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California needs 16 million Olympic swimming pools worth of rain to end the drought

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:39

Over the past two weeks, California has gotten a deluge of rain, lifting its reservoir levels and hydrating the soil in a state that is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in history. The chart above shows the state’s drought levels pre- and post-storm, and thankfully, there’s a little less of the menacing “exceptional drought.”

In its weekly summary, the U.S. Drought Monitor emphasized cautious optimism:

A wet December (to date) has provided California a foothold for drought recovery, but 3 straight winters of subnormal precipitation will take time (possibly several consecutive wet winters) to fully recharge the reservoir levels and subsoil moisture back to normal. With several more months still left in the wet season, it is possible that additional storms similar to the ones that just occurred will continue to chip away at the long-term hydrological drought, and the addition of lower temperatures would help build the snow pack. “Cautious optimism, but still a long way to go” would be the very short summary for this week’s California drought picture.

So how much rain would the state need to end the drought completely? Eleven trillion gallons, according to a NASA study from Tuesday. As CNN reported, that’s “the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 170 days’ time.”

The drought this year has been particularly scary because California’s reservoirs, which are supposed to supply farmers and communities with water in dangerously dry times, were already depleted after two previous years of drought. The rain over the past two weeks has helped restore this backup supply, though as the chart below shows, California’s reservoirs are only 57 percent as full as they usually are at this time of year.

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


Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

XC Spa Launched A Special Offer On Its Outdoor Spas And Hot Tubs

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

Today, XC Spa announces its new spa products, which are offered at discounted prices until Jan. 18, 2015.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Rick Siebenburgen Retires from RBI After 44 Years

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

Rick joined the company in June 1970 when he was only 17 years old. Siebenburgen family has a long history with Rough Brothers.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Modern Bridesmaid Dress Collection Offered At Low Prices At...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

UWDress.com sells cheap dresses worldwide and the business is famous for greatly discounted dresses. Recently, it has enriched its product line by adding a new selection of modern bridesmaid dresses...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

MissyDress.co.uk Adds 126 Different Styles of Prom Dresses to its...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

Today, The well-known wedding dress company MissyDress.co.uk adds 126 different styles of prom dresses to its 2015 Prom Dresses collection to expand its market share.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

FiltersFast.com Featured in National Newspaper

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

FiltersFast.com is making their national ad debut on the front page of USA Today’s supplemental Expecting Parents edition, which will run in select markets December 19 – 21, 2014. FiltersFast.com will...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Utility-Scale Solar Drives Industry Gains in Georgia

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

Solar energy continues to make significant headway in Georgia, with installations so far this year more than double the same period last year, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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House Construction in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

Industry performance has been partially constrained by the declining investment into home improvements. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the House...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Charm Sciences Achieves Independent Validation of First 15 Minute...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

The Lateral Flow Test (MRLAFMQ) for the Detection of Aflatoxin M1 in Raw Commingled Milk is First 15 Minute Screening Method Requiring No Preparation of Materials

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

You can look forward to 30 days of flooding, America

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:51

Most coastal regions of the United States will see 30 or more days of flooding by 2050 thanks to sea-level rise, according to new research the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Thursday.

NOAA’s researchers looked at the anticipated frequency of what the National Weather Service considers nuisance flooding, which are floods that are one to two feet over the regular local high tide and are enough to cause problems but not pose active threats to human life. Some areas of the U.S. are already seeing increased flooding, the researchers said, and it’s only going to get worse.

“Coastal communities are beginning to experience sunny-day nuisance or urban flooding, much more so than in decades past. This is due to sea-level rise,” William Sweet, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services and the report’s coauthor, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, once impacts are noticed, they will become commonplace rather quickly.”

The research was published in the American Geophysical Union’s peer-reviewed online journal Earth’s Future. The projections are based on data from NOAA tidal stations with at least a 50-year continuous record. Warming global temperatures cause thermal expansion of the oceans and also melt ice sheets, leading to sea-level rise. The researchers also note that while much of the rise is fueled by climate change, there are parts of the country where the land is sinking as well, adding to the challenge.

The low-end expectations for sea-level rise from the researchers’ analysis project a 1.5 feet increase by 2100. Sweet said that within 30 to 40 years even that low-end projection would increase flooding in many areas “to a point requiring an active and potentially costly response.” And by the end of the century, Sweet said, “there will be near-daily nuisance flooding in most of the locations that we reviewed.” The high-end projections of sea level rise they looked at would put the increase much higher, at four feet.

Among the places that can expect flooding sooner rather than later, according to the study: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, the District of Columbia, San Diego, and San Francisco.

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


Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Dutch weedburgers won’t get you high, but they could save the planet

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:34

The Dutch are turning fast food into superfood with the new “weedburger.” And although the name’s double meaning is no doubt an effective marketing technique, the weedburger isn’t made of what you think. From bun to burger to the special sauce, this burger’s from “the kale of the sea” — seaweed.

The entrepreneurs who started Dutch Weedburger spent years researching and developing (and making a documentary about) a palatable burger recipe made with harvested sea salad. The company says its burgers are “100 percent plant-powered”*: The patty is made from kombu seaweed and roasted soy, the bun contains chlorella (a micro-algae), and the sauce is encircled with Dutch sea lettuce.

The Weedburger is currently served in 70 restaurants in the Netherlands, and the company is aiming for 700, and to kick-start a stateside startup, soon. Thinking even bigger, it hopes to launch a new era of sustainable ocean agriculture: seagriculture.

“We can easily grow a nutrient-dense, protein-rich food in the sea,” Mark Kulsdom, cofounder of the Dutch Weed Burger, told Fast Co-exist. “To do that on land is becoming more of a problem. With raising animals, now we’ve reached a certain level where it’s not sustainable anymore. We can’t sustain the environment, and the environment can’t sustain this industry.”

Kulsdom has a fair point. A study conducted by researchers at Wageningen University in 2010 led scientists to believe that seaweed could be an answer to reducing ocean acidification and helping to solve a global food shortage problem. A bed of sea lettuce of approximately 180,000 square kilometers (about 70,000 square miles) could provide enough protein for the entire world population.

Damn, kale of the sea is right. Has anyone told Beyoncé about this? She may need a new sweatshirt.

*We know, we know, oceanographers, botanists, and biologists: Seaweed is, technically, algae.


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

You say mayo, I say mayonnaise, let’s call the lawsuit off

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:03

So here’s the deal: “Mayonnaise” is very specifically an egg-containing entity. “Mayo,” on the other hand, signifies a mayonnaise-like substance, which may or may not contain eggs. Got it?

That was the argument that the makers of egg-free, vegan-approved mayo (note the usage) maker Hampton Creek heard when it consulted with lawyers about calling its product Just Mayo. Hellmann’s/Best Foods owner Unilever disagreed with that assessment and sued.

Now harmony has been restored to the universe: Unilever has dropped the lawsuit. In a press release,  Mike Faherty, vice president for foods for Unilever North America, sounded like he was appalled to find out about the lawsuit — or at least the blow-back. He said:

We applaud Hampton Creek’s commitment to innovation and its inspired corporate purpose. We share a vision with Hampton Creek of a more sustainable world. It is for these reasons that we believe Hampton Creek will take the appropriate steps in labelling its products going forward.

But wait. It may not be totally over. Faherty also said: “Unilever has decided to withdraw its lawsuit against Hampton Creek so that Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and appropriate regulatory authorities.” That sounds like another way of saying, We’re not going to play bad cop on this anymore, but we still think that regulators might have some questions for Hampton Creek.

I don’t know. Mayo, mayonnaise — seems pretty clear to me. Mmm, clear mayo! Now that would be a delicious innovation. We could call it crystal mayo. Taste the transparency! I’ll be waiting by the phone, venture capitalists.


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Categories: Environment

Bike New York Launches New Website at...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:57

New York City's leading bike advocacy nonprofit launches new go-to resource for all things #bikenyc.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Larson Electronics releases a 400 Watt High Bay LED Light with...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:57

Longtime leader in commercial and industrial grade lighting equipment Larson Electronics continues its commitment to providing high grade lighting equipment to specialty markets with the release of a...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

TerraGo Expands Availability of TerraGo Edge Mobile Collaboration with...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:57

TerraGo Edge is now available on Android devices, along with new features for Web, iOS and Android, including electronic signatures, invoices and sharable PDF reports.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

2015 Solar Market Outlook Fuels Demand of Silver Across the Globe

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:57

As experts at HSP anticipate certain solar growth trends in 2015, silver demands rise across the globe to fuel the PV market’s maturation.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

ASHRAE Expands Scope, Renames Research Journal

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:57

In recognition of the changing role of HVAC&R since it was first published 20 years ago, ASHRAE’s HVAC&R Research has a new title, an expanded scope and an updated look.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Surviving Mesothelioma Warns of Potential Mesothelioma Risk from...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:57

Mesothelioma education website cites statistics on thousands of older water pipes in the U.S. that may still contain mesothelioma-causing asbestos.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12405618.htm

Categories: Environment

Water Ski Hall of Fame to Honor Howard "Bo" Callaway with...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:57

The USA Water Ski Foundation is proud to honor and celebrate the life of Bo Callaway and the tremendous impact the Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament continues to have on the water ski and...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015WaterSkiHallOfFame/SpecialLifetimeTribute/prweb12407632.htm

Categories: Environment

This vegan eggnog is pretty great to begin with — then you add bourbon

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:13

When I told my boyfriend that I was whipping up a vegan eggnog for The New Veganism, he scrunched up his nose and was silent — hardly his typical response when I announce that I’m about to test a new recipe. Further inquiry revealed that he despises eggnog — can’t even stand the smell of it — mostly because he finds the egg flavor impossible to escape. I assured him that an egg-free version would change the way he thought about eggnog forever.

Sure, egg-free eggnog may sound like an oxymoron. But is it really the egg we all love about eggnog, or is it the thick texture, the hints of baking spices, and the sweet, irresistible richness? That’s what I remember fondly about traditional eggnog, anyway, and it’s exactly what is captured in this version. A mixture of coconut milk and cashews creates creamy texture — the kind that will result in a nice, thick moustache after you take your first sip — while maple syrup, dates, and a traditional spice combination create authentic flavor. You can spike it with some bourbon or rum, or you can simply enjoy it as a sweet treat.

When I handed my boyfriend a small glass of the nog, he looked skeptical, but upon realizing that the characteristic eggnog odor was nowhere to be found, he intrepidly took a sip. His eyes lit up, and before he could say a word, he’d gone back for another long gulp. “Yeah, this is really delicious,” he said, before proceeding to polish off his glass. It was all the eggnog affirmation I needed to hear.

Delicious vegan eggnog. Bobbi Lin

Vegan eggnog
See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.
Makes 6 cups

3/4 cup dry cashews, soaked overnight and drained (they’ll plump up to about 1 cup as they soak)
2 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked overnight and drained
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 cups water
1/3 teaspoon (or 1/4 heaping teaspoon) salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 to 1/2 cup bourbon or rum to taste (optional)


Filed under: Food, Living
Categories: Environment

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