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Celebrate the Yosemite 150 Year Anniversary With a Complimentary...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:39

Yosemite Artist and Naturalist James McGrew Presents "How Art Shaped the National Parks" at 7pm on May 2, 2014 at the Yosemite Lodge

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Plant Delights Nursery Introduces New Perennial Plant Variety

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:39

Plant Delights Nursery’s Baptisia ‘Blue Towers’ is one of the Direct Gardening Association's five best new plant varieties for 2014.

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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John Muir Event to Discuss Hetch Hetchy and the Future of the...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:39

Former Yosemite Ranger, Jim Cogan, will give his personal, interactive presentation on the Hetch Hetchy Valley, followed by a discussion and tasting of Living Tree Community Foods. This event is free...

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Marc and Silvia Shamus, Network Marketing Leaders, Join Mommy’s Club

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:39

Former Thousandaires Attracted to Healthy Home Company’s Mission and Outreach

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

This artist builds coral reefs by hand

Grist.org - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:01

It’s not easy to build a coral reef, which is why it usually takes millions of coral polyps and sponges and other organisms decades to build them up. Artist Courtney Mattison took on the job solo, while she was studying conservation biology in grad school at Brown and moonlighting in ceramics at Rhode Island School of Design. Her thesis project became the first sculpture in a series called Our Changing Seas, which highlights the dangers facing reefs on a massive scale by building them on a (slightly less) massive scale. (We’re talking 15 by 11 feet and not much lighter than a Smart Car.)

Mattison’s newest piece, Our Changing Seas III, depicts a hurricane-spiral of bleached corals coalescing to a bright center. You can read it as a message of hope or one of impending doom, depending on your disposition, but Mattison tries to stay on the cautiously sunny side. “I really hope I’m not building monuments to reefs, memorials of their demise,” she told Grist over the phone. “I would really like these to be celebrations of them — but time will tell.”

Mattison has an Etsy shop and also sells sea-licious art objects from her website. A portion of the profits go toward 350.org and Mission Blue.

If you’re near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., you can see Our Changing Seas III at the Tang Museum (Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway) until June 15. On June 14, Courtney Mattison will speak at the closing reception for the show. Our Changing Seas I is on display at the AAAS gallery in Washington, D.C., where Mattison will also be speaking on May 1


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Categories: Environment

Ask Umbra: What should I do with used tissues, old mixtapes, and rage against the greens?

Grist.org - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:03

Send your question to Umbra!

Q. What is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of used tissues? I usually use a handkerchief, but I’ve had a very bad cold for four weeks. I try to put the tissues in the toilet, but my wife says I should put them in the trash. We have a properly maintained septic system, and the company that pumps it uses the outflow for approved compost on fields elsewhere in Maine. I maintain that they’re better reused as compost, rolling that carbon back into the soil. My wife maintains that it would be better to put them in the landfill, as they are reported in some circles to put undue stress on septic systems.  

Bob E.
Chebeague Island, Maine

A. Dearest Bob,

My, my – a month is a long time to spend nursing a terrible cold. I do hope you’re feeling better, and not only because of the mountain of icky tissues you’ve been creating. You’re right that a reusable, washable handkerchief is the best way to go here, but as you note, sometimes the nose has other plans.

In the interest of domestic tranquility, allow me to propose a third option for you and your wife: Skip the middleman and compost those tissues yourselves. Tissue is paper, after all, which fits nicely into a balanced compost pile’s browns (dry, carbon-rich materials, as opposed to wet, nitrogen-rich greens). And don’t worry about the unsightly deposit contained within – that’s also biodegradable organic material, and the cold virus won’t survive more than a couple of days outside its warm and luxurious host (that’s you, Bob). Note: While nose-blowing tissues get the green light, Leanne Spaulding, director of membership and communications for the U.S Composting Council, told me it’s best to toss any tissues soiled with blood or other potentially disease-carrying bodily secretions. “We haven’t seen any colds transmitted through backyard composting, but for safety’s sake, we encourage people not to go any further,” she says.

Try not to overdo it, though: If you’re generating enough tissues to throw your compost pile’s green-to-brown ratio wildly out of whack, you may want to divert the overflow. And here I’m going to give the edge to your wife and say the trash may be the proper place. Generally, experts don’t recommend flushing facial tissues because they might not break down as quickly as septic-safe toilet paper. Then again, there’s no reason why you couldn’t blow your nose into septic-approved TP. See, you can both be right!

In any case, do your best to reduce the overall amount of paper you’re using – perhaps you can start with your trusty handkerchiefs and bring in tissues to pinch hit when necessary? Go for recycled tissues whenever possible. And think about a visit to the doctor, OK, Bob? I’m a little worried about you.

Chicken Soupily,
Umbra

Q. What is the best way to dispose of (or recycle) countless old recorded cassette tapes? I also have sets of tapes – inside plastic cases – for language learning taking up space on my bookshelves. I hate to think of all this plastic going to a landfill.

Arlene M.
New Kensington, Pa.

A. Dearest Arlene,

Sounds like your days of recording Portuguese pop music are over (on cassette, anyway). Good news: Those nightmares of plastic-clogged landfills don’t have to come true. There are ways to responsibly rid oneself of old tunes en route to the digital evolution.

As we’ve discussed before, one woman’s trash could be another one’s analog treasure. So I’d start by asking around to see if a local thrift shop, school, library, or old-school mix-tape maker might want them. You might also ply your tapes on Craigslist or Freecycle to see who bites. You never know — I can’t be the only one who still has a ’90s-era vintage boom box.

If that doesn’t work, consider upcycling those cassettes. I’ve seen some crafty types create lamps, wallets, and purses out of old cartridges. Or chairs and chandeliers. Or coat racks and belt buckles …

And if all else fails, there’s always recycling. Not in your curbside bin – cassettes and their cousins, VHS tapes, are too difficult to recycle for that – but by mail to e-waste recycler like GreenDisk (which also accepts cases, by the way). It’ll cost you a small fee to ship them in, but I’ll bet you’ll find it worth the price.

Magnetically,
Umbra

Q. With all the articles that you print, it would be best if we did not wash ourselves or eat any food, stop breathing, and we will save the environment.

Walter W.
Hialeah, Fla.

A. Dearest Walter,

Well, that’s just common sense. Talk about low impact!

But seriously, Walter, of course human life leaves an ecological footprint. We can’t help that. What we can do is think critically about all the choices that make up our lives, from which soap to use to what food to eat, and pick the ones that do the most good (or least damage, if you’re a glass-half-empty type).

Oh, and breathe easy. That’s at least one thing we can do without worrying about wrecking the planet.

Optimistically,
Umbra


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Categories: Environment

This killer video explains climate change with Tetris

Grist.org - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:02

If you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around the unsexiness that is climate change — or need a way to break it down for your nephew — take two minutes and 49 seconds for the video above.

In her TED-Ed mini-lesson, Joss Fong compares CO2 emissions to Tetris blocks we’ve gotta get rid of. Burning fossil fuels adds blocks to the atmosphere, she says, and clearcutting forests undermines Earth’s ability to absorb the blocks. “The more blocks pile up, the harder it becomes to restore stability,” she says.

And just like in Tetris, things are speeding up — less ice, for instance, means there’s less surface area to reflect the sun, which is more rapidly heating the ocean. We’ve got to do something before game over! As Fong says, “Unlike in Tetris, we won’t get a chance to start over and try again.”


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

MNM Companies, LLC, a Leading Real Estate Property Management...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

Margaret E. Bromley has recently joined MNM Companies, LLC, as its marketing director and licensed agent, bringing a wealth of international fashion design directing and quality-control management...

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Interactive Multimedia Art Project Poetically Encourages Personal...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

New Orleans Performance Artist (actor & poet) Bobby Toomer decided April of 2014, National Poetry Month in the US & Canada, was an appropriate time to present his web-based interactive...

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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VZ Environmental Receives Award for Excellence in Health and Safety –...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

Oil & Gas Awards presents VZ Environmental with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Health and Safety – Products.

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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From the Practical to the Poetic, Discover Why Birds Matter on...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

The largest known bird and conservation event in the Western Hemisphere, International Migratory Bird Day 2014 shares the many ways in which birds matter to the Earth, to ecosystems, and to us. Join...

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Discounted 65-inch Wall-mounted Network Advertising Machines Now...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

Digital-Signage-China.com, the famous online supplier of digital signage advertising players, has recently launched a special offer on its great 65-inch wall-mounted network advertising machines.

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Rural Climate Change – Arizona AC Service Center, American Cooling And...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

Arizona-Based, American Cooling and Heating releases details of the three-stage effect of rural climate change. This ACH 2014 global warming updates examines rural economics, populations, prosperity...

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Energy Systems, an Official GENERAC Generator Full Service...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

The initial Energy Systems office for the Pacific Northwest will be located in the Seattle area, with additional sites to be determined for the Portland, OR and Spokane, WA areas in the future. For...

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

By Boat or by Bike, NetsforLife® Reaches Communities to End...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

NetsforLife®, Episcopal Relief & Development’s award-winning, flagship malaria prevention program, stands with its partners and participating communities to call for international action on...

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Critically Acclaimed Siduri Wines Turns 20

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

From Warehouse Winery to White House Wine, Adam and Dianna Lee’s Cult Pinot Noir Label Has Gained an Impressive Following While Staying True to its Roots

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Michael Chaplinsky of Texas Company Turf Feeding Systems Keynoted...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

Michael Chaplinsky, the president of Turf Feeding Systems, a fergitation company, was the keynote speaker last week at the first Eurasia Business Forum in Kazakhstan April 17th and 18th, 2014....

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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MHF Wins 2013 CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

Award Recognizes Companies for Rail Car Maintenance and Safety

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Set It and Forget It: Automating Your Pool & Spa Has Never Been...

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

The Northeast Spa & Pool Association gives insights on how to make your pool and spa work for you.

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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Hartzell Air Movement Launches New Rapid Ship Program

PR Web - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:38

Hartzell Air Movement Launches New Rapid Ship Program

(PRWeb April 24, 2014)

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