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Expert Mold Consultant Offers Home Inspection Tips

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:27

Jason Earle, CEO of 1-800-GOT-MOLD? LLC warns home buyers to be careful who they hire for the home inspection. He also offers a short list of building defects that are commonly overlooked but can...

(PRWeb June 18, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Davinci Gourmet® Reaches One-Million Dollar Mark in Donations to...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:27

Since 2006, DaVinci Gourmet® has supported Coffee Kids® projects all over the world and recently reached one million dollars in donations. To showcase this eight-year partnership, Davinci...

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Categories: Environment

Democrats are getting greener and Republicans are getting dirtier

Grist.org - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:58

Increasing partisan polarization, which was widely discussed last week after the release of a major Pew survey, is driving the two major parties farther apart on environmental policy.

Consider, for example, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who will replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as House minority leader this August. As The Wall Street Journal reports, McCarthy has a staunchly anti-environmental record. He does not accept the science of climate change. As House majority whip, he has rallied votes to overrule the EPA’s proposed regulations on power-plant CO2 emissions, and he is planning to try to prevent the regulations’ implementation through the budget appropriations process. He also wants to make it easier for states to open federal land within their borders to fossil fuel exploration. But, until very recently, McCarthy supported the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), which has helped spur growth in the wind industry. He voted for its extension as recently as 2012 and boasted of his district’s thriving wind sector. Now, though, as McCarthy ascends to a more powerful role in the GOP, he’s decided he opposes the PTC.

Cantor’s primary loss to a far-right challenger last week was itself a testament to partisan polarization. I predicted it would be bad for the prospects of any remotely pro-environment bill, and McCarthy is already proving me right.

The Sierra Club’s Dave Hamilton, director of clean energy for the Beyond Coal Campaign, issued a statement slamming McCarthy: “Kevin McCarthy apparently thinks the best way to get a promotion is to put on his Koch-brand flip flops.”

Even some conservative Republicans like McCarthy have supported the PTC because it benefits their districts. “Eighty percent of wind projects are in Republican [congressional] districts,” Hamilton tells Grist. “They’re largely rural and in the Midwest.” It’s sort of the flip side of Democrats from fossil fuel-producing states, like Louisiana’s Sen. Mary Landrieu, favoring subsidies for their local energy sources and opposing measures to reduce carbon emissions.

But now GOP support for the wind industry might dry up, due to the right wing’s unprecedented power to enforce party discipline. “There’s a lot of pressure from the Tea Party side of the House Republican caucus [for Republicans] to keep their head down or oppose [the PTC],” says Hamilton.

That’s why the Sierra Club just launched an ad campaign calling on 21 Republican members of the House to support renewal of the PTC, which expired at the end of last year. The targeted reps have voted against extending the PTC even though they all have wind projects in their districts. The first commercial airing on TV focuses on Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan, a state where the Republican governor is eager to bolster the flagging manufacturing economy by building wind turbines. The Sierra Club says more TV ad buys will come, although it isn’t disclosing how many.

Even as the Republican Party is being dragged away from the political center and support for environmental regulation, Democratic congressional primaries are trending toward more progressive, green candidates.

As Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which tries to bolster more progressive Democrats, noted in The American Prospect, the more liberal candidates won the Dem primaries to replace two retiring environmental leaders in the House, Henry Waxman of California and Rush Holt of New Jersey. In Waxman’s district, the defeated former Dem frontrunner Wendy Greuel had ties to the oil industry. LA Weekly reported last year, when Greuel was running for mayor, that she “has received more than $1.5 million in support from a group funded by IBEW Local 18, the Department of Water and Power union, which has a history of opposing or dragging its feet on green energy initiatives. In addition, Greuel has also accepted thousands of dollars from oil companies in her various campaigns, including $3,000 from Chevron for her first race for City Council. Occidental Petroleum has contributed the maximum $1,300 to Greuel’s race for mayor.” California has nonpartisan primaries, with the top two finishers advancing to the general election, and Greuel did not make the cut. Instead, the Democrat who advanced — and who is almost certain to win the heavily Democratic district in November — is state Sen. Ted Lieu, who has a liberal record.

Most recently, in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Emily Cain defeated Troy Jackson. The League of Conservation Voters had put Jackson on its “Dirty Dozen” list because of his anti-environment record in the state House and state Senate. “We did do [a] poll the week prior to the Maine primary where we specifically asked who do you trust more on environmental issues and Cain was way ahead,” says David Willett, a spokesperson for LCV.

Increased polarization is good for environmentalists in some ways — Democrats who are more liberal are also more likely to be pro-environment. But the bad might outweigh the good. Having an intransigent, ultra-conservative Republican Party means many green initiatives will simply be dead on arrival. Except for rare moments of one-party domination of Congress and the White House, major legislation cannot pass without bipartisan support. Most significant environmental laws were passed by Democratic Congresses but signed by Republican presidents such as Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush.

At least polarization helps in one way: It’s easier to know who your friends are.


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Categories: Environment

Canucks Sports & Entertainment Implements New Greening Measures at...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CSE), in conjunction with SHIFT Energy, announced the launch of a comprehensive, automated Energy Optimization System (EOS™) at Rogers Arena.

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Safari Ltd Introduces New Educational Toy Forum

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Safari Ltd has unveiled a brand new forum dedicated to providing a social platform for fans, collectors, students and educators.

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Amica Insurance Tackles 4 Hurricane Myths

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Amica Insurance is helping to debunk four hurricane myths by sharing the following information from the National Weather Service (NWS) and local Florida governments.

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Inmar Reaches 100 Million Digital Coupons Processed

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Company is first to reach this milestone; leads industry in settlement of paperless coupons.

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Introducing Neoji - The First All in One SmartHome Device That Puts...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Neoji is a sleek and elegant device that directs smart sensors to track nearly every movement or event in a home or office. Neoji remotely monitors security, air quality and safety while optimizing...

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Categories: Environment

Propionic Acid Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth,...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Transparency Market Research published a new report "Propionic Acid Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 - 2019" to its report store. Browse the...

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Buy Cheap Web Hosting At Best Cheap Hosting USA

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Best Cheap Hosting USA has recently compared many professional web hosting suppliers and announces that Bluehost, JustHost and Arvixe are the best cheap web hosting suppliers in 2014.

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Best Linux Web Hosting Suppliers in 2014 – Top SEO Hosting Reviews by...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Best Cheap Hosting USA compares many Linux hosting suppliers and announces that InMotion, Bluehost and HostGator are the most recommended suppliers for webmasters.

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Categories: Environment

Department of General Services Names Mark Chambers as Associate...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

The Department of General Services (DGS) has named Mark Chambers as the new Associate Director for the Sustainability and Energy Division. In this role, he will oversee the District’s energy...

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Enlogic Aligns with Key Partners to Launch Data Center Energy...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Intelligent power management provider, Enlogic, based in St Louis, Missouri, is launching its data center management solutions across North America.

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Lost Creek Mushroom Farm’s Mushrooms in Ghana Project Hosts Emerging...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

Participating in Oklahoma State University’s project, Empowering Aspiring Entrepreneurs for Economic Success: A Professional Fellows Program for Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, Doug and Dr. Sandra...

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Special Forces Unit Travels Through Time in New book "Strike at...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

L.W. Berrie's action packed sci-fi novel discovers challenges of time, love and war.

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree into a Sexy Eco-Bra? The French Do It

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:26

French company, “Do You Green,” blends seduction with ecology to produce a sensuous line of eco-lingerie from pine tree prunings. Organic clothing boutique...

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Categories: Environment

When El Niño comes to town

Grist.org - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:14

Stuck at a standstill between blaring horns on a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway through Long Beach, Calif., my 9-year-old self felt pretty sure our car was about to get swept away by the torrent of water pouring from the sky. “Mom, what’s going on?” I asked.

“It’s El Niño,” she growled.

Whoever this El Niño was, I could tell that should he and my mom ever meet face to face, it’d be best to get out of their way.

Many people who lived in California between December 1997 and May 1998 probably had similar feelings. It rained nearly continuously for the whole of February. Precipitation records were set in at least 19 stations in the state that month; Santa Barbara smashed its old high by 4.41 inches. Widespread flooding and mudslides did at least $550 million worth of damage statewide.

The first two months of 1998 were the warmest and wettest the contiguous U.S. had ever seen for that period. The whole country averaged 5.4 degrees F above normal. El Niño was blamed for floods in the Southeast, a huge ice storm in the Northeast, and tornadoes in Florida. Globally, it caused 2,100 deaths at a least $33 billion in property damage.

Well, brace yourselves: Word on the street is that the kid has spent the last 16 years gathering back up his gusto – and he’ll soon be back in town. There’s even some whisperings that he’s already here.

Hallie Bateman

El Niño, which means “the boy” in Spanish  (as in Jesus – because its effects are most strongly felt in South America around Christmas), is a phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) when things heat up over the tropical Pacific Ocean. To understand why this happens, see the video above. But perhaps what’s more important to hash out is what it means — which, if it’s a big one, is global meteorological disruption. If a big El Niño comes to town, we could see Peru’s fisheries collapse, India totally parched, flash floods, wildfires, mudslides, and record high temperatures.

Could is the operative word in all of this. While European scientists now say there is a 90 percent chance of an El Niño forming this year (if it hasn’t indeed formed already), what, exactly, an El Niño will do depends a lot on its particular strength. We can even see this by looking at the last few years: There have been a couple of El Niños since the one in 1997-’98, most recently in the winter of 2009-’10, but they were perhaps less memorable (though, depending on where you look, still pretty serious) because a strong El Niño plays out so differently than a weak or moderate one. For example, while a strong El Niño brings on the deluge, Los Angeles is actually a little more likely to be unusually dry than wet during a weak El Niño.

NOAASea surface temperature during an El Niño event.

So, what is going to happen this year? Well, a few months ago meteorologists began to take note of sea surface height conditions (measured via satellite) that were strikingly similar to what we saw in the months preceding the two last big El Niños (1997-’98 and 1982-’83). This led the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue an official El Niño watch in early March. Since then, those conditions don’t seem to have gone away – and so the likelihood of El Niño forming continues to rise. At the same time, the rapid warming scientists saw a few months ago has now leveled off, meaning that it’s looking less likely that it will be another monster.

But we won’t know for sure what we’re in for until the trade winds start to shift, which is what’s needed to trigger the event (again, see video above). For a big El Niño, we’ve got to have both the oceanic conditions in place (which is what scientists began to take note of in March) AND the atmospheric ones. As of now, the trade winds haven’t consistently weakened, which is a big part of why we still don’t know how this is going to play out.

But whether the boy is coming this year or not, we haven’t seen the last of him. The “global warming pause” has been credited to the theory that since the Pacific Ocean spewed out so much of its heat during the El Niño of 1997-’98, for the last sixteen years it has had more of an appetite to suck atmospheric heat back in. And because the trade winds haven’t slackened very much since then, the Pacific’s still been holding on to all that warmth. So, when a big El Niño does form again, us landlubbers are going to heat up … really fast.

On the positive side, that could help convince more people that this whole climate change thing is real. And a little rain would be welcome in drought-stricken California. But there will be many, many downsides — and not just especially bad traffic jams.


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Categories: Environment

Gateway Mechanical Brings Extended Money Saving Services to Area...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:26

Gateway Mechanical services result in huge savings for North County Christian School.

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A Thousand Gallons of Water Required to Make One T-shirt Reports...

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:26

Despite Recent Improvement in Water Conservation, Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne Wonders if We’re Even Asking the Right Questions

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How Summer Vacation Boosts Student Academic and Career Success

PR Web - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:26

Travel abroad sparks students' academic engagement while boosting grades, college acceptance, and even job income. Global Glimpse, a nonprofit sending over 600 students from San Francisco and New...

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