Alabama’s impoverished “Black Belt” region, and a timeline for how the new administrator would facilitate a “speedy repair” of the broken relationship between EPA’s Region 4 office and environmental justice communities.

While there’s only so much speedy work that could be done in undoing almost 40 years of poor protection policies, there were glimmers of progress, like the environmental justice conference Keyes Fleming helped stage in Atlanta in 2012, which put grassroots organizers in direct contact with high-ranking EPA officials. It wasn’t exactly the revolution, but it was something that would have been hardly entertained in the earlier region 4 regimes.

Keyes Fleming is now chief of staff for the EPA’s new chief administrator, Gina McCarthy. As for her successor, McTeer Toney, Bullard called her a “a good pick,” when asked by email. He was also pleased that EPA went with someone from outside the Region 4 seat in Atlanta.

“We need someone from the outside who is not timid or shy about challenging the status quo and ‘good old boy’ system that has allowed too many low-income and people of color communities to be poisoned in these southern states,” Bullard told me.

Before this, McTeer Toney served as Greenville, Mississippi’s first African American and first woman elected mayor, and as executive director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning at Mississippi Valley State University. Like Keyes Fleming before her, she’s an attorney with no explicit environmental background — though she did serve as chair of EPA’s local government advisory committee from 2010 to 2012.

This kind of thinking and recruiting outside the green box is a thoughtful approach to addressing the kind of public health and environmental protection disparities that have reinforced inequality for decades. The problems facing the southeast region are steeped as much in poverty and racism as they are science.


Filed under: Article, Cities, Climate & Energy, Politics
Categories: Environment

Leave a piano on the street in Melbourne, get a delightful cover of Pharrell’s “Happy”

Grist.org - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:47

The news lately hasn’t been great, but this should make you feel better about the world:

The “Play me, I’m yours” piano comes Street Pianos, which has brought these public bits of delight to 37 cities so far. The cover of Pharrell’s Happy is from Gillian Cosgriff, a “singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, and sometime waitress.” She seems great; here’s what she had to say about this video:

Feat. the brilliant Sage Douglas, Josie Lane, and Robert Tripolino on back up, and filmed by the excellent Dave Zwolenski and Matt Saraceni. This is the MOST fun I’ve ever had at the Arts Centre Melbourne . And that’s saying something, because I’ve had a lot of REALLY fun times there.

We feel like clapping our hands.


Filed under: Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

Last year was the fourth hottest on record, or the seventh

Grist.org - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:41

Our extreme-weather-wearied planet fell short in 2013 of breaking the record for hottest year in modern civilization, but it came close. Last year was either the fourth hottest since record-keeping began, or the seventh, depending on which U.S. agency’s data you most trust.

At the surface of the seas and everywhere else around the world, last year was an average of 1.12 degrees F warmer than the 20th century average, NOAA concluded. That made 2013 the 37th year in a row with above-average global temperatures, according to NOAA’s calculations.

NASA performed its own analysis, concluding that 2013 tied 2006 and 2009 as the seventh warmest year since 1880.

Weather.com explains that the discrepancy between the two agencies’ findings is no big deal:

Despite the gap between the two rankings — due to NASA’s “processing [temperature data] slightly differently than NOAA” in areas like the Arctic and Antarctica, NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt said in a conference call — there’s actually little difference between them.

NASA and NOAA certainly agree that nearly all of the hottest years on record have occurred since the dawn of the new millennium. Notice that only one of the 10 warmest years does not start with the digits “2″ and “0,” according to NOAA:

NOAAClick to embiggen.

With such a clear warming trend, it’s little wonder that climate skeptics are shifting from straight-out denialism to claiming that climate change is no big deal.

“If serious warming happens, we can adjust,” writes John Stossel in a typically unscientific column in the conservative Washington Examiner. “It will be easier to adjust if America is not broke after wasting our resources on trendy gimmicks like windmills.”


Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Watch the earth get hotter and hotter in NASA’s new animation

Grist.org - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:53

The NASA video above shows temperature anomalies — not how warm or cold the Earth was, but how unusually warm or cold it was, compared to a baseline. It’s a ton of data — 130 years’ worth, which means 1,560 months, which means more than, really, any one person can comprehend in a sort of folksy “wow, it’s really cold this year” way.

If it’s not clear, the creeping trend is more pink and red — more frequent months that are abnormally hot. 2013 was one of the hottest years in the past 130.

Even watching the video, it’s hard to remember how things used to be. But flip back and forth between the beginning and the end, and you’ll see: In the beginning, there was blue. Now, in black and white, it’s red all over.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang to Speak at SAE 2014 World...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:43

SAE International announces that Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman, Automotive Research Design and Development Division, Hyundai Motor Group, will deliver the keynote address during the SAE 2014 World...

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11509738.htm

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Westinghouse Welcomes European Commission’s 2030 Framework for Climate...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:43

Westinghouse Electric Company, a leading voice for the nuclear industry in Europe and worldwide, welcomes the European Commission’s 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies, which aims to...

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11511382.htm

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Key Equipment Finance Promotes Brian D. DePonte to Senior Vice...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:43

DePonte to Guide Growth of Equipment Financing Services in Water and Distributed Power Markets

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11505463.htm

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Injectable Drug Delivery Market (Liposomes, Microspheres, &...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:43

Injectable Drug Delivery Market report will enrich both established firms as well as new entrants/smaller firms to gauze the pulse of the market which in turn would help the firms in garnering a...

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/injectable-drug-delivery/market/prweb11510958.htm

Categories: Environment

Contactless Payments Market (Modes, Solutions & Services) Worth...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:43

The research report on Contactless Payments Market majorly focuses on trends, drivers & restraints, opportunities, and challenges in this market....

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/contactless-payments/market/prweb11511001.htm

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Touch Controller IC Market Worth $7.7 Billion by 2016- New Report by...

PR Web - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:43

The applications for Touch Controller IC Market are broadly divided in to three segments; consumer application, commercial application, and industrial application....

(PRWeb January 22, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/touch-controller-ic/market/prweb11510984.htm

Categories: Environment

Forget Google — build your own Nest smart thermostat for $70

Grist.org - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:22

Nest is a super-smart thermostat. Seriously, a little man lives inside the bubble-like dial, scribbling down what time you wake up, go to work, come home, and go to sleep, and that man is a GENIUS. All you do is turn the dial warmer or cooler (or adjust the heat with your smartphone), and the tiny man makes note and keeps the temperature just the way you like it. (SHH. That’s totally how technology works!)

So when Google acquired Nest last week for $3 billion, it was a big deal. (Will the little man tell your heating preferences to all your friends on Google+? Wait, no one uses Google+! Whew.) For those worried about Google’s increasingly prying eyes, fear not. You don’t need a Nest — you can make your very own open-source smart thermostat for about $70 (and about 60 hours … we never said this would be easy).

Open-source wi-fi chip manufacturer Spark has the step-by-step, illustrated instructions. Here’s what Spark used:

  • A wi-fi core (Spark’s version, Spark Core, is $39)
  • A temperature display (namely, several Adafruit 8×8 LED matrices)
  • A Honeywell HumidIcon temperature and humidity sensor
  • A few LED lights to communicate whether the heat or fan is on
  • A Panasonic PIR motion detector

We’ll say it again: This does not look easy. There’s a lot of drilling and wires and shit. (It is arguably easier than genetically engineering your own two-inch man, granted.) But for a few motivated friends with a spare Saturday, it could be a fun foray into the Internet of Things.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Living
Categories: Environment

Animal Planet prioritizes “good TV” over animal welfare

Grist.org - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:04

Mother Jones has a disturbing investigation into the reality of Animal Planet’s foray into reality TV: the channel’s history of promoting conservation is rapidly downgrading into a record of mistreating animals for entertainment. The story focuses on one particular show, Call of the Wildman, which follows a wildlife rescuer in Kentucky. But Mother Jones‘ reporting shows that the producers are tracking down animals specifically for shoots and using them, essentially, as props:

“My biggest issue with the show was that we portray it as: We rescue animals,” said one of the sources. “In my opinion, the animals weren’t under stress until we arrived.”

It’s no surprise at this point that reality TV isn’t real. What is surprising is the lengths that these shows crews are willing to go to — or at least accept other people going to — in order to get the shots they want. For instance, a “zebra that had escaped its yard in a ranch” was heavily sedated:

Despite Clay’s denial, Animal Planet and Sharp confirmed to Mother Jones that the zebra was drugged before filming, but they say it happened behind their backs. However, Jamie and other sources say that the crew was aware of the zebra’s sedation during filming, especially since the animal nearly fell over several times. “I heard about the zebra being almost unusable,” says another source. “They sedated it, to get it to be less crazy.” Another confirmed that the zebra looked “out of it.” Animal Planet admits that producers used an additional, unsedated zebra for supplemental footage.

There are laws that are supposed to protect animals from this sort of treatment. And you’d think Animal Planet would be the first ones to care about that, which is what’s so disturbing about this behavior:

In the end, says Bailey, “so many people look up to Animal Planet. They remember the old Animal Planet that was dedicated to true education about animals and conservation. But to put animals in harm’s way, to put these animals in stressful situations and to not look out for their wellbeing—it’s wrong and it’s disappointing.”

If you’re up for feeling shitty about the world, you can read the whole thing here.


Filed under: Living
Categories: Environment

Jerk hits cyclist and drives home with him stuck in the windshield (but the cyclist is OK!)

Grist.org - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 15:17

This might be the weirdest biking story EVER. Newspaper delivery guy Steven Gove was biking in Manitowoc, Wis., on Saturday night, responsibly wearing a reflective vest, front and back flashers ablaze. Then a 20-year-old in a red two-door smashed into him, propelling Gove into the windshield — where he remained until the driver got home and went inside.

The good news is that Gove is gonna be fine, aside from some cuts and glass that got into his eyes. The bad news is WTF, HUMANITY?! It sounds like the driver was drunk, but that doesn’t really make us feel any better about this:

[Gove] said he turned to the driver and said, “Hello, I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle.” The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle before he arrived home…

The man finally noticed Gove when he stopped the car outside his home. “He looked at me and said ‘Who are you? What are you doing in the car?’” Gove said. “He started freaking out: ‘I’m going to jail, I’m going to jail.’”

Yeah, that’s what we’re hoping!

Then, instead of maybe helping Gove outta the windshield or getting him medical attention, the driver locked the car and just peaced out. (SERIOUSLY?!) Gove had to crawl into the car, unlock the door, and lurch outside, where the cops found him and took him to the hospital. We’re glad he’s OK, and here’s hoping karma gives the driver a swift kick in the tuchus.

P.S. If you’re a cyclist, check out this handy checklist in case you get hit:

Steven Vance
Filed under: Living
Categories: Environment

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