Environmental Issues

European Sawlog Prices Continued Their Downward Trend in Late 2016, Resulting in a Decline of the ESPI Index by 6.6% Over the Course of Two Years

SEATTLE, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sawlog prices in Europe have been trending downward over the past three years from their record high levels in 2014. The biggest price drops have occurred in the Nordic countries and in Central Europe, while the log costs have fallen slightly less for sawmills in Eastern Europe. The European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI-€) in ...

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Freedom CNG Celebrates Earth Day On Saturday April 22nd, 2017

HOUSTON, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The results are in for Houston METRO’s greener CNG Fleet. METRO rolled out 50 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses in January 2016 in partnership with Freedom CNG, a Houston-based CNG fuel provider and the Houston-Galveston Area Council in a collective effort to promote clean air initiatives in the city. Since inception, METRO CNG buses ...

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Southern California Farmers are Eligible for NRCS Air Quality Assistance

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Technical and financial  assistance is available through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help farmers and ranchers in Southern California to make improvements in their operations that can lead to improved air quality. Assistance is made available through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP applications are accepted year-round, but interested producers need ...

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Endangered-Wine Launches New Lifestyle Label and Mission on Earth Day

SAN FRANCISCO, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Endangered-Wine proudly announces the launch of its new label of select wines from the fertile grounds of Northern California. Endangered-Wine grew from Founders Peter Crowley’s and Bill Seet’s extreme concern for our planet and all its life forms. The rapid mass extinction of an enormous number of animal species looms before us, due to habitat loss, ...

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Chubb Marks Tenth Year of Support for American Forests Global ReLeaf Program With the Planting of 32,000 Trees in 2017

PHILADELPHIA, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Chubb today announced its pledge to sponsor the planting of 32,000 trees in 2017 to support the American Forests Global ReLeaf® program. Chubb’s sponsorship is the largest by the company since it began supporting the cause in 2008. Chubb’s pledge represents one tree for each new environmental insurance policy written globally in 2016. “We are ...

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Carpet Controversy Showdown in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On April 18th, CalRecycle, California’s agency for recycling, faces off with the Georgia-based carpet industry on how they manage carpet waste. California consumers pay a $.25/square yard fee for the industry association, Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), to implement recycling. “CARE has collected over $27 million from California carpet buyers, yet has barely increased ...

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Pennsylvania DCNR Warning Anglers, Others of High Woodland Fire Danger

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With the approach of Pennsylvania’s traditional statewide trout season opener on Saturday, April 15, and weather conditions that keep firefighters busy responding to wildfires across much of the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is urging anglers, property owners and others to take steps to prevent forest and brush fires. “We ...

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U. S. Steel Issues New Update On April 11 Midwest Plant Incident

PITTSBURGH, April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) issued the following statement to provide further updates relative to the process release at U. S. Steel’s Midwest Plant in Portage, Ind., on April 11. The company’s statement follows: “Overnight and throughout the morning, U. S. Steel continued extensive testing on the repairs made at our Midwest ...

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Oro Loma Sanitary District Named a Bay Hero for Innovative Project to Protect Against Sea Level Rise

SAN LORENZO, Calif., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Oro Loma Sanitary District and Castro Valley Sanitary District are joint recipients of a 2017 Bay Hero Award. The Bay Hero Award was presented to the sanitary districts’ boards by the San Francisco Bay Institute in recognition of their far-reaching vision and response to sea level rise, as well as their undaunted ...

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KIRO 7 and The Trust For Public Land Launch Seattle’s 2017 Cox Conserves Heroes Awards Program

SEATTLE, April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — KIRO 7, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, today launched Seattle’s 2017 Cox Conserves Heroes program to honor local environmental volunteers. Nominations for volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces are being accepted at CoxConservesHeroes.com and Kiro7.com through 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on May 22nd.    Eligibility Criteria Nominee’s activity creates, ...

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