Environment

Residential Solar Leads Are Now Being Offered Through Exclusive...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:01

123 Solar is expanding their current success and launching campaigns for residential solar leads in Arizona.

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UCAR Foundation Board Targets Commercialization of New Research

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:01

Accelerating its focus on commercializing new research technologies, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Foundation is welcoming a new chair and two new members to its board of...

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Bamboo Decking From Top Bamboo Flooring Company...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:01

Today, BambooFlooringChina.com releases its new bamboo decking collection, and offers big discounts and coupons for the bamboo flooring distributors worldwide.

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“Green Revolution” Changes Breathing of the Biosphere, Say UMD...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:01

The intense farming practices of the “Green Revolution” are powerful enough to alter Earth’s atmosphere at an ever-increasing rate, boosting the seasonal amplitude in atmospheric carbon dioxide to...

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HR/Benefits Industry Leader Announces New Company Name - Arrow...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:01

UBA Partner Continues Legacy of Elevating Industry Standards

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Why we’re excited about PBS’ wild new series

Grist.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 21:49

I have a confession: Epic eco-documentaries make me emotional; they’re like my An Affair to Remember. And National Geographic‘s preview for their upcoming series, Earth: A New Wild has me clicking refresh even more than Ocean Blue the last eco-film to turn me into a sniffling, best-friend hugging mess. But Earth: A New Wild promises to be more than just two hours of old-school majestic aerial views over the Amazon. The series will explore how humans (yes, you!) are interacting and changing wildlife in environments all over the world — including the urban one. CAN’T. WAIT.

Adventure-loving conservationist M. Sanjayan will host the five-part series, which will air Feb. 4 on PBS. Sanjayan traveled to 29 countries for 45 shoots to reveal how humans and animals can “co-habitate and be mutually beneficial.” Each of the five episodes will take on an environmental landscape, like plains, forests, oceans, water, and home. But the most unique thing is how Sanjayan will explore our Anthropocene to find out how humans and wild animals are coexisting in each of them. One sequence even envisions a New York City overrun by nature.

An environmental documentary where actual humans step into the frame? Swooooon. I don’t know about you, but the trailer alone has me fanning myself and tearing up. I’m think I’m going to need a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, all my best girlfriends, and a nice cup of hot tea to get me through this one.


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Categories: Environment

Within two years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced

Grist.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 21:09

It often surprises people to hear that big companies like Exxon use a “shadow carbon price” when assessing future investment opportunities (in other words, they assume a price on carbon even where/when there isn’t one). After all, if you only pay attention to the headlines, it sounds like the big story on climate change is that nobody’s doing anything and we’re all doomed. Why would Exxon think carbon will be priced any time soon?

Well, it turns out that carbon is getting priced, not in the big, dramatic, simple way climate hawks would prefer, but incrementally, piecemeal, country-by-country, region-by-region, still inadequately but in a way that’s starting to add up.

The always-excellent folks at the Sightline Institute have done the world a favor by pulling all the world’s carbon pricing systems into one place. Here’s their awesome animated map:

Click to embiggen.Sightline Institute

As you can see, the big story (as usual) is China, which is planning on rolling out a nationwide cap-and-trade system in 2016. That system will instantly become the largest in the world, covering some 5,000 million metric tons worth of emissions, about 13 percent of the the world’s total. Once that’s in place, about a quarter of the world’s total carbon emissions will be priced. Not bad!

The next biggest systems after China’s are the E.U.’s and Japan’s. America’s — RGGI on the East Coast and California’s on the West Coast — are comparatively small, especially relative to total emissions in those areas.

How high are the prices on carbon? Sightline explains:

Prices range from $1 to $168 per ton, but most cluster between $10 and $30 per ton. For example, California’s price is currently around $13 per ton, and British Columbia’s price is currently around $28. The price outlier at $168 per ton is Sweden, where a high and persistent price has helped reduce pollution 13 percent in a decade. A carbon tax of $28 plus other policies have helped Ireland slash pollution more than 15 percent since 2008.

Sightline’s post contains a bunch more insights, including what sectors are most commonly covered (electricity and large industry), the variety of uses for carbon revenue, and the ways that various systems protect heavy-emitting industries. I particularly appreciate this point:

What’s better: a cap or a tax?

Wrong question. What matters are those pesky details. A well-designed tax can deliver the same benefits as a well-designed cap. Poor design can ruin either.

Exactly.

Anyway, check out Sightline’s post, and while you’re over there, give them some money. For such a comparatively small outfit, they are creating an enormous amount of value.


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Categories: Environment

Comedy phenom Megan Amram wants to teach women science — with hot sex tips!

Grist.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:05

Describing the premise of Science … For Her! is an exercise in combining words that don’t readily make a lot of sense together. “It’s like a textbook, that’s written in the voice of a Cosmopolitan editor — if Cosmopolitan editors were certifiably insane,” I said to a friend, who just kind of stared at me. I was trying to explain my enthusiasm about interviewing the author, 27-year-old comedian Megan Amram.

Amram, like all great things, got her start on Twitter, and then began writing for the undeniably hilarious series Parks and Recreation. Science … For Her!, which came out earlier this month, is her first book. The splashy quasi-textbook is a satirical take on the very, very tired trope of women being unable to understand science — or math, or economics, or anything remotely empirical. Amram breaks down a number of rudimentary scientific concepts, all through the bizarre lens of a women’s magazine.

Some examples: Outfit suggestions for global warming! (“+ 20° FAHRENHEIT: Most of Africa and Australia is now unlivable for humans. Half of the human population has been wiped out due to lethal heat-stress levels. Try a super-light linen sundress in white or light yellow for a summery splash of color.”) A lesson in basic chemistry — tailored to the female reproductive system! (“THE PERIOD! ICK! TABLE What would a women’s science book be without a spotlight on periods? In this segment, I show a periodic table where every element represents a different aspect of menstruation!”) Winter’s sexiest molecules! (Self-explanatory.)

I got to chat with Amram about how, exactly, she came up with the premise for this book, why science is funny, and what pisses her off more than anything. Here’s a lightly edited and condensed version of our conversation:

Q. So why did you want to write Science … For Her!?

A. First of all, I wanted to write a comedy book, and I wanted to make people laugh — that was my first and foremost goal. But I thought that the aesthetic of a woman’s magazine would look really funny and be fun to work on. There’s a funny convergence there, of textbooks and magazines organized in very similar ways with diagrams and sidebars.

And the satire of making a woman’s textbook was very clear to me. If you follow the line of people in the media saying that women don’t understand math or science or how to drive — or any number of things — out to its furthest point of logic, then women don’t understand anything about the world. And I’ve sort of wanted to play devil’s advocate there.

Q. How have you experienced that firsthand — the public questioning of women’s ability to understand empirical things?

A. I went to Harvard, and right before I started there Larry Summers, then the head of the school, had said that women might have less aptitude in the whole career of math and science. That’s just not taking so many things into account — like women aren’t told when they’re little girls that they should go into [STEM fields], and a whole slew of other things. But I think that’s what frustrates me – [public figures saying] these things that are so uninformed. I want to know what goes through their heads – like, what made you think you could say this without looking anything up?

Q. Alright – so how would you change that? How would you get girls into science?

A. I think just such an [important] thing is to hear is that it’s something you should do as a very young girl. This book is very dirty and violent, so it’s not really appropriate for middle schoolers, but I do kind of hope that girls who are too young get their hands on it. Hopefully when they read it, it will occur to them that you shouldn’t just take things for granted — like, that women do certain sorts of jobs, for example, or that magazines are never sexist. I think that as a young person, you’re rarely questioning the things around you — but girls need to question the idea of what they should and shouldn’t do.

Q. Do you think that humor and science should intersect more?

A. I’ve always been very interested in science, but some people see it as a humorless thing, I imagine. Which is not true – so many scientists have great senses of humor. Albert Einstein had a great sense of humor. [Scientists don’t fit] the stereotype of a person in a dark room who doesn’t talk to anyone, doing calculations.

Q. I mean, there’s a lot that’s funny about science right now – mainly the fact that it’s being ignored by the people governing our country. That’s kind of funny, in an awful, absurdist way.

A. Yes — it feels like a Beckett play or something. It’s like, “Oh, so I guess I need to not get angry and I need to give in to the fact that the rules of logic don’t apply to the world we live in!” But then you have to think, “No, we have to keep fighting these people, because if you don’t, then they just win.”

Q. Like climate change deniers taking over the Senate Environmental Council?

A. It’s my least favorite thing – I can’t even describe to you how angry I am just thinking about it. Climate change and the anti-vaccine movement are the two things that probably get me the angriest, including people who have slighted me. I have nothing new to say, except for: 1. Look around the world. Just literally look outside your window and tell me that things have not changed in your lifetime, in terms of climate. And 2. Why not prepare for the worst?

It appears that some politicians believe that scientists are trying to trick them. What — do you think scientists are all these sneaky little rats who are thinking, “Oh, these guys bullied me growing up, and now I’m gonna trick ‘em – take their money away!” It’s so insane to me.

Q. So I’m sure you’re familiar with this refrain of conservative politicians saying, “I’m not a scientist, so I can’t comment on climate change.” How would you respond to them making that claim over and over again?

A. I would say, “Oh, don’t sell yourself short! Of course you are! Don’t say that about yourself! Anyone’s a scientist if they believe!”


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living, Politics
Categories: Environment

These photos of China’s toxic smog are terrifying

Grist.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:47

During the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing, something remarkable happened, as it does every time the world’s news cameras train their sites on the Chinese capital: The toxic gray air turned blue. The state-run press even gave it a name: “APEC blue.”

Magic! Not exactly. In a push to impress (pretend?), the magic wand that Beijing authorities waved to banish the smog was in fact a massive bureaucratic effort that could only be pulled off in one-party-rule China. Ten thousand industrial plants were temporarily shuttered, and nearly 40,000 others limited operating hours. An army of 434,000 staff and officials from provinces surrounding Beijing were called up to inspect the plants and enforce the order, according to the South China Morning Post.

In China, extreme tactics like this are not uncommon. The skies for 2008′s Beijing Olympics were cleared in part using cloud-seeding, a process that involves lacing clouds with chemicals to increase precipitation. The country boasts “the world’s largest rainmaking force, with 6,902 cloud-seeding artillery guns, 7,034 launchers for chemical-bearing rockets, more than 50 planes and 47,700 employees,” according to the Washington Post.

But now that APEC is over, so is APEC blue. The smog is returning with a vengeance as cars clog the streets and production gets back online:

No more APEC Blue http://t.co/PsM0Vdq43W


Scott Murdoch (@murdochsj) November 19, 2014

To get a real sense of just how bad the air is in Beijing most of the time, check out this extraordinary series of photos taken by one Beijing man, who has been waging something of a social media war against the city’s toxic air since the beginning of 2013. Zou Yi has been taking photos of the Beijing sky every day and uploading them to his personal Weibo account (the rough equivalent of Twitter). The result – which we first saw in Petapixel and which was also reported in That’s, a Beijing expat magazine – is frightening:

A toxic view. Zou Yi / Sina Weibo | via Petapixel | / That’s

The daily photos of the Beijing Television Station building are taken from Zou’s apartment. They include the date and Beijing’s Air Quality Index readings. Independent US readings of the smog taken from atop its Beijing embassy were reportedly censored during APEC.

The photo series has even been picked up by Chinese state-run press, in a further sign that the constraints around reporting the pollution problem in the media have been gradually loosening over the last few years. China Radio International’s website quoted Zou Yi as saying, “I hope the activity will cause more people to realize the significance of protecting the environment.”

According to environmental policy experts, China’s air crisis was a major driver behind the landmark U.S.-China climate deal announced last week. Under the agreement, China’s greenhouse gas emissions would peak around 2030. China’s pollution – which is now a political headache for its leaders, not simply an environmental concern – has been central to its pursuit of alternative energy sources, including natural gas, that could wean China’s economy from dirty coal.

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


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Categories: Environment

New Horizontal Bamboo Flooring Collection Available Now At...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

China Bamboo Veneer Manufacturer BambooIndustry.com has recently shown its new horizontal bamboo flooring collection. Today, the business announces a special offer on all these new models.

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Outdoor Spas and Hot Tubs from XC Spa on Sale Now

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Today, XC Spa announces its new products, which are offered at discounted prices until Dec 15, 2014.

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More Cities Now Served by Pure Luxe Residential Painting, Vancouver

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Pure Luxe Painting Company now serves a larger number of cities with its residential painting, Vancouver. More information is available at...

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Report Reveals Changes in Foodservice Packaging Supply Chain

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Foodservice Packaging Institute’s annual Trends Report shows market shifts and changing demands throughout the supply chain.

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DGS Kicks-Off Small Business Initiative

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Department of General Services Makes Concerted Effort to Bring in More Local Businesses

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More Efficient Second Generation Leapfrog Lighting PAR Series LED...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Leapfrog Lighting releases even more efficient spec-quality PAR LED lamps. With 18 models available for each bulb style and with a choice of CRIs of 81 or 95—even the most demanding business or...

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Mortgage Purchase Activity Surges

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Peoples Home Equity shares how purchase mortgage activity has recently surged.

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Embrace the Cold this Winter with a Tulikivi, a Natural Way of Heating...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Highlighting Tulikivi's fireplace bake ovens

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Middle East and African In-Building Wireless Market driven by mobile...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

The Middle East and African In-Building Wireless Market is estimated to grow to $1,049.2million by 2019...

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Molecular-Assisted Alpha Taxonomy Genetic Testing Reveals Species of...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

A study in the current issue of Phycologia examines algae of the Corallinales order. Because these algae have made adjustments to their environments and followed individual but similar lines of...

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Vers Inc. Launches the Q aptX® series of Handcrafted, Solid Wood...

PR Web - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Vers Inc. continues to push design and sound barriers with its launch of the next generation Q series. Powered by Bluetooth® v4.0, aptX® technology, and upgraded audio design for...

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