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Changing Paradigms of Sensitive Species Management in Dysfunctional...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:24

An article in the newest issue of Rangeland Ecology & Management addresses declining greater sage-grouse populations and the 2015 deadline to afford them Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection...

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Snack Pellets Market Worth $7 Billion by 2019 - A New Report by...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:24

The snack pellets market was segmented on the basis of types and geography, in terms of both, value ($million) and volume (kilotons). The snack pellets market, by type, includes potato, corn, tapioca,...

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Categories: Environment

Herbicides Market Worth $30 Billion by 2019 - A New Report by...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:24

The herbicides market is projected to reach a value of $29,976.1 million by 2019, at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2014 to 2019. Latin America and Asia-Pacific are the top two consumers of this industry,...

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North America Green Data Center Market is Expected to Reach $25.85...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:24

The North America Green Data Center market report defines and segments the green data center solutions market in North America with analysis and forecast of revenue. North America Green Data Center...

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Categories: Environment

Weed-sniffing dogs join the fight against invasive species

Grist.org - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:18

There aren’t a lot of career options for dogs. Basically they’ve been limited to law enforcement, imperial transport, and designated hitter — until now. A crack team of canines is on the hunt for invasive species.

The dogs, which are equipped with GPS units because we live in the future, search the countryside looking for invasive weeds, snails, and, for the lucky dogs, scat. Under the auspices of the Montana nonprofit Working Dogs for Conservation, it’s a career that combines two of a dog’s favorite things: wandering about and smelling poop.

Jodi Helmer at Takepart has the rest of the tail (ahem):

Seamus was trained to sniff out Dyer’s woad, a noxious weed that takes over rangeland, choking out native plants that are an important source of food and habitat for wildlife.

The dog often works off-leash, crisscrossing quadrants of the park until he picks up the scent of Dyer’s woad. When he stops, the GPS in his bright orange doggy backpack marks the location of the invasive weed. [His handler, Aimee] Hurt also makes note of the coordinates and will return to spray the plant. …

A 2010 study published in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management found that dogs sniffed out twice the number of invasive plants that humans could detect with their eyes.

The dogs are a great tool in the fight against non-natives, but there are limitations to their work. So far, they are only on the trail of terrestrial invasives, so lionfish and zebra muscles are safe for the moment. But with the right training, who knows?


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Categories: Environment

Scientist: Save Earth by shrinking humans — and making them hate hamburgers

Grist.org - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:30

If the Earth were a potluck, humans would be the guest who shows up empty-handed and already drunk, eats all the dip, knocks over the fish tank, and electrocutes the dog. There’s a reason why there’s a billion trillion planets out there and only one invited us to the party: No matter how many times we offer to fix the coffee table, perhaps with some sort of whacky pseudo-sciency scheme using Duck Tape and a hundred or so tons of iron sulphate, we’re still shitty guests.

Maybe it’s better to change ourselves — and not just switching from bourbon to beer, but serious change, on the genetic level. At least that’s what Matthew Liao, director of the bioethics program at New York University, is suggesting.

Frank Swain with the BBC has more:

“We tried to think outside the box,” says Liao. “What hasn’t been suggested with respect to addressing climate change?”

The answer they landed on is human engineering: the biomedical modification of human beings to reduce their impact on the environment. The associate professor suggests that by changing our underlying biology – altering our size or diet, for instance – we could create greener humans. …

“We’re not suggesting that we should mandate these ideas, but it would be good to make them options for people,” says Liao

What kind of “options” is he talking about? Dr. Liao suggests that we start by making people 15 cm shorter, cutting about a quarter of our body mass and reducing our needs for food, water, and other resources. Such a reduction in height would also make driving obsolete, since no one could reach the pedals.

But why stop there? Why not shrink people down to, say, the height of three apples, so we could live harmoniously in forests and mushroom fields? Perhaps we could adjust our skin to better survive in harsh sun, or even alter our morphology so we could all wear the same kinds of pants and hats. It would be magical.

Once he has shrunken us, Dr. Liao suggests giving the tiny people medications to make averse to eating meat. “We can artificially induce intolerance to red meat by stimulating the immune system against common bovine proteins,” he told the BBC. Turn the right knobs and dials, and one nip of the stuff could make people violently ill. It’s an off-the-shelf technology Taco Bell has been using for years in their chalupas.

This may sound frightening (mostly because it is), but there are so many upsides to GMDs (Genetically Modified Dudes and Duddettes). For instance, we’ll no longer have to do all that icky sex stuff. And maybe having a tiny clone of yourself around will be awesome. Dr. Liao seems to think so.


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

Australia repeals carbon tax, scientists freak out

Grist.org - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:36

The cartoonish stereotype of Australia of yesteryear featured a rough-headed bloke in an Akubra hat wrangling crocodiles. That image has finally been scrubbed from our collective memories – only to be replaced with something worse. Today, when we read news dispatches from Australia, we’re seeing a dunderheaded prime minister cartoonishly wrangling commonsense, becoming the first leader in the warming world to repeal a price on carbon.

It’s like George W. Bush, Crocodile Dundee-style.

Conservative prime minister, climate change denier, and accused misogynist Tony Abbott was elected in September. He started working as the nation’s leader almost immediately, but he had to wait until this month for newly elected senators to take their seats. Abbott’s (conservative) Liberal party still doesn’t control the Senate, but it has found Senate allies in a powerful party that was founded just last year by kooky mining magnate Clive Palmer. Palmer held a press conference with Al Gore last month to announce that he opposed some of Abbott’s climate-wrecking policies, and that he wanted a carbon-trading program to replace the carbon tax. That now seems to have been smokestacks and mirrors. When it came to repealing Australia’s $US23.50 per metric ton carbon tax, the immodestly named Palmer United Party fell into line on Thursday, helping the repeal pass the Senate by a vote of 39 to 32, without demanding the establishment of any alternative.

The vote came just days after new modeling and research revealed that climate change is worsening drought conditions in Australia. Apparently, the drought is also of the intellectual variety.

Abbott has proposed replacing the carbon tax with something he calls Direct Action. That would involve handing out billions of dollars to corporations to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. But Direct Action has not been passed by the Senate, and it might never be passed, meaning that one of the worst per-person climate-polluting countries now has no overarching strategy for reducing that pollution.

“Today’s repeal of laws that price and limit carbon pollution is an historic act of irresponsibility and recklessness,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute, a former Australian government agency that morphed into a nonprofit after Abbott took power. “Today we lose a credible framework of limiting pollution that was a firm foundation for a fair dinkum Australian contribution to global climate efforts.”

We could bore you with visceral reactions from politicians Down Under. Instead, here are some reactions to the repeal from Australian scientists and academic analysts:

Roger Jones, Victoria University: “It’s hard to imagine a more effective combination of poor reasoning and bad policy making. The perfect storm of stupidity. Bad economics and mistrust of market forces.”

Hugh Outhred, University of New South Wales: “With climate change already underway, repeal of the carbon tax represents dereliction of duty with respect to the rights of young people and future generations. The coalition plan to replace a ‘polluter pays’ policy with a ‘pay the polluter’ policy will exacerbate the budget imbalance while being simply inadequate to the task.”

Roger Dargaville, University of Melbourne: “The Government’s replacement strategy, Direct Action, will fail to reduce emissions as it fails to penalise the largest emitters. Also, Direct Action risks not gaining approval in the Senate as it is unlikely to get the support of [Palmer United Party] Senators. The repeal of the price on carbon is a backwards step and a sad day for the global climate.”

Jemma Green, Curtin University: “Without a domestic emissions trading scheme, Australia will probably use international offsetting to meet its commitments. The Renewable Energy Target and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will play some role in retooling for the low-carbon economy, but other new policies may be required to fully address this need.”

Peter Rayner, University of Melbourne: “I’m a carbon cycle scientist, my job is to monitor, understand and predict the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As an Australian, I’m proud of how much we have contributed to that understanding, but today I’m embarrassed by how poor we are at putting that understanding into practice.”


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

SAE-ITC Launches Probitas Authentication, a New Auditor Authentication...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

SAE International’s Industries Technologies Consortium (ITC) announces the launch of Probitas Authentication, an Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) recognized program that will serve the...

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Medical Marijuana Delivery Services Show Promise in Los Angeles

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

A&A Packaging comments on the new phenomenon of medical marijuana delivery and how many are claiming it to be the safer and more effective way for patients to obtain their medicine.

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Larson Electronics Releases a New Mobile Power Distribution Center

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Larson Electronics has added to its extensive range of industrial grade lighting equipment with the release of a mobile distribution system that steps down 240 volts AC electrical current to 120 volts...

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NER Announces Partnership with Performance Tuning Corporation

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Terms of agreement include formation of DCIM Solutions, LLC and sale of NER’s Data Center Solutions Division.

(PRWeb July 17, 2014)

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Global Polyester Fiber Market: Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth,...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled "Global Polyester Fiber Market: Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 - 2019" to its report store....

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Fadhits.com Unveils Its New Mother of the Bride Dress Designs on Its...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Fadhits.com, a renowned wedding dress manufacturer and retailer, offers elegant products for people around the world. They recently unveiled their new collection of dresses for mothers of brides on...

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Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) Powder Market: Global Industry...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Transparency Market Research has announced the addition of the "Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) Powder Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 - 2019"...

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Cheap Homecoming Dresses from Outstanding Supplier Dresswe.com

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Recently, Dresswe.com, an outstanding supplier of homecoming dresses in the dress industry, has announced that all its homecoming dresses are available at discounted prices.

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Beautiful Short Homecoming Dresses Under $100 Available at...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

DressThat.com, a well-known wedding dress manufacturer and retailer, has unveiled its new designs of short homecoming dresses under $100. Also, it has launched a big sale for its elegant wedding...

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Useful HDMI to VGA with Audio Adapters Provided by China Electronics...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Recently, Hiconn Electronics, an electronics accessory wholesaler from China, has announced its biggest promotion for useful HDMI to VGA with Audio Adapters. This new special offer is launched to...

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DuPont Names Seven New DuPont Fellows

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

DuPont Scientists and Engineers Honored with Highest Technical Recognition in Company

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Brand New SEE-DIS627 DIS CMOS Cameras Added To China Outdoor Security...

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Recently, China-IP-Cameras.com, an outstanding outdoor security camera manufacturer, has unveiled its latest collection of SEE-DIS627 DIS CMOS Cameras. According to the company’s sales manager, these...

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August is National Curb Appeal Month

PR Web - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:23

Fypon, a leading millwork manufacturer, is sponsoring National Curb Appeal Month in August. Experts urge homeowners to focus on improving their home's exterior to make a home more marketable.

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