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Greenland -- barrels of oil and bottles of water - Alaska Dispatch News

Bottled Water - 4 hours 32 min ago

Alaska Dispatch News

Greenland -- barrels of oil and bottles of water
Alaska Dispatch News
Arctic Ice Cap, a company headquarter in Greenland, is considering exporting bottled water to China and Indonesia made from chunks taken off icebergs in Disko Bay. The company already has a 20-year license from the government to harvest water from ...

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Lawmaker seeks to repeal 10-cent fee on paper bags in plastic-bag ban - Los Angeles Times

Plastic Bag Bans - 4 hours 51 min ago

Los Angeles Times

Lawmaker seeks to repeal 10-cent fee on paper bags in plastic-bag ban
Los Angeles Times
With California's ban on plastic grocery bags likely to be put on hold by a referendum, one Southern California lawmaker is offering his colleagues an opportunity to repeal one of the most controversial aspects of the law — a provision requiring ...

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Study: Building walkable communities can change behavior for the better

Pump Handle - 5 hours 33 min ago

It’s not unusual for studies on community walkability to face the perplexing question of self-selection. In other words, people who already like to walk end up moving to walkable communities and so those communities naturally have higher physical activity rates. In even simpler terms, it’s about the person, not the environment. However, a new study finds that walkable community design does influence healthy behavior — even among people with no preference for walking in the first place.

Published in December in a supplement of the Preventive Medicine journal, the study examined changes in residents’ physical activities, social interactions and neighborhood cohesion after they moved into a walkable community in Austin, Texas, known as Mueller. (Disclosure: I live in Austin and frequently walk around the parks and neighborhoods of Mueller.) Mueller is a 711-acre community about five miles from downtown that will eventually accommodate 10,000 residents and 10,000 employees when it’s fully complete in 2018. It’s a compact development that’s home to residences, retailers, complete sidewalks, community gathering areas and lots of wide-open green space. To conduct the study, researchers surveyed more than 400 residents between 2013 and 2014 on their activities and perceptions of Mueller as well as their experiences before moving to Mueller.

Xuemei Zhu, the study’s lead author and an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University, said Mueller represents somewhat of a rare opportunity for researchers. While planned walkable communities are growing in number, she said their popularity is still limited. And even though Mueller is still fairly new, residents have lived there long enough to experience a personal impact.

“We wanted to study how the built environment influences people’s behaviors, but it can be rare to have that type of opportunity,” Zhu told me. “We see the potential of involving more walkable and compact environments in making people healthier and making the environment more sustainable.”

In studying the Austin neighborhood, Zhu and her fellow researchers found that physical activity significantly increased after moving to Mueller among the entire study sample, except among those who had previously been sufficiently physically active. Overall, residents reported a 40 percent average increase in walking or biking after moving to Mueller. Specifically, 65 percent of residents said they experienced increased physical activity post-move, while 48 percent said their health had improved. The number of residents who took part in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days per week increased from about 34 percent to nearly 46 percent after moving to Mueller. In addition, residents reported spending significantly less time in their cars, which can be a boon for local air quality.

Digging even deeper, the study found that residents who previously lived in less-walkable communities reported significant increases in physical activity, while those who came from highly walkable communities did not report big changes after moving to Mueller. In particular, residents who came from medium-, low- and very low-walkability communities all reported nearly an hour of additional physical activity per week after moving to Mueller. Perhaps most notably, people who reported low levels of physical activity pre-Mueller experienced significantly increased levels of physical activity after moving to Mueller. In addition to the physical activity effects, residents also reported feelings of heightened neighborhood cohesion after moving to the more walkable neighborhood.

Zhu told me that while she wasn’t entirely surprised to uncover physical activity impacts, she was surprised to see such a positive impact on social interaction and cohesion. In fact, she said the social cohesion impacts might be even more dramatic than the physical activity effects, as positive feelings about social cohesion significantly increased throughout the entire study sample and not just in particular subgroups. To illustrate that finding, Zhu noted that while many of the Mueller homes have either no backyard or very small backyards, residents didn’t seem to mind — they were happy to sacrifice the backyard space in exchange for heightened social interaction with their neighbors.

“In many instances, (residents) mentioned how great the neighborhood support is…and that’s always very important for health conditions, both mentally and physically,” she said. “While we cannot claim (a direct association) right now, I would guess that social interaction acts as a mediator and actually encourages people to be more active. It’s mutually beneficial — if you’re more active, you have more social interaction, and if you have more friends in the neighborhood, you’re more likely to go out and be active.”

In the future, Zhu and her colleagues hope to follow Mueller residents over a longer time period as well as reach out to people before they move to Mueller to more precisely gauge the effects of living in a walkable community. They also hope to learn more about the effects on lower-income families, as Mueller was specifically designed as a mixed-income neighborhood. Still, she said this preliminary study does support the notion that designing walkable built environments can produce healthier behaviors, which could be a real boost for public health efforts to increase physical activity and curb the costly obesity epidemic.

“We need to further bridge urban planning and public health efforts,” Zhu said. “This is an approach that may be more likely to work for a majority of the population and is easier to sustain. It’s a win-win solution.”

To learn more about the study, visit Preventive Medicine or click here for a news release about the research.

Kim Krisberg is a freelance public health writer living in Austin, Texas, and has been writing about public health for more than a decade.

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Corruption Currents: Did Netanyahu's Wife Keep Bottle Deposit Money? - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Bottle Bills - 6 hours 25 min ago

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Corruption Currents: Did Netanyahu's Wife Keep Bottle Deposit Money?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
An investigation may be launched into whether the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kept the money from bottle deposits that were state property. A statement form the prime minister's office said the couple paid back the money. (Haaretz).

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Katy Perry and Thin Mints: A Brief History

Girl Scouts of America - 8 hours 16 min ago
Stay tuned to track how this story develops.

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3p Weekend: The Best (Cause Marketing) Super Bowl Ads of All Time

Triple Pundit - 8 hours 38 min ago
before we turn on our TVs this Sunday, let's take a moment to recognize companies that used their million-dollar ad spots for something bigger than themselves. Grab a tissue, because you're about to feel things.

“Race For Water Odyssey” Expedition: A Race Against Time to Protect Oceans ... - Voices

Plastic Pollution - 8 hours 59 min ago

“Race For Water Odyssey” Expedition: A Race Against Time to Protect Oceans ...
Voices
Initiated by the Race for Water foundation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the “Race for Water Odyssey” (R4WO) will begin in Bordeaux (France) on March 15, 2015. The objective of this unique expedition is to conduct the first global assessment of ...
Swiss expedition to study trash in world's oceansMy Sailing

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It's time to stop passing the bottle' in Tennessee - Johnson City Press (subscription)

Bottle Bills - 9 hours 9 min ago

Johnson City Press (subscription)

It's time to stop passing the bottle' in Tennessee
Johnson City Press (subscription)
The so-called “pass the bottlebill to ban all open containers of alcohol in vehicles in Tennessee is once again making its way through the state General Assembly. The (Nashville) Tennessean reported last week that state Rep. John Lundberg, R-Bristol ...

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Grateful for Newton's bag ban - Wicked Local Newton

Plastic Bag Bans - 9 hours 22 min ago

Grateful for Newton's bag ban
Wicked Local Newton
On behalf of Green Decade Newton, we wish to thank Newton's Board of Aldermen for voting 22-0 at its Jan. 20 meeting in favor of an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags (3.0 mil or less in thickness) at retail stores with more than 3,500 square ...

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Photo Essay: A Look Inside Ontario, Canada’s Coal-to-Biomass Power Plant Conversion

Triple Pundit - 10 hours 48 min ago
Ontario, Canada’s energy mix is now coal-free. And North America’s largest coal-to-biomass power plant conversion was a major milestone on the way to kicking out coal.

Thunderstorms Move Ozone Toward Surface of the Earth, Research Shows

Yale Environment 360 - 11 hours 3 min ago
Thunderstorms move a significant amount of ozone from the stratosphere down toward the earth's surface — a process

Thunderstorms transport ozone toward earth. that could have important impacts on climate, according to a recent study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Ozone shields the planet from the sun's ultraviolet rays when it's in the stratosphere, the second-lowest layer of the atmosphere, but ozone acts as a powerful greenhouse gas and pollutant when it's nearer to the earth's surface, in the troposphere. The study found that massive thunderheads, which can rise 50,000 feet above the ground, disturb the atmosphere and allow ozone to pour into the troposphere. Scientists had not previously known that storms play a key role in transporting ozone. The new findings could impact climate models, researchers say, especially since storms are expected to become more frequent and intense as the earth warms.
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Kirkland City Council continues looking at possible bag ban ordinance - Kirkland Reporter

Plastic Bag Bans - 11 hours 46 min ago

Kirkland City Council continues looking at possible bag ban ordinance
Kirkland Reporter
The Kirkland City Council is continuing to examine options for a potential ban on most plastic bags at city businesses, despite a 2013 survey of residents that showed overwhelming opposition. The council discussed the matter with city staff at its Jan.

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Friday Funnies: Squirrels ate my car - Plastics Today (blog)

Bioplastic - 11 hours 51 min ago

Friday Funnies: Squirrels ate my car
Plastics Today (blog)
As PlasticsToday Senior Editor Karen Laird reported in her recent article, "What the future is bringing: Trends to watch in bioplastics," applications in the automotive industry are growing as they allow carmakers to lower their carbon footprint. But ...

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Geeky culture, innovation make Madison County a craft beer magnet in Alabama ... - AL.com

Bottle Bills - 14 hours 16 min ago

AL.com

Geeky culture, innovation make Madison County a craft beer magnet in Alabama ...
AL.com
Two years later, the grassroots organization's Brewery Modernization Act became law, allowing breweries to sell on-premises like a brewpub or to wholesalers. In May 2012, the Gourmet Bottle Bill passed, which allowed the sale of bottles of up to 25.4 ...
ICYMI: Craft Beer BuzzkillCreative Loafing Atlanta

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Some good bills that are flying under the radar - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Bottle Bills - 14 hours 36 min ago

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Some good bills that are flying under the radar
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Visitors to breweries, such as Atlanta's Sweetwater or Monday Night Brewing, could taste up to 72 ounces of beer and buy up to 144 ounces to take home by can, bottle or growler. This idea has been opposed by wholesalers as an attack on Georgia's “three ...

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Airport Inn in Birmingham is a 'family-type' bar with Air Guard pride and a ... - AL.com

Bottle Bills - 14 hours 44 min ago

AL.com

Airport Inn in Birmingham is a 'family-type' bar with Air Guard pride and a ...
AL.com
"It's just been here so long, before the airport got really big," said another regular, Bill McAllister, who lives in the Eastwood Village area. The Airport Inn opened in 1938, going by the name The Baseball, according to regular Otis Robinson, who was ...

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Exposure To BPA – It's Not What Some People Think - Science 2.0

BPA - 14 hours 58 min ago

Science 2.0

Exposure To BPA – It's Not What Some People Think
Science 2.0
It's no secret that people are exposed to BPA, a chemical primarily used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, both of which are used in a wide array of common consumer products. But beyond the basic fact that most humans are exposed to BPA, ...
EFSA says “no consumer health risk” from BPALexology (registration)

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White House Unveils Plan to Open Atlantic Waters to Offshore Oil Drilling

The EnvironmentaList - 15 hours 17 min ago
Move to lease large swaths of ocean along east coast and double down in Gulf of Mexico oddly comes in wake of attacks against right for climate change denial
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Preview of The Year: Soft Drinks & Bottled Water - just-drinks.com (subscription)

Bottled Water - 15 hours 27 min ago

just-drinks.com (subscription)

Preview of The Year: Soft Drinks & Bottled Water
just-drinks.com (subscription)
Bottled water sales remain very strong in volume terms, growing by 6%, while energy drinks were the standout category once again, achieving 10% global growth in 2014. Global carbonates (CSD) and juice both grew by just 0.6% in 2013/14. Despite this ...

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Joel Salatin: Farm bill squashes innovation in sustainable agriculture

Greenbiz - 15 hours 52 min ago
Innovation proliferates without any regulation or politicians, including the growing GMO backlash among consumers, says the Grass Farmer.
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