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Leaky Gut Cure Review Reveals Unique Method to Stop Chronic Symptoms

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 13:45

DailyGossip.org publishes a complex review to the Leaky Gut Cure, a unique method of stopping chronic symptoms of this disease.

(PRWeb August 30, 2014)

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Resource Area For Teaching and University Games Partner to Inspire...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 13:45

To provide more young children with an opportunity to practice innovation and creativity, San Francisco-based University Games has partnered with nonprofit Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) to raise...

(PRWeb August 30, 2014)

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Perceptive Devices Wins at Cincinnati Innovates

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 13:45

Perceptive Devices LLC won the RocketCode Web Development Award at the Cincinnati Innovates competition for its patent pending Percept-D™ technology. Percept-D™ allows users to control diverse...

(PRWeb August 30, 2014)

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Why coal is (still) worse than fracking and cow burps

Grist.org - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 11:48

Is fracking for natural gas good for the planet?

To understand the pitched fight over this question, you first need to realize that for many years, we’ve been burning huge volumes of coal to get electricity — and coal produces a ton of carbon dioxide, the chief gas behind global warming. Natural gas, by contrast, produces half as much carbon dioxide when it burns, and thus, the fracking boom has been credited with a decline in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. So far so good, right?

Umm, maybe. Recently on our Inquiring Minds podcast, we heard from Anthony Ingraffea, a professor of engineering at Cornell University, who contends that it just isn’t that simple. Methane (the main component of natural gas) is also a hard-hitting greenhouse gas, if it somehow finds its way into the atmosphere. And Ingraffea argued that because of high leakage rates of methane from shale gas development, that’s exactly what’s happening. The trouble is that methane has a much greater “global warming potential” than carbon dioxide, meaning that it has a greater “radiative forcing” effect on the climate over a given time period (and especially over shorter time periods). In other words, according to Ingraffea, the CO2 savings from burning natural gas instead of coal is being canceled out by all the methane that leaks into the atmosphere when we’re extracting and transporting that gas. (Escaped methane from natural gas drilling complements other preexisting sources, such as the belching of cows.)

But not every scientist agrees with Ingraffea’s methane-centered argument. In particular, Raymond Pierrehumbert, a geoscientist at the University of Chicago, has prominently argued that carbon dioxide “is in a class by itself” among greenhouse warming pollutants, because unlike methane, its impacts occur over such a dramatic timescale that they are “essentially irreversible.” That’s because of carbon dioxide’s incredibly long-term effect on the climate: Given a large pulse of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, much of it will still be there 10,000 years later. By contrast, even though methane is much more potent than carbon dioxide over a short timeframe, its atmospheric lifetime is only about 12 years.

Applied to the debate over natural gas, that could mean that seeing gas displace coal is a good thing in spite of any concerns about methane leaks.

To hear this counterpoint, we invited Pierrehumbert on Inquiring Minds as well. “You can afford to actually have a little bit of extra warming due to methane if you’re using its a bridge fuel, because the benefit you get from reducing the carbon dioxide emissions stays with you forever, whereas the harm done by methane goes away more or less as soon as you stop using it,” he explained on the show. You can listen to the interview — which is part of a larger show — below, beginning at about 4:40 (or you can leap to it by clicking here):

Pierrehumbert’s arguments are based on a recent paper that he published in the Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences, extensively comparing carbon dioxide with more short-lived climate pollutants, like methane, black carbon, and ozone. The paper basically states that the metric everybody has been using to compare carbon dioxide with methane, the “global warming potential” described by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is deeply misleading.

The IPCC, in its 2013 report, calls global warming potential the “default metric” for comparing the consequences, over a fixed period of time, of emitting the same volume of two different greenhouse gases. And according to the IPCC, using this approach, methane has 84 times the atmospheric effect that an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide does over a period of 20 years. But, it’s crucial to remember that that’s over 20 years; at the end of the period, the carbon dioxide will still be around and the methane won’t. The metric, writes Humbert, is “completely insensitive” to any damages due to global warming that occur beyond a particular time window, “no matter how catastrophic they may be.” Elsewhere, he calls the approach “crude.”

To see why, consider this figure from Pierrehumbert’s paper, comparing the steady emission, over 200 years, of two hypothetical greenhouse gases (the solid blue and red lines). One gas lasts in the atmosphere for 1,000 years, and one that lasts only 10 years. Each has the same “global warming potential” at 100 years, but notice how the short-lived gas’ warming effect vanishes almost as soon as the emissions of it end:

Comparison of two greenhouse gases that have the same “global warming potential” over 100 years but very different lifetimes.

The gases in the figure aren’t carbon dioxide and methane, but you get the point. The upshot, Pierrehumbert argues, is that it is almost always a good idea to cut CO2 emissions — even if doing so results in a temporary increase of methane emissions from leaky fracked wells. As he writes:

… there is little to be gained from early mitigation of the short-lived gas [methane]. In contrast, any delay in mitigation of the long-lived gas ratchets up the warming irreversibly … the situation is rather like saving money for one’s retirement — the earlier one begins saving, the more one’s savings grow by the time of retirement, so the earlier one starts, the easier it is to achieve the goal of a prosperous retirement. Methane mitigation is like trying to stockpile bananas to eat during retirement. Given the short lifetime of bananas, it makes little sense to begin saving them until your retirement date is quite near.

And that, in turn, implies that any displacing of coal with natural gas is a good thing for the climate. It’s just less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, plain and simple.

Ingraffea disagrees. By email, he commented that Pierrehumbert “is correct that the long-term risk to climate is from CO2, but he is willing to accept the almost certain short-term consequences which can only be ameliorated by reductions in methane and black carbon.”

But interestingly, there is one major commonality between Ingraffea’s point of view and that of Pierrehumbert. Namely, both emphasize the importance of getting beyond natural gas, and transitioning to 100 percent clean energy.

Here’s the logic: Because carbon dioxide is so bad for the climate, the fact that natural gas burning does produce some of it (even if not as much as coal) means that if cheap natural gas discourages the use of carbon-free sources like nuclear, solar, or wind energy, then that’s also a huge climate negative. So just as natural gas is not nearly as bad as coal from a carbon perspective, it is also not nearly as good as renewable energy. And that, in turn, means that while natural gas can play a transitional role toward a clean energy future, that role has to be relatively brief.

“It’s useful as a bridge fuel,” says Pierrehumbert, “but if using it as a bridge fuel just drives out renewables and other carbon-free sources of energy, it’s really a bridge to nowhere.”

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


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Slanderous Competition On Ripoff Report Attacks Consumer Advocate...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44

In today's world, competitors can easily defame other businesses' reputation, such as that of Consumer Advocate Services Enterprises Inc. through social media outlets and review websites....

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Group of Plaintiffs in Zoloft Lawsuit Alleging SSRI Caused Birth...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44

25 Plaintiffs Represented in Zoloft Lawsuit Contending the Antidepressant Caused Birth Defects Have Been Granted a Remand Back to Missouri, Reports Wright & Schulte LLC

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Pixel Film Studios Released TransGhost Plugin for Final Cut Pro X...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44

TransGhost Plugin for Final Cut Pro X was released today, which includes over 40 action transitions and overlay effects from Pixel Film Studios.

(PRWeb August 30, 2014)

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RoboVent Celebrates 25th Anniversary

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44

Industry leading Air Filtration Company celebrates 25 years in business and earns a position on the 2014 Inc. 5000.

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Crimson Cup Expands Friend2Farmer® Direct Trade Relationships...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44

Representatives from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recently traveled to Peru to build relationships with coffee farmers and develop a better understanding of growing conditions and community needs....

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Esensors Develops Environmental Monitor for Wine Cellars

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44

Esensors Inc. has developed a monitoring system specialized for wine cellars based on our experience with industrial environmental sensors and with the advice of wine experts.

(PRWeb August 30, 2014)

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Automatic Lightning Protection Launches New Website

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44

Automatic Lightning Protection supplier launches new website offering all necessary lightning protection equipment and installation instruction manuals.

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Top10BestSEOHosting.com Considers Arvixe, Bluehost And GoDaddy As The...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44

Top10BestSEOHosting.com compares many professional WordPress hosting suppliers and announces that Arvixe, Bluehost and GoDaddy are the best SEO hosting companies for webmasters who want to buy high...

(PRWeb August 29, 2014)

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Cheap Sexy Mini Dresses Added To The Product Line Of Skmen.com

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:44

Skmen.com, a famous online supplier of trendy clothes, has unveiled its new assortment of sexy mini dresses. At the moment, all these mini outfits are offered at discounted rates, up to 30 percent...

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Top10BestSEOHosting.com: GoDaddy and GreenGeeks Are The Most...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:44

Famous review website Top10BestSEOHosting.com compares many popular hosting suppliers and announces that GoDaddy and GreenGeeks are the most recommended suppliers for webmasters.

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Global Food Exchange™ Featured in New Book "Game Plan" by...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:44

Lackey and Global Food Exchange™ excited to be apart of Freeman's continued success.

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2014 Floor Length Bridesmaid Dresses for Sale at UWDress.com

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:44

UWDress.com, one of the most famous dress suppliers in the world, has revealed its latest collection of 2014 floor length bridesmaid dresses. According to the company’s marketing specialist, all its...

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New Designs Of Canada Goose Chilliwack Bombers From...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:44

DoudouneCanadienneGoosePasCher.fr has unveiled its new Canada Goose Chilliwack bomber collection and launched an autumn special offer. At present, all its new products are provided with big discounts,...

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Cleveland Indians Ceremonial First Pitch On September 27th Goes To...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:44

Women In Trucking Association Auctions Opening Pitch at Women In Transportation day at Cleveland Indians Progressive Field, September 27th.

(PRWeb August 29, 2014)

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MassageChairs.com Now Offers Zero Gravity Massage Chair at Reasonable...

PR Web - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:44

Being the most trusted name for massage chairs, MassageChairs.com now offers an entirely new range of zero gravity massage chair at cost-effective prices. The company stocks zero gravity massage...

(PRWeb August 29, 2014)

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This California bill will make electric cars way less pretentious

Grist.org - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:29

Finally, electric cars are for everybody, and not just the snooty, Prius-driving set: California’s legislature has just passed a first-of-its-kind bill that would up the number of electric cars on the state’s roadways by increasing their availability to disadvantaged and low-income drivers.

The Charge Ahead California Initiative – SB-1275 — sponsored by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), would put at least a million zero-emission and near-zero-emission cars on California roads by January 2023. Gov. Jerry Brown has until the end of September to sign it.

If passed, the bill would phase out the state’s current clean-vehicle rebate ($2,500 for an electric car) for people who can probably afford a clean car even without help from the government. More than 72,000 California residents have received electric car rebates so far, amounting to more than $151 million, though about four-fifths of the state’s rebates have gone to households earning more than $100K per year.

Instead, SB-1275 would help subsidize clean-vehicles for low-income drivers the Los Angeles Times reports:

A family of four with an annual household income of $53,000 could bundle state incentives toward the purchase of a cleaner vehicle. The family could get $1,500 for retiring a high-polluting vehicle, along with the existing $2,500 rebate for buying an electric car.

Low-income families also could qualify for an additional $3,000 incentive for a clean-air vehicle. The incentive could be even larger for a buyer who lives in a neighborhood with poor air quality.

Alternately, residents could retire an older car, without buying a new one, and get $3,000 to pay for public transit passes or a car-sharing program membership.

Equal access to electric cars? We’re sold.


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