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Kids Dailies Launches its Digital Editions for Children Aged 3 to 10...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

Kids Dailies is the award-winning publisher of Daily5, Daily7 and Daily10, available in both English and Chinese languages. Now, the children’s digital newspaper is pleased to announce its expansion...

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Categories: Environment

Star Renewable Energy to Present at Capital Summit 2015

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

Star Renewable Energy, the UK’s leading heating contractor, will be attending the Capital Summit 2015 as a key...

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Categories: Environment

Mercola.com Helps Plant Trees for Earth Day

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

Mercola Offers Eco-Friendly Products While Supporting Green Efforts

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Dumpster Rental Procurement Category Market Research Report from...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

Although dumpster rental prices have increased in line with rising demand in the past three years, buyers have benefited form low service specialization and low switching costs, both of which have...

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First National Capital Ranks 6th Largest by Funded Equipment Volume in...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

First National Capital Corporation (FNCC), a full-service commercial equipment and aviation finance provider, has announced today it has been ranked as the 6th largest independent equipment finance...

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Categories: Environment

AFN® Joins the Transport Topics 2015 Top 25 Brokerage Firms

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

First-Time in the Top 25 For Growing Firm

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Categories: Environment

Spaces Available at Yellowstone Geothermal Workshop

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

A few places left on the GRC Workshop/Field Trip to Yellowstone National Park

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‘The Hardware City’ Introduces Leviton's USB Charger and...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

The Hardware City is offering The Leviton USB Charger/Tamper-Resistant Duplex Receptacle at discounted price of $20.05.

(PRWeb April 20, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

The Goddard School Hosts Annual "Root For Earth" Campaign To...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

Preschoolers Unite To Help Encourage A Happier, Healthier Earth

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Categories: Environment

Schwing Bioset, Inc. Expands its Leadership Position as the Class A/AA...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

Schwing Bioset, Inc. has completed another successful Beneficial Reuse installation. The City of Immokalee Florida chose Schwing Bioset to provide not only its Best in Class equipment, but design and...

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Categories: Environment

OneRain Announces Major Software Release for its Contrail Hydrologic...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

The latest release of Contrail® delivers new features and full capabilities and accessibility to real-time water data across all Web-enabled devices.

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Olympic National Forest Presents Award to The Friends of L. Ron...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

As the nation's youngest Eagle Scout, L. Ron Hubbard captured rare photographs of Olympic National Forest in 1924 on pioneering hikes he led at the age of 13 that have popularized the wilderness...

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New Discovery Could Make Production of Medicines, New Materials and...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:35

Short Film from Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute Celebrates the Breakthrough Technology Being Premiered for Earth Week

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These charts show why corn is king

Grist.org - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:01

America grows a lot of corn — and most of it goes to non-food uses like ethanol and animal feed. It’s hard to say how good that is for our planet or the climate. Get a bushel of facts below — and read the full guide to ag subsidies here.

Grist / Amelia Bates
Filed under: Food, Living
Categories: Environment

Our crazy farm subsidies, explained

Grist.org - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:00

Nearly every industrialized nation on Earth subsidizes agriculture to some extent. It’s a way to make sure production stays high, and prices stay low. It’s just a matter of figuring out how to make it work — and that’s where things get tricky.

Right now in the U.S., we subsidize certain crops pretty heavily. These are things that can be shipped and stored easily, and traded in international commodity markets.

But because of the way we manage our subsidies, we end up with A LOT of corn. In 2010, U.S. farmers produced 32 percent of the world’s corn supply on 84 million acres of farmland, raking in a cool $63.9 billion.

Check out the visual guide to corn subsidies. Grist / Amelia Bates

Most of that corn goes to non-“food” sources — either to feed livestock or to feed our cars, in the form of ethanol.

It’s hard to say how good any of this is for our health, our economy, or the climate. So why do we spend so many taxpayer dollars on corn and not, say, organic brussels sprouts? And where do those subsidies come from anyway? To find out, we’ll have to start at the beginning …

Once upon a time, in a land far away (well, in lots of places, but for our purposes let’s call it the early 20th century and here in the US of A), farms were having a hard time.

That’s sort of just what farms do: Sometimes they have very good years, other times they have very bad ones, and there’s not a lot of room between the two. Economists call it the “Farm Problem” — you have inelastic demand (you need to eat how much you need to eat) faced with an inelastic supply (you grow how much you grow).

Let’s say you, like so many American farmers, grow corn. (Why wouldn’t you? It’s a sturdy crop with a high yield after all.)

During the good years, you can grow A LOT of corn … but since everyone else is doing the same, there is so much of it on the market that the price crashes and you might have to sell your crop at a loss.

And during the bad years, you might struggle to grow much at all … so while the price goes up, you don’t have a lot to sell.

The early 1800s brought boom times for U.S. farms: Pioneers moving west were snatching up new farmland and growing so much corn they hardly knew what to do with it. For one thing, they made whiskey — and lots of it — because it added value to cheap corn, and it was easy to transport and store. As a result, the average American man in the 1820s drank FIVE GALLONS of hard liquor a year (compared to less than a gallon today) with the attendant health and social problems you might expect. Meanwhile, farmers were over-planting the land they had, setting the stage for bad times to come.

Sure enough, those times came in the 1930s. Farm production had spiked in the previous decade, as American farms ramped up to feed war-ravaged Europe. The resulting grain glut drove the price of food so low that it was basically worthless. Plus, thanks to the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, so many Americans were out of work that they couldn’t afford even the dirt-cheap food available.

To even out these kinds of wild ups and downs, the federal government decided to do something: Enter subsidies.

In an attempt to rebuild the economy in the wake of the Great Depression, the government convinced farmers to leave some of their land unplanted (“paid-land diversion”) often by supporting a set minimum price that they would expect to earn from it (“minimum price supports”).

But what began as a temporary stimulus measure gradually became into something much more permanent and unwieldy. Skip ahead through several decades of back-and-forth tinkering with the policy (see: “target prices,” “price floors,” “short crop,” “deficiency payments”) to the mid-90s, when we introduced something called “direct payments.”

That’s, uh, pretty much what it sounds like: Paying money. Directly. To farmers.

These payments were given out to certain commodity farmers, based on the historic records of what their land could produce. They were paid out rain or shine, whether prices were high or low.

Sometimes called “freedom to farm” payments, these were supposed to be a temporary measure to wean farmers off of subsidies, while letting them grow a handful of commodity crops other than corn.

But what started out as an attempt to lessen the government’s influence on farming ended up strengthening it when prices dropped in the following years. By 2014, the U.S. was on target to spend $972.9 billion on food and farm programs over the next decade.

And while the majority of that goes to nutritional programs (food stamps) and some of it goes to land conservation measures — a LOT of it ends up as, you guessed it, corn. 

In 2014, after much squabbling, Congress approved a new farm bill, more than two years after they were scheduled to. The main emphasis of the federal farm policy is now on subsidized “crop insurance.”

This sounds promising at first — “insurance” should come with a focus on minimizing risk, right?

But actually, these insurance plans largely help guarantee that farmers can sell their crop above a certain price (Price Loss Coverage) or make a certain amount of revenue (Agricultural Risk Coverage), and do little to encourage, say, better drought-planning measures or a more diverse spread of crops.

And with the federal government spending over $5 billion a year to subsidize these insurance premiums, all that corn (and soy and wheat) doesn’t come cheap.

The new farm bill does have some solid wins for sustainable food. Now diversified, mixed-crop farms can insure their whole operation without the hassle of buying insurance for a bunch of different crops and livestock separately. Organic farmers can also insure their crops at their actual value — which is just peachy, since organic peaches are worth a good deal more than their conventional brethren.

Since 1995, 75 percent of federal subsidies have gone to 10 percent of farms, the same consolidated group of commodity crop growers who will continue to eat up a disproportionate share of the subsidy pie under the new system, too.

These payments fund a massive industrialized food system that takes its toll on our land and water, while our diets are full of all that extra corn, from our corn-fed burgers to our Halloween candy — and so are our cars.

Now picture the world we could live in if we subsidized the food that actually feeds people, and feeds local economies all the while. Just think! We could save money on healthcare and spend it paying for things we actually want, like well-managed land, cleaner water, a diversified localized economy, and some fresh, organic sweet corn.

Imagine that happily ever after.


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Categories: Environment

How can I tell if a business is really “green”?

Grist.org - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 08:03

Q. Being a skier, animal lover, and outdoor enthusiast altogether, I have a real concern for the environment. I want to be able to do something significant about climate change, however, it is not an easy thing to do. Making sure to support local businesses that are taking steps to fight climate change seems like a good way to begin. I am wondering what you consider to be the most important questions to ask these businesses to find out if they are truly fighting climate change, or causing it.

Jake
Kamloops, B.C.

A. Dearest Jake,

Money talks, as you clearly understand. So if you care about climate change, it’s only right that you vote with your dollar, put your money where your mouth is, and spend your hard-earned dough with businesses that share your values. Call it greenbacks for green biz! (I do realize that as a Canadian you probably wouldn’t be spending U.S. currency, but I’m on a roll here.)

In other, less clichéd words: Supporting local companies that strive to lighten their impact on the environment is a great idea. Not only are you rewarding them for their efforts, but you’re also demonstrating to the world that there’s a market for green-minded goods and encouraging other companies to do likewise. Great, right? Now if we can just find the products and services worthy of your cash, we’ll be in business. Your money doesn’t grow on trees, after all (couldn’t resist).

I like your interview approach to separating the climate changers from the climate saviors, Jake: There’s only so much you can learn from a company’s website, and it’s easy to make vague promises about sustainability online. In some lucky locations, an independent organization has taken over the vetting process for us, like this app in Philadelphia or this certification program in California. National eco-labels – third-party certification programs such as Fair Trade (mostly foods, like coffee and chocolate), bluesign (textiles), or Green Seal (all kinds of stuff, from soaps to hotels) – can also tip you off to sustainably minded sellers.

In some cases, though, we might need to get a bit more personal in our investigations, especially of local businesses. To that end, here are a few questions to get the conversation rolling with owners and managers. You’ll need to tailor your queries to the business at hand, naturally – a dry cleaner will inspire different concerns from, say, a ski shop – but these questions three should certainly get you started.

What are you doing to make your business sustainable and/or reduce your carbon footprint?

I always like to start these kinds of chats with a nice, broad question, and this one is the most important of the whole bunch. If the business owner has an answer at the ready – perhaps backed up by a sustainability policy, specific goals, or concrete achievements – then you know he/she has already given the matter some thought. Small businesses can tackle this one in all kinds of ways, from light lifts (making sure the lights get turned off, turning down the thermostat) to moderate efforts (composting, installing LED lights, giving employees free bus passes) to big investments (installing solar panels, filling the company fleet with electric cars). Judge them accordingly.

And if instead you’re greeted with a blank stare, or worse, called a “dirty treehuggin’ hippie” for your trouble? Well, that speaks volumes, too.

Have you inventoried your carbon emissions and/or energy use?

Meaningful improvement is nigh on impossible without knowing where the problems are, so any business that has invested in a thorough audit is likely serious about greening up. These third-party analyses look at factors like employee travel, the building’s electricity use, and product shipping, pointing out where the company can do better. Why yes, in fact, they have? The natural follow-up: Well, what are you doing about it?

Do you stock/use/make more sustainable or less toxic products?

This one isn’t exactly about climate change, but I submit it as important nonetheless. Any company that focuses on green goods will probably want to show off its organic cotton T-shirts/biodegradable soaps/reclaimed wood furniture/recycled home insulation, and bully for that. Applause to steps like reducing packaging and choosing reusable or compostable shipping materials, too. Full-throated cheers for eliminating harmful chemicals or pollutants from their line, whether in the products themselves or in the manufacturing phase.

Also (metaphorically) peek behind the counter if you can: Do they prioritize things like 100-percent recycled paper, green cleaning potions, and Energy Star appliances in the break room (called environmentally preferable purchasing in wonk-speak)?

There are lots more questions you might get into, Jake: Are you buying renewable energy? How close are you to being Zero Waste? What kinds of politicians are you supporting? (Now there’s a thorny one.) But by now, you’re well on your way to spending your green, well, greenly.

Consumptively,
Umbra


Filed under: Business & Technology, Living
Categories: Environment

THE WORLD IS AN ADVENTURE PARK OF EXPERIENCES AND FUN: Adventure...

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 06:34

Adventure Experience Detective, a website run by Tia, aims to inspire readers to experience amazing destinations, have unique adventures and enjoy new experiences now before it's too late. Check...

(PRWeb April 19, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Exprodat Enjoys a Successful Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 06:34

Exprodat, the oil and gas ArcGIS platform specialist, has enjoyed a hugely successful trip to Houston, Texas for the annual Esri Petroleum GIS Conference.

(PRWeb April 19, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Linda Franklin’s new book is anything but for the birds

PR Web - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 06:34

Collection of real-life stories, ‘Just a Little Higher’ shares messages birds brought from God to women in need

(PRWeb April 19, 2015)

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Categories: Environment

Obama keeps saying smart stuff about climate change, will say more of it on Earth Day

Grist.org - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 04:49

President Obama is being awfully chatty about climate change these days. He dedicated his latest weekly video address to the topic, and used it to announce that he’ll visit Florida this Wednesday, Earth Day, to talk about climate some more.

“[T]oday, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change,” he said in his address on Saturday. “[O]n Earth Day, I’m going to visit the Florida Everglades to talk about the way that climate change threatens our economy. The Everglades is one of the most special places in our country. But it’s also one of the most fragile. Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure — and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry — at risk.”

Florida is a great place to make the point that climate change is already happening and causing havoc. It is also a great place to score a few political points in the process. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his administration have been widely mocked in recent weeks after it was revealed that they had an unwritten policy banning state officials from even using the words “climate change.” And Florida is home to two of the three most viable GOP presidential contenders: Marco Rubio, a climate denier, and Jeb Bush, a former climate denier who now seems to be shifting his position to something more muddled — not denying climate science but just criticizing climate solutions. Florida Republicans, like many Republicans nationally, are clearly feeling awkward about the issue, and Obama’s visit will highlight that awkwardness.

Obama also used his weekly address to push for a strong U.N. climate deal to be hammered out in Paris this December. Because the U.S. and China reached a bilateral agreement on climate pollution last fall, the president said, “there’s new hope that, with American leadership, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change before it’s too late.”

His address on Saturday was just the latest in a notable string of climate comments and commitments. In the last month alone, Obama has:
• formally submitted a plan to the U.N. for cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions
• launched a solar job-training program
• highlighted the human health threats posed by climate change and announced new initiatives to strengthen the healthcare system to deal with them

Obama wants to make climate action a major part of his legacy, which he nodded to on Saturday when he said, “This is an issue that’s bigger and longer-lasting than my presidency. … And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect it.”

There are some serious shortcomings in Obama’s climate and energy policies, but he is standing strong behind his administration’s plans to crack down on CO2 pollution from power plants, and he continues to roll out smaller initiatives, and he’s making good use of his bully pulpit. He also keeps saying disparaging things about Keystone XL. If he does nix the pipeline this year, and helps craft a decent global climate deal in Paris, that might start amounting to a legacy worth bragging about.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Politics
Categories: Environment

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