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The Seven Wonders: Travel posters celebrate our lost ancient treasures

These vintage-style travel posters are like wonderfully impossible souvenirs from antiquity. […]

Fiona’s Flame – Rachael Herron

Fiona’s Flame A Cypress Hollow Yarn Book 5 Rachael Herron Genre: Contemporary Publish Date: July 20, 2014 Publisher: HGA Publishing Seller: HGA Publishing A FULL-LENGTH STANDALONE, a great entry into the world of international bestseller Rachael Herron's sexy and hilarious books.    As the owner of the Cypress Hollow gas station and garage, Fiona Lynde is not one for pretty dresses or fussy make-up. In fact, most days she forgets to brush her hair. But she does have one guilty little secret–she's been in love with Abe Atwell for over ten years.   Problem is, Abe–the town's handsome harbormaster–barely knows she exists.    But then Fiona petitions the council to demolish a deserted old lighthouse, just as Abe is equally determined to preserve the local landmark.But why does Fiona want to tear down the building that was once her childhood home? And why is Abe, whose father drowned in the lighthouse's shadow, so desperate to save it?Battle lines are drawn–just as the spark between them is finally ignited…   Rachael Herron seamlessly blends romance, friendship, and laughter.  Barbara Bretton, USA Today Bestselling Author   Relationships are at the heart of women's fiction, and Herron could teach a master class on creating them .  Chicklit Central   Charming, smart, funny, sexy, and down-to-earth, you won't be able to put down this delightful book. This heartwarming, hilarious, and red-hot contemporary romance will leave you wishing for a marina view of your very own. From sisters to second chances, this small-town romance will make you laugh and cry. Herron's characters are grounded and relatable, but her twists and turns leave you satisfied as a reader.  For a good time, pack this beach read on your vacation!  You'll love this book.    Click Buy Now!  […]

Where in the world does lightning strike the most?

In a new study using 16 years of satellite data, NASA reveals that the number one spot gets almost 300 thunderstorms per year; these other hotspots are wild as well. […]

American Businesses — Small to Huge — Act on Climate

Big businesses know climate change is threatening their companies — and all of us. On Monday, 13 major companies, from General Motors to Microsoft to Coca-Cola, announced they were doing something about it. Together the companies said they plan to make a collective $140 billion in low-carbon investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency and other improvements. The goal: To improve the way they use energy in their factories and offices and reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide — the biggest driver of climate change. By doing so, some of the companies will cut their carbon emissions by as much as 50 percent. They’ll reduce their water intensity by as much as 15 percent. They’ll collectively add 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy. Some will soon get 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources, while others will pursue zero net deforestation in their supply chains. Executives of the 13 companies who took the American Business Act on Climate Pledge at the White House sent a strong signal that U.S. companies are right beside the Obama Administration in taking concrete steps to address climate change. They also made it clear that they want international negotiators preparing for the U.N. climate talks in Paris in December to keep the ball moving on a global scale. Of course they aren’t the only businesspeople wanting lawmakers to act on climate. Last December, more than 360 members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) — including executives from major companies like Google, Apple, Oracle and Facebook — signed a letter in support of the Obama Administration’s soon-to-be-finalized Clean Power Plan, perhaps the most important piece of climate policy in recent history. You can read the letter here. And of course it’s not only big businesses taking steps and making investments to address climate change, either. Companies of all sizes and industries are already reducing their own carbon emissions and transitioning to clean energy, both for the benefits to their bottom lines and to the environment. In Virginia, it’s companies like little Catoctin Distillery, which recently installed a solar array on top of its building that offsets about 85 percent of the whiskey maker’s electricity usage, while simultaneously reducing its carbon emissions. In Missouri, companies like One3LED help businesses ranging from gas stations to parking garages cut the carbon and the electricity costs by installing high-efficiency lighting. One3LED also reduced its own carbon emissions by adding automated environmental controls; limiting the use of paper and taking other steps in its offices and warehouses. And in California, entrepreneur Brendan Millstein founded Carbon Lighthouse with a single, ambitious mission: To stop climate change. Today, using complex networks of sensors and other equipment, Carbon Lighthouse helps real estate companies make their buildings carbon-neutral. Check out the video: When it comes to addressing climate change, leadership comes in many forms. It comes from our elected officials, from the president to small-town mayors to the international climate negotiators gearing up for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris. It comes from businesses, from Coca-Cola to Catoctin Distillery; from Wal-Mart to One3LED. It comes from individuals who lead their neighbors in adopting solar and increasing the energy-efficiency of their homes. In the end, we all benefit. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

This Is How An Enbridge Pipeline Spill Could Cause Disaster For The Great Lakes

Ana Simovska:Grand Island in Lake Superior- Summer 2012

The Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve in Michigan, south of Elberta.

A thirty-second night exposure reveals streaking clouds and stars in the sky in Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, Lake Michigan, Michigan. American photographer Ian Plant experiments with light sources and long exposures to turn remote nocturnal landscapes into psychedelic dreamlands. From swirling desert stars to bright exploding steam from geysers, Ian conjures up magical vistas and surreal scenes from midnight treks across the Americas. In one striking image, sleep-deprived, Ian, 39, from Virginia, USA, transforms the stem of a common desert plant into the red tentacles of an alien creature reaching up into space. While many photographers choose to take pictures of what is in front of them, Ian says he has other ideas about his medium. ‘I use the night time like a blank canvass to project my ideas onto,’ he explained. ‘Instead of being at the mercy of the scene that’s in front of me I can create the image from my imagination.’ (Photo by Ian Plant / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)

The sun rises over a frozen Lake Erie.

Winter view of Point Betsie Lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Frankfort, Mich.

Panoramic view of city of Chicago skyline at dusk, reflected on Lake Michigan.

ErinJohnson:Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Sea Caves – on every kayakers bucket list.

A sunset at Big Sable Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse is located in Ludington, Mich. just north of the state park.

A bridge to Paradise in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Gneiss shoals can be seen underwater surrounding Shaw Island, just outside Isle Royale National Park, Lake Superior, Michigan.

Scenic overlook of Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, South Manitou Island in the distance.

A swimmer dives in to lake Michigan to cool off July 31, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Temperatures in the city reached 99 degrees Fahrenheit, tying the record high for the day. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Sunset on the shore of Lake Michigan, Warren Dunes State Park, Mich.

Lake Michigan, from New Buffalo, Mich., 2003.

Waves crashing on pier and lighthouse on Lake Michigan at sunset.

Miner’s Beach at the Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior.

Sunset at Illinois Beach State Park, Il.

View of the cliffs on Lake Superior from Lakeshore Trail; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

View of Michigan Island in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.

View from the Thousand Islands Bridge of treetops (foreground left) below on Constance Island and Georgina Island (back right), two of about 20 islands and 90 islets that are part of the St. Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada.

Floating maple leaf, Lake Superior.

Goldenrod wildflowers growing along the water’s edge of Lake Ontario in the early Autumn season.

Cottage country in Ontario with metamorphic rock in the foreground.

Tree with red foliage on the shores of Georgian Bay, Killbear Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

Fog delay below the MacArthur Lock.

Rainbow over Lake Superior.

Scenic vista, Presque Isle State Park, along Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

Lake Superior Provincial Park, Wawa, Ontario.

Sunset falls on the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, over Barrow Bay, a part of Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Sunset on Lake Superior shore, Mich.

Miner’s Castle Overlook on Lake Superior near Munising, Mich. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a U.S. National Lakeshore on the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Glenn Haven on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Lake Ontario in fog, Toronto.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron.

A weathered barn on the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Evening light on fall colour hardwoods near Agawa Bay, with Montreal Island. Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw appears to float in a cloud as it approaches the Poe Lock in low lying fog in Sault Ste. Marie. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michelle Hill)

Girl running with Shih-Bi through waters of Lake Huron at Singing Sands Beach, Bruce Peninsula National Park, south of Tobermory, Ontario.

Michigan, Isle Royale National Park, Sunrise from the east end of Mott Island, looking toward Tookers Island.

Beautiful McCargoe Cove in Isle Royale National Park, Lake Superior.

Michigan, Isle Royale National Park. The park is a wildflower lover’s paradise with hundreds of native plants blooming every year.

A moose is swimming to the left of the island at Isle Royale.

Aerial view of Chicago river mouth and Lake Michigan.

A sunset at Esch Road beach on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Ice Boulders stranded in the still water of Lake Michigan.

Kayaker expore the sea caves of Devils Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, Wisconsin.

Lake Ontario from Chimney Bluffs State Park, NY

Gregory Mann:Mackinac Bridge at sunset from a Big Cat returning to Mackinaw City from Mackinac Island.

lynnannetterogers:Sleeping Bear Dunes

lynnannetterogers:Sunset on Lake Michigan – Ludington Beach

ErinJohnson:Gorgeous colors among the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

filmboi:The sun setting on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay in Ashland, Wisconsin on a warm summers night.

The many moods of Lake Huron provide an ever-changing landscape

Tom999:Lighthouse on Lake Michigan, Frankfort, Michigan.

Tom999:Iron Ore Dock on Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. Built in the late 1800s, it was used to load iron ore from railroad cars to freighter ships, which then transported the ore to steel mills. It is no longer in use.

Wisconsin State Highway 13 follows the shoreline of Lake Superior on the Bayfield Peninsula, Wisconsin

IceBlock:A late October morning at the Lone Rock campsite, Porcupines Mountains Wilderness State Park, Silver City, Michigan. This part of the rugged and remote Lake Superior lakeshore is only accessible by backpacking, leaving pristine wilderness along the greatest of Great Lakes.

IceBlock:Lafayette Landing, Porcupines Mountains Wilderness State Park, Silver City, Michigan.

Kathryn Houser:When the winds blow just so, the sand forms strange and wonderful shapes. Near Pentwater, Michigan, on the eastern edge of Lake Michigan. October, 2012.

David S Roberts:Lighthouse at Saugeen River mouth Lake Huron, Southampton, Ontario

Marthawitt:Chicago lakefront at dawn

Mackinaw Island view

dog and sunset

This gorgeous sunset was captured last Friday, 8.30.13 on Lake Michigan. The Point Betsie Lighthouse is located on M22 just north of Frankfort, MI.

Nick Danz:Taken on our trek along the Lakeshore trail!

Pam Mulder Plamann:Grand Haven Pier, amid the dune grass. Lake Michigan, Grand Haven, Michigan

Pam Mulder Plamann:A foggy day at Lake Michigan, Grand Haven

Pam Mulder Plamann:Canoeing at sunset. Lake Superior, Ontonagon, Michigan

Pam Mulder Plamann:Large driftwood along the shore of Lake Superior, Ontonagon, Michigan

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This solar powered sherpa will carry your power (Review)

A hands-on review of the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 power pack and Nomad 20 solar panel. […]