Environment

Screw being ladylike on a bike

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:22

Turns out the sexist soap bubble we live in doesn’t pop when you hop on a Surly. If anything, people get MORE judgey: Ladies, you better not get to work sweaty and unpretty! But how dare you ride in a skirt and heels? I half expect some guy with a handlebar mustache to promote riding sidesaddle. (Lest you think we live in a post-gender society, know that women in the U.S. only take 1-in-4 bike trips.)

Former Grist editor Sarah Goodyear reached out to female cyclists, asking what it means to be feminine on two wheels (if there even IS such a thing). Reading the smattering of responses she got over at Atlantic Cities was both reassuring and eye-opening, reinforcing that there’s no one way to be a woman on a bike, just as — WAIT FOR IT — there’s no one way to be a human on Planet Earth. (Crazy, I know.) Here are a handful of ruminations on cycling, fashion, and gender (all of which you should read, BTW):

“I like to hope that I’m changing/expanding the perception of what is feminine when I zip around on my bike while wearing a dress.” — Emily

“It’s not that I want to avoid looking feminine, but that I want to be seen primarily as a cyclist. Yes, I’m a woman who rides, but how often do we talk about masculinity and riding?” –Caitlin Cohn

“I weird people out when I show up in a public space and take off half my layers. Women are expected to show up to places already presentable.” –Melody Hoffman

“I was always turned off by the pandering-seeming marketing of ‘feminine’ bike products: cute cruisers, wicker baskets, and that ‘I’m just always constantly biking to some cutesy-picnic-date’ vibe … ‘Feminine’ can be having really strong, shapely legs! ‘Feminine’ can be taking up less physical space, using less fossil fuel, and caring about the environment!” –Ruby Gertz

“Cycling is one of life’s greatest joys for me. I couldn’t care less what it implies about my femininity.” –Nsedef

YEAH. So eff gender expectations of being sporty or sexy or both. Wear what you want; just get your feet on the pedals!


Filed under: Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

VDC Research Selects Microchip’s New Family of MCUs for Embeddy Award

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Hardware company awarded with Best of Show at EE Live! 2014.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Discounted Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (7-Inch, Dark Gray) Online Now at...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

SeeTips.com has recently updated its website with Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 collection (7-Inch, Dark Gray). The company announces that Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets are the most recommended tablets for the...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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SEIA Members Honored by White House as ‘Champions of Change’

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Applauding their efforts to “expand energy choices for Americans,” the Obama Administration today presented its Champions of Change Award to 10 solar organizations. Following the announcement, Rhone...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Juniper Systems to Host Fisheries Webinar on Custom Fisheries Apps

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Juniper Systems is hosting an upcoming webinar for fisheries professionals on April 24th.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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1% for the Planet Transitioning to Second Generation of Senior...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Terry Kellogg, Chief Executive Officer, to leave after nine-year record of achievement

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Motorcycle, Bike and Parts Manufacturing in Canada Industry Market...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:20

Industry manufacturers will likely invest heavily in targeting new customer groups, such as women and millennial, over the next five years. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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New hurricane maps will show whether your house could drown

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:39

The federal government will begin making its hurricane warning maps more colorful this summer, adding a range of hues to represent the danger of looming floods.

Red, orange, yellow, and blue will mark coastal and near-coastal areas where storm surges are anticipated during a hurricane. The different colors will be used to show the anticipated depth of approaching flash floods.

Severe flooding that followed Superstorm Sandy helped prompt the change — NOAA says it had a hard time convincing Manhattanites that they faced any real danger from such floods.

“We are not a storm-surge-savvy nation,” Jamie Rhome, a storm surge specialist with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, told Reuters. “Yet storm surge is responsible for over half the deaths in hurricanes. So you can see why we’re motivated to try something new.”

Here’s a hypothetical example of what one such map might look like for Florida. Beware, Ft. Myers!

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Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Vermont poised to mandate GMO labels on food

Grist.org - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:52

Vermont is on the verge of becoming the third American state to require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

State senators approved a GMO-labeling bill on Tuesday with a 28-2 vote, sending it back to the House, which approved an earlier version with a 99-42 vote last year. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has said he’s likely to sign it.

The bill would require the words “partially produced with genetic engineering” to be stamped on packages of GMO-containing food sold in Vermont. The lists of ingredients would also need to specify which items contain GMOs. It would be illegal to market such foods as  “natural,” “naturally made,” or “naturally grown.”

Connecticut and Maine have both recently passed similar laws – but those laws will only take effect if enough other states do likewise. The two states don’t want to face the inevitable lawsuits from Big Food on their own.

Vermont is the first state willing to go it alone. Its bill would take effect in July 2016. State lawmakers say they crafted the language of the bill carefully, hoping it could survive court challenges.

“It’s quite likely we will be sued,” bill sponsor Sen. David Zuckerman, a member of the Vermont Progressive Party, told Politico. “We have looked at the various court cases out there.”

The Grocery Manufacturers Association confirmed that it could be a party to a lawsuit against the rules. “We will continue to fight to protect the accuracy and consistency of food labels,” said GMA Vice President Mandy Hagan. Which might sound like a pro-GMO-labeling stance – if only those words had been uttered by somebody else. “If it turns out that litigation is the best way to do that then that is an option we will pursue,” she continued.


Filed under: Food, Politics
Categories: Environment

H2O Coin, the First Crypto-Coin Made for Water Charity Purposes,...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

Let's help those who are in need.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Gusher Days Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary, May 2-3

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau supports this free festival held at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City, La.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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US VPN Offers a Stable Alternative to Proxy Servers for Unblocking...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

idcloak announces the release of its US VPN service, which serves as a quality alternative to proxy servers for unblocking YouTube and other video streaming sites.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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FLS Energy Announces RFP Seeking 100 Megawatts of Pre-Developed,...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

FLS Energy announces RFP seeking 100 megawatts of pre-developed, shovel-ready solar projects in North Carolina.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Revolutionary Workforce Planning Part 2 – Advanced Foundations and...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

Revolutionary Workforce Planning, a three-part series by Brian Wilkerson of Revolution Advisors LLC, recognizes that in the companies that have achieved a more advanced level of workforce planning,...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Fujitsu and AnythingIT Surpass 150,000-pound Mark of eCycled...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

Eight-year Partnership Has Provided Customers with Environmentally Friendly eCycling to Keep End-of-Life Electronics Out of Landfills, Maximizing the Refining Process of Raw Materials

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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St. Edith’s School Wins Grand Championship at SAE International’s 4th...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

St. Edith School (Archdiocese of Detroit) Team 2 was the Grand Champion of the 4th Annual A World In Motion® (AWIM) International Fuel Cell Competition, which was held Thursday, April 10 during...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ Brings Solar Power and Energy...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

New solar pavilion donation lowers campground energy costs and teaches Girl Scouts about renewable energy.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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National Grid Supports the Real Power Behind the Boston Marathon:...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

Lone Energy Company Providing In-Race Support Supplies BAA with Six Energy Efficient Vehicles to Lead and Trail Racers

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Sifting Through the Data: Energy Efficiency Professionals Convene in...

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

AGRION to host green building benchmarking roundtable with thought leaders from Urban Green Council, NYC Department of Administrative Citywide Services, UtiliSave, CUNY Building Performance Lab, &...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Unisource Launches New uBRAND™ Line to Canadian Market

PR Web - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:19

Unisource Worldwide, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of uBRAND; a new coated line of printing paper, to customers located in Canada.

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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