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Why the Renewable Energy Target Review May Put Solar Power Out of Reach for Australian Households
8/28/2014 7:55:05 PM
GEELONG, Australia August 2014 – Solar power developers and investors are getting spooked with the ongoing Renewable Energy Target review . Silex recently rescinded plans to build a 100 megawatt solar plant at Mildura and in July, Pacific Hydro cancelled $500 million of investment, including a 42-turbine wind farm north-east of Adelaide. According to the Australian …
Cystic Fibrosis and Fungal Infections Linked in New Study
Cystic Fibrosis and Fungal Infections Linked in New Study
8/28/2014 4:16:09 PM
Last month, a study from the University of Manchester caught the attention of the medical community and professionals who deal with indoor mold contamination issues.  The study found that almost 50% of adult patients who suffer from cystic fibrosis (CF) are also infected with Aspergillus , a common type of fungi found in the environment and in water-damaged buildings. The …
Poorer Than Usual Returns Intensify Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation Efforts
8/27/2014 1:02:50 PM
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is gearing up for the annual fall run of North American fundraising dinners.   Every year, the dinners represent a significant portion of ASF fundraising efforts with monies raised going to support the restoration and protection of wild Atlantic salmon.  This year is of particular importance however, with poor Atlantic salmon returns being …
BASF study highlights the need for increased innovations to help feed the world
8/27/2014 12:56:15 PM
A majority of U.S. consumers and farmers agree that farmers are responsible for feeding the world, and new technology and innovations are critical to achieving this goal. These findings were uncovered in the latest BASF Farm Perspectives Study, conducted in early 2014, comparing consumer and farmer viewpoints on agriculture-related issues. More than 9,000 people located in …
Are New Buildings in Canada Being Outfitted with Pipes Containing Asbestos?
Are New Buildings in Canada Being Outfitted with Pipes Containing Asbestos?
8/26/2014 3:33:56 PM
Earlier this summer, The Globe and Mail published an article about new buildings being constructed across Canada that are being outfitted with pipes that contain asbestos. The article “Pipes with asbestos still used in new buildings” discusses asbestos-cement pipes being installed in new installations and potential health concerns. According to the article, “Unlike most …
Vikoz Enterprises Inks Agreement for Plastic Powder, Pellets and Scrap with Major U.S. and Canadian Manufacturer
8/26/2014 2:49:15 PM
Vikoz Enterprises announced today that the Sandy, Utah plastic recycling company has finalized a deal with a major U.S. and Canadian manufacturer of plastic powder, pellets and plastic scrap. “This agreement fits perfectly into our long term goal to provide feedstock to our customer base,” said a spokesperson for Vikoz.  He went on to say that his company expects to receive …
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. Appoints Mandy Palm as Senior Account Manager for the Western Region
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. Appoints Mandy Palm as Senior Account Manager for the Western Region
8/26/2014 11:00:00 AM
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy Palm as its new Senior Account Manager supporting clients in the Western region of the United States.   Mandy has over six years of experience in the Environmental Industry. She has a varied background working for indoor microbiology and environmental chemistry testing laboratories. …
Northern California Residents Cautioned to be Aware of Indoor Hazards Following Recent Earthquake
Northern California Residents Cautioned to be Aware of Indoor Hazards Following Recent Earthquake
8/25/2014 2:19:04 PM
On August 24th, the strongest earthquake to hit Northern California in 25 years caused widespread damage to properties and injured dozens of people.  The 6.0 magnitude earthquake’s epicenter was a few miles southwest of Napa and it knocked out power for thousands of area residents.  The earthquake also caused gas leaks and a number of fires.   As people survey the damage, …
ABIH Celebrates Labor Day and the Health & Safety of Workers
ABIH Celebrates Labor Day and the Health & Safety of Workers
8/25/2014 11:26:38 AM
For many people, Labor Day marks the end of summer vacations and the last holiday weekend before the start of autumn.  It was created to celebrate the social and economic achievements of the American worker and is an annual tribute to their contributions to the strength and prosperity of the nation.   According to the United States Department of Labor, “The vital force of …
Rod Stewart’s Son Battling Landlord over Mold Problems
Rod Stewart’s Son Battling Landlord over Mold Problems
8/25/2014 10:53:53 AM
Last month, TMZ reported that Sean Stewart is fighting his landlord over back rent after moving out of his home, which he claims had a serious mold problem.  According to the article, Mr. Stewart claims that he has been feeling weak and developed blisters because of mold issues that were not properly addressed. The presence of high levels of mold can cause a myriad of …
Tropical Storm Iselle Causes Property Damage across Hawaii
Tropical Storm Iselle Causes Property Damage across Hawaii
8/21/2014 9:41:39 AM
A powerful Hurricane Iselle weakened to a tropical storm before hitting the Hawaiian Islands earlier this month.  Heavy winds and rain drenched the islands and knocked out power for some.  In its aftermath, Iselle has left behind a number of water and wind-damaged homes, businesses and schools. As the islands’ residents begin to make repairs and dry out their properties, …
$50 Million Claim for Mold-Related Illnesses at California Board of Equalization
$50 Million Claim for Mold-Related Illnesses at California Board of Equalization
8/20/2014 9:21:44 AM
Last month, the Sacramento Business Journal published a report about the ongoing problems at the building that houses the California Board of Equalization (BOE).  According to the article, a new claim was recently filed on behalf of employees whose alleged health problems were due to mold at the BOE headquarters.  A previous lawsuit concerning similar issues was settled in …
Respirable Particulates, Airborne Contaminants & Lung Cancer Risks
Respirable Particulates, Airborne Contaminants & Lung Cancer Risks
8/19/2014 4:25:10 PM
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and to avoid secondhand smoke. The second leading cause of lung …
FleetMind and LTS Scale Company to showcase latest Fleet and Weight Management Technologies for “Pay-As-You-Throw” at WASTECON® 2014
FleetMind and LTS Scale Company to showcase latest Fleet and Weight Management Technologies for “Pay-As-You-Throw” at WASTECON® 2014
8/19/2014 6:00:00 AM
DALLAS, TEXAS – August 19, 2014 - FleetMind Solutions, Inc. and LTS Scale Company will join forces at WASTECON® 2014 in Dallas, TX, August 26-28, to showcase the latest in waste fleet and weight management technologies for municipal waste organizations. Organized by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), WASTECON® is the nation’s premier event for municipal …
Indoor Air Quality Issues Face Some Returning Students and Faculty
Indoor Air Quality Issues Face Some Returning Students and Faculty
8/18/2014 5:20:07 PM
Earlier this month, The Olympian reported that a high school in Tumwater, Washington was working to remove mold and make repairs before the students begin the new school year next month. Stories like this are common across many school districts as they use the summer months to perform repairs, preventive maintenance work and to complete construction projects. Schools that …
The National Academies Confirm Formaldehyde as a Known Human Carcinogen
The National Academies Confirm Formaldehyde as a Known Human Carcinogen
8/18/2014 3:41:29 PM
Earlier this month, the National Research Council, a part of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, issued its assessment of formaldehyde’s ability to cause cancer.  In the report, the council upheld the listing of formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen” from the National Toxicology Program’s 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). The …
Could Your Respiratory Ailments be the Result of the Air You Breathe at Work?
Could Your Respiratory Ailments be the Result of the Air You Breathe at Work?
8/18/2014 11:33:19 AM
Last month, NBC published a report about workers from an Alabama manufacturing plant that suffer from respiratory conditions ranging from asthma to bronchitis.  According to the article, the plant makes foam cushions for a large foreign car manufacturer and workers believe exposure to isocyanates could be the culprit for their conditions. Toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a type …
Navistar Now Offering Allison Fuel-Efficiency Package On Medium-Duty And Vocational Trucks
8/18/2014 11:20:32 AM
Navistar, Inc. today announced it is offering the Allison Transmission FuelSense® fuel-efficiency package on its medium-duty and vocational International® truck models. FuelSense, available in Allison’s 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 series transmissions, automatically adapts shift schedules and torque, maximizing transmission efficiency based on load, grade and duty cycle, without …
Curing compound from BASF protects concrete against drying cracks during hot summer temperatures
8/18/2014 11:00:52 AM
Summertime construction can be treacherous: With regard to concrete floors, this is particularly true for the phase between pouring and subsequent surface smoothing, known as floating or power troweling. Even at environmental temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius, 50% relative humidity and wind velocities of 20 kilometers per hour, fresh concrete loses about 0.6 kilogram water …
New Climate Research Raises Questions for Tongass Salmon
8/17/2014 11:10:17 PM
The 17,000 miles of salmon streams in the Tongass rainforest of Southeast Alaska produce a third of the state’s salmon harvest, making it one of the planet’s most productive wild salmon hotspots. The region’s salmon output depends on a perfect mix of healthy streams, forests and estuaries, but new climate change research suggests the productivity of these salmon streams could …