Contractor Conversations: DaBella Adopts New Strategies During COVID-19

At Modernize, we understand the difficulty and severity of navigating this global pandemic. This unprecedented situation remains challenging for us all as individuals and has disrupted many industries. Despite current challenges, we believe this unique period can also inspire new, … Read more…

Partner Webinar: Maximizing Contact Ratios & Improving Lead Practices During and After COVID-19 (With CallTools)

  With the advent of COVID-19, many home improvement businesses have had to adjust how they contact and service homeowners. And with Modernize data indicating that homeowner demand for projects is still strong, these days present the unique challenge for … Read more…

Home Improvement Pros Can Now Instantly Text, Email, and Call Their Modernize Leads Inside Hatch

200,000+ homeowners use Modernize to find local contractors every month. Most of these leads are interested in receiving an estimate and have a timeline to do the project, but if they don’t hear from you within 15 minutes, your chances … Read more…

Partner Webinar: Tech’s Supporting Role for Home Improvement Pros During and Post COVID-19 (Panel)

  COVID-19 is changing the way that home improvement contractors have to operate, and there’s a lot to learn. From virtual appointments and quoting, to maintaining social distancing while on the job, there are enumerable changes that we are seeing … Read more…

Contractor Conversations: DeBella Adopts New Strategies During COVID-19

At Modernize, we understand the difficulty and severity of navigating this global pandemic. This unprecedented situation remains challenging for us all as individuals and has disrupted many industries. Despite current challenges, we believe this unique period can also inspire new, … Read more…

Discovery of ‘Murder Hornet’ in U.S. Pacific Northwest worries agriculture officials

Hundreds of Asian giant hornets, an invasive, predatory insect dubbed the “murder hornet,” have turned up in Washington state near the Canadian border, where they pose a threat to humans and the beekeeping industry, state agriculture officials said on Monday. … Read more…

Strong earthquake strikes south of Crete, no word on damage

A strong earthquake struck south of the Greek island of Crete on Saturday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=853296 , but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: That extra fluffy … Read more…

France backs fossil fuel ‘price floor’ to boost climate ambition

The European Union should impose policies to underpin fossil fuel prices to protect the bloc’s climate ambitions during its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the French government said. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: That extra fluffy kind of happy (300×250)” … Read more…

German companies call for COVID-19 aid to be tied to climate action

German companies including ThyssenKrupp, Salzgitter, Bayer, Covestro, E.ON, HeidelbergCement, Puma, Allianz and Deutsche Telekom have called for coronavirus-related state aid to be tied to climate action, daily Handelsblatt reported. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: That extra fluffy kind of happy … Read more…

‘Nature welcomes the change’: with no tourists, wildlife roams California’s Yosemite

A bear ambles across a forest glade and a herd of deer stroll down a silent road. At Yosemite National Park in Northern California, coronavirus restrictions mean no tourists – and bolder wildlife. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: That extra … Read more…

Keeping Your Lunchroom Clean: Tips for Cleaning Your Keurig, Microwave and More

Most small businesses don’t use professional cleaning services to take care of things like cleaning break rooms and bathrooms. When budgets are still growing, it’s preferable to avoid these types of unnecessary expenses. Moreover, it should be relatively simple to … Read more…

U.N. aviation agency agrees to restrict carbon credits denounced by climate activists

The U.N.’s aviation agency on Friday approved restrictions for a global program designed to help airlines offset their carbon emissions, a move that curbs industry funding for older projects whose environmental benefits have been challenged by climate activists. Reuters: Environment … Read more…

Air pollution clears in northern Italy after coronavirus lockdown, satellite shows

Air pollution over northern Italy fell after the government introduced a nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus, satellite imagery showed on Friday, in a new example of the pandemic’s potential impact on emissions. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: That extra fluffy … Read more…

White House aims to appeal court decision that threatened refinery biofuel waivers: sources

The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court decision that called into question a program exempting small oil refineries from the nation’s biofuel blending laws, three sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: … Read more…

California regulator proposes record $2.14 billion fine on PG&E over wildfires

California’s utilities regulator has proposed an increased $ 2.14 billion fine on PG&E Corp for its role in causing the devastating 2017 and 2018 wildfires in Northern California. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: That extra fluffy kind of happy (300×250)” … Read more…

Paddocks ‘painted green’: Australian farmers celebrate rains amid grinding drought

The one thing livestock farmer Richard Daugherty misses about the depths of one of Australia’s worst-ever droughts is that his sheep no longer run over to him, bleating to be fed. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: That extra fluffy kind … Read more…

Japan environment minister says to review export policy of coal-fired power plants by end-June

Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi said on Tuesday it has agreed with other ministries including the industry ministry and finance ministry to review export conditions of coal-fired power plants by the end of June. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: That … Read more…

Hopes crisis nearly over as rains forecast to douse more Australia wildfires

Torrential rain across Australia’s east could extinguish all remaining bushfires in the country’s most populous state by the end of the week, authorities said on Tuesday, raising hopes a deadly national crisis is almost over. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: … Read more…

Exclusive: Top lithium miner seeks to monitor water scarcity in parched Chile salt flat

With residents and courts ringing the alarm about depleted water supplies in Chile’s Atacama salt flat, the world’s top lithium miner Albemarle quietly filed a proposal in December for a network to monitor flows beneath the parched desert floor. Reuters: … Read more…

Australian farmers watch wildfire destroy their home from inside concrete bunker

It was an inevitability, thought Australian cattle farmer Donald Graham and his wife Bronwyn, that bushfires would one day tear through the bushland that surrounded their home, a remote property overlooking the Snowy River National Park. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL … Read more…

Heavy rains dampen fires in Australia’s Queensland state, cause flooding

Australia’s bushfire-stricken state of Queensland saw heavy rainfalls on Sunday dampening some of the fires that have razed 2.5 million hectares (1.2 million acres) of land since September, but the wet weather caused major flooding. Reuters: Environment BEST DEAL UPDATE: … Read more…