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Research Report on Mobile Money Industry Analysis, Size, Share,...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:14

Transparency Market Research Report added "Mobile Money Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast, 2013 - 2019" to its database. Browse Full Report:...

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Categories: Environment

Colorado Legislators Unanimously Approve Senate Bill Backed by Burg...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:14

Denver-based Burg Simpson plays a key role in helping to persuade state Legislators to approve new legislation that will award $18.2 million to the Victims of the 2012 Lower North Fork Wildfire.

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Categories: Environment

Myinformationsecuritypolicy.com Announces the Release of Comprehensive...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:14

Extensively researched and authored by compliance and I.T. personal, the information security policy manual – which is available for immediate download today from myinformationsecuritypolicy.com –...

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Categories: Environment

New Private Sector Commitment Shows Strength of Solar

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:14

In response to President Obama’s call to improve energy efficiency in America and deploy expansive new solar resources, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association...

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Categories: Environment

Protection 1 Helps Protect Environment with ‘1 For All’ Initiative

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:14

Employees Join Annual Arkansas River Clean-Up Effort for Earth Day

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3-D Body Contouring Course Attracts Physicians from Around the World

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:14

Dr. Mentz, of the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery teaches liposuction course at ASAPS meeting.

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Categories: Environment

“As the Bus Stops” is your new fave transit-themed soap opera

Grist.org - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:11

Secret twins, surprise pregnancies, shared … park-and-ride lots? It’s all part of As the Bus Stops, a public transit marketing campaign by Triangle Transit:

Serving Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill in North Carolina, Triangle Transit correctly figures that forbidden love, cheesy dialogue, and swelling music is the best way to tell people about bus advantages. Like the Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS): It allows buses to pass standstill freeway traffic on the shoulder — but will it get Erika to Prescott’s wedding in time?

Triangle Transit’s real-time bus arrival app can make sure you don’t miss the bus, but it can’t help you if you’re late for … YOUR PERIOD:

According to WUNC, Triangle Transit communications staff Lauren Parker and Damien Graham dreamt up As the Bus Stops to make news about transit features more accessible and engaging. There are three episodes so far and two more on the way. We hope this ride lasts a long, long time.

h/t Shaunacy Ferro


Filed under: Cities, Living
Categories: Environment

The week in GIFs: Amy Poehler edition

Grist.org - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 18:30

Mom jeans! (Last week: Clueless.)

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos finally took on climate change:

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Woohoo! Beverly Hills just banned fracking:

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Pipeline-building company says oil spills can be good for the economy:

The Frisky

Cities have been recycling toilet water as drinking water since the ’70s:

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Obama made a speech about clean energy at … a Walmart?

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Stanford will dump its coal investments:

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In the Netherlands, you can rent a high-end washing machine for $26 a month instead of paying $1,800 outright:

The Frisky

Grist staff tried meal-replacement sludge Ambro:

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Categories: Environment

North Dakota is the deadliest state to work in

Grist.org - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 18:23

Fracking has done some incredible things for North Dakota: It has the fastest-growing economy and lowest unemployment in the nation, and it is second only to Texas in churning out oil. But as with any gold rush, the boom comes with a human cost for those involved – illness, injury, and fatalities. For a firsthand view of conditions in North Dakota’s fracking fields, watch the video below, which we produced in 2012:

In fact, across all industries, North Dakota has the least-safe working conditions of any state in the country, according to federal data compiled in a new report from the AFL-CIO. The report ranked North Dakota dead last for workplace safety. (Massachusetts ranked the most safe.) North Dakota had by far the highest overall workplace fatality rate, 17.7 deaths per 100,000 workers – about five times higher than the national average. According to the report, that’s one of the highest fatality rates ever reported in any state.

The rise in fatality rates coincides with the state’s oil and gas boom: In 2007, before the boom was really underway, the rate was seven deaths per 100,000 workers, still on the high end but not exceptional. The chart below shows how that rate began to skyrocket in 2010-11, just as oil production began to surge as well.

Of the 65 people killed on the job in North Dakota in 2012, 15 worked in the mining and oil and gas industry. Another 25 worked in construction. Some jobs that are classified as construction are in fact linked directly to oil and gas operations, like the workers who build well pad sites and roads before the actual drilling begins. (The Bureau of Labor Statistics records aren’t granular enough to know exactly how many construction workers were killed doing jobs related to the oil and gas boom.)

A spokesperson for the North Dakota Petroleum Council pointed to a slight drop in premium rates for the state’s worker’s comp program as evidence that “workplace safety has improved,” but the BLS data compiled in the AFL-CIO report tell a different story.

As blue-collar workers flooded the state for an essentially limitless number of high-paying, risky jobs driving trucks and working on fracking rigs at a breakneck pace, the energy industry’s fatality rate in North Dakota climbed to unbelievable heights. According to the report, in 2012 the mining and oil and gas sector rate was 104 deaths per 100,000 workers, six times the national average; in the construction sector, the rate was 97.4 per 100,000, almost 10 times the national average.

Tim McDonnell

“North Dakota, clearly by the data, has much more significant problems and issues” than other oil-producing states, AFL-CIO Director of Safety and Health Peg Seminario said. “The industry is more established in other states; in North Dakota this is a relatively recent phenomenon.”

Seminario said the bad record can be attributed to the large number of workers coming into the industry who are relatively inexperienced and untrained, as well as the fact that many oil and gas companies in the state are startups that may not have rigorous safety standards in place. At the same time, Seminario said, on-the-ground inspection by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has suffered from budget cuts.

As we’ve reported in the past, one of the most dangerous places to work in a fracking boom isn’t on the rig itself, but behind the wheel of one of the thousands of trucks needed to transport fresh and waste water, chemicals, and oil. Of North Dakota’s 65 workplace fatalities in all industries in 2012, 40 were classified as transportation-related; the proportion was similar on the national level. Exposure to dangerous chemicals is also a problem; just last week a 20-year-old man was killed on a North Dakota oil well site, possibly by exposure to toxic hydrogen sulfide gas, according to the local sheriff’s department. Silica dust, a toxic byproduct of fracking operations, is often found at unsafe concentrations at well sites, and remains unregulated by OSHA despite being linked to a number of fatal diseases. Indeed, the most serious long-term health impacts of fracking operations are just beginning to be studied, and some health experts are worried that incidents of industry-related disease could increase in coming decades.

“This is going to be a sector that continues to grow, and it’s so dangerous,” Seminario said. “Much more oversight is needed.”

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


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

We drank a pitcher of green sludge so you don’t have to

Grist.org - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 17:17

Welcome to the first edition of Grist Test Kitchen, where we taste green, wacky, and (hopefully) edible foodstuffs and share our flavor insights in a short video recorded on an improperly held iPhone.

The inaugural selection is Ambronite, an organic, vegan, gluten-free supermeal supplement. Hate eating? Wish you lived in a dystopian nightmare where an all-in-one slurry fed you in between battles with The Machines? Ambro’s got your back, bro. Why partake in one of life’s greatest pleasures when you could slurp a tall glass of almost-flavorless liquid instead for the rest of your natural life?

Similar product Soylent has been getting plenty of attention recently, but there’s still a hunger for the new and improved in the sustenance-for-people-who-don’t-make-time-to-eat scene. Ambronite is $7,500 away from its $50,000 Indiegogo goal with plenty of time to go. If they succeed, early backers get their packets of delicious Ambronite by September 2014.

Why we picked it: This promotional video shows charming, attractive Finnish people praising the stuff without clutching their sides in hungry desperation or weeping about what soulless husks they’ve become. Consider one CEO’s endorsement: “I have eaten Ambro at home, in a board meeting, while pitching to investors, while hiring [pause] and firing people [maniacal laugh].” Let’s all take a moment for the poor souls who were terminated at the same time their boss was getting a little extra zinc in. We decided that if it’s good enough for the Finnish Mr. Burns, it’s good enough for us.

FOX/Eve Andrews

Plus, collectively the Grist staff could learn to love food a little less. We’ve trampled each other in stampedes to get the best pick of free cookies in the kitchen; chili cookout contests inspire yearlong grudges. One fellow even has a drawer full of emergency bread. If we could get over food, for the sake of workplace safety and OSHA desk-drawer standards, shouldn’t we try?

Initial observations: The serving suggestion was a bit confusing in light of how much water it told us to add. You can’t be serious about the two cups per packet thing, Ambro. It took multiple people mixing and additional water just to move the stuff from cement into semi-liquid territory. Breaking up green sludge just to discover additional pockets of powder does not a food hater make.

Most favorable response: Senior Editor Lisa Hymas found the Ambro unoffensive and flavorless. “There are worse things you could eat in a climate apocalypse,” she said. Ringing endorsement, Lisa. She took the extra packet home for smoothies.

Least favorable response: “HURK [doubles over and covers mouth to stifle gag reflex]” – Eve Andrews, Grist fellow

Verdict: The flavor was just fine; the texture wrinkled some noses. This could be solved by blending Ambronite with fruits and veggies (or as one staffer in the video whispered, ice cream). Or you could down it with a warm hamburger at your next company restructuring and call it even.

Next up in Grist Test Kitchen: Insect buffet!


Filed under: Article, Food, Living
Categories: Environment

Home Grown Cellars Announces Butterfly Sanctuary to Re-open Saturday,...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 16:14

Home Grown Cellars, owned by Alex and Jackie Lehman, specializes in pomegranate products. They are also home to a 3,000 sq. ft. butterfly sanctuary which will re-open this Saturday, May 10th,...

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Categories: Environment

International Engineering Services Firm KTP Selects Deltek Vision in...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 16:14

KTP Consultants, a firm of multi-disciplinary engineers in Singapore, has gained further efficiency by implementing Deltek’s cloud ERP system.

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Categories: Environment

National Recreation and Park Association and Darden Foundation Sow...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 16:14

Grant program will enable low-income families to receive fresh, local produce harvested from local community gardens.

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Categories: Environment

Wildlife Alliance Director of Wildlife Programs, Nick Marx, Receives...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 16:14

Wildlife Alliance’s Director of Wildlife Programs, Nick Marx, awarded the prestigious Royal Order of Sahametrei by the Royal Government of Cambodia for his outstanding services in the field of...

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Categories: Environment

New SAE International Book Explores Full Spectrum of Automotive...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:14

SAE International’s new book, “Unwinding Electric Motors: Strategic Perspectives and Insights for Automotive Powertrain Applications” provides an in-depth assessment of the most important technology,...

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Categories: Environment

Larson Electronics Releases a 1.8KW Solar Powered Security Light Tower...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:14

Leading supplier of industrial grade lighting Larson Electronics announced the release of a Solar Powered Generator with a Pneumatic Light Tower Mast equipped with four 160 watt LED light heads. This...

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Categories: Environment

Organ Preservation Solutions Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size,...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:14

Transparency Market Research published a new report "Organ Preservation Solutions Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 - 2019" to its report...

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Categories: Environment

Global Market for Generic Drugs Projected to Reach $518.5 Billion in...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:14

According to a new report from BCC Research, the global environmental sensor and monitoring market is expected to grow to $17.6 million by 2019, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of...

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Categories: Environment

Water Community Encourages Investment in Our Future by Protecting...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:14

As Drinking Water Week concludes, the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are urging consumers to evaluate how they currently value, use and access water, and...

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Categories: Environment

Olson Iron Now Offers Mesmerizing Designed Wrought Iron Stair Rails in...

PR Web - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:14

Olson Iron now offers customized wrought Iron Stair Rails Las Vegas. They are a Las Vegas-based company which deals exclusively with wrought iron manufacturing and patio installation.

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