Day: October 8, 2013

Ammonium nitrate sold by ton as U.S. regulation is stymied

Read the full story in the Dallas Morning News.

For more than a decade, U.S. efforts to tighten controls over ammonium nitrate fertilizer have repeatedly failed, bogged down by bureaucratic gridlock and industry resistance. Regulations approved years ago remain unenforced and unfinished. Mere talk of safer substitutes has been blocked by those with profits at stake.

In fact, just 13 days before the West disaster, the only two remaining U.S. manufacturers of ammonium nitrate fertilizer pleaded for Washington’s help to preserve their $300 million annual market. Company executives bemoaned the “terrible toll” of regulation and the “pressure” of increased competition from nonexplosive substitutes.

SUNY Sullivan Hops Report

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Our project involved the development of an experimental hop garden that features regionally-appropriate varieties of hops. Local microbrewers had expressed an interest in locally-grown hops to the College, and our hope was that this garden would help local farmers and brewers better understand the future potential for organic hop farming in Sullivan County. SUNY Sullivan students built three pole-centered systems that included 4 x 4 inch cedar posts that were locally harvested and donated to the project. Around each pole, the students prepped holes with compost and planted 10 rhizomes of a given variety: Cascade, Willamette, or Centennial. We also developed two back-up plots in raised beds. The productivity and quality of these different varieties was tracked through student projects.

 

Indiana county builds on identity of sustainable pioneers

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Indiana’s Monroe County government keeps getting leaner and greener with little fanfare.

Early last year, the county – home to Bloomington and Indiana University – made headlines when it received a grant to create one of the largest solar panel systems in the state. Now it is a little more than a year into what county officials say is one of the most comprehensive energy plans in government.

Insight: energy consumption model assesses cooling demand in cities

Read the full story at Environmental Research Web.

Researchers at Arizona State University, US, have presented the first comparison between model simulation results and real observations of the amount of daytime electricity used by air conditioning (AC) systems during a number of extremely hot summertime periods in a rapidly urbanizing semi-arid metropolitan area.

A Site For Borrowing Power Drills, Kitchen Equipment, And Anything Else You Can Think Of

Read the full story at FastCo.Exist.

Daan Weddepohl created Peerby.com–a site for borrowing stuff–after a series of traumatic experiences. First, his apartment burned down. Second, his girlfriend dumped him. Then, his mother became seriously ill.

He was forced to stay with friends and get by without all the things he had normally. “At first, having nothing was terrible thing, but after a while I started accepting it and realizing that it was okay. It helped me create very strong human connections. People were happy to help me out, and they felt really good when they shared.”