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Cheap Quinceanera Dresses Introduced By Distinguished Supplier...

PR Web - 8 hours 1 min ago

Recently, Shopofgirls.com has updated its product line with a new range of beautiful Quinceanera dresses. All the elegant new items are now available at discounted rates, up to 64% off.

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Promotional 125KHz Proximity Card Readers (with Keypad) Offered by...

PR Web - 8 hours 1 min ago

Recently, SWAccessControl.com, a leading RFID access control system company, has launched a site-wide promotion for its useful 125KHz Proximity Card Readers. Now, all its 125KHz Proximity Card Readers...

(PRWeb July 23, 2014)

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Special Offer On Garden Wedding Dresses Now Announced By Brideself.com

PR Web - 8 hours 1 min ago

Recently, Brideself.com has announced its new collection of garden wedding dresses. All these items are provided with a huge discount, up to 60 percent off.

(PRWeb July 23, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Discounted VGA+R/L Audio To HDMI Converters Released By China...

PR Web - 11 hours 2 min ago

Recently, Hiconn Electronics, a well-known electronics accessory factory on the current market, has unveiled its new selection of VGA+R/L Audio to HDMI Converters. Moreover, the company has decided to...

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Most Business Owners Use or Plan to Use LED Bulbs; Half Delay...

PR Web - 11 hours 2 min ago

A new survey from Leapfrog Lighting reveals upfront cost as the leading reason for delay in implementing LED lamps in the workplace, even though 81.9 per cent ultimately install or plan to install.

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Categories: Environment

Omega Protein Corporation's Ben Landry: Pew Trust's Praise for...

PR Web - 14 hours 2 min ago

In National Fisherman Magazine's August 2014 edition, Ben Landry, Director of Public Affairs at Omega Protein Corporation, responds to an opinion piece by Peter Baker of the Pew Charitable Trusts,...

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Cheap 2014 Vintage Party Dresses From Professional Supplier...

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Recently, iFitDress.com, a professional company of women’s dresses and related accessories, has unveiled its new range of 2014 vintage party dresses. Aside from that, it has launched a big promotion...

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Categories: Environment

Seals discover offshore wind farms are all-you-can-eat seafood buffets

Grist.org - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:54

Looking to catch up with legendary British pop sensation and noted beach ball enthusiast Seal? The “Kiss from a Rose” singer has been soaking in the North Sea sun as he frolics amongst the offshore wind farms. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the four-time Grammy-award-winning, semiterrestrial mammal is drawn by the ample fish provided by these artificial reefs. [Editor’s note: Not Seal, Meyer, seals. Remind me again, how did you get this job?]

Well that makes a great deal more sense. Let’s let Eva Botkin-Kowacki at the Monitor explain:

The scientists observed eleven harbor seals outfitted with GPS tracking tags in the North Sea frequenting two active wind farms, Alpha Ventus in Germany and Sheringham Shoal off the southeast coast of the United Kingdom. One seal even visited 13 times, according to a report published this week in the journal Current Biology.

The wind turbines make up a grid. When foraging for food, the seals moved “systematically from one turbine to the next turbine in a grid pattern, following exactly how the turbines are laid out,” says study author Deborah Russell of the University of St. Andrews. “That was surprising to see how much their behavior was affected by the presence of these artificial structures and how they could actually adapt their behaviors to respond to that.”

There are possible downsides. The sound of the turbines could damage the seals’ hearing, which would wreak further havoc on their recording careers. The wind farms could also be playing what amounts to an ecological shell game, drawing creatures that would naturally be more widely dispersed to a smaller area without increasing actual numbers. The science is still out, but the farms could actually be increasing habitat for sea animals while providing cleaner power for us landlubbing bipeds.

Another plus for wind: I’m sure most marine mammals, and even Seal, for that matter, prefer a wind turbine to the oil-spewing equivalent.

Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Norwegian reindeer are enjoying the balmy weather, breeding like bunnies

Grist.org - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:49

When you’re planning your next incarnation, consider the majestic Norwegian reindeer. Sure you will have to deal with the draconian labor practices of one Mr. S. Clause and his union-busting elf goons, but on the flip side, job security. Also, it looks like Norwegian reindeer are doing OK with climate change.

Nature World News has more on the story:

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester and the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø have found that contrary to popular belief, warm climate hasn’t reduced populations of reindeers in the high arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

According to researchers, the number of Svalbard reindeers has jumped by 30 percent in the last year, showing that the animals are thriving under warm climate. …

Dr Nicholas Tyler of the Norwegian Arctic University and colleagues have kept a record of the reindeer population in the area since 1979. The population of reindeer in Svalbard increased from 600 on an average in the 1980s to about 1,000 today, researchers said.

Of course there are caveats. Looks like reindeer are a lot like the rest of us: There will be some winners along with a heck of a lot of losers. Reindeer in the high arctic are thriving, but melting ice and heat are bad news for reindeer populations globally.

So perhaps we should rein in that first sentence. If you are planning your next incarnation, try to come back as a northern Norwegian reindeer with a good job outside the toy industry.

Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

The NFL’s newest stadium is also one of the greenest

Grist.org - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:10

Traditionally, sports fans have not been the most eco-minded lot. One way pro leagues and team owners can help fans jump on the green bandwagon: LEED by example.

That’s the promise of the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium, which on Monday received LEED Gold certification. Levi’s Stadium, set to open next month, is the second NFL arena to earn Gold cred (the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium is the other).

Here are more details on the Niners’ new digs, from The Sacramento Bee:

The 49ers’ stadium achieved the certification through a number of means, including water use. About 85 percent of the water used in the stadium is recycled or “gray” water. The type of grass used, Bermuda Bandera, also requires up to 50 percent less water than other types used in the Bay Area. Another major reason for the green designation is Levi’s Stadium’s solar panels, which will sit atop the three bridges that lead to the stadium as well as the roof of the tower suite. The team expects that the power generated from those panels will offset the power used in the 10 NFL games played there each year.

The major sports are still a long way from becoming carbon neutral. But, with the news of the NHL’s sustainability strategy also dropping this week, we’re happy to see the small Ws starting to pile up.

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

This little fox loves transit. Should we tell him he just missed his stop?

Grist.org - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:04

This fox was found sleeping on the seat of an OC Transpo bus in Ottawa this morning. http://t.co/mYoJagF1Kk

Stu Mills (@StuMillsCBC) July 23, 2014

The fox was probably on the way to visit the raccoons who are taking over your neighborhood, the wolf-coyote hybrids who are prowling your park, and the deer who are munching on your parsley. Despite the fact that the bus was empty, the fox only took up one seat. If only all encroaching wildlife (including humans) were so polite.

Have no fear: The fantastic little guy snuck onto the parked bus for a snoozer and left on his own accord (feeling refreshed, we hope, and ready to seize the day — or somebody’s tasty backyard chickens!).

Filed under: Article, Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

In Pennsylvania, Dr. Frack will see you now

Grist.org - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:49

People who live near fracking sites have been complaining for years about headaches, nosebleeds, and birth defects. Now one such population, in Washington County, Penn., is getting some help in the form of free medical consultations — but not from the usual suspects.

Washington County is a place known for its many picturesque bridges. It’s also known for its “wet gas” — an underground smorgasbord of methane, propane, butane, and ethane that hasn’t seen daylight since the Devonian era. During the drilling process, most of this gas is captured, but a certain amount does leak into the atmosphere.

There has been some research into the risks of living in a natural gas drilling area, but not the kind of long-term, systematic study that would prove or disprove a connection between the gas and the health issues.

There are reasons for this. Some of them are political: Back in 2011, Philadelphia’s House of Representatives set aside $2 million to create a public health registry for tracking health complaints related to fracking, but the funding that would have made it happen was cut at the last minute. Any current complaints are referred to the state Bureau of Epidemiology, which keeps those complaints secret, citing patient confidentiality. In 2012, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation asked the Department of Health for a review of the public health risks associated with fracking, but the commissioner in charge of the report kept stalling, and stepped down from the job this spring without ever finishing it.

Other reasons are financial. Correlations between environmental pollution and personal health are hard to prove. People aren’t lab rats. They get up to all kinds of variable-confounding mischief, like smoking, or moving, or working in jobs that expose them to a whole new set of environmental risks. Studying humans properly is very, very expensive, and today, most expensive science is funded and guided by the enthusiasms of the very well-to-do.

The trick, then, is to find a well-to-do person (or foundation) that might be really interested in fracking epidemiology. There aren’t many. But yesterday, Inside Climate News (in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity) profiled one: the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP — and yes, that is an unfortunate acronym).

SWPA-EHP is run by an impressive group of scientists, including a former EPA toxicologist, and it was started with the support of the Heinz Endowments. It is well-placed to do exactly the kind of research into fracking’s health impact that we need. Right now, though, it doesn’t do a lot of research — a state of affairs that SWPA-EHP blames on its limited budget ($750,000 a year) and that its critics blame on a lack of courage.

Here’s what SWPA-EHP does do: It educates people who live near drilling sites about how to take health precautions. It keeps a nurse-practitioner on staff to answer more detailed questions. And it spins off what information it does find into interesting, but not statistically significant, studies.

So maybe SWPA-EHP is hoping that if it can first draw attention to a health problem, then research grants will follow. There’s a precedent for this approach in the story of flame retardants. Over the last decade, a small group of scientists — particularly a biochemist named Arlene Blum — managed to mobilize scientific and political interest in what was a little-known subject at the time. Within a few years, solid research began to emerge that flame retardants were more pervasive and more risky than anyone had thought, and a few years after that, some behind-the-scenes political maneuvering managed to change the regulations around their use.

“Spread the word first, then do the research” can work, at least sometimes. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great way to do science. It ought to be possible to fund and perform important research into public health without having to mount a full-on public relations campaign first.

Filed under: Article, Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Global Fiber Reinforced Composites Market: Industry Analysis, Size,...

PR Web - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:36

Transparency Market Research has added a new report titled "Global Fiber Reinforced Composites Market: Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 - 2019" to its report...

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Global Molded Plastics Market is Expected to Reach 171.58 Million Tons...

PR Web - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:36

Transparency Market Research published a new report "Molded Plastics Market: Global Forecast, Market Share, Size, Growth and Industry Analysis 2013 - 2019" to its report store. Browse the...

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Power Rental Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth,...

PR Web - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:36

Transparency Market Research has announced the addition of the "Power Rental Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2012 - 2019" report to their offering....

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Savor the Past While Helping Sustain the Future of Fish at the Next...

PR Web - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:36

Enjoy Fresh Seafood at a National Historic Landmark, Middleton Place, for a One-of-a-kind Dining Experience

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Cellulose Ethers Market Worth 852 Kilotons by 2019 – New Report by...

PR Web - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:36

The cellulose ethers and its derivatives market was estimated at $4,124.17 million in 2013, and is expected to grow by 7.08% till 2019....

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Plants are poison — and that just may be why they keep us healthy

Grist.org - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:15

The health effects of antioxidants came up recently because a study found that organic food had more of them. Now science writer Moises Velasquez-Manoff has a fascinating story on a theory that upends conventional wisdom about antioxidants.

The original idea was that antioxidants were good because they sopped up molecules called “reactive oxygen species” (ROS) that are released by stress and bounce around cells, wrecking havoc. This new theory suggests that we need the stress, and it’s our bodies’ reaction to that (producing our own internal antioxidants) that really does us good.

In other words, it’s the whole system that’s important — piling on more antioxidants from outside alone basically accomplishes nothing. Here’s Velasquez-Manoff:

Exercise accelerates the burning of fuel by your cells. If you peer into muscles after a jog, you’ll see a relative excess of those supposedly dangerous ROS — exhaust spewed from our cellular furnaces, the mitochondria. If you examine the same muscle some time after a run, however, you’ll find those ROS gone. In their place you’ll see an abundance of native antioxidants. That’s because, post-exercise, the muscle cells respond to the oxidative stress by boosting production of native antioxidants. Those antioxidants, amped up to protect against the oxidant threat of yesterday’s exercise, now also protect against other ambient oxidant dangers.

Contrary to the ROS dogma, [scientist Michael] Ristow realized, the signal of stress conveyed by the ROS during exercise was essential to this call-and-response between mitochondria and the cells that housed them. To improve health, he figured, perhaps we shouldn’t neutralize ROS so much as increase them in a way that mimicked what happened in exercise. That would boost native antioxidants, improve insulin sensitivity, and increase overall resilience.

But we also see a true health benefit from eating plants. This may be because Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You — to quote the title of Velasquez-Manoff’s piece. That is: the toxins produced by veggies stimulate the same kind of stress response as exercise and give your system a work out.

Obviously it’s still too early to make specific dietary recommendations based on this thinking (though someone will be trying to turn this into a lucrative diet fad in 5, 4, 3….). I still stick with my don’t worry, be happy, eat veggies theory of nutrition. But check out this fascinating essay, and glory in the weirdness of the notion that we might just need toxins to keep us healthy.

Filed under: Article, Food
Categories: Environment

New rules aim to stop rash of oil train spills and explosions

Grist.org - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:11

Today, The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new rules for improving safety standards around transporting large quantities of flammable materials by rail. The chief concern here is the movement of crude oil and ethanol, which the federal government has been ramping up through recent decisions to expand the exploration and extraction of domestic oil and gas.

The new rules, summarized here, focus on upgrades for train tank cars, new speed limits for trains carrying flammable fuels, improved braking operations, and more rigorous testing for the movement of volatile liquids. A recent rash of train crashes and oil spills, notably in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Lynchburg, Va., prompted the new safety standards.

In a recent review of data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Politico found that train wrecks have done more than $10 million in damage as of mid-May this year, which is nearly triple the damage for all of 2013.

In a press statement, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the proposal “our most significant progress yet in developing and enforcing new rules to ensure that all flammable liquids, including Bakken crude and ethanol, are transported safely.”

The Bakken oil mention is in reference to the train explosion last year in North Dakota, worsened by the fact that Bakken crude is more flammable than most all other oils. The Transportation department anticipates an increase in the volume of Bakken oil being shipped throughout the U.S., and across longer distances. On average, Bakken crude oil shipments travel over 1,000 miles from point-of-origin to refineries on the coasts.

According to the department’s website, 9,500 rail-carloads of crude moved through the country in 2008. Last year, there were 415,000 rail-carloads.

Given that many of those trains pass through or near communities of color and low-income, environmental justice organizations have long been concerned about the movement of goods by rail, especially chemicals and volatile liquids.

“For African Americans, we’ve gone from the ‘underground railroad’ being a route to freedom, to today’s railway system being a source of pollution and hazard,” said Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP’s Climate Justice Initiative. “Coal trains come through communities of color leaving a trail of coal dust on our cars and in our lungs.”

The U.S. spilled more oil from trains in 2013  than in the previous four decades combined.

From McClatchy:

Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars in 2013, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

By comparison, from 1975 to 2012, U.S. railroads spilled a combined 800,000 gallons of crude oil. The spike underscores new concerns about the safety of such shipments as rail has become the preferred mode for oil producers amid a North American energy boom.

In light of this, “Any effort to regulate one of the threats facing oft-vulnerable communities — in this case trains carrying oil that are like ticking time bombs — is stridently welcomed,” Patterson said.

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (NEJAC) has advised the federal government on how to improve its “goods movement” infrastructure for years. It released a report offering recommendations on this in 2009. The report focused not just on the goods moved, but also on the impacts of rail and freight transportation itself, as it moves through communities beset by poverty and poor access to quality healthcare. Reads the report:

…good(s) movement related‐ activities can have negative impacts on air quality and public health. Adjacent communities bear the burden of such activities resulting from the growth and demand for goods. Across the country there are many communities near goods movement infrastructure that consist of large populations of low‐income and minority residents.

NEJAC recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy imploring her to check on whether the other federal cabinet agencies, including the Department of Transportation, are meeting with residents of the communities where trains are moving materials through, and asking for the agencies to create strategies to protect the health of those communities.

The Transportation department’s proposed rules focus more on the hazardous materials being carried. But they would also require carriers to perform a new analysis for routing trains that would be based on 27 safety and security factors. They would also require existing rail tank cars to be retrofitted to meet new performance requirements; those that can’t be retrofitted would be retired or repurposed.

The rail industry, of course, is freaking out about the new safety proposals. From Amy Harder at The Wall Street Journal:

Railroads, oil companies and railcar owners have been expecting new federal rules meant to improve the safety of oil shipments in the wake of several fiery train accidents. The proposed regulation could impact several industries. The railroads have been worried that slower speed limits could cause major gridlock, while oil companies have fretted that new rules about tank car volumes might prevent them from shipping all the crude they wanted.

I guess, but business as usual could mean more explosions and spills, which communities would pay for with their health and lives. It’s the same bellyaching the oil and gas industry had when the Obama administration imposed new safety regs after the BP oil disaster. These industries have to understand that it’s safer and less expensive to be safe than it is to be sorry.

Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Fashionable Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 Released By Bridal-Buy.net

PR Web - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:36

Recently, Bridal-Buy.net, a popular supplier of wedding dresses and special occasion gowns for women, has released its new range of bridesmaid dresses under $100. This morning, the company’s chief...

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