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Pro Ace Now Provides Heating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing &...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

There are many companies that provide these services separately, but Pro Ace gives a one-stop-solution for all households and commercial units. More information is available at...

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Global Kaolin and Metakaolin market to be Worth $5.34 billion and...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

Transparency Market Research, in its latest report, estimates that the global kaolin and metakaolin markets will report a CAGR of 4% and 4.4% from 2013 to 2019.

(PRWeb September 19, 2014)

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Top10BestSEOHosting.com Announces Great Linux Web Hosting Suppliers In...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

Top 10 Best SEO Hosting, a leading review website, has recently announced that HostGator.com, GoDaddy and Bluehost are among the best web hosting suppliers in 2014.

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Top10BestSEOHosting.com: They Are Best Windows Web Hosting Suppliers...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

Top10BestSEOHosting.com today compares many professional Windows web hosting suppliers and announces that HostMonster, Arvixe and Bluehost are the best suppliers of 2014.

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Top10BestSEOHosting.com: JustHost is One of the Best VPS Suppliers in...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

Recently, Top10BestSEOHosting.com has compared many professional web hosting companies and announced that JustHost, IX Web Hosting and Bluehost are the best VPS suppliers in 2014.

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Strategies and Resources for Managing Phosphorus, Protecting...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

Cover crops, gypsum applications and a new initiative to develop whole-system solutions to reduce algal blooms and improve water quality were key topics discussed at media event.

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Fostering Creative Career Exploration with Mediaplanet’s “Investing in...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

Mediaplanet today announces distribution of its first cross-platform edition of “Investing in the Arts,” a campaign that aims to promote, support and expand the creative industries that drive the U.S....

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Fostering Creative Career Exploration with Mediaplanet’s “Investing in...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

Mediaplanet today announces distribution of its first cross-platform edition of “Investing in the Arts,” a campaign that aims to promote, support and expand the creative industries that drive the U.S....

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Mediaplanet Launches “Climate Change” Campaign Inspiring Americans to...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

Mediaplanet today announces distribution of its first cross-platform edition of "Climate Change," a campaign that aims to encourage readers to think more proactively about their own carbon...

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Good news! There’s bad news for coal

Grist.org - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:03

Too often I’m writing depressing things, so now I’m going to turn my attention to some good news. It turns that while I was off hiatus-ing, ol’ King Coal was having a rough go of it. As regular readers know, coal is the enemy of the human race, so every bit of ill fortune that befalls it is like the peal of an angel’s trumpet, a distant melody of hope. Let’s review.

1. Coal is retiring

August saw the announced retirement of 6,377 megawatts worth of coal generation, the highest of any month since the beginning of 2010:

Sierra Club

This is testament to the extraordinary ongoing success of the grassroots anti-coal movement in the U.S. Every coal plant involved in that total represents a long and tenacious ground battle fought by local coalitions, and not in coastal liberal enclaves, either, but in IndianapolisMissouri, and Tennessee. The movement can now boast the announced shutdown of over 500 coal units and more than 175 full coal plants. Measured by carbon avoided or social capital created, that’s pretty badass.

Meanwhile, a month earlier in July, 100 percent of new generating capacity in the U.S. came from clean sources. The switch is underway. We’re just fighting over timing.

2. Coal exports are constipated

The big news on coal exports is that Ambre Energy is not going to build its proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project, which would have shipped 8.8 million tons of coal a year down the Columbia River and off to Asia. In August, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied Ambre a crucial land permit; a few days ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that all permitting for the project would be suspended indefinitely.

That’s four down. The two remaining U.S. export terminal proposals, Gateway Pacific (which is in trouble) and Longview, are the two biggest. And they’re both in Washington, which, rumor has it, boasts a green-leaning governor.

Over at Sightline — the definitive source for news on the Pacific Northwest coal fight — Clark Williams-Derry gives a fuller accounting of Coal’s Terrible Month. It’s fun reading.

Meanwhile, here’s Pacific Rim coal prices for the last five years:

Better get those exports going, before they’re worthless! Remember what Goldman Sachs said:

New investments in thermal coal infrastructure, unless they come online quickly, will miss a rapidly closing window for profitability. In coming years, there won’t be enough demand growth to justify such investments.

Wouldn’t that be sad.

3. Coal leasing gets a wake-up call

As I and many others have written, the fact that coal companies are allowed to lease public land at dirt-cheap rates, mine coal on it, and sell the coal for a huge profit, often overseas, is a travesty. It substantially offsets the good Obama has done with fuel-economy standards, carbon regulations, etc. When we ship the coal overseas to be burned (often at coal plants with fewer pollution controls), we don’t count the emissions as “ours.” That way, coal company bosses make lots of money and the U.S. government takes none of the carbon responsibility.

In June, after green groups sued over one of the leases, a federal judge called that practice into question. The Boston Globe has the story:

In a key case involving land around Somerset [Colorado], a federal judge ruled in June that the Obama administration, allying itself with the nation’s second-largest coal firm [Arch Coal], had failed to even take into account the “social cost of carbon” when calculating the value of the coal lease. He put the lease on hold, and environmentalists promptly prepared lawsuits designed to stop the entire lease program.

Now, this judgement might be overturned by a higher, more conservative court, but either way, green groups are going to use it as a wedge. It’s going to put a spotlight on coal leasing that might prove politically uncomfortable if it gets hot enough. Siding with coal companies against the climate isn’t very good “optics,” as they say in the biz.

A few months earlier, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released a report critical of the leasing program. The Center for American Progress has one too. So does Sightline, and Greenpeace, and WildEarth Guardians. Reporters are starting to ask questions and the administration is feeling some pressure, as SNL reports:

Asked about the apparent contradiction between the coal lease sale and the new White House report on the impact of delaying climate change mitigation efforts, Dan Utech, the special assistant to the president for energy and climate change, told reporters that “the BLM is looking at some standards for venting and flaring of methane emissions associated with production on federal lands and I think also looking at some leasing reforms potentially for leasing of coal on federal lands.”

Utech acknowledged concerns about the coal leasing program raised by the Interior inspector general and GAO. “We look at climate and other environmental impacts of all federal actions,” he added. “I think anything we do in that space would be no exception.”

Hmm.

What would it mean for BLM to take the social cost of carbon into effect? Lots. But I’ll be writing more about that later.

4. China’s not gonna buy all that coal anyway

As mentioned above, the market for Pacific Rim coal is cratering and would-be coal exporters face, as Goldman Sachs put it, a “rapidly closing window for profitability.” Will that market ever rebound? Will China go back to the insane coal-fueled growth of the early ’00s?

Doubtful. Coal is strangling China, with air pollution so bad it’s causing social upheaval. In response, provincial governments are announcing aggressive coal controls. When it comes to China there’s always considerable doubt about how effectively controls will be implemented (and how to verify if they are), but if the controls are implemented … well, damn. Greenpeace ran the numbers:

  • 12 of China’s 34 provinces, accounting for 44% of China’s coal consumption, have pledged to implement coal control measures.
  • Collectively, the coal control measures imply a reduction in coal consumption of approximately 350 million tonnes (MT) by 2017 and 655 MT by 2020, compared with business-as-usual growth. This translates into an estimated reduction in CO2 emissions of about 700 MT in 2017 and 1,300 MT in 2020.
  • The major slowdown in coal consumption trends opens up a window of opportunity for peaking global CO2 emissions. Implementing the coal control measures could put China’s emissions almost in line with a 2 degrees trajectory.
  • China’s coal consumption has already slowed down recently, with a number of key provinces seeing absolute consumption decreases in 2012.
  • In magnitude, the scale of emission reductions resulting from coal control measures compares to or exceeds the efforts of the other top two polluters – European Union and the United States. [my emphasis]

As you can see, this is a Big F’in Deal. (And this is to say nothing of the carbon market China reportedly plans to implement as early as 2016.)

As Jeff Goodell noted in his superb Rolling Stone piece, what China decides to do about coal will more or less determine the fate of the world.

So at least on the coal front, there may just be a glimmer of hope.


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Categories: Environment

Why North Dakota is doing caviar right

Grist.org - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:20

North Star Caviar
Williston, N.D.

Thanks to the Bakken fracking boom, North Dakota boasts the fastest-growing wages in the United States by a long shot. It’s only appropriate that the state take its rightful spot in the nation’s swag echelon by producing its own caviar.

Why we chose this caviar:

North Star Caviar, a joint venture between nonprofit organizations Friends of Fort Union and Williston Chamber of Commerce, harvests eggs from local paddlefish. Fishermen benefit by having their fish processed and filleted for free. Some proceeds go to grants for education projects in Williston, while others are reinvested into researching and protecting the local paddlefish population. The paddlefish fishery is heavily regulated by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to maintain sustainable population levels.

Pretty penny for an ugly fish:

“It is the ugliest, strangest-looking fish you have ever seen in your life,” says Scott Meske, president of the Williston Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve seen 100-pound paddlefish and I’ve seen 3-pound paddlefish — they’re just all ugly.”

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Categories: Environment

Naomi Klein is right: Unchecked capitalism will destroy civilization

Grist.org - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:44

Best-selling progressive journalist Naomi Klein has an important new book out, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. The author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine now “tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth,” as the book jacket aptly puts it.

In diagnosing the unprecedented existential threat humanity faces thanks to our myopia and unbridled greed, Klein has three essential points to make:

  1. Because we have ignored the increasingly urgent warnings and pleas for action from climate scientists for a quarter century (!) now, the incremental or evolutionary paths to avert catastrophic global warming that we might have been able to take in the past are closed to us.
  2. Humanity faces a stark choice as a result: the end of civilization as we know it or the end of capitalism as we know it.
  3. Choosing “unregulated capitalism” over human civilization would be a “morally monstrous” choice — and so the winning message for the climate movement is a moral one.

As an aside, readers may remember that I don’t always agree with Klein on either substance or messaging. And obviously I have quibbles with her book — in particular I am skeptical of some elements of her proposed “cure” (and how she frames them) as I’ll discuss in a later post. But in fairness to Klein, our 25-year dawdling has made the diagnosis (and prognosis) unimaginably graver and thus made all cures look politically implausible, as the pessimistic, do-little “eco-modernists” keep pointing out far too gleefully.

To anyone who thinks attacking unchecked capitalism is not a winning message (when done correctly), I’d urge you to read the advice of Frank Luntz, the GOP’s top messaging guru, on the subject: “don’t say capitalism” because Americans “think capitalism is immoral.”

The great value in the book lies in Klein’s understanding and elaboration of the three essential points above. Indeed I’m not certain any other book has so clearly spelled out these points. And yet these three points are, arguably, the most important ones for climate hawks, for the (misnamed) “intelligentsia,” and, indeed, for all homo sapiens to understand at a deep level, since they clarify the choices we now must make.

Let’s look at them in turn.

1. Time’s up

Anyone would expect a far worse diagnosis and far more limited/radical treatment options from your doctor if for a quarter-century you kept ignoring her increasingly strong recommendations to change your diet as you kept gaining weight and your prediabetes finally became full-blown Type 2 diabetes.

So nobody can profess shock that our situation is much worse and our options for preserving a livable world are far more limited after ignoring thousands of the world’s leading climate “doctors” for more than two decades. Klein quotes leading climatologist Michael Mann:

“There’s a huge procrastination penalty when it comes to emitting carbon into the atmosphere”: the longer we wait, the more it builds up, the more dramatically we must change to reduce the risks of catastrophic warming.

She quotes climate expert Kevin Anderson saying that we might have been able to avert catastrophe (stabilize near 2°C or 3.6°F total warming) using “significant evolutionary” strategies if we had acted at the time of the 1992 Earth Summit or perhaps even if we had acted around the year 2000, but now only “revolutionary” strategies will work.

Klein’s 566-page book does not have a great deal of science in it. It is clearly for those who accept climate science. I might have preferred a little more detail on why allowing 4°C (7°F) warming — let alone why the 6°C (11°F) warming we are currently headed toward — is not a rational or moral option.

That said, a lot of other people have laid out that science in great detail. Indeed, if it weren’t for the massive denial campaign, the gross miscoverage/undercoverage of climate change by the media, and the blinkered obsession with deck-chair-rearranging by opinion makers, one would say the perilous nature of our situation is mind-numbingly obvious:

Climate action delayed is climate action denied. Literally.

2. Laissez not fair

As you’d expect with the subtitle “Capitalism vs. the Climate,” the book focuses on a critique of modern capitalism, which Klein generally refers to as “deregulated capitalism.” Klein isn’t calling for an end to capitalism, just an end to the rapacious, self-destructive version it has evolved into.

Klein also takes on deregulated capitalism’s close relatives and accomplices, such as globalization, materialism, hyper-consumerism, and the conservative theory of (non)governance. Indeed she explains that the opening chapters will show:

… the real reason we are failing to rise to the climate moment is because the actions required directly challenge our reigning economic paradigm (deregulated capitalism combined with public austerity), the stories on which Western cultures are founded (that we stand apart from nature and can outsmart its limits), as well as many of the activities that form our identities and define our communities (shopping, living virtually, shopping some more).

These are Klein’s bête noires and areas of expertise. I’m not going to summarize her arguments here in part because reading her thoughts on these subjects is probably the primary reason for buying the book. I can’t do them justice, and also it would be hard to avoid quibbling with her history in the areas where we slightly disagree.

What matters most is Klein’s core argument that unchecked capitalism will lead to catastrophe. This is an argument I also make (albeit in a different way). In 2009, I detailed how humanity constructed the grandest of Ponzi schemes, whereby current generations have figured out how to live off the wealth of future generations. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman quoted me:

“We created a way of raising standards of living that we can’t possibly pass on to our children,” said Joe Romm, a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog climateprogress.org. We have been getting rich by depleting all our natural stocks — water, hydrocarbons, forests, rivers, fish and arable land — and not by generating renewable flows.

“You can get this burst of wealth that we have created from this rapacious behavior,” added Romm. “But it has to collapse, unless adults stand up and say, ‘This is a Ponzi scheme. We have not generated real wealth, and we are destroying a livable climate …’ Real wealth is something you can pass on in a way that others can enjoy.”

Unchecked capitalism is a Ponzi scheme that must collapse.

3. The moral of our story

Klein argues that the successful social movements were won not on economic grounds, but on moral ones. As Salon put it last year, “Once third-rail issues transform into moral imperatives, impossibilities sometimes surrender to new realities.”

Klein concludes that it’s important to make economic arguments that immediate climate action is far more cost-effective than inaction followed by attempts at adaptation …

But we will not win the battle for a stable climate by trying to beat the bean counters at their own game … We will win by asserting that such calculations are morally monstrous, they imply there is an acceptable price for allowing entire countries to disappear, for leaving untold millions to die on harsh land, for depriving today’s children of their right to live in a world teeming with the wonders and beauty of creation.

The crucial nature of the moral argument is one that many are starting to make. The immorality of inaction is a point we simply cannot make too often.

From a messaging perspective, the notion that climate inaction is immoral is one that matches the public’s view of capitalism as we know it today. Back in 2011, Frank Luntz acknowledged that latter point at a Republican Governors Association meeting. Indeed it was his top point:

1. Don’t say ‘capitalism.’
“I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market,’” Luntz said. “The public … still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”

Note that Luntz would never say the public thinks “capitalism is immoral” without having done extensive polling and focus groups.

So unchecked capitalism is immoral and will destroy civilization as we know it. How should it be changed? I’ll discuss Klein’s remedy in Part 2.

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Categories: Environment

Conservation Philanthropist Louis Bacon Receives Land Trust Alliance...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

Recognition Comes at Nation’s Largest Gathering of Land Conservation Leaders

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World Energy Forum Appoints Shawn Rae as its Global “Goodwill...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

In today’s unprecedented planetary challenges, access to energy is essential to economic and social development of all nations and peoples across the globe, according to World Energy Forum.

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Innovations in Electric Vehicle Technology On Tap for SAE...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

Essential information regarding the progress of electrified powertrain development will be on the agenda at the SAE 2014 Electric Powertrain Technologies Symposium.

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Global And China Bi-Metal Band Saw Blade Industry Size 2014 Market...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

MarketResearchReports.Biz include new market research report "Global And China Bi-Metal Band Saw Blade Industry Report 2014-2017" to its huge collection of research reports. Browse All...

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Focus on Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings Drives Growth in...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Green Building Materials markets. Global market for Green Building Materials is projected to reach US$529 billion by 2020, driven by the...

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Recovery in Global Construction Markets to Drive Demand for Plywood,...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Plywood markets. Global market for Plywood is forecast to reach 114.4 million cubic meters by 2020, driven by recovery in global...

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Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and RavenBrick® Usher in New...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock joins Alex Burney, CEO of RavenBrick Tuesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at RavenBrick’s world headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

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GarageCabinetsOnline.com Now Offers Garage Storage Bins at Affordable...

PR Web - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

Reflecting their position as a leading provider of garage cabinets, GarageCabinetsOnline.com is now offering garage storage bins at reasonable prices.

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