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LunaDress Shows The Latest Styles Of Wedding Dresses In 2015

PR Web - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:24

LunaDress, with its top dressmaking technologies, has been a leading dress supplier in the fashion industry. Now, the business is showing its latest designs of wedding dresses and launching a...

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Heartland Institute Experts React to West Virginia Legislature’s...

PR Web - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:24

The West Virginia House today passed a bill that would repeal the state’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio by a vote of 95-4. The state Senate unanimously passed a similar bill earlier this...

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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We only got 3 minutes to save the world

Grist.org - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:35

Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine started by the creators of the first atom bomb to inform humanity about threats to its survival, has kept time on its Doomsday Clock — how much time we have left, that is. Here’s how it works: Midnight is the end of homo sapiens sapiens, and the minute hand of the clock is adjusted every few years to reflect the direness of the day’s biggest existential crises and human extinction hazards.

Here in 2015, the Bulletin reckons, it’s three minutes to midnight — a mere 90 ticks and 90 tocks away from doomsday, thanks to carbon emissions, advanced weaponry, and poor governance in both of those arenas:

Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.

But relax! This isn’t even the closest we’ve come to self-extermination, by the Doomsday Clock’s measure. From 1953 to 1959, the hand sat two minutes from 12 o’clock, waiting for nuclear holocaust as the U.S. and Soviet Union developed hydrogen bombs and Cold War tensions simmered.

An in-depth Quartz article on the past and present of the clock charts the historical movement of the Bulletin’s infamous indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe:

Quartz

See? We’ve made it out of tight spots before — we can be confident there’s nothing to fear here at 11:57 p.m. on doomsday. Right? It’s not like scientists are telling us that we’ve undermined key life support systems on the planet; military experts are worried that accelerating climate change will escalate violence around the globe; astrophysicists are speculating that we haven’t seen any E.T.s because all intelligent life gets stopped cold by unsustainability; or anything like that.

Gulp.

Well I, for one, can’t wait to see how it all plays out; heroic comeback or blaze-of-glory demise — either way it will be quite a show. Until then, I’ll just be chilling with my guitar singing some nice holiday tunes about the (possibly) impending ruination.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

Angelweddingdress Invites Its Customers To Follow It On Facebook,...

PR Web - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:23

Today, Angelweddingdress invites its customers to follow it on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The fans will have an opportunity to win a Valentine’s Day gift.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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VogueQueen Unveils New Designs of Prom Dresses for 2015

PR Web - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:23

VogueQueen is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers trendy dresses at affordable prices. Today, the business announces its new collection of prom dresses for the global market.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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When it comes to efficiency, U.S. military soldiers on

Grist.org - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:43

It may come as no surprise to you that the Department of Defense is the biggest energy consumer in the United States: In 2013, its energy bill hit $18.9 billion. That’s a big part of why the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy are tackling energy efficiency. (As Grist’s David Roberts has reported, the military has tactical as well as financial reasons for reassessing its consumption of fossil fuels.)

More surprising is how the military is doing it: not just switching to greener, more efficient technologies, but also by trying to shift the habits, routines, and practices of individual service members. Often, it’s the little things — say, leaving vehicles idling, or using more propellers and engines than are needed — that add up to staggering costs for both the military and the climate.

As the Washington Post’s Chris Mooney reports, tapping into psychology and the behavioral sciences is one of the “hottest trends in academic energy research.” And the changes the military is working on have big implications for civilians, too:

Pentagon-sized energy gains could be reaped just by tweaking little behaviors. For instance, here are some published estimates of possible energy savings from behavioral changes. These shouldn’t be taken as exact, but rather as ballpark figures:

  • A roughly 1 percent overall U.S. household energy savings could be gained if people switched their washing machines from “hot wash, warm rinse” to “warm wash, cold rinse.”
  • 2.8 percent gain could come from setting the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 65 degrees overnight.
  • Another 2 percent could be gained by driving cars at 60 miles per hour, rather than 70, on the highway.

Indeed, one 2009 study suggested that American households — which account for around 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions — could achieve a 20 percent emissions reduction by changing which household appliances and objects they use, and how they use them. That’s greater than the total emissions of the country of France.

Of course, this is not a new idea — that if we just changed our behavior, we could slash our emissions — and yet, as David Roberts has pointed out time and again, it’s not as easy as it sounds.

But now, there’s a lot more research out there emphasizing the idea that basic financial arguments around energy efficiency don’t take into account the basic psychological ones. Among the hardest to shake, for both organizations and individuals: the sheer, inexorable power of habit.

Kudos to the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy for at least looking into this stuff. It’d just be oh so great if we could also see a few more attempts toward behavioral and psychological changes in other government-sponsored entities … *cough* climate deniers in the GOP Senate *coughcough*.


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This chart of rising ocean temperatures is terrifying

Grist.org - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:57

This year’s biggest climate change news was that 2014 was hottest year on record. Turns out, there’s bigger news: It was also the hottest year in the oceans, which are warming so fast they’re literally breaking the NOAA’s charts.

Don’t think you mind a little jacuzzification in your ocean? You’re wrong. Warmer oceans matter because “global warming” doesn’t just mean above average air temperatures over the course of a year — it actually refers to an increase in the total amount of heat energy contained in the Earth’s systems. While air temperatures can fluctuate on any given year, they are usually matched by an increase or decrease of the amount of heat stored in the oceans (which, by the way, absorb around 90 percent of total global warming heat). To know whether the system as a whole is getting warmer or not, scientists need to take into account the temperatures of the atmosphere, land, AND oceans.

Luckily, NOAA has been tracking ocean energy data for decades, updating its charts every few months. Unluckily, the newest data shows that, on top of 2014’s record-breaking air temperatures, ocean temperatures have also increased — to put it in layman’s terms — a shit ton. The spike is so significant that NOAA will have to rescale its heat chart.

Ocean heat content data to a depth of 2,000 metersNOAA

OK, people. We don’t want to sound like a broken record about the reality of climate change … and actually this time we don’t have to. This is one broken record that speaks for itself.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

Environmental Services Company Hires High Performance Business...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:23

SWS Environmental Services has appointed a new, dedicated account manager with over a decade of experience in the field to the North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia environmental services...

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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AngelWeddingDress Has Recently Released Its Collection Of 2015...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:23

AngelWeddingDress, the premier women’s dress supplier, has recently released its collection of 2015 maternity wedding dresses.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Shimadzu’s New Monitored Single-Beam UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Offers...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:23

The UV-1280 is ideal for applications in a variety of industries, including environmental, food quality, and life science.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Karen A. Holbrook, Raymond Orbach, Richard A. Meserve Named to CRDF...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:23

CRDF Global announced today that Dr. Karen A. Holbrook, Dr. Raymond Orbach and Dr. Richard A. Meserve have joined its board of directors. Each new board member brings extensive experience in CRDF...

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Market Publishers Ltd Announced as Media Partner of Qualitative...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:23

Market Publishers Ltd is announced as a media partner of the Qualitative 360 Europe.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Market Publishers Ltd and Think Real® Sign Partnership Agreement

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:23

Market Publishers Ltd and Think Real® signed a partnership agreement for quality market research promotion on Internet.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Creator of WUFI Pro to Conduct Training in New York City

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:23

475 High Performance Building Supply to partner with WUFI Pro developer Manfred Kehrer.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Senator clears humans of climate change using acclaimed scientific journal

Grist.org - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 20:35

To understand the craziness that just went down on the floor of the U.S. Senate, you first have to understand the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. It’s pretty simple, actually: The planet is getting warmer, largely because humans are releasing heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide. Or, as the world’s leading climate scientists put it in a recent report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” and it’s “extremely likely” — that is, at least 95 percent certain — “that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”

These are well established scientific facts, but congressional Republicans have had a hard time accepting them. So on Wednesday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), sought to put his colleagues on record by having them vote on a simple measure declaring it the sense of the Senate that “climate change is real and not a hoax.”

When Whitehouse first introduced this amendment a couple of days ago, he made clear that by “climate change,” he was referring to “what our carbon pollution … is doing to our atmosphere and what it is doing to our oceans.” But the amendment didn’t actually say that, and the Senate’s most outspoken climate science denier saw this as an opportunity. James Inhofe — an Oklahoma Republican who has previously pointed to the Bible as evidence that human-caused global warming is a hoax — urged his fellow senators to support the amendment.

Addressing his Senate colleagues before the vote, Inhofe once again cited the Bible to argue that the climate does indeed change but that humans aren’t the cause. “Climate is changing, and climate has always changed,” said Inhofe, who chairs the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. “There’s archeological evidence of that. There’s biblical evidence of that. There’s historic evidence of that.” He continued: “The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful, they can change climate. Man can’t change climate.” You can watch the back-and-forth above.

And with that, every Republican except Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), voted “aye.” The amendment passed 98-1, and the Senate was on record agreeing to the obvious fact that climate change sometimes occurs.

But they weren’t done. Next, Republicans brought up their own climate amendment, which stated that climate change is indeed “real” and that human activity “contributes” to it. This amendment got 59 votes (one short of the 60-vote threshold for passage), but just 15 of the chamber’s 54 Republicans supported it.

And of course, the scientific consensus isn’t merely that human activity “contributes” to climate change. Rather, scientists say that humans are the “dominant cause” of the recent warming. That was the subject of a third amendment, from Democrat Brian Schatz (Hawaii), which stated that human activity “significantly contributes” to climate change. That was too much for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who objected specifically to the word “significantly.” Murkowski, an Alaska Republican who chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, urged her colleagues to vote no. In the end, Schatz’s amendment received just 50 votes, and only five of those came from Republicans.

On Thursday morning, the Senate began discussing yet another amendment, from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). This one declares that climate change is real, that it is caused by human activity, that it’s already causing significant problems, and that it is “imperative” that we actually do something about it — specifically, that we transition our economy away from fossil fuels. We’ll see how many GOP votes that one gets.

RELATED: James Inhofe explains his climate-hoax theory to Grist.

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


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How Citizens United paved the way for Big Oil’s bribes

Grist.org - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:17

If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonald’s is the No. 1 priority of what used to be known as “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” you are not alone.

The answer, unsurprisingly, has everything to do with money, and in particular, the Supreme Court’s tragic 2010 Citizens United ruling. After five years, we can now see clearly how this case has opened the floodgates to massive amounts of fossil fuel money.

Keystone XL is the top issue because the fossil fuel industry wants it to be — and they paid handsomely to make that happen. Take this month’s KXL vote in the House: Representatives voting in favor of the pipeline took a combined $13 million from oil and gas interests in 2014 alone, which was a whopping 8.5 times times more than those voting against.

And then there’s the impact of Citizens United, which goes far beyond a single vote or a single pipeline. The entire climate and energy landscape has been distorted by the huge influx of industry money since 2010. $13 million is in fact chump change for the oil and gas industry. In 2011-12, oil, gas, and coal companies spent $329 million in campaign finance contributions and lobbying expenditures and received $33 billion in federal subsidies over the same two years — a more than 10,000 percent return on investment.

This circle of legalized corruption is the best possible investment for the fossil fuel industry today, as the polluters confront a rising tide of climate science and citizen activism. With the heat on from fossil-fueled global warming, the price of bribery is going up. Thanks to Citizens United and the more recent McCutcheon decision, coal barons, climate deniers, and oily frackers are legally able to shovel virtually limitless amounts of money into the political system to ensure that every project is approved and no meaningful action is taken on climate.

The numbers tell the story clearly, as you can see in the graph below. Oil and gas industry spending in federal elections has steadily increased since 1990, with a massive spike since 2010. While we see the standard midterm slight dip in 2014, it’s a safe bet that 2016 will once again break records.

What changed in 2010? As you can see in this next graph, “soft and outside money” (contributions made outside the federal contribution limits to a state or local party, a state or local candidate, or an outside interest group) exploded.

These expenditures were a major presence in elections until campaign finance legislation in 2002 slammed on the brakes. But in 2010, the Citizens United decision opened the doors once more and the results are clear.

Soft and outside money donations from the oil and gas industry increased by more than 1900 percent between the pre-Citizens United 2006 and post-Citizens United 2014 midterm elections.

The impact of Citizens United can be even more specifically seen when looking at spending by the newly legalized “super PACs” set up since 2010. Just three of these money laundering machines, The Congressional Leadership Fund, American Crossroads, and The Freedom Action Partners Fund, spent well over $220 million trying to influence the past three elections. All have close connections withare funded by, or advocate on behalf of the fossil fuel industry. The amount spent by these types of outside organizations has skyrocketed since 2010 as they furiously work to buy up our democracy.

This has had a clear impact on attitudes on Capitol Hill. One D.C. insider recently told us that there are many more Republicans who believe and are concerned by climate science than are prepared to admit it publicly. They know for sure that if they try to break with the pack, they will be targeted by this now enormous fossil-controlled Death Star of Dollars, and they’re not willing to risk it. “It’s like being trapped inside Stalag Exxon,” we were told.

Another of the major players in campaign finance since Citizens United has been Chevron. In 2012, it gave $2.5 million to The Congressional Leadership Fund in one fell swoop, the single largest donation from a publicly traded company to a super PAC at the time. It followed this up with another $1 million donation in 2014.

But there’s hope — even Chevron’s near limitless supply of campaign cash couldn’t buy an election in Richmond, Calif., this past November. The oil giant spent more than $3 million in a massive political blitz to try to gain control of Richmond’s politics. And it had good reason: One of its dangerous, sprawling oil refineries sits within the city limits. In all, it spent roughly $72 per voter in an attempt to elect oil-friendly candidates.

What Chevron didn’t expect was the people-powered movement ready to meet it — one with enough energy to ultimately beat the oil giant. Tom Butt was elected mayor with 51 percent of the vote, beating the Chevron-backed candidate by 16 points. Not only that, but the Richmond Progressive Alliance representatives Eduardo Martinez, Jovanka Beckles, and outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin also won three of the four open seats on the City Council. The icing on the cake? Butt spent roughly $58,000 on his campaign — a tiny amount compared to what Chevron put in.

The people of Richmond showed that people power can beat corporate cash — but we shouldn’t have to fight pitched battles against corporations trying to take control of our democracy.

Today, people all over the U.S. are continuing the fight to take this country back from the moneyed interests running it into the ground. In recognition of the five-year anniversary of Citizens United, Americans are joining together to demand a new type of politics, one that protects our climate and doesn’t bow to the interests of industry.

It’s time to separate oil and state and reclaim our democracy.


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Categories: Environment

First Associates Loan Servicing, LLC to Provide Primary Servicing for...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:23

Loan servicing from First Associates enables ApplePie Capital to rapidly scale its operations while achieving industry-leading security and compliance

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Fecbek Unveils“A Special Night For Special Lovers” Valentine's...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:23

To celebrate Valentine’s day with customers, Fecbek.com launches its Lingerie 2015 Collection to kick off its Valentine’s Sale.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Jobs Have Grown Six-Fold in Last Six Months, the Factory has been...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:23

Management Uncertainty of Last Three Years Is over and U.S.-based Fuel Cell Manufacturer to Crank up to Full Production This Spring

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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Weddingshe Announces A Special Offer On Its Popular Glamorous Wedding...

PR Web - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:23

Today, Weddingshe announces a special offer on its popular glamorous wedding dresses.

(PRWeb January 22, 2015)

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