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Greenbuild LivingHome, First Show Home at Greenbuild, Showcases Top...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:20

The 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome showcases the latest in high-performance green building and design at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in New Orleans.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

US EPA: Clariant Exolit® OP 560 flame retardant superior for...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:20

United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) designates Exolit® OP 560 Flame Retardant more environmentally friendly than traditional flame retardant for polyurethane foams. The flame...

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

LivingHomes Announces First Crowd Funding Campaign to Support New...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:20

LivingHomes®announces the launch of its first crowd funding campaign to support a LivingHome it designed for Make It Right's community in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. The new...

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Finding Durable Foul Release Coatings to Control Invasive Mussel...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:20

Six year research report details findings of more than 100 anti-fouling and foul release coatings and materials tested for mussel control.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Will South Florida be the shortest-lived state in the union?

Grist.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:31

Philip Stoddard, mayor of South Miami, Fla., has expressed that the city — and much of the rest of the state of Florida — would like to secede from its motherland. Honestly, fair! Florida is widely recognized as the State That Sense Forgot, so I’d also be trying to get the hell out of dodge.

Kidding (sort of)! The real reason for Stoddard’s breakup threats is that he’s fed up with the state’s refusal to comprehensively address sea-level rise, which threatens to wipe out the southern end of Florida. While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates sea-level rise to be between 1.7 and 3.2 feet before 2100, climate scientists have actually estimated the figures to be closer to 2.3 to 4 feet — and 6.5 to 9.8 feet by the year 2300. That is very, very bad news for a state that sits just barely above sea level.

From ThinkProgress:

“It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean,” South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said. “They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”

Hmm. OK. This smacks a bit of the “You want to break up with me? FINE! I’m leaving anyway!!” approach, but for the sake of argument, we’ve put together a projection of how things look for South Florida if Stoddard makes good on his threat (a very, very, very unlikely prospect):

South Florida today:

South Florida in 2300 (if water levels should rise above 33 feet, as may happen with a total sea-level rise of 9.8 feet, in the event of a hurricane or flood):

NASA / Eve Andrews

South Florida would be taking Orlando and Miami with it, so that’s something. But it looks like Orlando and Miami will have become not very desirable places to live within the next 200 years, unless, of course, you are a merperson.

South Florida: The Merpeople State. This prospective tourist is absolutely sold!


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
Categories: Environment

China’s coal use is actually dropping for the first time this century

Grist.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:27

We told you last week that the Chinese people are concerned about pollution — according to Pew, they care about it more than we Americans do. And their leaders have been saying, somewhat vaguely, that the country is going to take action and do something about it.

Now, an analysis by Greenpeace suggests that China’s coal use may actually be falling — for the first time this century.

Any kind of decrease in China’s use of coal is a big deal. In large part because of coal, the country’s CO2 emissions have grown rapidly since the beginning of the last decade. In 2007, China surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s biggest emitter. In fact, over the last 15 years, China’s emissions were in large part responsible for the increase in emissions globally. So today’s news is a nice surprise.

Greenpeace’s Lauri Myllyvirta writes:

The data suggests the world’s largest economy is finally starting to radically slow down its emission growth, and it comes ahead of key talks next year on a new global climate and energy deal.

The latest 3rd quarter data reinforces a trend towards falling coal use which started in the second quarter of 2014 and suggests China’s annual coal use may end up down on the previous year.

Significantly the latest data showed that even as power consumption grew by 4% (based on government data) coal demand for power generation actually fell by 1%.

Myllyvirta does note that these data are volatile. And China has plans to bring more than 60 coal-to-gas plants online, which, according to a separate Greenpeace analysis, would spew a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

Still, China’s economy isn’t shrinking, and neither is its energy consumption. So this data showing that coal use is declining is a hopeful reminder that a growing China does not have to come hand-in-hand with growing emissions.

That should be happy news for climate hawks in the U.S. — particularly those seeking to block coal exports from North America’s west coast to Asia.

But, it’s a win-some, lose-some kind of news day: The U.S. Energy Information Administration just released data today showing that our energy-related emissions grew by 2.5 percent last year — that’s a fairly significant increase. And U.S. power plants upped their use of coal by 4.8 percent. Ironically, you can blame increased demand for heating during the polar vortex — which was itself likely the result of climate change — for the uptick in our emissions.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy, Politics
Categories: Environment

QA Graphics Hires Multimedia Designer

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:20

QA Graphics has as new addition to their interactive team, Season Travelbee.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

ATLIS Geomatics Increases Mapping Efficiency with Integrated Leica...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:20

An investment in a Leica ALS70-HP LIDAR system and RCD30 camera positions the aerial surveying firm to provide a faster turnaround on innovative mapping solutions.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

California’s Diversity Offers a Stage for the Exploration of Range...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:20

A special issue of Rangelands explores California's diverse plant and wildlife species. Meanwhile these articles address changes in agricultural production, land usage, and shifts by people from...

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Uranium & Thorium Market Analysed & Forecast by Merchant...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:20

Topical research study “Uranium and Thorium: 2014 World Market Review and Forecast” elaborated by Merchant Research & Consulting Ltd is now available at mcgroup.co.uk

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Greenstar Home Services Announces Preventative Maintenance Initiative

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:20

Greenstar Home Services has started a preventative maintenance initiative for home water heater systems in the Orange County, CA and Las Vegas, NV areas.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Today Marks the Annual National Bioenergy Day

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:20

Today marks the 2nd annual National Bioenergy Day. In honor or this special day, Forest Energy President, Rob Davis, writes an eye-opening article about the importance of bioenergy to the health of...

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Bette Midler knows the plastic we should REALLY be worried about (it’s not surgery)

Grist.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:14

When the internet vultures descend like, well, vultures, on the latest celebrity to undergo the devil’s bargain of plastic surgery, I never expect any good to come of it. Well, today I am proven wrong — meet my new sea star:

I wish America would spend even half as much time complaining about plastics in our oceans as we do about actresses' plastic surgery.

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 22, 2014

And Midler isn’t just dipping her toe in ocean affairs; she’s a long time anti-plastic crusader:

And the worst part is, 7 million tons of trash 80% of which is plastic, ends up on the oceans.

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 10, 2012

The diva has even been known to retweet news about garbage islands and marine reserves on occasion.

The Divine Miss M, huh? Might that initial stand for “marine”?

In fact, the singer and actress is not afraid to speak up about climate change, Hummers, and feminism in show biz either. Here’s a sampler:

UB meeting this week to discuss Climate Change after hottest summer ever. At this rate we'll be holding Summer Olympics in Antarctica soon..

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 22, 2014

Nearly half of our bird species are threatened by #climatechange. Join me and help @AudubonSociety #saveourbirds http://t.co/lshznraJWe

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 24, 2014

Worst part about the #PalinBrawl is that the family showed up in a gas guzzling stretch Hummer.

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 16, 2014

Female leads made FROZEN and GRAVITY huge hits, but women only have 27% of speaking roles in movies. Hollywood, wake up and smell the $$$!

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 17, 2014

In sum: When it comes to surprisingly thoughtful celebrity commentary, this showgirl might be your best Bette.


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

Pumpkins’ biggest threat isn’t Mischief Night or Billy Corgan

Grist.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:53

California’s neverending drought spares no plant, animal, or holiday tradition. The record-setting dry spell threatens organic dairy, craft beer, grass-fed beef, almondslawns, hay, greens, rice, people who depend on water sources appropriated by bottled water companies. To that list you can now add pumpkins.

Less water has meant smaller pumpkins for some farmers, and heat waves ripened many potential jack-o’-lanterns earlier than usual this year. NBC News’ coverage indicates that our yellow-orange carving gourds aren’t super resilient:

Most pumpkins are grown on smaller farms. And they don’t go far from the fields. Despite their tough exterior, pumpkins bruise easily and are rarely shipped across state lines. Most are sold locally.

Sounds like those early-ripening crops might end up as canned pie filling.

Also, pumping more groundwater to quench parched pumpkins means higher costs for growers. And we know pricier produce isn’t the only problem caused by slurping more aqua from aquifers.

So parents, you may want a stiff beverage on hand while helping your kids carve jack-o-lanterns from red kuri squash this year. Enjoy the ornamental gourd ale.


Filed under: Article, Food, Living
Categories: Environment

Watch dinosaurs defend the Gates Foundation’s farm policy

Grist.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:24

Some food activists are extremely worried about all the money the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives to help farmers. These groups, for instance, met recently to oppose the charity. That’s pretty unusual. It’s one thing to protest extractive companies cutting corners to make a profit, and quite another to protest an organization that aims to improve the world. I wanted to know what was going on. I looked closely at the concerns about the Gates Foundation a few months back, in this story. But we know that not everyone likes to read thousands of words on the internet — so we’ve boiled it down to some of the key points in this video. Hope you like it!


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

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. to Specify for Ecopetrol S.A. Projects

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:20

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. (INI) will be traveling to Columbia to present and specify their patented protective coatings for Ecopetrol.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Relan Helps MINI USA Turn Largest Billboard Campaign Into Green...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:20

With the help of Relan, a U.S. manufacturer of repurposed billboard and banner products, MINI is repurposing their largest ever ad campaign into fashionable, re-usable totes for each new MINI owner.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Seavest’s Kent Ambulatory Services Pavilion Achieves LEED Gold

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:20

The “green” milestone in sustainability and design adds to success of the $13.9 million, 62,724 square foot facility in Warwick, near Providence, R.I.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Project Music Nashville: Leveraging Tech to Write the Next Verse

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:20

The Entrepreneur Center partner with the Country Music Association to provide $20,000 investments to six to eight startups.

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Symposium, Exhibition & Concept Bar at Breakthrough Napa Valley...

PR Web - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:20

ROOTSTOCK presents a full day of high-level, provocative seminars and industry experts, wine trials and tastings, and exhibits when this revolutionary conference designed for top quality grape...

(PRWeb October 22, 2014)

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