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Tanimura & Antle Patriarch and Industry Icon, Robert Victor (Bob)...

PR Web - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:02

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our great patriarch, Robert V. (Bob) Antle, on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital with his family at his side.

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LunaDress Announces The Launch Of An Affordable New Collection Of...

PR Web - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:02

To help worldwide ladies to be beautiful at their children’s weddings, LunaDress has recently unveiled its new collection of mother of the bride dresses. Today, the company has decided to launch a new...

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Mortgage Rates End Barely Higher After Battle

PR Web - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:02

Peoples Home Equity informs readers of Tuesday's mortgage rate action based on positive news and renewed market selling pressure.

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Americans Are Moving To Find More Affordable Housing

PR Web - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:02

The Federal Savings Bank informs readers that Americans have been searching for more affordable homes.

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Move over Elon — these kids built an electric car that beats the Tesla S

Grist.org - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:12

A group of Australian students and their new electric car prototype might give Elon Musk’s Tesla S a run for its money.

The Sunswift eVe went 310 miles on a single battery charge in a July test run. In contrast, the Tesla Model S can drive anywhere from 244 to 306 miles on a full charge.

And, it’s fast, too. Wired reports:

Australian university students, whose electric Sunswift eVe set a new world record for fastest average speed—more than 60mph—over 500 kilometers (310 miles) on a single battery charge, on July 23. That’s a big deal: Range is the biggest issue holding back the widespread adoption of EVs, and this record shows the car can drive hundreds of miles at a reasonable highway speed.

The eVe might not be as fancy as the Model S: It seats up to two adults instead of seven, and doesn’t yet boast any flashy features like a touchscreen dash or all-glass panoramic roof. But the car does have its own solar array — enough to power two hours of driving if parked in the sun for roughly eight hours.

The Washington Post reports that the eVe consumes “less than a third of the electricity at 20 kilowatt-hours when traveling at a cruising speed of 66 mph than the Tesla Model S, which uses fuel at a rate of 67 kilowatt-hours as it moves at a lower speed of 55 mph.”

Meanwhile, the students hope to make the eVe the first road-legal solar-powered car in Australia — and could take Elon Musk’s lunch money in the process.

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Categories: Environment

Ben & Jerry’s makes ice cream-powered ice cream; world peace next

Grist.org - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:43

More green points for the hippie-tacular dessert outfit Ben & Jerry’s: A factory in Hellendoorn, Holland, is now successfully using the waste products of its ice cream-making process to make more ice cream. A huge biodigester, affectionately known as “the Chunkinator,” combines excess milk, syrup, wastewater, and bits of fruit with billions of microbes. The microbes eat the sweet and creamy leftovers and convert them to biogas, cutting down on the facility’s heat and energy costs.

Chunkinator construction and testing started in 2010 and now the energy-saving process is in full swing, with a reported 16 million pints of ice cream created in the past year — all thanks to the byproducts of their predecessors. So far, the factory has been able to use all of the wastewater it produces and about half of its waste ice cream.

Ben & Jerry’s products are now GMO-free, too, and while Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia don’t exactly glow in the dark or change colors as you eat them (yet!), ice cream-fueled ice cream sounds pretty darn magical. And if the Chunkinator gets adopted company-wide, maybe it’ll provide fresh inspiration for new flavors. Paradoxes & Cream? OuroborOreos? Tautology Crunch? The mind boggles.

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Categories: Environment

Don’t worry, Californians can paint their dead lawns green

Grist.org - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:45

When California regulators approved $500-a-day fines for overwatering lawns, suburbanites across the state gasped, “However will I keep my neighbors in check without a superior lawn to lord over them??”

Now, a solution: Slap on a fresh coat of green paint. The specially formulated (and supposedly nontoxic) grass dye lasts three to six months. It’s catching on. “Companies that promise to paint lawns are cropping up all over California,” National Journal reports. “The service lets homeowners cut back on water use without sacrificing curb appeal.”

The resulting “glittering shade of emerald green” might be even flashier than the real deal. “People think it sounds ridiculous when they first hear about it,” Jim Power, operations manager for LawnLift, told National Journal. “But then they try it, and they’re instantly hooked.”

OK, sorry, it still sounds ridiculous. But I guess it’s nice that they’re helping to keep lawn dude — the recovering waterholic California’s employed as its drought spokesalien — out of rehab.

I’m spending #mydayinla teaching everyone about water #conservation: cut your lawn back to two drinks a week #drought pic.twitter.com/zeHOuJpYp6

— Lawn Dude (@Lawn_Dude) July 31, 2014

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Stop Mold In Its Tracks Before It Spreads: Rainbow International®...

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:02

Rainbow International recommends homeowners act quickly at the first signs of mold and have a professional assessment of mold affected areas, have damaged areas removed, and eliminate moisture sources...

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Badger CEO Attends First-ever US-Africa Business Forum

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:02

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Commerce Department hosting the event.

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Summerhill Impact: Clean Wake Program Targets Ontario Cottage Owners

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:02

Recreational boaters can take action for cleaner lakes and better health.

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Canadian protesters set up camp — politely — along Line 9 pipeline

Grist.org - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:36

This morning, a group of protesters drove through the farm country of Kitchener, Ontario. They pulled up at a dirt-and-gravel-paved job site occupied by a security guard.

The guard knew the drill. While he phoned everyone who normally reported to the job site to tell them not to come in to work that day, the protesters set up camp. They posted a statement on Tumblr, inviting any interested parties to come and join them, along with guidelines for the occupation:

Here are some things to keep in mind while visiting the Dam Line 9 Action:

– We are on stolen Indigenous land. Deshkaan Ziibing (Antler River, so-called Thames River), Anishinabek territory.

– Have fun, but also remember that this is a site of struggle.

All summer, protesters have been appearing at job sites along the path of Line 9 — a pipeline that had lived in obscurity until the regulatory limbo surrounding the approval of Keystone XL made it famous. Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns Line 9, announced plans to expand it and to reverse its flow. Normally the pipe carries crude from Africa and the Middle East into Canada’s heart; Enbridge would like it to move oil from the Alberta tar sands to Quebec, where it could be refined and exported.

Line 9 is 38 years old, and crosses the path of every river that drains into Lake Ontario. But because it was already in the ground, it didn’t require the same standards of approval that a new pipeline would. The reversal was approved by Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) last March, after several months of contentious public hearings, which adhered to a newly developed rule that required anyone who wanted to make a public comment to submit a 10-page application for approval first.

One of the protesters, Dan Kellar, was working on a PhD in environmental impact assessment and the application of environmental laws, so he was able to navigate the application process well enough to submit a comment, along with a group called Grand River Indigenous Solidarity. The NEB, unswayed, approve the pipeline anyway.

Then something unexpected happened. In June, the NEB ruled that the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation had not been adequately consulted on the portion of Line 9 that passed through their territory, which meant that they had the right to appeal the expansion. This was one of several rulings in the last few months that have greatly expanded First Nations power over what happens on Canadian soil.

Still, while the appeal works its way through the system, the NEB has allowed the retrofit  to continue. That’s why the protests at various sites along the retrofit’s pathway have continued, too.

In this latest case, the work being stopped is a valve replacement, but most of the projects that the protesters have interrupted have been “integrity digs” — areas where Enbridge has dug up a section of the pipeline to check it for leaks.

Most of the occupations last for a few days, according to Rachel Avery, one of the protesters at the site. In this case, police told the protesters that they would be checking in on the site at 6 p.m., but gave no word as to whether they had plans to arrest anyone.

In the meantime, says Avery, there’s lots of stuff to do, like set up tents and shade structures, and install solar panels. There’s also plenty of time to  educate curious passers-by about the hydrology of the local watershed.

That’s what the call-out to visit on Tumblr was about — kind of like a consciousness-raising group, but under threat of arrest. Why not turn your site occupation into an educational opportunity? It’s just another way, says Avery, “to build a stronger movement.”

As this report went to press, the protesters had settled in for a frisbee match.

Line 9 Blockade
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Categories: Environment

Join us for a Twitter chat on California’s drought

Grist.org - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:58

California is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. What does this mean for the Golden State’s water supply both now and a few hot decades down the line? Senior Editor Greg Hanscom will explore that very issue with Sunset Magazine and a host of other smarties from the NRDC, Save Our Water, and the Pacific Institute.

Join us on Twitter on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PDT). Follow @SunsetMag, @ghanscom, and the hashtag #SunsetChat to jump in.

You won’t want to miss it. As they say: As California goes, so goes the nation.

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Categories: Environment

Newport Aquarium Gears Up for Shark Week

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02

With more than 55 sharks on exhibit, Newport Aquarium is the place to visit in Greater Cincinnati during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

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Protective Coatings Market Worth $18,431.8 Million by 2019 – New...

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02

The market size in terms of value of protective coatings was estimated to be $10,594.6 Million in 2013, and is projected to grow with a CAGR of 9.75% from 2014 to 2019....

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Acaricides Market by (Type, Application & Mode of Application)...

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02

Acaricides Market research report categorizes the global market for acaricides on the basis of type, application, mode of action, and geography; projecting the market value and analyzing the trends in...

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North America Landing Gear & Undercarriage Market is Expected to...

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02

The market size for the aircraft Landing Gear & Undercarriage market shows an increase over the forecasted period and will continue to be a fast evolving market....

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ETV Releases New Video on California’s First LEED Certified Winery

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02

Renovation and Construction of Hall Wines New Environmentally Friendly Facilities Carried out by NECA/IBEW

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Ceramics Manufacturing in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now...

PR Web - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02

Overwhelming import penetration will continue to weigh on the industry. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Ceramics Manufacturing industry to its growing...

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Richmond, Calif., is about to get hit with a climate justice earthquake

Grist.org - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:59

Tomorrow, the Climate Justice Alliance, a conglomerate of roughly 35 grassroots organizations from around the country, will convene hundreds of activists in Richmond, Calif., for the Our Power National Convening, a precursor to the People’s Climate March in New York City in September. The mission: Show delegates heading to the Sept. 23 United Nations Climate Summit that the best sources for climate change solutions are communities where people are already coping with heat extremities and managing water crises.

Climate Justice Alliance

Richmond is a fitting site for the march. It’s long been on the Environmental Protection Agency’s radar as an environmental justice community, meaning it’s overburdened with pollution, poverty, and health problems. It’s surrounded by hundreds of industrial facilities, including waste incinerators, oil refineries, and pesticide producers assaulting the air with an assortment of toxic pollutants.

The Aug. 6 date is also pertinent, commemorating the 15,000 residents of the surrounding Contra Costa county injured by an explosion at the Chevron oil refinery in 2012.

Despite that disaster, and another fire that occurred there just weeks ago, Chevron is planning to expand its 112-year-old refinery, which already occupies over 3,000 acres of land. These plans were just recently approved by Richmond’s city council, even though a provision for committing Chevron funds to building a hospital was dropped from the proposal.

Given that the Chevron facility is also one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in California, and sits near the San Francisco Bay, exposing itself to rising sea levels, Richmond is an all too perfect display of how all of these dangers connect.

“We live every day on the frontlines of the climate crisis, with illnesses and the danger of explosions, and on the frontline of the economic crisis when we can’t keep money and jobs in our city,“ Mey Saechao of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) said in a press statement. “These crises are equally dangerous and connected.”

The refinery’s expansion could make that even worse. Chevron is banking on sucking in more crude oil by rail, particularly from the Bakken region in North Dakota, a controversial transaction given the recent train explosions there and the extreme flammability of Bakken crude.

The expansion comes at a time when the Environmental Protection Agency is finally beginning to enforce its congressional and Supreme Court-mandated authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions — but there, too, Richmond could be a loser. The EPA has approved California’s cap-and-trade system as an acceptable model for carbon emission reductions in the federal agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. But climate justice advocates are concerned that cap-and-trade allows companies to purchase pollution “allowances” and “offsets” that ameliorate the problem elsewhere, while continuing to pollute locally.

Such schemes have also found favor among the global climate diplomats who will meet at the upcoming UN Climate Summit.

“Carbon credits and high-level summits don’t really do anything to address the root causes of this crisis,” said Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan, co-director of the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) in a press statement. “Climate change and economic exploitation are human-made problems; the solutions will grow from the grassroots, not the stratosphere.”

In a phone interview yesterday, Mascarenhas-Swan said her statement is a reference to the growing movement around a “new center of gravity in the climate movement.”

“We are in the midst of a transition — that part is clear. But what’s not clear is whether that transition will be just or not.”

Meaning, they are seeking a transition from the expansions and explosions of a fossil-fuel-based economy to one that’s safer and more beneficial to the health of communities of modest resources. The “just transition” also focuses on building power and ownership for these communities. As an example of this, Mascarenhas-Swan points to the Oakland-based Energy Solidarity Co-op, where the financing of renewable energy is democratized, as opposed to the long-running model of being monopolized by utility companies. You can read about other examples of justice-based climate solutions from the grassroots in California here.

“We are trying to simultaneously reduce the need for fossil fuel consumption, creates jobs, create energy that costs less, and address the climate crisis as well,” Mascarenhas-Swan said.

The Richmond convening will end with a day of action on August 9  that will include a march along the Richmond Greenway, a three-mile bike and pedestrian trail bordered with local art and urban agriculture that was once a railway for transporting war materials. It will culminate with a solar-powered “unplug the empire” concert featuring demonstrations of community climate change solutions like solar panel installations and rainwater collection installation.”

Also happening this week is the Climate Justice Youth Summit, another prelude to the People’s Climate March in September. Elizabeth Yeampierre of UPROSE, one of the organizers (also a member of the Climate Justice Alliance) tells me the summit “is the largest convening of young people of color on climate change in the country,” with over 650 young people registered. Here’s one of those young ones, Rico Bautista breaking it down:

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Categories: Environment

Why’s this Tea Party PAC going after a top Tea Partier?

Grist.org - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:43

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) just wanted to get rid of a program good-government advocates consider corporate welfare. He ended up in the Tea Party’s crosshairs instead.

Since last week, voters in Kansas’ first congressional district — covering the western part of the state — have been flooded with ads blasting the second-term incumbent for co-sponsoring a bill in April that would eliminate a federal mandate that gasoline include ethanol. “Washington, D.C., sure has changed Tim Huelskamp,” Tom Willis, an agribusiness CEO from Liberal, Kan., says in one ad.

The ad was paid for by Now or Never PAC, a conservative super PAC that has spent more than $8 million since 2012 in support of Tea Party candidates. Huelskamp, who once compared the Obamacare rollout to Hurricane Katrina and proposed impeaching Attorney General Eric Holder over his refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, is the kind of candidate Now or Never PAC would traditionally get behind. Instead, in the week leading up to Tuesday’s congressional primary, Now or Never has spent $260,000 hammering Huelskamp — and in the process, propping up his opponent, Alan LaPolice, a little-known Army vet and onetime actor who has lived in the district full-time for only a year.

“To be clear, the ads aren’t in support of me — they’re against Tim, and I have no idea who they’re coming from, nor do I necessarily care,” LaPolice said on Monday. True to the bare-bones nature of his campaign (as of mid-June, he had raised just $36,000), LaPolice spent the day answering the phones himself at his campaign headquarters.

Huelskamp has fallen out of favor with farmers since his last election. After leading an unsuccessful attempt to oust Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) last January, he was stripped of his spot on the House Committee on Agriculture — a serious blow for a congressman representing a heavily rural district. Last week, a coalition of agriculture trade groups, including the Kansas Corn Growers Association, the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors, and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association — and Tom Willis’ Conestoga Energy Partners — released a joint statement condemning Huelskamp for co-sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the Renewable Fuels Standard, which requires fuel to contain a certain level of ethanol.

LaPolice talked up the benefits of renewable energy, but insisted he’s not motivated by any green streak. “Let me be clear: I’m not a skeptic; I do believe that climate change is real, but to address it you have to take into all account all the factors,” he said. More pressing, in his view: The $1.5 billion that ethanol contributes to the state’s economy each year.

Now or Never PAC has said that the money it has poured into the race has been paid for entirely by Kansans. But as of mid-June, none of the PAC’s contributions had come directly from residents of the state. Only three individuals, all from North Carolina, have given to the PAC. The rest of its funding has come from Americans for Limited Government, a Fairfax, Virginia-based advocacy group that does not disclose its donors. But the PAC has never weighed in on farm issues before. A spokesperson for the group did not respond to a request for comment.

LaPolice is an unlikely alternative for a PAC that has in the past thrown money behind arch-conservatives, such as Reps. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and Todd Akin (R-Mo.), as well as Dean Young, an Alabama congressional candidate who once told gays to “go back to California.” LaPolice, for his part, just moved from California a year ago (he was raised in Kansas and has owned a home there for a decade). After serving in the Army, he studied performing arts and literature at the University of California–Berkeley, and he has worked as a superintendent at a public school in Humboldt County.

In June, the Kansas Family Policy Council, a social conservative advocacy group, slammed LaPolice for having been “featured in a homosexual movie” — a reference to a 2008 movie, The Art of Being Straight, in which LaPolice made a brief appearance. (He also appeared in a straight-to-video horror movie called B-Witched, in which “A group of theater students buy an old stage and discover an ancient evil.”)

LaPolice, who is married, opposes gay marriage, but told Mother Jones he would support the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend workplace protections to LGBT individuals. During his campaign, he reversed his position on the Common Core State Standards, a set of math and language arts benchmarks that have become a Tea Party bogeyman (he now supports them). And while LaPolice, like Huelskamp, attacks the Affordable Care Act as a government intrusion into the healthcare system, he allows that “a blueprint may be in Massachusetts’ healthcare system” — whose individual mandate was itself the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act.

Huelskamp isn’t going down without a fight; after Willis accused the congressman of taking his support for granted, Huelskamp spokesperson Travis Couture-Lovelady told the Garden City (Kansas) Telegram, “Suffice it to say that Willis is grumpy because Tim Huelskamp stands on principle against Washington politicians handing out special government benefits to campaign contributors.”

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

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