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Plainfield Asks Residents to use Bottled Water - KCRG

Bottled Water - 55 min 56 sec ago

KCRG

Plainfield Asks Residents to use Bottled Water
KCRG
PLAINFIELD, Iowa - Those living in the Bremer County town of Plainfileld can turn on their taps, but nothing will come out. The city shut off the water on Sunday because of a broken water line. That has leaders asking for people to use bottled water ...
Water shut off in small northern Iowa townKWQC 6

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New bottled water rules to take effect on Oct.1 - Emirates 24/7

Bottled Water - 8 hours 20 min ago

New bottled water rules to take effect on Oct.1
Emirates 24/7
The UAE's mandatory technical regulation for drinking water will take effect on October 1, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, and Chairman of Emirates Standardisation Metrology Authority (Esma), announced on Sunday.

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Horse Tracks: BPA a myth? - Mile High Report (blog)

BPA - 11 hours 19 min ago

Horse Tracks: BPA a myth?
Mile High Report (blog)
I want to discuss BPA at position of need before delving into the validity of BPA in the first place. "BPA at posiiton of need" seems to imply the obvious, that a team would take the best player say at CB because that player is the best at the position ...

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Massachusetts Legislature: Expensive, not overly productive - Worcester Telegram

Bottle Bills - 14 hours 47 min ago

Massachusetts Legislature: Expensive, not overly productive
Worcester Telegram
But as things are, Beckwith said, Massachusetts' cities and towns must go to the state legislature for "relatively routine but distinct and frequently complex issues." Meanwhile, some statewide legislation gathers dust in committees, like the so-called ...

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Bill makes craft brewers bottle beer with distributors - Bay News 9

Bottle Bills - April 19, 2014

Bill makes craft brewers bottle beer with distributors
Bay News 9
In emails to people who oppose Senate bills that craft brewers say will hurt them, Gaetz is pointing out that Grayton Beer Company used the program to get started. But Gaetz also supports a bill that brewery owner Jamey Price said would destroy the ...

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Bill makes craft brewers bottle beer with distributors - News 13 Orlando

Bottle Bills - April 19, 2014

Bill makes craft brewers bottle beer with distributors
News 13 Orlando
In emails to people who oppose Senate bills that craft brewers say will hurt them, Gaetz is pointing out that Grayton Beer Company used the program to get started. But Gaetz also supports a bill that brewery owner Jamey Price said would destroy the ...

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Plastic Bank: How to solve the plastic pollution problem and poverty at the ... - Mother Nature Network

Plastic Pollution - April 19, 2014

Mother Nature Network

Plastic Bank: How to solve the plastic pollution problem and poverty at the ...
Mother Nature Network
It seems like an intractable problem, especially since the vast majority of polluting plastic makes it into the ocean from storm-water runoff and from blowing off landfills, and neither problem is going to be addressed anytime soon. Plastics pollution ...

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Water, wine and how they brought down Barry O'Farrell - Sydney Morning Herald

Bottle Bills - April 19, 2014

Sydney Morning Herald

Water, wine and how they brought down Barry O'Farrell
Sydney Morning Herald
Little did Watson, or anyone else, know that by Wednesday morning, those ''things'' - most notably a bottle of trophy red wine - would trigger a political earthquake, blowing up the career of a man who had seemed destined for a long and authoritative ...

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A surprisingly pleasant song about plastic pollution - Grist

Plastic Pollution - April 19, 2014

A surprisingly pleasant song about plastic pollution
Grist
It turns out that most of the junk in the ocean is plastic, and chances are, some of it's yours. Don't worry, some of it is mine, too. The stuff just never goes away! Sure, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces over a coupla years, but then ...

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'They were like the walking dead' - Daily Commercial

Bottle Bills - April 19, 2014

'They were like the walking dead'
Daily Commercial
Similar to Macri, Bill Whipp saw the aftermath of the Holocaust when he helped to liberate Dachau on April 28, 1945, which was the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany. Serving with the 22nd Infantry Regime, 3rd Army in the 4th Infantry Division ...

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Grange affair a hard act to swallow - The Age

Bottle Bills - April 18, 2014

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Grange affair a hard act to swallow
The Age
Little did Watson, or anyone else, know that by Wednesday morning those ''things'' - most notably a bottle of trophy red wine - would trigger a political earthquake, blowing up the career of a man who'd seemed destined for a long and authoritative ...
ICAC's strengths put forward convincing case for federal equivalentWA today
ICAC under threat of being silencedBrisbane Times
It's high time for a national corruption commissionThe Guardian
The Australian (blog) -Radio New Zealand
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Turning words into energy at ‘Powering the Middle East’ in Jordan

Green Prophet - April 18, 2014

Many conferences end in handshakes and no action, but Powering the Middle East aims to close deals. This two day summit in Amman hosted by HRH Prince Assem Bin Nayef from Jordan will connect energy and water players in the private sector with government officials capable of turning words into real projects. 

Apart from the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) sponsored by Masdar in Abu Dhabi, and which Green Prophet is invited to every year, few summits in the Middle East region are designed to not only talk about the issues but to act on them.

Part of the Power Strategy Summit Series which will convene in Brazil, South Africa and other countries, Powering the Middle East will bring together governments from ten Middle Eastern countries and vested players in the private sector that together aim to turn worthwhile, meaningful, scalable projects to fruition.

An agenda advisory board will conduct ongoing surveys to ensure that the topics broached in panel sessions on 17 and 18 September, 2014 are absolutely the most relevant.

Members of this board include Alice Cowan, Program Director of The Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), Loay Ghazeleh, Undersecretary Advisor on Major Infrastructure & PPP at Ministry of Works, Bahrain and Kishan Khoday, Regional Practice Leader for Environment & Energy at United Nations Development Program.

Unlike the WFES, which is like a small city when in full attendance, Powering the Middle East restricts delegates to 125 people with a 70/30 public to private split to ensure that the conference is manageable. And since quality is better than quantity, some of the most important businesses involved in the Middle East’s renewables industry will be there.

JinkoSolarco, Sun Edison, Tata Power, and First Solar are among the firms that will send representatives to meet up with governments from Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman, among others along with Ministers of Utilities, Academic and research institutes and Public sector bodies.

Related: Jordan moves ahead on its first solar PV project worth 52 megawatts

Fundamentally, this two-day conference aims to “erode the barriers to uptake of renewable energy sources and improve electrification in these economically growing and important regions.”

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is sending Dr Mustapha Taoumi, MENA Program officer as a representative, which speaks volumes about the summit’s expected efficacy.

“Renewable energy presents a powerful opportunity for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to achieve a globally important position in the renewable energy market – a market which is likely to become the cornerstone of the low-carbon green economy of the future,” Taoumi said in a recent statement.

“At Powering Middle East, IRENA will offer ideas on the business models most likely to attract investors and it will contribute to important discussions about policy and regulation, institutional frameworks, grid infrastructure, financial resources and capacity building.”

Visit: http://www.ese-power.com/register to get involved.

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Categories: Lifestyle

BPA promotes fat gain - Cherry Creek News

BPA - April 18, 2014

BPA promotes fat gain
Cherry Creek News
Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

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Retractable Mashrabiya sunscreens for secret Middle East media towers project

Green Prophet - April 18, 2014


New York’s REX architecture studio has designed a pair of skinny media towers that feature ‘blooming’ Mashrabiya sunscreens that protect against excess solar gain. Mashrabiya is an old Arabian architectural practice to passively cool hot desert buildings.


After realizing that glass has no place in Middle East architecture given consistently sunny and hot climate conditions, studios involved in the region began to design external shading structures that shield buildings from too much sun.

Siemens recently incorporated fin-like shades on their new headquarters at Masdar, whereas the Al-Bahr towers in Abu Dhabi have a moving system that require a great deal more energy and materials.

REX has designed double-sided retractable mashrabiya screens for a pair of enjoined media towers. Both the client and budget are confidential, but the stone-clad towers with full glazing are designed for a narrow footprint somewhere in the Middle East.

“To efficiently accommodate the two media companies’ program within the precedent footprint, offices are stacked over broadcast and news studios, which in turn are stacked over each company’s common facilities,” writes REX in their design brief.

“The large studios which could not fit within the thin towers, and for which permanent blackout is desired, are organized below grade.”

Both sides of each tower are shaded by retractable sunshades with a 47.5 ft diameter. When the sunscreens overlap, they form a Mashrabiya pattern, “meeting the media companies’ shared desire for infusing the buildings with local iconography.”

The screens respond to the sun’s movement across the sky and open instantaneously, and at night, LED lights embedded in the shading structure create a massive 722 x 722 foot media wall that broadcasts the companies’ content in real time – this is visible from afar.

In terms of its projected environmental impact, shading the interior will help to reduce air-conditioning loads and LED lights reduce energy consumption as well, but this is going to be a mammoth undertaking if it ever gets underway.

Within the 2,600,000 square foot twin towers are offices, studios, an amphitheater, auditorium and theater, a cafe, canteen and even a fine dining restaurant, a lounge for regular employees and one for executives, a health club, majlis (not the floating kind, unfortunately) and an art gallery.

:: REX

 

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Anti-BPA crusaders' baseless fearmongering - Leader and Times

BPA - April 18, 2014

Anti-BPA crusaders' baseless fearmongering
Leader and Times
Once again, mainstream newspapers are quoting quacks on the so-called “dangers” of Bisphenol-A (aka BPA), a key ingredient in making plastic strong and canned foods safe. The latest high-profile crusader is Dr. Lawrence Rosen, adviser to the Deirdre ...

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BULLETIN: Operation USA to Assess Relief Needs in Mexico Following Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake

Operation USA - April 18, 2014

Los Angeles, Calif., April 18, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is monitoring the situation in Mexico following a reported magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the southern Pacific coast. The earthquake struck north-northwest of Tecpan at 9:27 a.m. EST on Friday and was felt across the Southern region, including the resort towns of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo, and as far away as Mexico City, 170 miles to the northeast. Resulting damage from the quake is not yet known.

Operation USA recently provided aid in Mexico following floods in 2013, and is helping to rebuild a damaged school with local partner NGO Ninos En Alegria. Previously, OpUSA aided recovery in Mexico following a 1985 earthquake, sending seven airlifts containing medicines and shelter materials, and helping to build a permanent clinic for relocated quake victims as part of an integrated community development project co-sponsored by opera star Placido Domingo.

Operation USA will assess needs as the current situation develops and plans to respond with relief aid if requested. To donate to ongoing disaster relief around the world, visit donate.opusa.org.

About OPERATION USA:
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Operation USA is a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity. Learn more at www.opusa.org.

Richard Walden, President, CEO and Founder of OpUSA, is available as an expert source on disaster preparedness and international relief aid.

Press Contact:
Mary Dolan
Operation USA
mdolan@opusa.org
323-413-2353

Categories: Environment

Is Pop-Up Retail the Solution for Sustainable Fashion?

Triple Pundit - April 18, 2014

Could the arrival of Storefront's pop-up shop finally bridge the gap between small brand and conscious consumer?

The post Is Pop-Up Retail the Solution for Sustainable Fashion? appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.

How One State Is Taking On The Micro-Plastics Polluting Its Waterways - Mintpress News

Plastic Pollution - April 18, 2014

Mintpress News

How One State Is Taking On The Micro-Plastics Polluting Its Waterways
Mintpress News
They are the tiny beads and pieces of plastic found in facial scrubs and other cleansing projects. And now they are washing down the drain and spreading from sewage systems into oceans, gulfs, lakes, and rivers around the world, where they are adding ...
Illinois set to become first state to ban microbeadsAl Jazeera America

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No decision on plastic bag ban question - South Jetty (subscription)

Plastic Bag Bans - April 18, 2014

No decision on plastic bag ban question
South Jetty (subscription)
The Port Aransas City Council has delayed a decision on whether to ban plastic shopping bags at points of sale in town. Meeting on Thursday, April 17, council members decided to wait until they start holding budget planning sessions to attack the ...

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Study: New fathers struggle with depression, need interventions, too

Pump Handle - April 18, 2014

Women aren’t the only ones at risk for depression and in need of screening services when a new baby comes into their lives. Young fathers face significant mental health challenges as well, according to a new study.

Published in the May issue of Pediatrics, researchers found that fathers who live in the same households as their children experience a decrease in depressive symptoms in the period immediately before their children are born. However, depressive symptoms among young fathers, who were around 25 years old when they became fathers, increased an average of 68 percent throughout their children’s first five years of life.

The study notes that depressed fathers are more likely to experience parenting-related stress, more likely to use corporal punishment and neglect their children, and less likely to interact with their sons and daughters. As a result, their children may be at higher risk of social problems throughout life, psychiatric problems later in life, and of experiencing delays in language and reading development. According to lead author Craig Garfield, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the study is the first to pinpoint when young fathers face an increased risk of depression, which could help inform more precise and targeted interventions.

“It’s not just new moms who need to be screened for depression, dads are at risk, too,” Garfield said in a news release. “Parental depression has a detrimental effect on kids, especially during those first key years of parent-infant attachment. We need to do a better job of helping young dads transition through that time period.”

To conduct the study, Garfield and his colleagues examined data from more than 10,600 young men who participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The Pediatrics study found that young fathers who do not live with their children experienced high levels of depressive symptoms before their children are born, with such symptoms decreasing during the years of early fatherhood. That’s in contrast to fathers who live with their children — described as resident fathers in the study — who experience fewer symptoms before their children arrived and higher levels in the years after birth. Black and Hispanic young fathers experienced more depressive symptoms than white fathers — a finding that study authors warned may result in a “clinically significant rise” and may merit special attention.

Identifying and helping fathers struggling with depression could have a positive domino effect, improving health for the entire family, writes Garfield and co-authors Greg Duncan, Joshua Rutsohn, Thomas McDade, Emma Adam, Rebekah Levine Coley and P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale. However, reaching such fathers and getting them into appropriate treatment is a challenge, as the study notes that men ages 18 to 44 years old are less likely than women to interact with the health care system, have a primary care doctor or have health insurance. Though, the Affordable Care Act could start improving those numbers. Plus, the study noted that fathers often accompany their children to pediatric visits, which could make such clinical settings an ideal place for reaching young fathers at risk.

“This is a wakeup call for anyone who knows a young man who has recently become a new father,” Garfield said. “Be aware of how he is doing during his transition into fatherhood. If he is feeling extreme anxiety or blues or not able to enjoy things in life as he previously did, encourage him to get help.”

To read the full study, visit Pediatrics.

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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