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What kind of meathead are you?

Grist.org - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 09:00

Are you a meathead? Do you enjoy a bloody tri-tip, an exotic hunk of wildebeest, or the occasional McNugget? Bacon much? If so — or if you’re a vegan trying to show off — it’s time to get a sense of the impact of your meat gobbling (or lack thereof) on the environment.

And yes, fish and other seafood count as meat, you pescetarian.

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

Economic Exterminators Cleans Crawl Spaces This Summer With...

PR Web - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:51

The summer months in Southeast Georgia bring weather that's even more muggy and humid than usual, which can exacerbate problems that arise within a crawl space. Economic Exterminators can help...

(PRWeb July 27, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12864193.htm

Categories: Environment

Scots firm secures order for 1852 inspired Lord Kelvin technology to...

PR Web - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:51

Star Renewable Energy will design and build an innovative...

(PRWeb July 27, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12866076.htm

Categories: Environment

TheHardwareCity.com Now Offering EAZYPOWER Hole Saw for CornHole...

PR Web - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:51

Leading online retailer of hardware and lawn care products is now offering EAZYPOWER tools

(PRWeb July 27, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/HoleSaw/TheHardwareCity/prweb12862889.htm

Categories: Environment

ICC, Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrate 25 Years of...

PR Web - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:51

Public comments being accepted for the 2015 edition of ICC A117.1 Standard

(PRWeb July 27, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12864571.htm

Categories: Environment

Jeb Bush tries to be really, really fair

Grist.org - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 05:11

Jeb Bush proposed a seemingly evenhanded reform to energy policy at an event in New Hampshire last week. In response to a question from an activist affiliated with 350 Action, Bush called for eliminating all energy industry tax credits. “I think we should phase out, through tax reform, the tax credits for wind, for solar, for the oil and gas sector, for all that stuff,” Bush said.

This offer, as Jeremy Schulman explained, is not as fair as it might sound. By some measures, direct tax credits and federal subsidies for wind and solar are substantially larger than the ones benefitting oil and gas. They are even larger relative to the size of the respective industries. That makes sense because, as Andy Kroll noted last year, the oil and gas industries have enjoyed their tax breaks for much longer, allowing them to mature.

This kind of narrow discussion ignores the indirect ways that we’re subsidizing fossil fuels outside the tax code — with policies that encourage sprawl and driving, with military spending that protects oil supplies, with below-market rate leasing of federal land for coal mining, and by letting fossil fuel companies stick everyone else with the cost of their pollution. Given the social cost of carbon, those subsidies are far larger than any tax credit — but Bush certainly isn’t talking about getting rid of them.

Plenty of people, though, could fall for Bush’s spin that he’s taking a neutral stance that won’t “pick winners and losers.” Here are a few more right-wing proposals, reframed as impartial, that we expect to soon hear from Bush:

— Outlaw abortions for everyone: men and women.

— Get rid of pollution controls on all power plants: coal, gas, wind, and solar.

— Cut Social Security benefits for both poor people and rich people.

— Promote marriage equality for everyone: Whether you’re gay or straight, you can marry a person of the opposite gender.

— Eliminate the gas tax for owners of all vehicles: cars, trucks, and buses.

— Abolish the inheritance tax for low-income Americans as well as wealthy ones.

— Require photo IDs for everyone to vote: white, black, Asian, and Latino.

— Let employers deny birth-control coverage for everyone equally: male, female, young, and old.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Politics
Categories: Environment

Fixed-Rate Mortgage Rates Decrease Slightly

PR Web - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 17:49

Due to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey results for the week ending on July 23rd, The Federal Savings Bank thinks demand from first-time home buyers will rise.

(PRWeb July 26, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12869998.htm

Categories: Environment

Planning to Travel Tibet in Early September? Tibet Visa Application...

PR Web - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 14:48

Tibet visa rules are temporarily changing in early September 2015. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com) shares the...

(PRWeb July 26, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Tibet-travel-permits/2015-2016/prweb12862799.htm

Categories: Environment

American Farmer to Feature InterSeeder Technologies in Upcoming Series

PR Web - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:47

DMG Productions explores the latest agricultural breakthroughs in machinery and seed technology.

(PRWeb July 26, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12862276.htm

Categories: Environment

Lavatory Experiments and The Latest in Toilet Tech Is Keeping the...

PR Web - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 05:47

The New York Inventor Exchange approves the Masculine Toilet for licensing and trading intellectual property rights.

(PRWeb July 25, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/worldpatentmarketing/toilet-invention/prweb12818088.htm

Categories: Environment

5 Tips For Ensuring A Quick Move

PR Web - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 20:42

The Federal Savings Bank offers 5 tips to ensure a smooth moving transition for first-time home buyers.

(PRWeb July 25, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12869818.htm

Categories: Environment

Pipe Bursting Manufacturer, TRIC Tools, Joins NAPC Web Portal

PR Web - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 20:42

Pipe Bursting TRIC Tools engages with Bid Ocean and NAPC audience through its online marketing

(PRWeb July 25, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12859534.htm

Categories: Environment

New Colorado STEMworks Database Spotlights Successful STEM Programs

PR Web - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 11:37

Expanding database connects educators to the state’s successful STEM supporters - RAFT affiliate in Colorado included

(PRWeb July 25, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12869647.htm

Categories: Environment

Energy Source Serves Up Energy Efficient Lighting Solution for 2...

PR Web - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:34

Energy Source of Providence Rhode Island works with National Grid and Digital Lumens to provide state of the art lighting energy conservation solutions at NationalDCP headquarters in Bellingham, MA

(PRWeb July 25, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12866575.htm

Categories: Environment

James Earl Jones to Host New "In America" Segment on...

PR Web - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:34

The importance of reducing waste and recycling on a consumer level is discussed...

(PRWeb July 25, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

New Poetry Collection by Mason Adams Imparts Spiritual Lessons

PR Web - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:34

‘A Message from the Soul’ uses poetry, prose to share author’s wisdom

(PRWeb July 25, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/MasonAdams/AMessagefromtheSoul/prweb12869722.htm

Categories: Environment

Chaa Creek Has Opened Bookings For an All-Inclusive Family...

PR Web - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:34

The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s annual Thanksgiving in Belize has become so popular that the Belizean eco resort is now accepting reservations and encouraging guests to book early to ensure a place in the...

(PRWeb July 24, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12865679.htm

Categories: Environment

Stamps Need Not be Used for New Book, ‘Heavenly Letters from Mum’

PR Web - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:34

Anne Noëlette André shares communications with deceased mother through automatic writing

(PRWeb July 24, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/AnneNoeletteAndre/HeavenlyLettersfromMum/prweb12868058.htm

Categories: Environment

Potholes on the road to highway funding might put us on a better course

Grist.org - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 23:46

The Highway Trust Fund is in trouble. No one wants to raise gas taxes, so the fund is running out of money. Its current funding will expire Aug. 1, yet the two houses of Congress are not particularly close to an agreement.

Reading about all this, I found myself feeling strangely delighted. I thought of the story a friend once told me about how, when she was a child, the funeral home in her neighborhood caught fire, and she became convinced that no one was ever going to have to die again.

Of course, it’s not that simple. The highway trust fund also includes a Mass Transit Fund, and a Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) trust fund, which I am sure qualifies as one of the most misleading acronyms ever. The two other programs only get a fraction of what highways get; most recently, the combined transit/highway funding split has been about 20 percent vs. 80 percent, and arguably the new legislation will make that split even wider — more like 6 percent to 94 percent.

How much more highway do we need, really? As a nation, we spend more money building new roads than fixing existing ones; given how many roads we have already, should that be reversed? This week, Michael Grunwald made a great case for doing just that:

I got a firsthand look at the consequences in Wisconsin, where snazzy megaprojects crowd out basic repairs, and politicians lavish attention on big highways at the expense of local roads and public transit. The anti-sprawl group Smart Growth American found that from 2009 to 2011, Wisconsin spent only 39 percent of its highway dollars on maintenance, versus 61 percent on new highway capacity that added to its maintenance backlog. As the state has shifted resources into freeway megaprojects, 71 percent of its roads are in mediocre or poor condition, according to federal data. Fourteen percent of its bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, which is actually better than the national average. Walker and his fellow Republicans have killed plans for light rail, commuter rail, high-speed rail, and dedicated bus lanes on major highways, so there is almost no public transportation connecting Milwaukee to its suburbs, intensifying divisions in one of the nation’s most racially, economically and politically segregated metropolitan areas. Yet Walker, who is running for president as a staunch fiscal conservative, has pushed a $250 million-per-mile plan to widen Interstate 94 … despite fierce local opposition.

Grunwald frames this as a culture clash between millennials and their asphalt-happy elders. In his story, Daniel Riemer, a young Democratic state representative from Milwaukee, points to the $250 million the state has cut from the University of Wisconsin budget, in contrast to its lavish spending on highway projects.

“Everywhere else, it’s tighten our belt, tighten our belt,” said Riemer, whose father David was a longtime aide to Mayor Norquist, and later lost a race to Walker for county executive. “If there’s a backlog for an English class at UW, they’ll say: Suck it up. They won’t rush and hire a new teacher. But if there’s a seven-minute delay on the freeway, whoa, they’ve got to build a bigger freeway, spare no expense.”

It would be nice to think that this is a sign of a wide-scale cultural shift, instead of just a breakdown along party lines. It is true that when Grunwald described millennials as a generation that “doesn’t want to live behind giant retaining walls that evoke postwar Berlin,” I felt like pouring myself a shot of whiskey and raising it in solidarity. I’d also like to put in a shout-out to a future where we never have to walk blocks to use one of those chain-link hamster-tube style pedestrian highway overpasses, perfectly designed to facilitate potential muggings.

It, of course, doesn’t have to be this way. Both the first paved road and the first highway were built for bicycles, which I remembered when I sat down to re-read Lisa Margonelli’s excellent history of the asphalt road in Bicycling magazine.

Farmers weren’t crazy about even the best asphalt roads. They called cyclists scorchers and peacocks—snooty city slickers who coveted fancy, fast-speed zones without regard for how much they cost hardworking taxpayers (such as farmers). So the political fight for good roads stretched across decades. The League of American Wheelmen eventually ceased holding rallies and making goofy, roof-raising speeches. Instead they started publishing a wonky magazine called Good Roads and earnestly lobbying farmers, railroads and congress.

History hurtled forward, this time on pneumatic tires, and hardly any enthusiasts sat down to consider where all these roads would lead. “The steed of steel is on its conquering way through the universe,” wrote the Louisville Courier of the bicycle in 1897. “Soon we may read of it in a great race cavorting around the rings of Saturn.”

The Highway Trust Fund itself can be traced back to a miserable, mud-clogged, 6 mph trek led by a young Dwight D. Eisenhower at the end of World War I across the first transcontinental road, the poorly built and even more poorly maintained Lincoln Highway, which had been cobbled together by an assortment of automobile boosters in honor of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Fixing old things instead of building new ones is not exactly the American way of doing things, and I do wonder how this will play out into the future. Maybe we will get serious about our infrastructure repair gap. But I could just as easily see the baby Eisenhowers of our time, having gained power, throwing tax dollars at new and shiny forms of mass transit — bullet trains! driverless cars! — and leaving unpopular roads to fall apart, like little asphalt ghost towns.


Filed under: Article, Business & Technology, Cities, Politics
Categories: Environment

World Patent Marketing Goes Vertical in Update to Mobile App with the...

PR Web - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 23:32

The New York Inventor Exchange approves Your Lifelink for licensing and trading intellectual property rights.

(PRWeb July 24, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/worldpatentmarketing/app-invention/prweb12860962.htm

Categories: Environment

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