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Taiwan Tourism Hottest LOHAS Cycling Trend Spinning through San...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:30

Taiwan Tourism Hottest LOHAS Cycling Trend Spinning through San Francisco to Sonoma County Promoting Taiwan Tourism and Taiwan Cycling Festival

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What Do Millennials Want From Their Communities?

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:30

The Federal Savings Bank shares news of what millennials want when purchasing a home.

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Cool Jackets Are For Sale At Fecbek.com

PR Web - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 23:29

Today, Fecbek, a well-known clothing manufacturer and retailer, has delightedly released its new arrivals of trendy men’s jackets; all these items are offered at extremely low prices

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Ten More Communities Reaping Benefits of National Accreditation

PR Web - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 23:29

Population Served by a PHAB-Accredited Health Department Now Reaches Over 70 Million

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What climate marchers have learned from anti-nuke organizers

Grist.org - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:22

The phrase “nuclear freeze movement” sounds quaint these days. To the ears of anyone under 40, those are musty, obscure words like “Studebaker” or “rotary telephone.” The threat of a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia seems so remote that today’s typical young activist has never even contemplated the possibility, much less rallied against it.

But once upon a time, back when hair metal bands topped the pop charts, nuclear annihilation was the obsession of earnest liberals. It seemed to many as if the very future of the planet hung in the balance, and that our irresponsible political leaders — Republicans especially — were blithely going over the edge. It was, in other words, a lot like climate change today.

And just as environmentalists say Americans must organize around climate change to halt us on our path to destruction, their predecessors organized around nuclear disarmament. On June 12, 1982, they came together in New York City for the largest demonstration in American history. As many as a million people marched through the streets of Manhattan, and then rallied in Central Park, to draw the attention of world leaders assembled for the United Nations Special Session on Disarmament.

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If you’re just hearing about this for the first time, it sounds like some odd passing fad — the hula hoop or parachute pants of political activism. The movement disappeared and nuclear weapons are still with us. Sounds like the epitome of ineffectual, short-attention-span protest, right?

And yet the organizers of Sunday’s People’s Climate March actually point to it — repeatedly, and without prompting — as inspiration for what they are trying to achieve. It all comes down to your theory of change. To the climate march’s organizers, the anti-nuclear rally proved the value of movement-building through an event.

Speaking in 350.org’s promotional video for the march, Leslie Cagan, a veteran activist who worked on the 1982 nuclear freeze rally, recalls that it galvanized the nascent movement. “One of the interesting things about that demonstration is that some 600 local groups were formed. And many of those groups lasted for years afterwards,” says Cagan, who is working with 350.org as an organizer of the climate march. “For me, the real power of that day was the organizing that led up to it and then the organizing that came out of it.”

Paul Getsos, national coordinator for the climate march, also mentioned the nuclear disarmament rally in an interview with Grist, saying that it turned movement newcomers like him into activists. “It was the culmination of 18 months of organizing and led to people going back to their community and organizing,” said Getsos, who attended the nuclear rally as a teenager. “I had never been to a rally before, and I went back and volunteered on nuclear weapons and other issues.”

And so movement-building is central to the rally’s purpose, not a mere byproduct. This Sunday’s march is not the culmination of the campaign to pressure governments for a strong climate agreement in Paris next year, but hopefully just the beginning of such a campaign. The march’s focus on climate justice is bolstering efforts to expand the size and diversity of the movement. The emphasis is not on glaciers and polar bears, but on all the different people who will be affected. And so it aims to bring those communities, even some seemingly unlikely ones, like blue-collar unions, into the movement.

“We’ve achieved a lot before we even put one marcher into the street,” says Getsos. “We have new partners in new constituencies like people-of-color organizations, faith-based leaders, unions, environmental-justice communities, multi-issue organizations, thousands of new activists. If we all keep working together post-march, that is a significant change.”

It’s as good a theory as any. There is no empirical data to suggest that any one approach to protest is better than another. The risk of any protest is that it draws turnout and makes headlines, but results in no actual policy changes. Just in recent years, the massive anti–Iraq War and pro–immigration reform rallies come to mind.

“The actual impact of social movement actions is really poorly understood because it’s really hard to study,” says Michael Young, a sociologist at the University of Texas who studies social movements. “Good studies that would compare and contrast different kinds of actions that could compare the relative impact, we don’t really have them. Anecdotally, scholars have noted that a lot of very impressive rallies have amounted to nothing.”

If one common theme does emerge from past protests, it’s that big rallies work best as part of a larger, longer, multi-pronged movement, rather than a singular event. The March on Washington was a high point in a decades-long legal, social, political, and cultural Civil Rights Movement that was fought at the local, state, and federal levels. It’s remembered as a success because the Civil Rights Act passed the next year, but the march alone did not make it happen.

So that’s why 350.org points to the anti-nuclear rally as an example of a major event catalyzing a larger movement. But for it to stand as a model worth emulating, it would have had to succeed. On the surface, it doesn’t look like it did. The U.S. and eight other nations still have more than 16,000 nuclear weapons. But the climate march organizers genuinely don’t think the anti-nuclear rally was a policy failure at all. As with climate change, success in the anti-nuclear movement is measured in the dissatisfying currency of catastrophes averted. Although nuclear weapons have proliferated, they still have not been used since World War II. President Reagan shifted his nuclear policy toward reduction, and even talked of total disarmament, after the 1982 rally. Jonathan Schell, the author of the nuclear freeze era’s signature book, The Fate of the Earth, wrote in The Nation in 2007: “It is a matter of record that the [anti-nuclear] movement powerfully undercut public support for Reagan’s nuclear buildup. According to a CBS/New York Times poll, between 1981 and 1985 support for increases in military spending dropped from 61 percent to 16 percent. It is a matter of record, too, that in response Reagan returned to nuclear arms negotiations with the Soviet Union.”

If Ronald Reagan could be persuaded to shift his policies by a bunch of protesters in New York, then anything is possible. That’s what the People’s Climate March is betting on.


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We just had the hottest August ever

Grist.org - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:56

On the tails of the hottest May, one of the worst droughts in U.S. history, some of the earliest big hurricanes ever, and just generally one of the weirdest years of extremes, we now have the hottest August on record. NOAA announced that the global temperature average for August 2014 was 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that’s no sauna — what do you expect, it’s already PSL-season and half the planet is still shivering through a sub-equatorial winter — but it seems especially toasty when you realize that average includes both land and sea temperatures. In fact, this was the hottest month in the oceans EVER.

Yeah, you know what that means: There are a lot of sweaty mermaids down there right now. (This just in: I’m being told that’s not really what that means.)

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The previous all-time-hottest record for oceans was set in June of this year; now, just two months later, we have already busted that by a slight but definitive 0.05 degrees F. We know that the oceans have been quietly absorbing our extra heat and carbon emissions forever, but now we’re finally starting to feel it. And with the oceans heating up at unprecedented rates, we can expect everything else to get a whole lot hotter, too.

When we talk about global warming, we have a tendency to leave out a large part of the globe — specifically, the three-quarters of it that are covered with water. This makes sense — humans don’t live there, and we are very good at ignoring things that aren’t a part of our own experience — but it makes less sense when you consider the numbers: More that 90 percent of the earth’s total warming to date has been absorbed by the oceans.

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We’re already feeling the effects of that 2.3 percent of warming in our atmosphere — now picture what’s happening to the ocean ecosystems we depend on. (If you can’t picture it, Google it.) Then then there are the three billion of us who rely on the ocean as a primary source of protein.

Oh, and speaking of everything else getting a lot hotter — the three-month period from June to August this year? Another one for the books: On land and at sea, the hottest summer we’ve ever had. Period. Just something to think about when you head to the Climate March this weekend.

Everyone loves a record-breaker, but maybe we could slow it down on these temperature records for a bit?


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Categories: Environment

Environmental Design Research Association Accepting Proposals for 2015...

PR Web - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:28

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) has issued a call for proposals for its upcoming translational research symposium, scheduled to take place in the fall of 2015. The event aims to...

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SAE International Announces Plenary Schedule for 2014 DOD Maintenance...

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SAE International announces the plenary schedule for the 2014 DOD Maintenance Symposium, which will be held Nov. 17-20 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Ala.

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At continent’s edge, a rail epic concludes, pursued by tank cars

Grist.org - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:50

Earlier this month, I moved cross-country using Amtrak. This is part four of the story. Part one is here, part two is here, and part three is here.

Things I have learned while riding on Amtrak: That if your old buddy Ferdinand Marcos invites you to come take a position in his political administration in the Philippines in the 1980s, you absolutely should not go. That being a born a red-diaper baby during the McCarthy era doesn’t help you make many friends in elementary school. That it was easier to clean the train cars back when everyone was a smoker, because smokers don’t eat all the time and throw goddamn candy wrappers everywhere. That the worst part about hiring a shaman to help you fix your relationship is that, when the relationship doesn’t work out, you feel like not only did you waste your money, but now you’re also that white guy who hired a shaman to help fix his relationship. That the Battle Creek VA hospital is not unlike the Hotel California: you can check in, but you never truly leave.

Why are train conversations so entertaining and loopy, and so unlike regular ones? Part of it must be that traveling on a train offers that special combination of “we’re trapped in this moving object together” and “I’m never going to see you again.”

There’s also the possibility that people get a little hypnotized as the landscape shutters by.

Also: People on trains seem pretty chatty, period. At the beginning of my trip on the Lakeshore Limited, the two women in the seat behind me, who were perfect strangers upon boarding the train, kept themselves entertained for hours by telling each other stories of grisly murders that they had read about, heard about, or watched reenactments of on television. “Just terrible,” one of them would say. “Yes,” the other one replied. Then they would then launch into another one.

I have a lot of work to do on this trip, so most of my conversations happen after I break down and make a reservation at the dining car, which I’ve been avoiding due to a bad pasta experience in 2012. The dining car is a risky arena for conversation. You sit where the dining car workers tell you to sit, and so you can — as has happened to me in the past — spend an entire meal being lectured about obscure differences in the manufacture of different generations of Amtrak rail cars. This time around, though, the food actually turns out to be pretty good, and the conversation better.

I have dinner with a South African man who worked for a pharmaceutical company as apartheid was being dismantled. Divestment had a tremendous effect on big pharma, he says, and so it was a great time to work there. The industry was trying hard to curry the favor of the new administration and supporting the kind of big public health projects that normally would never leave the drawing board. The next day, at lunch, I talk with a couple from Lincoln, Nebraska who tell me that they always planned to move to a more walkable city like Portland when they retired, but now that Lincoln is renovating its downtown they love the city in a way that they didn’t used to, and are beginning to think they might be able to have the same thing closer to home.

Stories like this, about rehabilitated towns, fascinate me: I spent my teens and early twenties feeling like a member of a subculture of a subculture of subculture, all because I loved walkable cities and hated driving. Where was the place for surly punks who wore all black and read Jane Jacobs? Where was the place, come to think of it, for anyone who read Jane Jacobs?

It’s a surreal feeling to realize how my teenage ideas aren’t that out-there any more, and that a lot of cities in America are places where I’d be happy living. I know from experience that this could all disappear, like the road bike fad of the ’70s, but I hope that it lasts.

When we left Denver, the card games in the observation car got even larger. The retirees who have boarded the train in Denver are making fun of the ones who boarded in Chicago, on the grounds that there is nothing work looking at between Denver and Chicago. The other Chicago contingent argues that Nebraska is very pretty, and the Denver boarders should shut up.

It also becomes clear that the tall guy in camo pants who never takes his shades off, and who has been moving from table to table in the observation car, unpacking and repacking the contents of a clear plastic trash bag, is really disturbed, as opposed to sort of eccentric. He is definitely talking to himself, and not into a cellphone. “Obama!” he says, loudly, out of nowhere, causing everyone in the dining car to jump. “An African president! It’s clearly a conspiracy!”

If telekinesis were real, you could have levitated that whole train car with the power of everyone’s determination to not engage this man in conversation. Finally, he moves on to another corner of the train. “Poor guy,” says one of the senior citizens to me, serenely, as someone else shuffles a new deck of cards. “He’s scrambled. I’ve heard him be lucid, though. Says he was in Afghanistan.”

At night, the observation car becomes, Love Boat style, a choice flirtation stop for the younger people who are riding the train. Some college-age boys are trying to, in that manner of the youth, impress the two girls at another table by describing their obscure musical tastes. “Why so competitive?” I think. “And why haven’t any of you noticed that the Swiss guy is winning, and everyone else should just give up now?” Gradually, the flirting/one-upmanship exhausts itself, and the group settles into a card game. Every so often fragments of conversation drift over.

Guy: I once thought I was losing my soul. I don’t even believe in a soul.

Girl: That was a bad trip.

Guy: That was a really good trip. I felt like my soul was hanging on a string.

Girl: When that happens you have to breathe deeply.

Guy: It got worse. It got worse. Then I started seeing rings of color. Then I saw this strange root creature that jumped over the fence and looked at me and walked on.

Girl: Wow. I want to know what strain that is.

The next morning, I wake up in Nevada.

Then Nevada slowly, and gradually, becomes California. It’s been a long time since I’ve viewed the state this way — passing directly through the industrial agriculture and infrastructure that allows cities like San Francisco to exist.

When the California Zephyr pulls into Amtrak’s Emeryville Station, it’s only 30 minutes behind schedule. This feels like a miracle, except that the friend who offered to pick me and my stuff up won’t be here for another hour. I claim my bicycle from cargo, unpack it, and reassemble it on the patio outside the station.

As I’m thinking how I will order all of this so much better the next time around, I hear the familiar sound of a train horn. I look behind me and there it is — one of the freight trains that have been making our trips late all the way across the country. The train has the Archer Daniels Midland logo on the side, but I know that most oil-by-rail is traveling in old corn syrup containers — and sure enough, when I look it up it seems to have all the relevant markings.

It’s strange, after writing so much about oil trains, to see one up close and in the wild, just a few blocks away from my old apartment. Crude by rail poses risks that many cities are trying to puzzle out. But right now, as I’m standing there in the balmy, late-summer air, watching the train roll through the intersection, the cars are backlit by the setting sun, and they look pretty — like a row of black licorice candies.


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On climate, how far gone is the far right? (Spoiler: far)

Grist.org - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:44

Grist recently had the pleasure of hosting a lunch chat with activist and author George Marshall, who’s touring in support of his new book, Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. It’s about the myriad instincts, risk (mis-)assessments, biases, blind spots, and outdated heuristics that make humans so ill-equipped to deal with an abstract, distant problem like climate. We discount future risks, we ignore threats with no faces, we disregard evidence that conflicts with our tribal loyalties, we suffer status quo bias, and so on. Folks in the climate communication biz will be familiar with a lot of the material — I’ve written bits and pieces about it over the years — but for those new to the topic, the book’s a fantastic, if slightly depressing, introduction to the social and psychological science involved. It also has helpful tips at the end for avoiding a lot of the familiar mistakes climate yakkers make.

One thing I quibbled with Marshall about is the Tea Party. Like many people who spend their time puzzling over communications challenges, Marshall is convinced those challenges can be overcome. Specifically, he is convinced there is some prospect of communicating to the conservative base in a way that moves it to concern and action on climate change. I disagree. We even have a friendly bet on it, though I’m not quite sure how to define the terms.

Marshall’s suggestions are sensible: find spokespeople within the movement to do the talking; frame things in terms of values like conservation, purity, and loss-aversion; avoid divisive, hot-button topics like cap-and-trade. My contention is simply that the tribe is too far gone. No amount of skillful, careful communication is sufficient to fight the tidal forces pushing in the other direction.

I won’t settle the argument here, of course, but I will offer a few illustrative data points that emerged while I was on break. Taken together, they paint a portrait of impenetrable epistemic closure.

First, I give you the practice of “rolling coal.” Dave Weigel explains:

For as little as $500, anyone with a diesel truck and a dream can install a smoke stack and the equipment that lets a driver “trick the engine” into needing more fuel. The result is a burst of black smoke that doubles as a political or cultural statement—a protest against the EPA, a ritual shaming of hybrid “rice burners,” and a stellar source of truck memes.

Weigel shares this incredibly revealing quote:

“I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all,” said one seller of stack kits from Wisconsin. “If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you.”

If he’s into this or that, we’re not. You want clean air? Screw you.

Note from the Clean Air Task Force:

America’s 11 million diesels—buses, trucks, trains, ships, and construction equipment—emit pollutants that lead to 21,000 premature deaths each year and create a cancer risk that is seven times greater than the combined risk of all 181 other air toxics tracked by the EPA.

Diesel pollutants, unlike carbon dioxide, are local. The asthma and cancer these guys are spreading are not afflicting coastal liberals, but the very rural communities they call home. They are effectively punching themselves and their families in the face because Obama said face-punching is bad.

As Melissa Dahl notes on New York magazine’s (excellent) new blog Science of Us, this, like so much of recent American politics, can be explained through the panic of rural white men who are losing cultural power. As “Real Americans” become more and more of an inward-looking, revanchist cult, they increasingly define everything outside their bubble as one giant lump of evil. (See: Glenn Beck’s whiteboard.) Rush Limbaugh calls it the “Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media.”

Can you communicate climate without any reference to government, academia, science, or the media? Can you convince people like this to agree with Obama on something? Doubt it.

Second, I give you North Carolina, where a government-sponsored scientific report revealed that, by the end of the century, oceans would rise up to 39 inches and the Outer Banks would be under water — an economic and cultural cataclysm for the state.

Galvanized by the threat, the Republican-controlled legislature … threw out the forecast.

The state’s new Republican governor appointed a new coastal commission chairman, Frank Gorham, an oil and gas man who announced this spring that the new forecast would be limited to 30 years.

These are people who literally close their ears to the news that their own homes will be underwater, because that news is upsetting. Can you communicate climate change without mentioning the damage it will do? Doubt it.

Finally, I give you popular far-right commentator Erick Erickson. This is what he said about climate change in the wake of the latest IPCC report:

Frankly, I think global warming is a religion of a secular left that rejects the God of creation in favor of worship of creation. I think many of those involved in the science of global warming oppose capitalism in general and the United States in particular. I think they are manufacturing a panic and their solutions are designed to hinder economic progress. More so, the hysteria over global warming has now increased at a rapid pace because a new breed of entrepreneur and huckster have found new ways to get rich off these idiots using your tax dollars. …

This is all orchestrated left-wing crap that a bunch of private jet setters and twitter liberals can worry themselves over. I have never once met a person who treats global warming as the most significant issue of our time and is a well adjusted, happy person. From Al Gore to the nuts on Twitter who’ll fill up my timeline in outrage over this, they are maladjusted, angry people in need of prayer to a realer God than Gaia.

Let the seas rise. Let the wind blow. We can adapt. And in another decade we can all wonder where the heat went as things cool down.

The hysteria and fretting and name calling and guaranteed angry, hysterical reaction to this post are as predictable as they are nonsensical.

We are all going to die. Just not today.

And in the meantime, I simply do not care about this issue.

This is far-right boilerplate, ubiquitous in the Fox/talk radio bubble, recited so many times it’s like an incantation. If someone from within the Tea Party approached Erickson’s readers and argued that climate change should concern conservatives, what would likely happen? Would these aging, resentful white men pluck this one issue out of the lump of evil and change their minds about it? Would they say, “Oh, well, I guess we were wrong about the science hoax and the elitism and the anti-capitalism and the godlessness; I guess we agree with liberals on this after all”? Or would conservatives expel the heretic who had strayed from the faith? If only history had something to teach us on this question …

You get the point.

What leads Marshall (and many others) to believe that we can reach these people? I see three things going on.

1. Marshall is from the U.K. Those who don’t spend a lot of time following the nitty-gritty of American politics — including, obviously, lots of Americans — don’t have a good sense of just how crazy the right has gone. They kind of vaguely get it, but they don’t really get it, and lots of them don’t want to get it, because getting it leads to some dismal conclusions about U.S. politics. They still have that “extreme partisans on both sides, sensible people in the middle” model in their heads and excessive exposure to actually existing Republicans explodes that model.

2. People who study communications run across all sorts of studies, surveys, and polls in which people are isolated in a room and fed a stream of messages. They respond positively to some of them. Researchers then conclude that those messages will work in the field.

But in the field, people aren’t isolated in a room and they’re not exposed to one message at a time. In the field, people are always and already in a cultural context, where messages fight it out with counter-messages and alternative framings. It’s a battlefield, not a lab. Tea Party folk tend to live in homogenous communities and are immersed in a ubiquitous set of beliefs and tropes, shared by their peers, their media, and their leaders. Separating one issue from the rest of that context is just unrealistic. “Climate change will affect your hunting” might worry a hunter who’s responding to a survey, but what happens when he’s no longer a “hunter” but just a conservative in a conservative community? The counter-messages — science hoax, global government, etc. — will utterly swamp that signal. There are lots of people with lots of money and lots of media dedicated to turning conservatives against climate concern. Even if climate communicators could find some promising messages, where is the money and power they need to get them in front of conservatives in the face of concerted opposition? There’s no Rupert Murdoch of climate.

3. If persuading them to “come together around shared values” (as Marshall puts it) won’t work, what’s the alternative? Well, the alternative is beating them — amassing the power to take action even over conservative objections. This kind of “divisiveness” instinctively repels Marshall and lots of folks like him, folks committed deep in their bones to the power of words and persuasion. Whatever the answer, it can’t be, in his words, “reinforcing divisions.”

It’s worth noting that conservatives share no such qualms. The conservative base has not racked up the victories it has over the last decade or two by luring liberals to their side. They believe liberals are literally trying to destroy the country. And so they want to destroy liberals. To win. To achieve their policy goals, not make friends. They destroy heretics on their side and refuse, absolutely, on principle, to cooperate with or budge for the other side. And they’ve been remarkably successful.

The idea of liberals or climate hawks becoming similarly ruthless and instrumental horrifies lots of folks. So they pin their hopes forever on the vanishing chance that people who think bike paths are a U.N. plot will some day come around. But I don’t care how sweet you talk — they won’t.


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First Associates Loan Servicing, LLC to Provide Mega Auto Finance with...

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Loan servicing from First Associates enables Mega Auto to rapidly scale its operations while achieving industry-leading security and compliance.

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Thomas Anthony Guerriero, the owner of the only professional sports team in Beaumont, Texas, plans to bring jobs, investment, new sports facilities, a university, professional sports teams, and...

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City Bikes Become a Must-have for Women This Fall, Says...

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Interbike 2014 was all about the city bike, and women across America are discovering the stylish and adventurous convenience of these hot bicycles. City bikes are perfect for casual riding and local...

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LOBOS Achieves 43% Reduction in HVAC Energy Usage at 2600 Michelson

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Enerliance and Ocean West Capital’s Efficiency Collaboration is a Resounding Success for 300,000-Square-Foot Irvine Office Tower

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The Global Market for Potassium Chloride for Fertilizers,...

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Transparency Market Research, in its report estimates that the global potassium chloride market will report a CAGR of 10.8% between 2013 and 2019.

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Calcium Carbonate Market growing at a CAGR of 7.0% over the forecast...

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Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled "Calcium Carbonate Market for Paper, Plastic, Building & Construction and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size,...

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MIT Piping, Pune Now Prepares Students for Rewarding Professional Life...

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MIT Piping Pune is a trusted destination and one of the renowned educational institutes in the country, and they are now preparing students for a rewarding professional life ahead with their Advanced...

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Power Circuit Breaker Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research...

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As foreign competition rises, companies will increasingly eliminate peripheral labor and move operations overseas in order to maintain profitability. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld...

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Why Scotland’s independence vote matters for climate change

Grist.org - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:53

As you’ve no doubt seen by now, Scottish voters are heading to the polls to decide whether to break free from the United Kingdom and chart an independent course for the first time in 307 years. A record number of voters are expected to turn out — 97 percent of the adult population, or more than 4.2 million people, are registered. Rugged, remote and sparsely populated as the country is, the actual ballots will take some time to be trucked, boated, helicoptered, and fully counted: Results are likely to come in early Friday morning, U.S. time.

One of the big unknowns if Scotland votes “Yes” is what will happen to the U.K.’s climate and energy goals. The countries are interconnected and interdependent, relying on each other’s infrastructure (the wires, the interchanges, everything) and resources (oil, gas, and wind) to power their economies. How that pie gets carved up remains a source of debate and confusion.

Here’s what we know (and what we don’t know) about what will happen to Scotland and the U.K.’s energy mix and their ability to reach renewable energy targets and to combat climate change if the two go their separate ways.

Will the U.K. still be able to get 15 percent of its energy from renewables if Scotland leaves?

Scotland produces a lot of green energy. It generates over a third of the U.K.’s renewable electricity, according to the latest government numbers. Carbon Brief, a London group that tracks climate policy, says that Scotland provides 43 percent of the U.K.’s wind capacity and 92 percent of its hydroelectric power. So, in theory, losing Scottish energy sources would make the power supply for the rest of the U.K. “less green,” the group says. That could be especially problematic given that European Union rules will require the U.K. to get 15 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020.

“Without the windier onshore and offshore conditions in Scotland, the rest of the U.K.’s ability to meet the target might diminish significantly,” says Simon Moore, a senior research fellow at Policy Exchange, a think tank in London. But that may not actually happen. Moore thinks it’s likely that even if Scotland becomes independent, its energy market will remain tied to the U.K.’s. “Odds are that an independent Scotland and the remainder England and Wales would continue to operate an integrated electricity market — similar to the ‘Single Electricity Market’ that is shared by the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland,” he explains.

Still, Moore warns that it’s far too early to know how this issue will be ultimately decided. “No decision has been made — and I doubt any more than preliminary thinking has begun — on how the target might be divided up if Scotland leaves,” he says.

Who will pay for Scotland’s green energy sector if the U.K. stops subsidizing it?

Scotland’s renewable energy development is subsidized by the entire United Kingdom — to the tune of £560 million (nearly $913 million) in the most recent tax year, according to Bloomberg. If the U.K. puts a stop to those subsidies — as it appears to be threatening to do — Scotland would have to get that money from somewhere else.

According to the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change, Scotland would need to spend £1.8 billion (nearly $3 billion) to meet its goal of getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Without the U.K. subsidies, the British government warns that the additional burden could be partly carried by Scottish rate payers. “Our analysis shows that Scottish consumers are up to £189 ($309) better off in the U.K. as the broad shoulders of the Union allow us to spread energy costs more evenly,” a department spokesperson said, as quoted by the BBC.

DECC Secretary Ed Davey said in April that the rest of the U.K. would not have to “support an independent Scottish state’s energy costs to ensure its own security of supply.”

The Scottish “Yes” campaign counters that they’ll be able to work out a deal that benefits both countries, with the U.K. continuing to fund renewable energy north of the border and, in return, importing some of that low-carbon electricity, according to Carbon Brief. Again, we’ll have to wait and see.

Is North Sea oil and gas really the key to Scotland’s economic independence?

The North Sea has been a source of oil and gas for the U.K. for four decades. The “Yes” movement argues that those resources will help ensure the financial security of an independent Scotland. According to Carbon Brief, the Scottish government says it would be entitled to 90 percent of future North Sea oil and gas tax revenue, and this has been a central feature of the “Yes” campaign.

“The reality is North Sea oil and gas will be with us way beyond 2050,” Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister and the face of the “Yes” campaign, said during a televised debate. “Every other country in Europe would give its eye teeth to have North Sea oil and gas. It cannot be regarded as anything other than a substantial asset for Scotland.”

But the amount of money Scotland can get from the sea is highly disputed. “The ‘Yes’ campaign estimates revenues from the North Sea in 2018 to be twice as large as the U.K. government does,” Moore said. And what’s more, he adds, the oil and gas field is in “sharp decline.”

“The U.K. has gone from 100 percent self-sufficient to around 50 percent domestic gas production in less than a decade,” Moore said. “There may be some scope to develop new fields or scrape a few more drops out of old ones here and there as technology improves, but the broad trend is one of declining production volumes.”

This story was produced as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.


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Why North Carolina is doing jam right

Grist.org - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:16

April McGreger
Farmer’s Daughter
Hillsborough, N.C.

McGreger grew up on a Mississippi farm, where she witnessed all the challenges that farmers face in commodity-crop, “race-to-the-bottom” agriculture. The experience sparked her current mission: make wholesome jams, pickles, and preserves with produce from local farmers. “For me, [this business] started as … keeping as much money as possible in the pockets of farmers,” she says, “and then creating good and honest food with no ingredients we can’t pronounce.”

Why we chose these jams:

McGreger creates her products based on what North Carolina Piedmont farmers are growing. The idea is to highlight the local produce that farmers can provide, and to encourage a model where the source inspires the recipe — not the other way around.

Taste globally, source locally:

McGreger says her products “are inspired both by what I want to eat and all the different people in my life.” For example: “My husband is Jewish, and he was very homesick for the pickles of the Northeast, so we make Jewish deli-style pickles. I have a best friend who is half-Korean, so I have kimchi on my menu.”

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