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Mastery Technologies Releases New Leadership and Communication Courses...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:14

Mastery releases eight courses, originally produced by Quality Media Resources, covering leadership and communication skills. These courses help foster respectful and productive workplace...

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Prominent Broker Launches New Website Showcasing Luxury Homes in the...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:14

Patricia J. “Pat” Petrillo, Associate Broker, one of the leading experts in luxury homes in the Hamptons, recently announced the launch of a new website. PatPetrilloRealEstate.com is a comprehensive...

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Oklahoma City Realtors Urge Prospective Sellers to Get Off the Fence

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:14

With home prices rising and inventory shrinking, leading Oklahoma City Realtors at the Tom Hall Group are urging prospective sellers to get off the fence and put their property on the market as soon...

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Trey Moser, Sr. Director, Retail Analytics Speaks at NFRA Executive...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:14

Inmar today announced that Trey Moser, Senior Director, Retail Analytics, recently presented at the 22nd Annual Executive Conference of the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA)...

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Protecting One’s Personal Microenvironment from Global Climate Change

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:14

Bio Logic Aqua Research founder Sharon Kleyne reports on health effects of climate change on skin and eyes, suggests proactive defense.

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Northern California Organizations Continue to Prove the Business Case...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:14

Eight East Bay organizations and cities present action plans at True Market Solutions Sustainability Circle program event.

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Sustainable Energy Fund Announces Zero Percent Financing Program for...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:14

Sustainable Energy Fund invites not-for-profit and governmental entities in Pennsylvania to apply for a limited number of loans or leases at zero percent financing to complete energy efficiency or...

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Brennon Vinet; of "The Vinet Group" is more than just a...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:14

Brennon Vinet; of "The Vinet Group" in a interview last week with the LA Courier he recalls his career beginnings; “Back then my notion of service was more rooted in either charity or...

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Why it’s a big deal that half of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice

Grist.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:07

Over the winter, as polar vortices plunged the U.S. Midwest into weeks of unceasing cold, the icy covers of the Great Lakes started to make headlines. With almost 96 percent of Lake Superior’s 32,000 miles encased in ice at the season’s peak, tens of thousands of tourists flocked to the ice caves along the Wisconsin shoreline, suddenly accessible after four years of relatively warmer wintery conditions.

The thing is, all of that ice takes a long time to melt. As of April 10, 48 percent of the five lakes’ 90,000-plus square miles were still covered in ice, down from a high of 92.2 percent on March 6 (note that constituted the highest levels recorded since 1979, when ice covered 94.7 percent of the lakes). Last year, only 38.4 percent of the lakes froze over, while in 2012 just 12.9 percent did — part of a four-year stint of below-average iciness.

And as the Great Lakes slowly lose their historically large ice covers over the next few months, the domino effects could include lingering cold water, delayed seasonal shifts, and huge jumps in water levels.

Already, the impact of this icy blockade can be felt. On March 25, five days after the official beginning of spring, the Soo Locks separating Lake Superior from the lower Great Lakes opened for the season. But after a long and harsh winter, Lake Superior’s nearly 32,000 square miles were still nearly entirely covered in ice. It would be another 11 days before the first commercial vessel fought its way across Lake Superior — with the aid of several dedicated ice breakers — and down through the locks.

Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FacebookThe trip across Lake Superior to the Soo Locks, which usually takes 28 hours, took these first ships of the season nine days. A third ship had to return to Duluth after being damaged by the ice.

More than 200 million tons of cargo, mostly iron ore, coal, and grain, travel across the Great Lakes throughout the year. Even a little ice can make a big dent on this total. Only three shipments of coal were loaded up during March — 69 percent less, by volume, than last year. Shipments of iron ore from the northern reaches of Minnesota were so low that the U.S. Steel plant in Gary, Ind., had to scale back production significantly in early April.

A sluggish start to the shipping season is just one of the cascading effects of the Midwest’s cold and icy winter. Some are good, and will allow the region to recover from years of historically low water levels. Others, like this delayed shipping season, less so.

Like the shipping troubles, some of the more unexpected things the lakes and their ecosystems could face in the next few months are the direct result of the lingering ice and cold:

  • Throughout the winter, huge numbers of ducks that feed by diving below the water for fish ended up starving to death. Connie Adams, a biologist in New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, told the AP that the die-off was “unprecedented.”
  • Next in line for concern are a huge number of the Lakes’ fish species. Warming water temperature often biologically triggers migration to traditional spawning grounds, and experts expect that northern pike, lake sturgeon, steelhead, and rainbow trout could make moves far later this year. As Shedd Aquarium research scientist Solomon David told Michigan Radio, later egg laying could mean younger and far weaker fish come next winter, leading to an even longer impact.

Other changes will come about long after the ice melts, as water levels are predicted to rebound to levels not seen in the last few years. Seasonal shifts in water levels, with winter lows and summer highs, are normal. “If things stayed in sort of a balance, we would see all the Lakes’ water levels going up and then going down. Every year: up, down; up, down,” says Drew Gronewold, a scientist with NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. But, “when water levels change a lot over time, something is happening in one of those two parts of the season.”

Over the last few years, the summer highs and winter lows have both been well below their long-term average, as climate change produced far more rapid rates of evaporation. In December 2012, the Michigan-Huron system set a new low, breaking a record that had stood since the 1960s, according to Keith Kompoltowicz, the chief of watershed hydrology for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District.

A three-year look at water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron, including a six-month forecast, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District. The solid red line marks recorded levels, the red vertical lines a range of six-month projections, and the blue shows the long-term averages. The black bars indicate record highs and lows.

Though Kompoltowicz says the usual March and April rise in water levels is occurring later than usual this year, already the lakes are seeing water levels that they haven’t had for several years. This past March marked the first time since April of 1998 that Lake Superior had reached its long-term average. And over the next few months, melting snow will feed the lakes and colder water could lower the rates of summer and fall evaporation. The amount of rain could either add to or subtract from this total. The Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration generally forecast water levels six months out, and predicted levels for this September, Kompoltowicz says, range from 10 to 13 inches higher than lake levels were a year ago.

Here’s what higher lake levels could mean:

  • Shippers may be hurting now, but higher lake levels will allow them to load more cargo per boat later this year, according to the Chicago Tribune. These higher water lines also mean that those who manage the Great Lakes’ harbors won’t have to invest huge sums of money in dredging out the bottom. Ships will carry more, at less of a cost, once the ice melts.
  • Fluctuations in water levels could also help maintain the diversity of plant and animal species along many coastal wetlands, according to Kurt Kowalski, a wetland ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center. Too many years of consistently low water allows certain species, often non-native plants, to take over.
  • And even far less large-scale ripple effects will matter. Scott Stevenson, the executive vice president of the company that manages Chicago’s harbors, told the Tribune that higher water levels will allow them to rent out 100 expensive slips along the lakefront that shallow water took out of commission last year.

Though water level changes even over a several year period are normal, the rebound from record-low water levels is going to be a relief from the hand-wringing of the last few years. But it will likely be a temporary one. A hot summer with little precipitation could mute the effects of the icy winter. And, even if the lakes have more water this year, 2014 could be nothing more than a blip as climate change continues to wreak havoc. “We don’t know, as this winter really exemplified, what’s going to happen,” Gronewold says. “If we’re going to have three more severe winters, or flip back to three more winters like we’ve had the past few years.”

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


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Inner Strength Pilates reveal new gluteal strengthening exercise

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

Inner Strength Pilates this week reveals a new and simple exercise for strengthening and toning the butt. The exercise is also set to benefit those with weak knees or who struggle with knee pain in...

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Energy Job 1 is Hiring 50 More Employees for the Spring

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

With spring upon us, Energy+1 is hoping to hire at least 50 new agents by May 2014. The weather is better, and business is thriving.

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URETEK Holdings Hires Cassandra Daly as Sales Engineer for the New...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

As Sales Engineer, Cassandra will be responsible for identifying and growing URETEK’s existing foundation stabilization and infrastructure rehabilitation business, while increasing URETEK’s brand...

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Patio to Table Gardening™ Buying Local Produce Gets Closer to Home

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

Gardenuity a new social selling company makes gardening accessible and easy for those who are new to edible gardening. If you have little access to a lot of yard space but want to be one of the 42...

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New Range Of Fashionable Accessories From Favorite Wedding Dress...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

Recently, Fadhits.com, a famous online supplier of wedding dresses and women's special occasion gowns, has announced its new collection of fashionable accessories.

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Colleges Get the Most out of HI-TEC

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

July 21-24 is going to be an amazing opportunity for community college, high school and university educators, counselors, technicians, industry professionals, trade organizations and workforce...

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South Africa Still Biggest Solar Growth Market in Sub-Saharan Africa

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

In a recent survey, 53.3% of those asked said that expanding in the South African PV market was a priority over expanding into other Sub-Saharan African markets.

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Aid in Recovery Comments on Recent Death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

Drug and alcohol treatment center Aid in Recovery has released a statement today commenting on the recent death of Academy Award winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Aid in Recovery offers...

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Energy Conservation Firm Harvests Daylight to Maximize Customer...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

Energy Source LLC implements cutting edge energy conservation technology at Leaktite plant.

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Aid in Recovery Comments on Recent Study Relating to the Frequency of...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

Aid in Recovery released a statement today commenting on a recent study regarding the frequency of overdoses among patients who refill painkiller prescriptions four times or more. According to the...

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LimeRoad.com Now Offering Exceptional Range of Handbags at Unbeatable...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:14

LimeRoad.com, the one-stop destination for online shopping for women accessories, is now offering exceptional range of handbags at unbelievable prices.

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