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Distinguished Boards and Beams Hires Gall to Sales and Marketing Team

PR Web - 4 hours 4 min ago

Distinguished Boards and Beams is pleased to announce the addition of Kristi L. Gall to its Sales and Marketing team.

(PRWeb July 25, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12043195.htm

Categories: Environment

Resource Area for Teaching Colorado Celebrates Grand Reopening in...

PR Web - 4 hours 4 min ago

As the only organization of its kind in Colorado, RAFT’s new location provides a valuable space for educators to find hands-on, interactive resources for their classrooms. Colorado Lieutenant Governor...

(PRWeb July 25, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12045665.htm

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HVAC Equipment Market in Europe: Recovery in Construction Industry is...

PR Web - 4 hours 4 min ago

HVAC Equipment Market In Europe 2014-2018 is a new research report added to Sandlerresearch.org store.

(PRWeb July 25, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

HOMER Energy Partners with Global Firms to Enhance Microgrid Market...

PR Web - 4 hours 4 min ago

HOMER Energy, a Boulder-based company specializing in feasibility and design of renewable energy systems that integrate multiple power sources, has signed 10 partner firms to pursue the common goal of...

(PRWeb July 25, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12008188.htm

Categories: Environment

A New Company, The Bed Bug Guru (AKA, American Bed Bug Remediation) Is...

PR Web - 4 hours 4 min ago

The Bed Bug Guru is the 1st company of it's kind in North Central Florida, offering bed bug exclusive services, with heat remediation, chemicals, K-9's and a warranty unlike others.

(PRWeb July 25, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12040707.htm

Categories: Environment

Bland Solar & Air to Install APS Microinverters in the Central...

PR Web - 4 hours 4 min ago

Leading California solar distributor Bland Solar & Air will carry APS microinverters, under a new strategic partnership between the two companies.

(PRWeb July 25, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12042060.htm

Categories: Environment

CIGI report commends BRICS’ environmental progress but calls for...

PR Web - 7 hours 4 min ago

A new report from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) says more needs to be done to clarify the partially incompatible priorities — infrastructure and sustainable development —...

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

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Bridal-Buy.net Releases 2014 Short Wedding Dresses for the American...

PR Web - 7 hours 4 min ago

Bridal-Buy.net, one of the most popular suppliers of wedding dresses and women’s special occasion outfits, has released its newest collection of 2014 short wedding dresses in its online store....

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Useful Active Mini DisplayPort 1.2 To VGA Adapters Revealed by China...

PR Web - 7 hours 4 min ago

Hiconn Electronics, a well-known electronics accessory wholesaler from China, has recently added a new range of Active Mini DisplayPort 1.2 to VGA Adapters to its website. In addition, all these new...

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

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Practical 70KG Single Door Magnetic Mini Locks (with Signal Output)...

PR Web - 7 hours 4 min ago

SWAccessControl.com, a famous magnetic lock company, has recently released its new selection of 70KG Single Door Magnetic Mini Locks. What’s more, the company has announced its big discounts for its...

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

BellasDress Helps Brides Get High End Wedding Dresses for Their...

PR Web - 10 hours 5 min ago

Recently, BellasDress has announced its new collection of high end wedding dresses. Each item in the new range is created according to the latest fashion trends.

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

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2014 Casual Party Dresses for Chic Ladies Now at iFitDress.com

PR Web - 10 hours 5 min ago

iFitDress.com, a renowned wedding dress manufacturer and retailer, has recently unveiled its new range of 2014 casual party dresses. According to the company’s marketing specialist, all these elegant...

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Relax, everyone: We’re not about to run out of kale

Grist.org - 12 hours 59 min ago

Lay off the kale, you arrogant yuppies.* The leafy green’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years, and as a result, Bejo Seeds, a major kale seed supplier, just ran out of seeds in Australia.

The kale chip fans in the media are scared. “Hipsters have made kale so popular that farmers are struggling to meet demand,” cries the Daily Mail. “Time to Panic: There May Be a Global Kale Shortage,” warns Eater. “Start Prepping Now for a Possible Global Kale Shortage,” advises GrubStreet.

I see you’re already clutching your favorite leafy green and growling. But is it really time to panic over, hoard, and ration your kale?

Don’t unwax your handlebar mustache just yet. First, to point out the obvious, we’re only talking about a temporary shortage from one (albeit big) seed supplier in one country. The Bejo Seeds Australia director told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he hopes seeds will be available by September or October.

When I contacted the Australia director for more details, he told me they had “switched the tap off” when it comes to the kale story. Translation: Calm the fuck down, internet.

I called up the managing director of Bejo Seeds’ U.S. branch, Mark Overduin. He told me that while their branch had quadrupled kale seeds sales in the last three years, they weren’t feeling the same crunch as their sister branch in Australia. “Sometimes supplies get a little tight,” he said. When I told him that I thought that the kalepocalypse was overblown, he chuckled and said I was probably right. The leafy green researcher and kale farmers I heard from didn’t seem too concerned, either.

While the kale market has been booming — with one Australian farm putting in 150,000 kale seedlings a week — it’s not clear that global demand is outpacing supply. “This is probably one of the slowest seasons we’ve had for kale,” said Scott Niizawa, commodity manager for Growers Express in Salinas, California. Turns out farmers pay attention to food trends, too. “Everyone has been getting in on kale. It’s not expensive to grow, it gives fairly high yields for its cost, so there are so many competitors right now,” he said.

Hear that? Your kale is safe. While I feel for the Australian farmers who might be scrambling over seeds for the next two months, this is just another case of a hyped-up, everything-delicious-you’ve-ever-loved-will-be-taken-from-you story.

If there’s anything to be learned, it’s that hiccups are bound to happen as a crop scales up into the mainstream. “Just 50 crop commodities provide more than 90 percent of calories, protein, and fat around the world,” writes Virginia Gewin at Slate. We need to shake that up. Try not to panic when we do.

 *I eat kale on a near-daily basis, so if anyone is being arrogant here, it’s this guy. I couldn’t help but poke fun at Tom Philpott’s recent smash hit, “Lay off the almond milk, you ignorant hipsters.”

Thanks to the good folks in the UC system for help with finding sources. 


Filed under: Article, Food, Living
Categories: Environment

ASF Urging Anglers to Voluntarily Release All Their Salmon

PR Web - 13 hours 5 min ago

Eastern Canadian salmon rivers are a destination for many U.S. anglers.

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12045815.htm

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Texas State Aquarium Nominated for USA TODAY Top 10 Best Aquarium in...

PR Web - 13 hours 5 min ago

The Texas State Aquarium (TSA) is pleased to announce its nomination for the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Aquarium in North America. The Texas State Aquarium is one of 20...

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12046485.htm

Categories: Environment

Frackers learn one does not simply walk into Pittsburgh and mess with its CSAs

Grist.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:35

The Pennsylvania Constitution stipulates that its citizens have a right to “clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment.”

Allow me to propose, herewith, an amendment: “… and a toxin-free CSA box, goddamn it.” (Would Benjamin Franklin approve of that wording? Who cares, he’s dead!)

In New Sewickley Township, about 30 miles north of the city of Pittsburgh, there’s a new microcosm of the ongoing tug-of-war between the oil and gas industry and people who just happen to like clean air and water (crazy! I know). Kretschmann Farm, which has supplied certified organic produce to the greater Pittsburgh area for 36 years, is engaged in battle with Cardinal Midstream, a Texas-based corporation proposing to build a natural gas compressor station right next door.

A bit of background, for those who are new here: Most of Pennsylvania sits on the Marcellus Shale, the country’s top source of natural gas. The state has 6,391 active fracking wells, and with salivating oil and gas companies aggressively courting legislators and landowners across the state, that number is rapidly growing. But this has all happened very quickly — 10 years ago, the use of “fracking” in conversation was more likely to be understood as a hedged expletive than anything else.

In Pennsylvania, one has to move pretty quickly to keep up with the developments surrounding natural gas infrastructure. But unfortunately, research on the health and environmental effects of fracking tends to move very slowly.

In that regard, Becky Kretschmann, who owns Kretschmann Farm with her husband, Don, tells me that her opposition to the proposed compressor plant has to do more with the possibility of how it could contaminate their crops.

“We just know there’s the possibility of all sorts of toxins,” she says. “It’s very difficult to get access to the sites to do research, and there is not a lot done yet — although it’s in the process — in terms of relating health issues with fracking and these compressor plants. But the research is really in its infancy. So, lots to do before we sleep.”

It’s not like these concerns are unwarranted. A few recent and alarming news items from the Keystone State regarding its natural gas industry: Hundreds of incidences of contaminated water, health workers prohibited from discussing fracking with patients, and faulty measurement of harmful emissions.

I reached out to Cardinal Midstream to ask about the precautions that would be taken to prevent contamination from the proposed compressor station, and received the following response from their spokesperson:

We are committed to being a good neighbor and it’s our job to make sure we minimize impact.  We’re serious about that job. As you know, emissions are heavily regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The station will meet and exceed all federal and state standards and the requirements of the township’s ordinance. This facility will not impact the quality of the produce and livestock grown in the community.

It’s worth noting that just this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a report detailing its own inability to adequately monitor and regulate fracking operations in the state. From the report:

In conclusion, as evidenced by this audit, DEP needs assistance. It is underfunded, understaffed, and does not have the infrastructure in place to meet the continuing demands placed upon the agency by expanded shale gas development.

Cardinal Midstream first started posting notices about a hearing regarding the proposed compressor station four months ago, Kretschmann tells me, but she didn’t find out about it until three weeks ago. “We got a call from a neighbor who said, ‘You know what’s going on?’ and we [didn’t],” she says. “That was on July 2. There was a meeting that night with the township board of supervisors and the gas company and the compression company. And they wanted a vote right away, yes or no.”

A second hearing, which took place last night, was attended by more than 300 people — so many, in fact, that the venue had to be changed at the last minute — and lasted approximately six hours. “I was astonished at how many people stayed until the bitter end,” says Kretschmann.

While the majority of the attendees were New Sewickley residents, a number of the Kretschmanns’ CSA customers came in from the city for it. Approximately 300 of their customers wrote letters of support to the township manager.

Kretschmann tells me that Cardinal Midstream made an hour-and-a-half long presentation on the safety of the proposed compressor station, and brought along a panel of their own experts. New Sewickley residents opposed to the station, however, were not as well-prepared.

“We were just frustrated — we did the best we could with the information we could garner ourselves, and had quite a few people presenting various [pieces of] information, but we didn’t have the experts that they had,” says Kretschmann. “And shame on us, in a sense, because we weren’t keeping up on what was going on in the township.”

The New Sewickley Township supervisors will meet again on July 31, and then render a decision within the following 45 days.

On one hand, you kind of have to admire the balls of a corporation fighting to potentially endanger the supply of Pittsburgh’s up-and-coming restaurant scene. One does not thoughtlessly fuck with a foodie’s seasonal vegetable ragout. But on the other hand, the oil and gas industry is pretty much the absolute worst, so — admiration rescinded.


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

Climate change VR games make you a better person by making you kill trees and coral

Grist.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:09

Despite our best efforts to convince people of the dangers of climate change, fully half of Americans still choose to ignore the 97 percent of scientists who say it’s real. Well, stop tearing your hair out, and get a load of this mind boggling study out of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, which shows how virtual simulations might be the thing to do the trick.

Armed with an Oculus VR headset, one of the lab’s games guides the participant on a walk through the forest. And then, things get a little weird:

From Smithsonian:

In a minute, she’s handed a joystick that looks and vibrates like a chainsaw, and she’s asked to cut down a tree. As she completes the task, she feels the same sort of resistance she might feel if she were cutting down a real tree. When she leaves this forest, and re-enters the “real” world, her paper consumption will drop by 20 percent and she will show a measurable preference for recycled paper products. Those effects will continue into the next few weeks and researchers hypothesize it will be a fairly permanent shift. By comparison, students who watch a video about deforestation or read an article on the subject will show heightened awareness of paper waste through that day—but they will return to their baseline behavior by the end of the week.

Just imagine what she’d do if we made her go out and cut down a real live tree!

The coral reef game takes it even a step further, by making the participant actually become a piece of coral. It goes something like this: Participant is plopped in the middle of a beautiful, serene sea. Ocean acidification sets in. All of her new aquatic friends begin to die off – until even the piece of coral that she has come to embody begins to fade. With the realization that not even her hot tears can make it better, she vows to never to anything to harm the ocean again.

Smithsonian reports that the game was more effective at getting participants to change their behaviors than making them watch an ocean acidification video explainer (but, then again, that might just be due to the known soporific qualities of most nature docs).

As for those of us who have dedicated our lives to communicating the dangers of climate change, painstakingly documenting every data point and endangered species? Screw it, we can all just go home. There’s a sweet new game on Xbox we’ve been meaning to try, anyway.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

Keep Kids Safe in the Water with 5 Tips from Amica

PR Web - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:39

Being around the water can be dangerous, especially for small children, so Amica Insurance is sharing five tips to promote water safety.

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12045526.htm

Categories: Environment

Experts Weigh the Pros and Cons of a $1.7 Billion EPA Cleanup Plan for...

PR Web - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:39

Environmental cleanup experts gathered at NJIT this week for an all-day public forum on a $1.7 billion proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dredge toxic sediment from an...

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

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Eco-Friendly Wedding & Engagement Gifts: Paloma Pottery Offers...

PR Web - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:39

Earth friendly gift provider, Paloma Pottery, responds to the summer wedding season by offering heart-shaped eco jewelry to celebrate ceremonies of commitment and love.

(PRWeb July 24, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12042369.htm

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