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How one NY museum is already prepping for the next big flood

Grist.org - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 21:52

The architecture of the future is going to be a lot of bunkers and shacks. The bunkers will be for those people who want something sturdy enough to take on whatever climate change can dish out. The shacks — already perfected by generations of uninsured floodplain dwellers — will be for those who don’t even want to bother. Build it cheap enough, and why even bother crying if it gets washed away?

It comes as a surprise to absolutely no one that museums are coming down on the “bunker” side of this divide. Manhattan’s new Whitney Museum is a sign of things to come. Writes John Whitaker in The Atlantic:

[T]he new Whitney’s most intriguing feature might be one that’s gone largely unnoticed: its custom flood-mitigation system, which was designed halfway through the museum’s construction, in the aftermath of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, when more than 5 million gallons of water flooded the site. The system’s features include a 15,500-pound door designed by engineers who build water-tight latches for the U.S. Navy’s destroyers. “Buildings now have to be designed like submarines,” said Kevin Schorn, an assistant to [Whitney architect Renzo] Piano, reflecting on the demands of a warming world and what it might mean for design.

The list of the new water defense features goes on. Seriously, this is like something out of G.I. Joe. Forget about the aircraft carrier that the neighborhood kids coveted in my youth; children of the future will fantasize about owning a model of the storm-protected Whitney:

The Whitney, whose lobby is 10 feet above sea-level, is now designed to be water-tight against a flood level of 16.5 feet — seven feet higher than waters reached during Hurricane Sandy. The fortification includes a 500-foot-long mobile wall, comprised of stacked aluminum beams, that can be erected in less than seven hours. The flood door, located inside the building’s western facade facing the Hudson River, is 14 feet tall by 27 feet wide, and looks like something you might find at the back of an aircraft carrier. But despite its mass, the door is perfectly balanced so that a single person can push it shut. Both the wall and door are designed to withstand 6,750 pounds of impact from debris.

It’s not as though the art world is naive about climate change. But Hurricane Sandy caught New York, in particular, by surprise — as one might have surmised from the Whitney’s decision to build its new location in a flood zone in the first place. The storm inundated much of the low-lying Chelsea gallery district and Red Hook, an industrial Brooklyn neighborhood that is now home to many artists’ studios.

There’s been a lot of proposals for how Manhattan, as a whole, could protect itself from future storms. So far, none of them has gotten very far past the idea stage — which is how the city has found itself in possession of its first art bunker. It’ll take another hurricane or three to determine how practical the whole thing is. But I do have to admit: It is impossibly cool.


Filed under: Article, Cities, Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

The Battery Conservancy and NYC Parks Return Battery Park to Historic...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 20:58

25-Acre Public Parkland at Southern Tip of Manhattan, NYC Destination Visited by 6 Million People Annually, Nears Completion of Decades-Long Revitalization Project

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Greenland’s Take Was 63% of Total Harvest of Canadian Atlantic Salmon...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 20:58

For salmon that spent two winters on Greenland’s ocean feeding grounds and returned to Canada in 2014, Greenland harvested 63%, Canada 35% and St- Pierre et Miquelon 2%.

(PRWeb May 27, 2015)

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Carson Energy Receives A+ Accredited Rating For 19 Consecutive Years

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 20:58

This means Carson Energy is recognized to have the highest level of business practices. Please read the business practices below for a further explanation.

(PRWeb May 27, 2015)

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CleanTX Issues First Economic Impact Report for the Cleantech Sector...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 20:58

Cleantech Contributes $2.5 Billion to Region’s GDP; Employs Nearly 20,000; Will Grow Over 10% by 2020

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Categories: Environment

Amy’s Kitchen moves to fast food

Grist.org - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 20:51

The gluten-free, dairy-free, frozen pizzas from Amy’s Kitchen have a bit of a cult following. Trust and believe, I’ve seen many a friend nearly drop to their knees during the required vegetarian phase of our college-aged years at the sight of an empty Amy’s shelf in the freezer aisle. Rejoice, my fairweather vegetarian friends! Those same cultish pizzas will soon be made to order.

Leilani Clark from Civil Eats has the story:

In two weeks, an organic farmer at an undisclosed California potato patch will harvest the first crop of potatoes destined for the fryer in the kitchen at the soon-to-launch Amy’s Drive Thru restaurant in Rohnert Park, California. The fast food restaurant with a twist is the brainchild of Amy’s Kitchen, the popular frozen food and soup company.

It took two years, and thousands of pounds of potatoes, to find the right organic variety of potato for fresh-cut french fries cooked in sunflower oil. “Most businesses would go to a company and buy a bunch of frozen potatoes,” says John Paneno, Director of Sourcing at Amy’s Kitchen. “Amy’s started from scratch. We hired experts who could find the best varieties that met our sensory requirements. We had to figure out where they grew best and who is the best farmer to process them. We’re not taking any shortcuts.”

It’s a pretty hefty undertaking. Amy’s Drive-Thru menu won’t stray too far from standard fast food (burritos, pizza, French fries, and the like), but each item can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. The menu will also be vegetarian and GMO-free, and 95 percent of the ingredients will be certified organic.

It’s unsurprising that price points at Amy’s will be a bit more costly than standard fast food fare — roughly $9 and under for a meal. What remains to be seen is whether Amy’s will survive the basic tenants of fast food: homogenized meals tasty enough to appeal to the masses, churned out at breakneck speed. It will be a challenge, but even powerhouses like McDonald’sTaco Bell, and Pizza Hut are starting to drink the Kool-Aid when it comes to cranking out healthier fast food. I’ll raise a slice of rice crust, soy cheese pizza to that.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Food, Living
Categories: Environment

Why are all the badass women getting left out of the Mad Max video game?

Grist.org - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 20:01

Mad Max: Fury Road, the latest dystopian flick about how gangs, anarchy, and super-fast driving become a way of life after humans have irrevocably destroyed the natural world, was surprisingly (and awesomely) full of strong female characters. There was no-bullshit badass Imperator Furiosa, a bunch of enslaved “breeders” who traded their chastity belts for artillery, and — perhaps best of all — a tribe of older women who sped around on dirt bikes, taking down bad guys left and right. It was great.

So why didn’t any of those women make it into the to-be-released Mad Max: Savage Road video game? Ars Technica reports, dishearteningly:

The Mad Max game trailer and the gameplay we’ve seen include no major female characters, such as Fury Road‘s Furiosa character (played by Charlize Theron in the film) or Beyond Thunderdome‘s Aunty Entity. Theron recently called the new film “an incredible feminist movie“; Internet commenters have since argued over whether that description is entirely apt, but Theron is certainly less likely to say the same about the upcoming game, at least in its current state.

To be fair, the video game isn’t supposed to be a direct adaptation of Fury Road — plenty of male characters from the movie don’t appear in the game, either. But it’s like the game’s developers are not even trying:

[…] The game trailer revolves around dudes, dudes, and more dudes, all driving cars and getting into fights—with the exception of a single woman who appears to be both an unwilling captive of a bad guy and Max’s romantic interest. Given its ties to a film packed with combat-ready women, a careful portrayal of sexualization, and a major consultant best known for penning plays like The Vagina Monologues, the game’s approach may raise eyebrows among some players.

Oh, another video game where the women are just passive, anatomically impossible sex objects? Yawn. This isn’t just a feminist issue — although it is certainly that — it’s unoriginal and boring, and for that, even MRA-ers should be annoyed.

Fury Road was awesome for a lot of reasons, but the impressiveness of its female characters was a big one because we just don’t get to see that in action films very often. Who knew that women could stand up and fight for themselves? (Actually, we did — and we’ve known the whole damn time.)


Filed under: Living
Categories: Environment

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series Presents an Evening about...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:58

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Oakland Zoo welcomes the public to attend a Conservation Speaker Series about California condors – a bird that nearly became extinct in the 1980s,...

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Carson Energy Launches Next Generation Investor Website

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:58

Carson Energy is inviting oil and gas investors to explore its newly redesigned website. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience, allowing investors to...

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Geography a Stronger Indicator of Weed Diversity than...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:58

The potential long-term impacts of glyphosate-resistant crops on biodiversity of the agricultural landscape have been the subject of controversy. A new article in the journal Weed Science describes a...

(PRWeb May 27, 2015)

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TodaysGardenCenter.com Relaunches With Responsive Design For Mobile

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:58

Today’s Garden Center® magazine, the go-to brand for progressive garden retailers, announces the launch of its completely redesigned website, TodaysGardenCenter.com.

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Conwed Shares Netting Solutions at Techtextil North America

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:58

Conwed exhibits at Techtextil North America.

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Weathering The Storm: Hurricane Planning, Response and Recovery with...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:58

Every year hurricanes and tropical storms have the potential to cause disruption, damage and even devastation to businesses of all sizes. Learn more about planning and preparation, which are essential...

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Boeing Exec, NASA Director and Air Force Deputy Assistant Highlight...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:57

SAE International announces keynote and plenary speakers for the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition, which will be held Sept. 22-24 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Wash.

(PRWeb May 27, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Water Utilities Change AMR/AMI Systems More Frequently than Previously...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:57

Study sponsored by Badger Meter shows utilities change their meter reading systems at an average age of 8.2 years

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Decorview Helps Homeowners Combat Light Pollution

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:57

Decorview, a leading seller of custom window treatments in North America, is offering free design advice to homeowners looking to combat light pollution from the outside environment.

(PRWeb May 27, 2015)

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U.S. Students Complete over One Billion Math Problems on Think Through...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:57

Students embrace classroom program, complete millions of complex problems daily during 2014-14 school year.

(PRWeb May 27, 2015)

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Developers at Pixel Film Studios Release FCPX LUT Cross Processed...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:56

Pixel Film Studios, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, announced the availability of the...

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Tibet tour operator TCTS updates website to showcase native Tibetan...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:56

A quality Tibet tour guide can make or break the exotic adventure Tibet travelers have always dreamed of. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS...

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New Report Highlights Current and Emerging Biomarkers for...

PR Web - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:56

Researchers say the future looks bright for more effective mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment planning with biomarkers.

(PRWeb May 27, 2015)

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