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Pending Home Sales Surge In the Midwest

PR Web - 12 hours 28 min ago

Peoples Home Equity shares news and comments on the latest pending home sales report from the National Association of Realtors.

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Categories: Environment

Ambassador Energy's Director of Training Moderates Panel...

PR Web - 12 hours 28 min ago

She calls herself a 'Solar Dinosaur'. Now her industry peers call her an inspiration, as she leads the charge for women in solar as a double NABCEP- certified professional, solar instructor,...

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Categories: Environment

Presents of Mine Now Offers Personalized Customization to Individuals,...

PR Web - 12 hours 28 min ago

Presents of Mine, Located in Blue Ridge Georgia, is Proud to Announce Offering Personal Customization of the “Newly Popular” Oversized Jerseys

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Categories: Environment

All Stars Pediatric Dentistry Announces They Were Voted the Best...

PR Web - 12 hours 28 min ago

It’s “All Smiles” at All Stars Pediatric Dentistry! Since 2011, Dr. John Haffner and his team have had a very successful practice, earning them the title of Best Children’s Dentist in Forsyth County

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Click Ready Marketing Announces New Atlanta SEO Plans for Small...

PR Web - 12 hours 28 min ago

Click Ready Marketing announces new affordable SEO marketing plans designed for small businesses.

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Click Ready Marketing Announces Small Group SEO Training Class

PR Web - 12 hours 28 min ago

Click Ready Marketing will hold a 2 day basic SEO training class in July for a maximum of 4 students.

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Categories: Environment

Sustainable Business Council and FreeConferenceCall.com to Honor the...

PR Web - 15 hours 29 min ago

The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) announces today that The Honest Company will be honored as “Pioneer in Sustainability” at the Fourth Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards sponsored by...

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Aquatherm Industries Introduces "Leadership Rebate Program"...

PR Web - 15 hours 29 min ago

The largest manufacturer of solar thermal systems in the United States, Aquatherm Industries, Inc., announces the introduction of its "Leadership Rebate Program," designed to encourage...

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Mesothelioma Research Organization Announces New Prevention Program

PR Web - 15 hours 29 min ago

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced today the launch of its new prevention program as part of its mission to eradicate mesothelioma.

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Spring Into History and Explore Franklin County PA

PR Web - 15 hours 29 min ago

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to explore 20-plus heritage and culture sites in Franklin County PA.

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Your Brand Cafe' prepares for Easter with New Innovative Products...

PR Web - 15 hours 29 min ago

Your Brand Cafe' offers creative new ways churches can promote inspirational messages or to print their Easter schedule of events via custom printed cups and sleeves.

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Berndes Cookware Announces a New Professional Cookware Piece the...

PR Web - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:18

Berndes Cookware announces reveal of the B. Double, a multifunctional cookware piece tailored to compliment any kitchen.

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Categories: Environment

Even without Keystone, tar-sands oil will likely come down the pipeline

Grist.org - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:52

A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: Transport Canadian tar-sands oil to refineries.

Those pipelines, both in the U.S. and Canada, are being designed to move the oily bitumen produced from the tar sands to refineries in Texas and eastern Canada, and to ports on the Pacific Coast where the oil could be shipped to Asia.

Climate Central

Combined, the pipelines would be able to carry more than 3 million barrels of oil per day, far in excess of the 800,000 barrels per day that TransCanada’s Keystone XL is designed to carry.

Canada is sitting on about 168 billion barrels of crude oil locked up in the Alberta tar sands northeast of Edmonton — a trove of carbon-heavy fossil fuels bested in size only by oil reserves in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Today, the roughly 2 million barrels of tar-sands oil produced each day in Alberta is sent to refineries in the U.S. and Canada via rail or small pipelines, none of which are adequate to carry the 3.8 million barrels of oil per day expected to be produced in the oil sands by 2022.

With Keystone XL’s future in question, Canada has a huge economic incentive to find alternative routes to markets. The tar sands represent a windfall of revenue for Alberta, which could see $350 billion in royalties and $122 billion in total tax revenue if they are fully developed over the next 25 years, according to Alberta government statistics.

But Keystone XL famously galvanized climate activists, and the Obama administration must approve the pipeline crossing in the U.S. The tar sands are one of the most carbon-heavy kinds of oil found on Earth, and processing and burning it will help accelerate an already rapidly changing climate, scientists say. Of course, the U.S. already refines and burns tar-sands oil, but Keystone XL has become a symbol for accelerated tar-sands development to the detriment of the climate.

The U.S. Department of State, charged with the environmental review of the proposed pipeline, could decide at any time whether to green- or red-light the Keystone project. (President Obama’s recent veto of a bill requiring Keystone XL to be built did not halt the pipeline, only the effort by Congress to force the pipeline’s approval.) The pipeline has other controversies associated with it, including the possible contamination of the Ogallala Aquifer, the primary source of water across much of the Great Plains, if there is a spill. But if the Obama administration rejects Keystone, it will likely be on climate grounds.

As a way around those challenges, other pipelines are in the works. One pipeline is already operating and sending hundreds of thousands of barrels of tar-sands bitumen to Texas every day.

Experts, such as Stephen Kelly, a former U.S. diplomat and a visiting professor of public policy and Canadian studies at Duke University, say that the long-term outlook for Canadian oil-sands production is not closely linked to the fate of Keystone XL.

“Canada has ample financial incentive to find ways to get its oil to world markets, and it’s likely to find ways to build pipelines to its coast, despite opposition,” he said last year.

Keystone XL alternatives face their own set of challenges in Canada. They basically fall into three camps, said Monica Gattinger, a University of Ottawa political studies professor focusing on cross-border energy policy.

Those include aboriginal opposition based on rights of First Nations peoples, principled opposition from those opposed to the climate impacts of developing the oil sands, and opposition from communities concerned about the local environmental impact of a pipeline.

Despite low oil prices today, the long-term economic outlook for the tar-sands oil and the pipelines and railways that will carry it to refineries is likely solid, Gattinger said.

“To kill an individual project (like Keystone XL) and think that that’s the end of it is somewhat naive in my point of view,” she said.

A TransCanada pipeline pump station in Nebraska. TransCanada is the company looking to build the Keystone XL pipeline.Shannon Ramos

These are the pipelines currently on the drawing board that will do much of what Keystone XL was designed to do:

Endbridge’s pipeline system

Tantamount to a smaller version of the Keystone XL, Canadian energy company Enbridge’s system of pipelines connecting Alberta with Texas refineries began carrying crude oil in January, sending about 400,000 barrels of Canadian oil-sands crude to the Texas Gulf Coast.

As interest in the oil sands began heating up, Enbridge began increasing the capacity of the Alberta Clipper Pipeline, one of its main oil pipelines running southeast out of Alberta. The pipeline carries tar-sands oil from the Edmonton, Alberta area to a terminal in Superior, Wis. Enbridge also plans to replace and upgrade another pipeline called Line 3, which runs parallel to the Alberta Clipper.

Where the Alberta Clipper and Line 3 end in Wisconsin, Enbridge’s newly expanded Line 61 Pipeline picks up, carrying tar-sands oil to the company’s Flanagan Terminal south of Chicago. Line 61, which originally carried 400,000 barrels of oil per day, was upgraded to 560,000 barrels per day in 2014, and the company is currently in the process of doubling its capacity to 1.2 million barrels of oil per day.

From the Chicago area, Line 61’s oil continues another 600 miles south to a major terminal in Cushing, Okla., via the new Flanagan South Pipeline. That then connects to the new Seaway Twin pipeline, which started carrying Canadian crude oil to Freeport, Texas, in December. At full capacity, the Seaway Twin will carry 850,000 barrels of oil per day, about the same as the Keystone XL.

Northern Gateway

Another Enbridge project, the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline would take 500,000 barrels per day of tar-sands oil 731 miles in a different direction — to Kitimat, B.C., on Canada’s west coast, from Edmonton. The pipeline, at a cost of $6.5 billion, is expected to open up Asian markets for Alberta crude and is controversial for its possible environmental impact as it crosses the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Northern Gateway received government approval last year with 209 environmental conditions to meet.

First Nations tribes are mounting legal fights to stop the Northern Gateway from being built, saying it violates aboriginal land rights as fears about the impacts of possible oil spills from the pipeline galvanize more opposition. The project has lost momentum in recent months because of rising opposition and costs related to meeting the environmental conditions the Canadian government imposed on the project.

Trans Mountain Pipeline

The Pacific Coast is also the destination for U.S.-based Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, which would nearly triple the 300,000 barrel-per-day capacity of the existing 710-mile pipeline stretching from near Edmonton to Vancouver. Expected to carry 890,000 barrels per day of tar-sands oil to port en route to Chinese refineries, the $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline is currently being reviewed by Canadian regulators, who are likely to decide whether to approve the project sometime next year. Kinder Morgan wants to finish construction on the project in 2017.

A digger extracting oil sands in Alberta. Shell

Like most of the other routes for tar-sands oil to get to refineries, the project could be held up by locals along the pipeline’s route who oppose the project. Most recently, residents in the Vancouver area have begun protesting Kinder Morgan’s plans to blast the pipeline through a mountain near Burnaby, B.C.

Energy East

TransCanada is envisioning a $9 billion alternative to Keystone XL called Energy East that, if completed, will carry more than 1 million barrels of oil per day to Canada’s east coast. Much of the proposed 2,858-mile Energy East is already built, stretching from Saskatchewan to Quebec. TransCanada plans to extend the pipeline from near Montreal to refineries in St. John, New Brunswick, where the oil could be refined locally or loaded on tankers en route to other refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast or ports beyond.

Energy East, opposed by many environmental groups and First Nations people along its route, is slated for completion in 2018 and is under environmental and regulatory review by the Canadian government.

Other alternatives

There are other pipelines in the works that could carry tar-sands oil to refineries. Enbridge plans to complete an expansion of a pipeline known as Line 9, that runs between Sarnia, Ontario, on Lake Huron to Montreal, giving Canada’s eastern cities greater access to Alberta’s oil.

Lastly, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice wants to build an oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to a port in Alaska, possibly following the McKenzie River Valley. It’s little more than talk at this point as no specific project has been proposed.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Politics
Categories: Environment

Knight Foundation gives cities $5M for floating farms and fuzzy hats

Grist.org - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:55

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation held its first-ever Cities Challenge this year. The goal: to encourage people to think up ways to get people involved in their communities, create economic opportunities, and attract smart, creative-types to their cities. The foundation (which has funded Grist) received about 7,000 proposals, but in the end, just 32 winners were selected to split $5 million to make their projects come alive across the country. We thought we’d give an extra shout-out to seven of our favorites:

The Science Barge: A good chunk of Miami, Fla., will be underwater in the not-too-distant future. So it makes sense that Nathalie Manzano-Smith and CappSci Inventors are going to spend their $298,633 prize on a floating urban sustainable farm and environmental education center — all powered by renewable energy!

ArtHouse: a Social Kitchen: The Rebuild Foundation scored $650,000 to do battle with Gary, Indiana’s ghost town status. The organization will repurpose an unused downtown space as a café and culinary incubator to bring in visitors and create much-needed jobs in the city.

Urban Arboreta: The City Parks Association of Philadelphia received $65,000 to transform vacant city land into urban forests. Once grown, the trees will be replanted throughout Philly and its parks.

Better Block International Hostel on Airbnb: To combat the problem of too many vacant houses in Akron, Ohio, Better Block secured $155,000 to convert a vacant property into an Airbnb hostel and cultural hub in the North Hill neighborhood. Better Block also seeks to engage the city’s growing Bhutanese refugee population in the development process.

Minimum Grid: Maximum Impact: MidTown, Inc. of Columbus, Ga., will use its $199,195 award to create a network of bicycle and pedestrian paths throughout the city, including 24 neighborhoods and the city’s entertainment district.

Houslets: Houslets has developed a temporary solution to the Bay Area’s desperate need for affordable housing. With $40,000, the group plans to test a new type of low-cost, modular building method for micro-homes and apartments in fast-growing San Jose.

Rolling Out the Warm Welcome Hat: Jun-Li Wang, a community organizer in St. Paul, Minn. won $67,288 to — get this — give every newcomer a warm hat. However, with flooding on the rise in the Midwest, an alternative gift could be a sweet pair of galoshes.

And here’s an extra one for funsies, just because it made us LOL:

Detroit Future City’s The Buzz received $84,055 to pair barbers with landscape contractors in design workshops that teach mowing and pattern-making techniques. The goal? To transform Detroit’s overgrown vacant lots.

Root touch-ups, ladies and plants??


Filed under: Article, Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

THEESatisfaction makes music about the planet that actually sounds good

Grist.org - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:27

Catherine “Cat” Harris-White and Stasia “Stas” Irons, the duo behind soulful hip-hop group THEESatisfaction, have thought a lot about what it means to exist on this planet. Their songs — self-described as “funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics” — layer rap, neo-soul, Afrofuturism, and kushy space-age beats around deft criticisms of GMOs, post-racial society, consumerism, and why we should still give a shit about the environment. It’s heady stuff that will send your blissed-out subconscious soaring out of this astral plane. And it sounds good, really good.

Cat and Stas just released EarthEE, a follow-up to awE naturalE, their 2012 debut from Sub Pop Records. They gave me a track-by-track breakdown of a few particularly noteworthy songs. Here’s an edited and condensed version of our conversation:

“Post Black Anyway”

Stas: I was on Twitter a lot, not really posting a lot but getting information, because that was right when the Eric Garner situation happened, after the situations in Ferguson were going down. The only way that I could get updates was from Twitter. A small, little subsection of Twitter called Black Twitter was very important to me. I really thought it was cool that people were posting about black news and black issues and I could just click a hashtag and find out. [The track] is literally just about posting black. And also the idea that post-black and post-racial society is just something that’s not happened and not happening in the future.

“Planet for Sale”

Cat: The planet is for sale. Everything has a cost, essentially. We’re constantly selling land, the prices for land are going up, the prices of living are going up all the time. You’re barely making enough money that you can pay for the things that are essential to life, like a roof over your head or food, things like that. [In reference to the lyric, “You’re waiting to be sold your future”:] A lot of people, I feel, are just waiting around to be told what to do. It’s been an ongoing question for forever: Why do we exist? But you’re just kind of waiting for someone to tell you why you exist instead of realizing that life is to be lived. And that should be enough of a purpose to exist, you know? That should be enough for life.

“No GMO”

Stas: This whole album is us kind of taking a step outside of Earth, looking down and seeing what we’ve done and what we should have done. Basically being outsiders, kind of like aliens. We’ve been eating genetically modified food for quite some time and not even knowing it, which is wild. Also the fact that we have to buy seeds from companies that own patents on them is just wild.

“Universal Perspective”

Cat: It stemmed from a conversation I was having with my younger brother, talking about what is the real meaning of “one.” I need all these other things to exist, my heart and my brain, so really what is “one”? One is a community. Even in one, being by yourself, you’re never really alone because even if you’re not talking, you’re thinking, you’re breathing.

“EarthEE”

Stas: That song is paying a tribute to things that come from the ground [laughs] that enhance your mind.

Cat: Everything green, all things green. Vegetables, uh, [laughs] … Everything green we support.


Filed under: Living
Categories: Environment

Now Available the Compatible for Canon 111 Toner Cartridges on...

PR Web - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:17

The noted printer accessory supplier Absolute Toner is now offering a highly compatible toner cartridge for Canon ImageClass and ImageRunner models.

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Now Available the Compatible HP Ce285a Micr Toner Cartridges on...

PR Web - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:17

The noted printer accessory supplier Absolute Toner is now offering a high quality compatible toner cartridge for models.

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Mobile Professional Services Providers Set to Make Substantial Gains,...

PR Web - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:17

Due to limited mobile IT support capabilities, organizations will be expanding their relationships with third-party solution providers that specialize in mobile solution support and integration.

(PRWeb March 31, 2015)

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Midwest Celebrates its 40th Anniversary and Continues its Legacy of...

PR Web - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:17

As the company enters its 40th year, Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. remains an innovative leader in the dust control, soil stabilization, anti-icing/deicing and environmental services.

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IMETCO Acquires Martin Fireproofing, Increases Building Envelope...

PR Web - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:17

IMETCO® acquires Martin Fireproofing Corp., a leading manufacturer of specialty metal roof deck systems based in Williamsville, New York, improving the commitment to its customers to provide...

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