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Wholesale SMA Male Connectors Now From China Electrical Equipment...

PR Web - 6 hours 13 min ago

LenoRF, a popular electrical equipment manufacturer, has released its new selection of SMA male connectors recently.

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Cheap 5 M Active USB 3.0 Repeater Cables Now Provided by China...

PR Web - 6 hours 13 min ago

Hiconn Electronics, a distinguished computer accessory manufacturer, has recently announced its new selection of 5 M Active USB 3.0 Repeater Cables.

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Foreclosure Starts and Sales Hit Lowest Level Since 2007

PR Web - 6 hours 13 min ago

The Federal Savings Bank informs readers about a recent April 11th housing report from HOPE NOW.

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

iFitDress.com’s Discounted Garden Party Dresses Now Unveiled

PR Web - 9 hours 14 min ago

iFitDress.com, a famous supplier of wedding dresses and women’s special occasion outfits, has released its new assortment of garden party dresses recently.

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

The Lowcountry Loves The World Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids at the...

PR Web - 12 hours 15 min ago

Only a Few Days Left to See Mermaids at the South Carolina Aquarium

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

This insane cycling video will make you hold your breath for two minutes

Grist.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:14

Grist cannot be held responsible for the crapping of your pants while watching this helmet-cam of daredevil cyclist Geoff Gulevich going down a mountain:

The GoPro video of Gulevich’s ride is from the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah — an exclusive, invite-only mountain bike competition so dangerous it was cancelled for several years — so it’s prrrrrobably not anything you’d encounter in your morning commute.

Plus, Gulevich is a professional mountain biker, so don’t feel guilty if you’re not as daring on two wheels. After all, YOU risk getting doored and T-boned if you ride in the city, whereas THIS punk only flirted with the edge of a cliff. Pfffft. He’s got nothin’ on rush-hour San Francisco.


Filed under: Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

Glamping Under the Stars in Canyon Country

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15

Moab Under Canvas announces their grand opening next to Arches and Canyonland’s National Parks with luxury glamping tents, tipis, and safari tents.

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Inner Strength Pilates Releases New Tip Sheet on Why Pilates is Great...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15

Tamara Gollan, MD and coach of leading Australian Pilates company Inner Strength Pilates is the author of a brand new article offering answers to 10 commonly asked question on Pilates.

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Overpowered: Hazards of Cell Phone EMF Exposure and Reducing Health...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15

According to RF Safe, cell phone radiation health hazards are well documented in a new book by Martin Blank, PhD...

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Westinghouse and Ontario Power Generation Sign Agreement to Service...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15

Westinghouse Electric Company and Ontario Power Generation, Inc., through its subsidiary, Canadian Nuclear Partners, today announced an agreement that would enable the two companies to work together...

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Kestrel® 4400 Heat Stress Tracker Helps Protect Boston Marathon...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15

The Kestrel® 4400 provides waterless WBGT measurement and displays on-screen warnings when environmental conditions put athletes at risk.

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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RF Safe Cell Phone Case Shields Cell Phone Radiation

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15

According to RF Safe, the BioInitiative Working Group reports of nervous system effects in 68% of studies (144...

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Every Day is Earth Day at Northwest Center

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15

Northwest Center Celebrates Earth Day with Big Blue Closet Clean Out

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Poor Indoor Air Quality Hurts Those Who Suffer from Asthma

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15

Poor indoor air quality can be lethal for those who suffer from asthma. Such tragedy can be averted with Air Masters' prevention and treatment tips.

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

This giant vacuum will suck the pollution out of rivers

Grist.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:13

Dyson vacuums are legendary; they’re the main reason divorce is so ugly. So imagine what happens when you put that powerful technology to work cleaning rivers instead of rugs.

Did you picture marine trash getting slurped up into the world’s biggest vacuum bag? Ding ding ding! James Dyson hasn’t actually CREATED his super-sucker yet, but he’s made a design for the M.V. Recyclone boat, aka the U.S.S. Sucky. Check it:

James Dyson

The barge would scoop plastic off of a river’s surface before the junk can make it to the ocean, explains Fast Co. Exist:

The famed designer’s recycling barge, which uses the same cyclone technology as found in Dyson’s vacuum cleaners, has large nets that trap plastic floating on the river’s surface. A suction system then pulls in the waste, where it’s separated and then sent for processing.

Plastic trash in the Pacific got 100 times worse in just the past four decades. When barnacles and fish snack on plastic, you can bet it’ll sneak upward into the food chain. By sucking a little more, Dyson just might help your fish and chips suck a bit less.


Filed under: Living
Categories: Environment

Here’s what fracking can do to your health

Grist.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:33

If you know one thing about fracking, it might be that the wells have been linked to explosive tap water. Of course, a tendency toward combustion isn’t the biggest problem with gas-infused water; it’s what could happen to you when you drink it.

Although the natural gas industry is notoriously tight-lipped about the ingredients of the chemical cocktails that get pumped down into wells, by now it’s widely known that the list often includes some pretty scary, dangerous stuff, including hydrochloric acid and ethylene glycol (a.k.a. antifreeze). It’s also no secret that well sites release hazardous gases like methane and benzene (a carcinogen) into the atmosphere.

So just how dangerous are fracking and other natural gas extraction processes for your health (not counting, for the sake of argument, explosions and earthquakes)? Is it true, as an activist-art campaign by Yoko Ono recently posited, that “fracking kills”?

The answer to that second question is probably not, especially in the short term and if you don’t work on or live across the street from a frack site (which, of course, some people in fact do). But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to start fracking away next to kindergartens and nursing homes: Gas extraction produces a range of potentially health-endangering pollutants at nearly every stage of the process, according to a new paper by the California nonprofit Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy, released today in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institutes of Health.

The study compiled existing, peer-reviewed literature on the health risks of shale gas drilling and found that leaks, poor wastewater management, and air emissions have released harmful chemicals into the air and water around fracking sites nationwide.

“It’s clear that the closer you are, the more elevated your risk,” said lead author Seth Shonkoff, a visiting public health scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. “We can conclude that this process has not been shown to be safe.”

Shonkoff cautioned that existing research has focused on cataloging risks, rather than linking specific instances of disease to particular drilling operations — primarily because the fracking boom is so new that long-term studies of, say, cancer rates, simply haven’t been done. But as the United States and the world double down on natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal (as this week’s U.N. climate change solutions report suggests), Shonkoff argues policymakers need to be aware of what a slew of fracked wells could mean for the health of those who live near them.

Even given the risks involved in producing natural gas, it’s still a much healthier fuel source than coal; particulate pollution from coal plants killed an estimated 13,000 Americans in 2010, while a recent World Health Organization study named air pollution (to which coal burning is a chief contributor) the single deadliest environmental hazard on earth.

Still, how exactly could gas drilling make you ill? Let us count the ways:

Air pollution near wells: Near gas wells, studies have found both carcinogenic and other hazardous air pollutants in concentrations above EPA guidelines, with the pollution at its worst within a half-mile radius of the well. In one Colorado study, some of the airborne pollutants were endocrine disrupters, which screw with fetal and early childhood development. Several studies also found precursors to ground-level ozone, which can cause respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Silica sand, which is used to prop open underground cracks and which can cause pulmonary disease and lung cancer, was also found in the air around well sites; one study of 111 well samples found silica concentrations in excess of OSHA guidelines at 51.4 percent of them.

Recycled frack water: About a third of the water/chemical/sand mixture that gets pumped into wells flows back up, bringing back not just the toxic fracking chemicals but other goodies from deep underground, including heavy metals like lead and arsenic. Some of this wastewater is treated and recycled for irrigation and agriculture or dumped back into lakes and rivers. Multiple studies found that because the menu of chemicals is so diverse, treatment is often incomplete and has the potential to pollute drinking water supplies with chemicals linked to everything from eye irritation to nervous system damage to cancer, as well as the potential to poison fish. Even if wastewater is contained, spills can be a problem: One Colorado study counted 77 fracking wastewater spills that impacted groundwater supplies, of which 90 percent were contaminated with unsafe levels of benzene.

Broken wells: Drinking water supplies can also be contaminated when the cement casings around wells crack and leak, which studies estimate to happen in anywhere from 2 to 50 percent of all wells (including oil wells, offshore rigs, etc.). Methane getting into drinking water wells from leaky gas wells is the prime suspect in Pennsylvania’s flammable faucets; a study there last year found some methane in 82 percent of water wells sampled but concluded that concentrations were six times higher for water wells within one kilometer of a fracking well. A Texas study found elevated levels of arsenic at water wells within three kilometers of gas wells. (While the Texas study linked the contamination to gas extraction in general, it was unclear what specific part of the process was responsible).

Many of these issues could be improved with engineering advancements, like gadgets that monitor for leaks and capture gas emissions, or hardier cement. Regulation can also play a role: Just yesterday, the EPA released a series of reports on methane emissions that could eventually inform restrictions on them as part of President Obama’s climate plan.

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


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

Mark Ruffalo, you are our chosen green celeb! (We hope you like fruit)

Grist.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:03

The people have spoken, and one lucky man in Hollywood will be the happy recipient of a fruit basket.  The entire Grist staff just breathed a collective sigh of relief, because this guy can get pretty riled up when things don’t go his way.

That’s right, folks – Mark Ruffalo beat out five fellow actors and one supermodel to be crowned as Grist’s greenest celebrity. What about this rugged hunk won the hearts of our green-minded audience? Was it his outspokenness against the natural gas and oil industry? Was it his valiant efforts to protect water resources through his own nonprofit? Was it the ease with which he makes Henry David Thoreau sound incredibly sexy? Let’s just go ahead and circle “all of the above.”

And Adrian Grenier, if you’re reading this: We’re sorry we don’t have more Entourage fans among our readers. But hey – you know what you can do to change that!

So, Mark, keep an eye out for a delightful collection of seasonal fruit on your doorstep. And since we hope you actually enjoy eating it, we promise it won’t be from Edible Arrangements.


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

This velomobile is basically an electric car without the hassle

Grist.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:31

If the words “recumbent trike” make your lip curl, we understand. Weird bikes often seem to perpetuate the myth that cyclists are fringey oddballs disconnected from reality. But the ELF deserves a second glance:

A team from Durham, N.C., designed the semi-enclosed, three-wheeled contraption to marry the best aspect of bikes and cars. The result is a low-impact EV that gives you some protection from the elements and plenty of room for groceries. Pedal when you can, but let the solar-powered battery kick in if you’re hauling bags of kitty litter uphill.

The ELF can go up to 30 mph and carry up to 350 pounds, but doesn’t need any of that pesky car stuff like a license plate, insurance, or actual gasoline. The battery’ll charge in 90 minutes when plugged in, carrying you up to 14 miles — farther if you put your thighs to work.

The ELF’s main problem is its $5,495 price tag. Then again, if you’re basically getting 1,800 mpg, it could be worth it — more than 300 ELF owners seem to think so. If, like moi, your wimpiness forever prevents you from turning cyclist, velomobiles like the ELF just might be the gateway drug.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Living
Categories: Environment

Newly Revised Version 3.0 PCI Policies and Procedures Available for...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:14

Merchants and service providers can now download Version 3.0 of the PCI policies and procedures today from the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards specialists at pcipolicyportal.com. What’s...

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Earth Day TV Ad Links California's Declining Environment to...

PR Web - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:14

Nearly 100% of California’s Population Growth Due to Mass Immigration and Births to Immigrants

(PRWeb April 16, 2014)

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