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Greenhouse watermelon: fun, educational and tasty


Is the greenhouse watermelon here to stay? “Who knows?” Producer Lynn Vermeiren and Tomeco’s brand manager Tom Verdonck mysteriously laugh.

Since week 24, they have been harvesting mini watermelons every week in Meer’s greenhouse. And in Loenhout, the plants of a new harvest, planted on July 7, are ready in the gutter on Friday afternoon, July 9. Tomato growers have enthusiastically started their journey of discovery.

Lynn Vermeiren and Tom Verdonck in the greenhouse with watermelon, but also cucumber and tomato

Earlier in the afternoon, Tom had already summed up the many benefits of the special crop on the high wire, but was interrupted by Lynn. “Don’t be too enthusiastic otherwise everyone will want to start cultivating them,” she said with a wink. But more seriously: “There are still a lot of new things and even if we only cultivate a few rows, the cultivation takes a lot of work. Soon after, even more benefits. “The skin is so smooth and even. It’s so beautiful !”

Smooth skin is highly appreciated

Tests in three greenhouses
This season, VW Maxburg, along with fellow tomato grower De Bakker Westland, is one of two growers to try greenhouse cultivation of mini watermelons. The growers were approached by breeding company BASF Vegetable Seeds to see if they wanted to test a variety specially suited for greenhouse cultivation.

In Loenhout, at the VW Tuinderijen site, the new watermelon seedlings were planted in a greenhouse with tomatoes in week 27. The aim here is to continue the cultivation as long as possible with the help of a hybrid lighting system.

They were happy to try this at Meer. The result is that in addition to the usual tomato specialties, and since this season also three hectares of cucumber, there are a few rows of watermelons in the greenhouse. And not only in Meer, but also in Loenhout at VW Tuinderijen, while Hortipower, a third producer from Tomeco, also passes the test.

Young watermelon plants grow on rock wool in a greenhouse oriented towards tomatoes, not specifically melons.

Under the lights
The current harvest in Meer is not the first watermelon harvest for the growers. From February to mid-June, tests were carried out with a culture under light. Lynn: “The idea was to see if, with the use of SON-T, there was enough light in February for the melons, which like a lot of light. It didn’t quite work. weren’t producing fifty melons a week. The production has been disappointing. “

To emphasize the local origin of the watermelon, the fruit has a biodegradable sticker with the Belgian flag on it

Sales research
In the current second harvest, producers have already improved their control. Each week various trading companies buy the watermelons from controlled atmosphere storage in Tomeco via Coöperatie Hoogstraten. Tom: “We are now very busy researching sales for this new product. In doing so, we consciously focus on the local market. It is a strength, because we can avoid transport from the South.

Tomeco offers watermelon in three segments. Producers have not (yet) noticed a difference in demand between segments. 700-1100 grams is premium.

Tomeco offers Tomelon, the brand name they gave to watermelon, in three segments: 500-700 grams, 700-1100 grams and 1100-1500 grams. Why a fruit gets bigger and heavier remains a mystery to growers. What is certain is that with a brix of 9.5 fruits of all sizes are on par with their southern competitors, while the long shelf life is remarkable. Tom: “Our Tomelon will easily hold two weeks at room temperature and a little longer in the fridge.”

Because the crop is new and it is difficult to estimate maturity, growers label the fruit with color codes after fruit set. Red means “harvest this week”. The labels also have numbers on them, to keep track of the amount of melons in the greenhouse.

Constitution of a file
After the first positive reactions from trading companies and consumers, the producers hope to generate many more reactions in the near future. The step towards the supermarket has not (yet) been taken. Tom: “At first, we wrote to local independent supermarkets to personally deliver the first shipments of melons, as a little bonus. At the same time, fruit and vegetable specialists were also contacted. However, they immediately took most of the harvest. , so things turned out slightly differently than expected. “

They don’t regret it. In fact, Tom is very happy with the way things are going now. “We might not be able to deliver the melons ourselves, but in terms of building a case with comments, the way things are going now may count for something. With feedback from a larger audience than we initially hoped for, we can make a more informed decision to grow and approach retail.

Once the plant grows on the wire, ripe melons can be found from the bottom to the top of the crop.

Stable supply
But until then, it’s about learning and discovering new things. Lynn: “We are aiming for stable weekly delivery to the customers we currently have. With the irregular setting of the plant, this is quite a challenge. Especially when the plant grows on the wire, side shoots and therefore fruits appear everywhere. This makes the harvest difficult. “

Growers still marvel every day at the new crop in the greenhouse.

But once on the rail cart between factories, the difficulties are quickly forgotten. And there is a great temptation to cut such a convenient watermelon immediately after harvest and eat it. “At this size it’s easy to eat the whole fruit at once so there’s no waste. Another plus,” Tom concludes with a laugh.

On the VW Tuinderijen site, the first very small melons were already visible in the young plants. It can still happen that the plant aborts the berries.

Labeled red means: harvest this week.

In a greenhouse, cucumber, watermelon and tomato.

The predatory mite Swirskii is introduced into the cultivation of watermelons.

Just like the predatory mite Montdorensis. Lynn knows that the predatory mite Montdorensis is used to control whiteflies, which is very common in cucumbers.

Miraculously, the harvest retains the heavy fruits well. Of course you can throw them everywhere …

… as long as you can catch it again!

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Massachusetts cities attempt new legal route to ban new fossil fuel connections


A year after the Massachusetts attorney general quashed a suburban town’s attempt to ban new fossil-fueled infrastructure, a growing number of municipalities are pursuing new strategies to restrict the use of oil and natural gas in the buildings.

In the past eight months, the cities of Brookline, Arlington, Lexington, Concord and Acton have all passed measures calling on the state legislature to allow them to ban the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in news constructions and, in some cases, buildings undergoing major renovations. More municipalities are expected to follow in the coming months, as part of a coordinated effort to galvanize statewide action.

“We need to decarbonize quickly,” said Lisa Cunningham of Brookline, town hall member and clean energy activist. “And the first thing we have to do is stop making the problem worse.”

The movement began in 2019, when Brookline first approved, overwhelmingly, a bylaw banning fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction or gut renovations. It was the first such municipal measure adopted outside of California. Inspired by the idea, other cities began to prepare similar measures.

Supporters of these regulations argue that banning fossil fuel infrastructure today makes the most logistical and financial sense. The use of fossil fuels in buildings will need to be phased out over the next few decades in order to meet the state’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, they say. Therefore, any natural gas or oil-fired systems installed now should likely be replaced with electric alternatives within 10 or 20 years.

“Any fossil fuel infrastructure that is installed now will have to be demolished,” said Anne Wright, an Arlington activist who helped push through that city’s bylaw. “So why not save some money and install electrical infrastructure there now?” It’s the long-term view and the economic argument.

In early 2020, RMI (formerly the Rocky Mountain Institute) clean energy nonprofit brought together a group of 17 Massachusetts cities for its Building Electrification Accelerator, a series of workshops aimed at helping municipalities develop their own plans to restrict fossil fuel infrastructure.

Then, in July 2020, state attorney general Maura Healey ruled that Brookline’s bylaw was illegal because municipalities do not have the power to override state building and gas codes. . Healey noted, however, that she approved of the city’s intentions. Brookline and the towns that tried to follow in his footsteps had to regroup.

“We already had the commitment and desire from a lot of cities and towns to do this,” said Stephen Mushegan, carbon-free buildings program manager at RMI. “What we have done is immediately look into alternative legal strategies.”

The group has developed several new strategies to promote its goals. Most popular has been the use of the Autonomy Petition, a special request that the state legislature grant a municipality the power to make its own rules in a matter that would otherwise fall within the jurisdiction of the State.

Brookline’s town hall approved a self-reliance petition in December, and the other cities followed throughout the first half of 2021. At least three more cities have similar measures coming soon for a vote, Cunningham said. .

“Obviously the number is powerful,” she said. “We want to see as many people as possible pass house rules petitions. “

While the handful of cities that have adopted these measures represent only a small portion of Massachusetts buildings, these individual efforts could combine to have a larger impact, supporters said. The campaigning process in each city raises awareness of the issues at stake and creates more advocates eager to lobby for statewide action. And a successful statute will demonstrate how the restrictions would work, offering case studies for those who might be suspicious of the idea, supporters said.

“We are part of a process of creating an environment that will encourage the state legislature to provide a statewide solution,” said Jim Snyder-Grant, member of the board of directors of ‘Acton, the most recent town to have adopted a bylaw. .

While the idea of ​​banning fossil fuels, even in just a subset of buildings, might sound drastic, supporters are optimistic that lawmakers might consider it. Earlier this year, lawmakers passed a sweeping climate bill widely regarded as a landmark climate policy achievement, after years of reluctance to take ambitious action, Wright said.

“If they changed their mind to embrace these progressive things, they could seriously consider this,” she said.

Homebuilder Emerson Clauss, owner of Allegiance Construction and Development in the town of Northbridge, central Massachusetts, is skeptical of municipal bans on fossil fuels. While proponents argue that electrical systems can be installed at very little additional cost, Clauss disagrees with these cost estimates.

Building a house with electric heating and hot water could cost up to $ 25,000 more than equipping the same house with high-efficiency natural gas systems, he said. The effect, Clauss said, could be to make it even harder for low-income residents to live in these cities, which are all among the state’s wealthiest communities.

“I don’t know if we are having a frank and open discussion at the moment,” he said.

Eversource, one of the state’s main gas utilities, has also expressed reservations about the proposed bans. High electricity prices in Massachusetts could mean electrical systems are more expensive to operate, hurting low-income residents, Eversource spokesperson William Hinkle said. In addition, buildings with fully electric systems could increase peak demand for electricity, leading to the commissioning of more fossil-fueled power plants, he noted.

“We are concerned about these local proposals because they would not help achieve permanent carbon reductions,” Hinkle said.

Proponents, however, argue that an influx of renewable energy into the grid will lower electricity prices and make the grid cleaner, even at peak times. And with the urgency of the climate crisis, they said, it is essential to act now.

“We know we need to decarbonize immediately,” Cunningham said. “We know we can no longer burn fossil fuels. “

$ 25 million spent on air purification systems in prisons and schools

Some question whether the purchase was a good use of taxpayer dollars, noting that the company behind the systems is at the center of the federal lawsuit.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – You paid for it! More than $ 25 million has been spent installing air purification systems at Shelby County Jail and Shelby County schools to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Some wondered if this was money well spent.

Global Plasma Solutions has said its devices can remove almost all of the coronavirus from the air, but the company and its ionizing machines are at the center of a federal lawsuit.

“Anytime you have a large amount of money that the government throws away, it tends to be wasted,” Shelby County Commissioner Mick Wright said.

Wright was surprised to learn that over $ 1 million had been spent installing the system at the jail, and approximately over $ 24 million had been spent installing Global Plasma Solution systems at various schools across the county. by Shelby. The aim was to improve ventilation.

According to the company’s website, “patented needle-tip ionization technology safely introduces ions into the airflow using the airflow in your ventilation as a delivery system.” A video explains As the ions travel through the room, the pathogens are destroyed.

But a recently filed lawsuit calls into question its effectiveness.

According to the lawsuit, the company is preying on people desperate to purify the air and protect themselves from COVID-19, and uses deceptive marketing tactics.

“What we do know is that they spent money on unproven technology,” said Josh Spickler.

Spickler runs Just City, a nonprofit that aims to get people out of jail. Spickler wonders why the ionization system was installed in the Shelby County Jail.

The county spent more than $ 1 million to install the system after Spickler and others filed a complaint and raised questions about the conditions of detainees being held and the spread of COVID-19.

“Ionizers are not the solution people in jail need. We brought this complaint to protect people in jail and it is the duty of Shelby County and the Sheriff to protect his people in buildings.” , Spickler said.

Spickler said that instead of installing the ionizers, the sheriff should have focused on improving the flow and quality of the air.

As for the money spent on the system, Sheriff Floyd Bonner said, “We’re all trying to do our best with this.”

When asked if this was a good use of a million dollars?

“Again, not knowing the science behind COVID, you are trying to do what you can do to be as safe as possible,” Bonner said. “I feel like it was a great investment not only to ensure the safety of inmates, but also of employees. “

“It looks like several million dollars have been spent on this, so taxpayers should definitely be concerned with how it happened, where the money is going and what commission will keep track of it as well,” Wright said.

A spokesperson for Shelby County Schools said the project installation was 85% complete and the money spent on this project was not coming from the general fund or other local dollars. They said the money for it came from COVID relief funds. The statement also said that the district partially researched and verified the air quality systems and that the system met their requirements. The neighborhood made this video explaining ventilation.

The spokesperson said that when researching and verifying indoor air quality solutions, their review identified NPBI as the type of technology that meets their requirements to provide an efficient, competitive type of solution. and safe for improving indoor air quality, minimizing the spread of aerosol-based contaminants and diseases.

A press release also indicates that the district is committed to providing the best services and support to our students.

RELATED: ACLU, Just City File Complaint Requesting Release of Shelby County Inmates Vulnerable to COVID-19

RELATED: Shelby County to Continue COVID-19 Vaccination to All Residents, Including Teens

According to the spokesperson for Global Plasma Solutions:

The dispute is without merit and is based on faulty assumptions and poorly conducted tests, which is why GPS quickly filed a motion to dismiss the complaint filed by a professional complainant. GPS defends its products and its claims.

GPS is proud to be a national leader in providing innovative indoor air quality solutions. Our company was established in 2008 to bring the benefits of ionization without the harmful by-products of older or less advanced technologies. Our low power Needlepoint bipolar ionization technology, which is installed in over 250,000 locations, is different and meets stringent ozone-free safety standards (EPA, CDC, ASHRAE).

GPS has performed hundreds of hours of testing in trusted third party laboratories to evaluate and validate its products. These tests should not be ruled out simply because GPS ordered them. We also work with a number of customers who, due to the nature of their facilities, continuously monitor their air quality and prove the benefits of NPBI every day.

We would like to see many more academic institutions and agencies involved in this research – and we are actively advocating for clear national standards to guide this research and help minimize the confusion many see in the market.

Bipolar needle ionization is not a quick fix and has never been positioned as such. Rather, it is designed to work as part of a complete, carefully designed and professionally installed HVAC system that includes filtration. Tests in third-party laboratories have been shown to be effective in reducing SAR-CoV-2 in large laboratories.

GPS is and has been deeply committed to science and transparency. As part of this commitment, we have invested over $ 1 million in testing in the past year alone. We work closely with some of the country’s most trusted independent research laboratories to review, refine and validate the safety and effectiveness of our technology. We also have advanced testing centers in Charlotte, NC and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

GPS is testing its effectiveness in fighting SARS-CoV-2 in a large room-sized enclosure – not the “shoebox” you may have heard about in an inaccurate report. The GPS carried out the first SARS-CoV-2 tests in June 2020 at the height of the pandemic. These tests were appropriately performed in a small biohazard level 3 enclosure due to strict COVID-19 safety protocols and requirements. As of July 2020, subsequent testing has been carried out in a much larger, room-sized enclosure. [20’x8’x8’] to better mimic real world conditions. The efficiency results from the larger chamber were consistent with those from the initial tests, and these lab results all demonstrate that GPS technology helps reduce certain viruses and bacteria.

The PEI Minister of the Environment satisfied with the new federal greenhouse gas emissions target


The new federal greenhouse gas emissions target shows the country’s commitment to creating a better climate for future generations, said PEI Environment Minister Steven Myers.

On Monday, the federal government officially submitted to the UN its new plan to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45% from 2005 levels by 2030. In April, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government’s plan in this regard.

Myers said it was time for the federal government to establish a new plan to increase the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“We have to start moving our feet. I mean, I’ve heard the federal government talk a lot about it since 2015, and I feel like this decision is more of an action. So now that we specifically show how we’re doing. do it, I have a feeling there will be action.

PEI ‘Leader in climate action’

The new national emissions reduction target will encourage other provinces to catch up with PEI’s targets, Myers said.

“Our targets in Prince Edward Island are always bolder than the national targets, so we are happy to see that other provinces will start to follow the steps we have already taken here in PEI. Prince Edward Island, ”he said.

“I think we’re also going to help the rest of the country here, because we plan to be leaders. And what I’ve said to federal ministers every time I’ve met them is because we are leaders, we are a great test case of how the rest of the country can react. ”

Prince Edward Island’s environment minister says the province will have more wind farms to power homes in the future. (Dave Rae / CBC)

Myers said the province’s goal for 2030 is a transition to using clean energy in most homes and on roads.

“So instead of heating the house with oil, we’re hoping people will switch to something cleaner, especially, you know, electricity, if that’s possible. And we’re looking at switching fuel. for vehicles. And that’s why we started our EV credits, so you’ll see a lot more EVs on the road in the years to come.

The government of Prince Edward Island will announce its official emissions reduction plan later this month or in early August.

The opposition does not agree

Opposition environmental critic Hannah Bell doesn’t think PEI’s commitment to reducing emissions has ever been a good one.

“The PEI plan. has never been effective, and we have known that for a few years. So that means we’re going to have to have a plan in place that is fair and effective and that probably looks quite different from what we have right now. We are waiting for the minister to tell us what it will look like, ”she said.

“Prince Edward Island is one of many provinces that the federal government is telling now that they are going to have to step up their efforts and get something more effective.

Opposition environment critic Hannah Bell says the new federal plans will help push provinces to meet their goals. (Wayne Thibodeau / CBC)

Bell said good emissions targets have been set in Prince Edward Island, but the government has not come up with a workable plan to meet them. She wants to see more action taken.

“The stickers on cars about net zero are not the same as actually seeing plans implemented,” she said.

“It’s up to the government here to put something in place, make it clear, make it right, and then explain it to Islanders so they understand their role in achieving these climate goals.”

There aren’t many ways to tell where Prince Edward Island is currently in meeting its emissions targets, Bell said.

“Actually, we don’t have a lot of hard data. It’s one of the things that’s been incredibly frustrating, not just for the opposition but for the islanders,” she said.

“When you have a target, you also want to know where we are now, and what do we do now that has an effect.”

Bell said the government’s new plan to cut emissions 40-45% from 2005 levels by 2030 will hold Prince Edward Island and other provinces accountable for their own commitments. climate action.

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Yukon North Slope Plan aims to conserve the territory’s northernmost region


A management plan is under preparation for the North Slope of the Yukon, a large area in the upper part of the territory with rugged tundra, mountains and ocean coastline.

Once completed, the plan will ensure that the next generation of Inuvialuit continue to exercise their rights to the land, said Billy Storr, interim chair of the Yukon North Slope Wildlife Management Advisory Council, the organization at the origin of the plan.

“The wildlife will be protected there and we will be able to continue our cultural use of the land,” he said.

The draft wildlife conservation and management plan offers several recommendations aimed at ensuring the health of the land and wildlife.

Recommendations include habitat protection, creation of indigenous protected and conserved areas, implementation of a regional economic strategy, strengthening of transboundary agreements and efforts to combat climate change.

“What’s important about this plan is an attempt to close the hole in the donut in custody plans, you know,” said Lindsay Staples, the former chairman of the board (Staples recently retired.)

The process stems from the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, a preeminent land claim signed in 1984 which, in part, provides for the participation of the Inuvialuit on several co-management boards in their designated region.

The most important users in the region do not live in the Yukon. But the fact that they live in the NWT does not diminish the strength of their attachment to the region.– Lindsay Staples

The North Slope of the Yukon is part of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and measures over 18,000 square kilometers. There is also a strip of coastline that stretches 343 kilometers along the Beaufort Sea.

If you look at a map of the Yukon, the North Slope is wedged between the Old Crow Plains and the Territory’s Coastal Plain.

“[The plan] is really going to give some kind of recognition to the area and the use of the area for people that a lot of people in the Yukon don’t know, ”Staples said.

“I mean, the most important users in the area don’t live in the Yukon. But the fact that they live in the Northwest Territories does not diminish the strength of their attachment to the region.

“A hot spot for climate change”

The plan also addresses climate change, the impacts of which, according to the plan, should be monitored, investigated and mitigated.

Global warming is already changing the range of species found in the region,” the report said.

According to the plan, muskoxen, grizzly bears, bowhead whales and the Porcupine caribou herd, among others, are found in the area.

“Caribou are a key factor in the ecosystem, altering landscapes, supporting predators and circulating nutrients,” the plan says. “These are the most important North Slope wildlife species for the Inuvialuit harvest.

It also indicates that habitat belonging to the Porcupine caribou herd is being “transformed” by climate change.

The plan recommends that their habitat provide additional protection, particularly at Aullaviat / Aunguniarvik – an area in the eastern part of the northern slope that has been withdrawn from development since 1980 (the western part of the slope is home to Ivvavik National Park, which includes its own conservation measures mandated by the federal government.)

An overview of the plant life of Ivvavik National Park. (Mackenzie Scott / CBC)

The plan recommends that measures to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions be “incorporated into ongoing and planned activities on the North Slope of the Yukon and in the assessment of development proposals.”

Examples include proposals for offshore oil and gas exploration and development, which could damage permafrost and wetlands, the plan says.

“Frankly, when it comes to the Canadian North, it’s probably about as difficult as it gets as a climate change hotspot,” Staples said. “The level of landscape change and the effect on wildlife is dramatic.

[The plan] really provides a framework, a set of recommended initiatives that organizations and governments could consider and pursue in an effort to meet the requirements of the area – not just for wildlife, but also for people, ”he said. added.

Next steps

Now that a period of public feedback is over, attention will shift to developing a recommended final plan, Staples said, adding that one will likely be completed in the fall.

The plan has limits, however, he said.

“At the end of the day, it really depends on the political will of, you know, the aboriginal governments and their organizations and the territorial and federal governments to sort of meet these demands. “

A handful of cities responsible for urban greenhouse gas emissions – study


A woman wearing a mask walks past buildings on a polluted day in Handan, Hebei Province, China, January 12, 2019. REUTERS / Stringer / File Photo

LONDON / MADRID, July 12 (Reuters) – Only 25 major cities – almost all in China – accounted for more than half of the greenhouse gases emitted by a sample of 167 urban centers around the world, according to an analysis of emissions trends showed on Monday.

In per capita terms, however, emissions from cities in the richest regions of the world are still generally higher than those from urban centers in developing countries, the researchers found in the study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in. Sustainable Cities.

The study compared greenhouse gas emissions reported by 167 cities in 53 countries and found that 23 Chinese cities – including Shanghai, Beijing and Handan – as well as Moscow and Tokyo accounted for 52% of the total.

It included more cities from China, India, the United States and the European Union due to their greater contribution to global emissions and their importance to the climate debate.

The findings highlighted the important role cities play in reducing emissions, said Shaoqing Chen, co-author of the study, an environmental specialist at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, in the report. southern China.

“It’s simple, logical,” he said. “If you don’t take action, you will end up suffering (from climate change),” he said.

Average global temperatures have already risen by more than 1 degree Celsius from the pre-industrial benchmark and are still on track to exceed the limit of 1.5 to 2 degrees set by the Paris Agreement.

Chen and other scientists, however, cautioned that some of the data available for their study was spotty, with some cities reporting numbers dating back to 2005.

A lack of consistency in how cities report their emissions also makes comparisons difficult, they added.


Research published in 2018 in the journal Environmental Research Letters analyzed a much larger sample of 13,000 cities, large and small, and found that 100 cities containing 11% of the world’s population generated 18% of its carbon footprint.

Yet the new analysis “contributes to the growing literature and our understanding of urban broadcasts,” said Karen Seto, professor of geography and urban science at Yale University, co-author of the 2018 article.

“It’s really hard to compare apples to apples on cities’ greenhouse gas emissions, but you have to try, and the paper does a pretty good job,” added Dan Hoornweg, professor at Ontario Tech. University and former World Bank advisor on sustainable cities. and climate change.

Chen said the new analysis was the first to look at mega-cities’ emission reduction targets and progress in reduction.

Sixty-eight of the cities – mostly in developed countries – had set absolute emission reduction targets.

But only 30 of 42 cities where progress was tracked in the study had shown a reduction. Most of them were in the United States and Europe.

The analysis confirms scientists’ expectations that, while in China, cities with high emissions per capita are generally major manufacturing centers, those in developed countries with the highest per capita rates tend to have higher per capita levels. high consumption.

While more developed economies in Europe and elsewhere can now grow without increasing their emissions, the world is moving at different speeds, Hoornweg said.

“They generated a ton of emissions on the way to getting there and China is at this stage now. We know India will get there at some point and the last big push in all of this will be Africa,” did he declare.

Additional reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor in Singapore; Editing by Katy Daigle and Helen Popper

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Yellen: US regulators to assess risks posed by climate change | Economic news



WASHINGTON (AP) – US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said she will lead efforts by key US regulators to assess the potential risk climate change poses to the US financial system, as part of a broad initiative launched by the Biden administration.

Yellen said the regulatory review, which will be carried out by the Financial Stability Supervisory Board, will examine whether banks and other lending institutions correctly assess risks to financial stability. She chairs the committee, which includes the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other financial regulators.

“The current financial system does not produce reliable disclosures,” Yellen said in remarks prepared for the Venice International Climate Conference and released in Washington.

As part of President Joe Biden’s whole-of-government approach, Yellen said, the board will consider what should be done to improve current regulations on climate-related financial disclosures.

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The council was established by Congress in 2010 to improve regulatory coordination in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Bank executives fear that the administration’s efforts will lead to increased regulatory oversight, which would increase the cost of doing business for banks and reduce their ability to make loans.

Yellen said the United States also intends to enlist support from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other multilateral development banks to focus more resources on tackling climate change. The World Bank and regional development banks are the main sources of loans used by poor countries for dams and other development projects.

“Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change, with poverty, food security and health being impacted by extreme weather shocks,” Yellen said.

She said the administration supports international efforts to mobilize $ 100 billion a year from various public and private sources to support developing countries’ efforts to tackle climate change.

Yellen said she plans to convene a meeting of heads of international lending institutions to discuss ways to better align their efforts with the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, but Biden reversed that decision after taking office this year.

Since taking office as Secretary of the Treasury, Yellen has been one of the administration’s main voices in spurring government efforts to tackle climate change.

The administration is also making a big push to include huge investments to slow global warming in the multibillion-dollar infrastructure spending measures that Biden is pushing Congress to approve. That effort met with opposition from Republicans with various Biden climate initiatives removed from a bipartisan infrastructure measure.

Environmentalists say a larger, all-Democratic package that is being crafted must meet Biden’s ambitious climate promises, such as shifting the country to carbon-free power generation and becoming a world leader in the use of electric vehicles and the creation of millions of jobs. in the solar, wind and other clean energy sectors.

The Venice international climate conference on Sunday followed a meeting of finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies in Venice on Saturday. This group has supported a radical overhaul of international taxation that includes an overall minimum corporate tax of 15% to deter large corporations from seeking low-rate tax havens.

The measure is expected to be a key agenda item when Biden and other G-20 leaders meet for a summit in Rome on October 30 and 31.

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New obesity drug sparks hope amid concerns over side effects


Amidst overwhelming medical facts, many Nigerians cling tenaciously to the belief that being overweight is a sign of the good life. Experts, however, share the opinion that this could be a recipe for disaster.

A pharmacist from Abuja who has been practicing for 19 years, Hassan Ankuma, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, has sounded the alarm on a growing trend in obesity, especially among children.

“I see children who are already obese. We adopt western lifestyles, eating a lot of chocolates and so on. The rich feel that they don’t really need to get involved in a lot of daily physical activity and that’s why you see the number of people going to the gym has become higher, ”Ankuma said.

How a person manages their weight is determined by their body mass index, that is, the calculation of their weight relative to their height that defines their risk to health. Obesity is defined as a BMI greater than 30 kg per square meter. A BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight, while a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy.

The United States Food and Drug Administration says obesity or overweight is a serious health problem associated with some of the leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and is linked to a increased risk of certain types of cancer.

The number of obese and overweight people in Nigeria is already a cause for concern.

A group of 14 medical researchers led by Dr Davies Adeloye of the University of Edinburgh, in an article based on 35 studies published in Annals of Medicine on March 30, 2021, noted that overweight and obesity rates in the country were 25%. and 14.3 percent, respectively.

According to the research titled “Estimating the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Nigeria in 2020: a systematic review and meta-analysis”, the prevalence among women was higher than among men at 25.5% compared to 25%. , 2% for overweight and 19.8 percent. versus 12.9 percent for obesity, respectively.

In another study titled “Childhood Obesity in Nigeria: Causes and Suggestions for Control” published in the Nigerian Journal of Parasitology in April 2018, Professor Evangeline Oparaocha from the Federal University of Technology in Owerri, State of ‘Imo, reported results showing 11 to 18 percent prevalence of childhood obesity in Nigeria.

“Obesity tracking studies indicate that 70 to 80 percent of obese children and adolescents become obese adults. It is reported that from the age of six, about half of obese children grow into obese adults while about one tenth of non-obese children end up becoming obese adults.

“These thus reinforce the need for a rapid intervention in childhood obesity to prevent obese children from becoming obese adults with the resulting health problems,” the study notes.

Losing five to 10 percent of body weight through diet and exercise has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in obese or overweight adult patients.

And perhaps one of the most significant breakthroughs in this regard came on June 4 with the approval of America’s first drug since 2014 to fight overweight and obesity.

The FDA, in a statement, said it has approved Wegovy, an injection of semaglutide for chronic weight management in obese or overweight adults “with at least one weight-related condition (such as high blood pressure). blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol), to be used in addition to a low-calorie diet and increased physical activity.

The drug is indicated for chronic weight management in patients with a BMI of 27 kg per square meter or more who have at least one weight-related disease or in patients with a BMI of 30 kg per square meter or more.

The largest placebo-controlled trial, according to the FDA, included adults without diabetes. The mean age at the start of the trial was 46 years and 74% of patients were women. The average body weight was 105 kg and the average BMI was 38 kg per square meter.

The statement read: “People who received Wegovy lost an average of 12.4% of their initial body weight compared to people who received a placebo. Another trial recruited adults with type 2 diabetes. The average age was 55 and 51% were women. The average body weight was 100 kg and the average BMI was 36 kg per square meter. In this trial, people who received Wegovy lost 6.2% of their initial body weight compared to those who received a placebo.

According to online sources, a placebo is a substance or treatment designed to have no therapeutic value. Common placebos include inert tablets, inert injections, sham surgery and other procedures and they are an important part of clinical studies because they provide researchers with a point of comparison for new therapies, so they can prove that ‘they are safe and effective.

The Deputy Director of the Diabetes, Lipid Disorders and Obesity Division of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, John Sharretts, said, “Today’s approval offers adults obese or overweight sufferers a new beneficial treatment option to incorporate into a weight management program.

“The FDA remains committed to facilitating the development and approval of additional safe and effective therapies for adults suffering from obesity or overweight. ”

After four 68-week trials with over 2,600 patients receiving Wegovy and over 1,500 patients receiving placebo, the most common side effects were nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal (stomach) pain, headaches, fatigue and dyspepsia (indigestion).

The other side effects were dizziness, abdominal distension, belching (belching), hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level) in patients with type 2 diabetes, gas (gas build-up), gastroenteritis. enteritis (a bowel infection) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (a type of digestive disorder).

However, the National Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Company of Nigeria, Emeka Duru, expressed concern in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, saying, “You can be sure that the natural way to lose weight, like exercise and diet, is more appropriate and can be recommended.

“Drugs are chemicals and can have side effects and rebound effects. This means that the person can eat more or that the fatty body tissue can grow bigger. Side effects can be seen in the liver and heart. You can’t say that (obesity) doesn’t exist. But I don’t think that’s one of our problems.

Likewise, Ankuma said such drugs would likely be of interest to Nigerians, although he warned that indiscriminate use could be costly. Chronic weight management drugs should be prescribed, he said.

“If he enters Nigeria, I think Nigerians might hang out with him. But my fear is that we will find people who are even underweight saying they want to “keep this or that”. If we are not careful abuse can be involved and when we abuse it the resulting effect will be that we can end up losing people.

“When someone with a normal blood sugar level takes it, the level can get very low and the person can go into shock easily. If it is not detected in time and the person is not resuscitated, they could (die), ”he said.

Ultimately, innovation always calls for celebration. But substitutes for more natural weight loss plans certainly require discretion.

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Young climate activists deem the emissions target insufficient


Not good enough. That was the message to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga from young climate activists on the day he officially unveiled the government’s new target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

On April 22, in 67 locations in 23 prefectures, activists held up signs claiming that what the government has written is failing to adequately tackle climate change.

Kazuto Nakano, 19, and Miu Terashima, 19, marched through a Kyoto street holding a banner that read: “We demand that the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions be dramatically increased.

Terashima carried a sign around her shoulder that read “62% to protect the future of the globe”.

“The government should set a reduction target strict enough to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees or less and take action to meet that target,” Nakano said.

They insist that the target should be raised to a 62 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 from 2013 levels, compared to the prime minister’s target of 46 percent.

As part of the more difficult target, Japan could still adhere to the Paris Agreement target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees from pre-industrial levels.

As global warming will have a greater impact on young people and future generations, and Japan is a major emitter, high school and college students are raising their voices to urge government and business to aim higher.

On the same day, a group of about 10 young people and adults appeared in front of the building of the Ministry of Economy in the Kasumigaseki district of Tokyo with signs. Minori Hirose, a 16-year-old sophomore high school student, said she got her first day off to join the campaign.

“Unless we stand up, people will think we gave up (of the 62% goal),” Hirose said. “I want to live in a society where you can go to school without any anxiety.”

Their desire to increase the target follows an independent scientific analysis report published in March outside Europe by Climate Action Tracker (CAT).

The report calls on Japan to reduce its emissions by 62% by 2030 from 2013 levels in order to adhere to the Paris Agreement target.

When the global thermostat rises more than 1.5 degrees, humans will have to rely on unrealized technologies, such as carbon capture, to bring the figure back to the previous level.

If this happens, it will become increasingly difficult to know if global warming can be stopped. This makes young climate activists hope the government could still hit the 62 percent target.

In a special report published in 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that a 62% reduction in emissions would be helpful in preventing the temperature rise from far exceeding 1.5. degree.

The Kiko Network, a non-governmental environmental advocacy group, is also lobbying Tokyo to raise the 2030 target to 60% based on the CAT report.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, the global temperature has already risen by about 1.2 degrees. The IPCC predicts that it will reach 1.5 degrees by 2030.

Much of the concern of young activists revolves around the Japanese government’s stance on retaining coal-fired power stations, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Young climate activists protested against a coal-fired power plant being developed by electricity supplier JERA Co. in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture, on April 22, arguing that it was necessary for Japan to phase out. coal energy to succeed in the fight against climate change.

“The completion of a new coal-fired power plant will help accelerate global warming,” said Hikari Matsumoto, 21, pledging to continue his opposition to coal power. “It is not consistent with the goal of limiting the rise in (overall) temperature to 1.5 degrees or less.”

(This article was written by Akemi Kanda and Keisuke Katori.)

Study: More air pollution, worse COVID-19 outcomes

The air people breathe – and the amount of pollution it contains – can make a difference in their outcomes when infected with COVID-19, according to a new study.

The researchers found that living in more polluted areas – including near sewage landfills and near heavy traffic – was linked to a greater likelihood of being admitted to the intensive care unit and to a greater likelihood of needing mechanical ventilation after infection with COVID-19.

“The main takeaway is that living in a more polluted neighborhood is an independent risk factor for severity of COVID-19 disease,” said study author Dr Anita Shallal of Henry Hospital. Ford of Detroit.

According to the American Lung Association, Detroit is the 12th most polluted city in the United States, measured by fine particle pollution year-round.

Because low-income and minority populations often live in more polluted areas, the study “also draws attention to systemic inequalities that may have led to stark differences in COVID-19 outcomes across racial lines and ethnic, ”Shallal said.

“Communities of color are more likely to be located in areas closer to industrial pollution and to work in businesses that expose them to air pollution,” Shallal said.

The new research is to be presented at the annual online meeting of the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Dr Theodore Maniatis, medical director of Staten Island University Hospital in New York City, said the results “made perfect sense”.

He said the lungs operate in a “delicate balance” which is easily compromised by dirty air. Anything that upsets that balance “will likely increase the risk of lung infections and decrease the ability of the lungs to clear those infections,” said Maniatis, who was not a part of the new study.

In the study, Shallal’s team collected data on where participants lived as well as data from the Environmental Protection Agency and other sources on local levels of pollutants, including PM2.5, l ozone and lead paint.

They used this data to explore associations between COVID-19 findings and exposure to a variety of pollutants.

The results: COVID-19 patients who lived in areas with higher levels of PM2.5 and lead paint were more likely to need mechanical ventilation and be admitted to the ICU, per compared to those living in less polluted neighborhoods.

In fact, every small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 was associated with more than three times the chance of being mechanically ventilated and twice the likelihood of staying in intensive care.

However, it was not associated with a greater risk of death, the study team reported.

They note that the study could not prove cause and effect, only that pollution was associated with worse COVID-19 outcomes.

Researchers also found greater risks for patients who are male, black, obese, or with serious long-term health problems. They were much more likely to need mechanical ventilation and be admitted to the ICU.

According to the study, being male, obese, or having serious long-term health problems were also predictors of death after admission.

Speaking in a press release, Shallal said it was not yet clear “how air pollutants contribute to more serious diseases.”

But she speculated that “it is possible that long-term exposure to air pollution can alter the immune system, leading to both increased susceptibility to viruses and more serious viral infections.”

Added to this, “fine particles from air pollution can also act as a vector for the virus, increasing its spread,” Shallal said. “Urgent additional research is needed to guide policy and environmental protection, to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in the highly industrialized communities that are home to our most vulnerable residents.”

Dr. Irene Galperin is chief of pulmonary medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, New York. Reviewing the results, she noted that “inhaling fine particles can lead to chronic inflammation, a reduced immune response, and a reduced ability of the lung to heal and repair itself.”

Galperin stated that, “on the basis of this latest study, [it’s possible that] patients with a history of such exposure are more likely to develop severe COVID 19 disease. “

Experts note that results presented at medical meetings are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has more on pollution and health.

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European and Asian expansion for Equilibrium


Equilibrium, the company that yesterday closed the industry’s largest agriculture fund for a controlled environment at $ 1.022 billion, has opened an office in Singapore and has Dutch master producer Godfried Dol and former agricultural investor from Rabobank Asia. and John Baker. Currently, the company is trying to develop the first high-tech glass greenhouse in Singapore. And there’s more. Over the next year, Equilibrium expects several European greenhouse companies to join us.

“As the industry grows, capital and expertise are what is needed. We’re in an excellent position to regroup and consolidate as this industry matures, ”says Dave. “In many countries in Southeast Asia, it is about food security. In Singapore, for example, it’s all about food security: a small island nation with little agricultural space. However, if it is safety, security, consistency, quality or the ability to manage climatic volatility that is sought and whatever the order, they all contribute to the same demand for CEA installations.

David explains that he thinks there are a lot of opportunities in Asia – something that hasn’t developed at all since the industry was born in the Netherlands, and today’s greenhouse crops mostly reflect the European diet. “Or, as one politician put it, ‘We don’t eat a lot of kale here. But they eat a lot of vegetables. Bitters, different. There is a lot of room to grow and innovate and it’s exciting.

european market
And there’s more. Also in markets where the CEA industry has matured, Equilibrium sees opportunities. Earlier Dave shared his belief that access to capital is a competitive advantage and with that in mind the company is reaching out to operators in Europe as well. “We are setting the tone for the Dutch industry,” confirms Dave. “When AppHarvest went public, we joked that we had listed a farm. When this happens, the balance sheet of the family business, which supports growth, may no longer be sufficient. To date, several companies have announced their listing, often through De-SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company), and have also seen a significant increase in private capital. This will happen in Northern Europe in 2021 and 2022. “

Dutch greenhouse suppliers
Over the past couple of years, private equity has made its way to Dutch greenhouse suppliers, but with a few exceptions growers have always relied primarily on Rabobank as their investment plan. “It is also proof that many producers in the Netherlands are cooperatives, and that cooperatives are strong strategic vehicles,” says David. “Again, before the expansion was measured at 5 or 10 hectares. What we now see in North American projects are usually extensions of 25 or 50 hectares. We surveyed the Dutch venture capital industry and asked them if they were able to meet the capital industry in construction growth in North America. Barely a year ago, they all said, without hesitation, that it was not a problem. If you asked them today, they would look at each other and say there is no workforce.

Equilibrium has, adds David, and confirms that the company is looking to work with Dutch producers. “We have been working on long-term relationships with Dutch suppliers for a longer time, but we are their customers. This is not the case for operators. Over the next year you will see us increase our visibility by working with European operators and operators in the Netherlands who wish to expand their footprint.

It is assured that the company’s reputation as a collaborative, dedicated and domain investment firm will help it gain traction in European industry. “Salespeople know that when you commit to a project, it is fully capitalized and that they can play with safety and certainty. We always came with capital, we weren’t developers raising capital for every project – we committed capital for every project. People want to work with us because they know it. Then there is our team with Nick (Houshower), Gave, and also with Marco and Godfried. They are either industry or construction experts or in the case of our team, have taken the humility to learn and still learn. Salespeople know we’re not the company to make crazy demands. We can push hard, but nothing crazy.

So why does the company want to invest in Dutch industry? David explains that he continues to see opportunities there, despite the cooperatives. “The Netherlands, and to some extent Israel, built these industries out of necessity. The innovation took place to solve very practical problems, and happened to develop these industries. Where it was a curiosity for the rest of the world, it was practical for the Netherlands. Under the radar the Dutch developed their expertise and dominance and while everyone was watching there wasn’t a lot of investment. 2020/2021 made visible the “Americanization” of Dutch industry. And now that Silicon Valley technology and the capital industry have started to think of the industry as traditional agriculture, some funny things are happening. He explains how large operators like AppHarvest have, for example, a Chief Technology Officer. “The continued absorption of technology platforms for productivity is a way of life. If you don’t have the money to afford a technology operation, you are at a disadvantage compared to the competition. “

Will this lead to further increase and consumption or consumption in the Dutch greenhouse industry? David adds a third option. “More and more we are seeing small farms not eating and being too small to eat. Stranded assets, ”he said. “Not just in the Netherlands. Some of the smaller ones will have to decide: will they focus on a niche, or will proximity be their one-stop shop – something that allows them to thrive on that scale and differentiate themselves. Otherwise, a number of small installations have to question their future.

PPDS launches “air quality sensor” monitoring and reporting system – rAVe [PUBS]

PPDS launches “air quality sensor” monitoring and reporting system – rAVe [PUBS]

PPDS (aka Philips) announced the launch of ‘Air Quality Sensor’, an air quality monitoring solution designed to help schools and businesses (including businesses, retail and hospitality) to create healthier and more productive work and learning environments, using Philips professional televisions, interactive displays and digital signage solutions. As part of PPDS’s new “Total Solutions” strategy, the PPDS Air Quality Sensor expands the role and benefits of its digital displays, bringing tremendous health and economic benefits.

Here is a video of how it works:

Connected and powered by a single USB cable and compatible with the latest Philips Professional PPDS TVs, digital signage and interactive displays including MediaSuite (hospitality), T-Line (education), C-Line (business), B-Line (food and beverage / business) and Q-Line (universal) – the PPDS air quality sensor plug-and-play solution includes four advanced sensors, which monitor air quality 24/7 7. The sensors are:

  • Temperature: Influences the rate of viral infection and has an impact on performance in the classroom or workplace
  • Humidity: Viral particles can remain highly infectious at humidity levels below 30% and above 55%
  • Carbon dioxide: CO2 is an excellent indicator of indoor air quality and good ventilation in a workspace or classroom
  • Particles: Higher levels of particle pollution may lead to increased risks of infections, not only COVID-19, but other viral diseases

Live data, whether for a PPDS air quality sensor in a single room or a single building or installations at multiple sites, is analyzed, translated and displayed in real time via a dashboard and an app. easily digestible. The app also has an indefinite archive of historical data available for in-depth data reporting and analysis.

ppdssWhenever air quality is found to be below a safety standard, automatic alerts will be issued, sent and displayed. The app will even make personalized recommendations on how to improve air quality based on its sensor readings, whether it’s something as simple as opening doors and windows, turning on lights air purifiers (if applicable), adjusting the temperature in the room, or even asking staff to temporarily move to other areas of the building or home.

Small in size, the PPDS air quality sensor can be easily and cleanly installed or attached to Philips professional displays in any environment, using a specially designed bracket and the mounting kit provided in the package. box.

Global warming drives the spread of malaria and dengue fever | Health Info

Global warming drives the spread of malaria and dengue fever |  Health Info

By Robert Preidt, Health Day reporter

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THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Climate change could put billions more people at risk for deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, researchers said. They see the danger zone spreading to the United States, Europe and Asia.

If temperatures rise by about 3.7 degrees Celsius by 2100 from pre-industrial levels, an additional 4.7 billion people worldwide could be at risk of contracting the disease compared to the 1970s to 1999, according to a new modeling study.

That means 8.4 billion people globally could be at risk of malaria and dengue fever by the turn of the century, especially those living in plains and urban areas, according to the findings. The results appear in The Lancet’s planetary health newspaper.

The study predicts a northward shift of the malaria epidemic belt in North America, central and northern Europe, and northern Asia, and a northward shift of the dengue epidemic belt in central and northern Europe and northern Europe. northern United States.

Malaria and dengue are the most important global health threats transmitted by mosquitoes. They are found in more areas, emerging in previously untouched places and reemerging in places where they had subsided for decades, European researchers said.

Malaria is moving to higher altitudes and urbanization is associated with an increasing risk of dengue.

“Our results show why we need to act to reduce emissions in order to limit climate change,” said study co-author Felipe Colón-González, assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

“This work strongly suggests that reducing greenhouse gas emissions could prevent millions of people from contracting malaria and dengue fever. The results show that low-emission scenarios dramatically reduce the duration of transmission, as well as the number of people at risk, ”Colón-González said in a school press release. “Measures to limit increases in global temperature to well below 2 ° C must continue. “

He added that policymakers and public health officials should prepare for all scenarios, including those where emissions remain at high levels.

“This is especially important in areas that are currently disease free and where health systems are unlikely to be prepared for major epidemics,” Colón-González said.

Increased surveillance in potentially sensitive areas will be important, especially in places with no previous experience of dengue or malaria, said Rachel Lowe, study co-author, associate professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. .

SOURCE: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, press release, July 7, 2021

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Pete’s Breaks New Ground for New Peach County Location


Pete’s broke new ground on 3 acres of land in the Robins International Industrial Park.
The County of Peach and the Town of Warner Robins welcome Pete’s Indoor Greenhouse to the area.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (41NBC / WMGT) – The County of Peach and the Town of Warner Robins have teamed up to provide a home for Pete’s Indoor Greenhouse.

Pete’s broke new ground early Wednesday morning on 3 acres of land in Robins International Industrial Park. The goal is to expand to 24 hectares.

Pete’s is based in California and is the West Coast’s premier indoor greenhouse company. It specializes in the cultivation of lettuce and the packaging of varieties of salads.

“We wanted to bring fresh local lettuce to consumers in the area,” said Brian Cook, CEO of Pete’s.

Cook says they want to show the community that there is an alternative to traditional farming through greenhouse cultivation.

In addition to bringing fresh, local and sustainable food to the region. they will also bring more jobs.

“Our jobs will be better paying, but it will be a lot of IT type jobs,” Cook said.

This location will be the second and their goal is to expand into other areas.

“I think it’s great to have Pete’s, and I’m really thrilled not only with the opportunity for Pete’s, but also with the growth that is going to happen,” said Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms.

Construction of the greenhouse will begin in the coming months and should be completed by next year.

The battle for a key Yemeni city



July 7, 2021 GMT

MARIB CITY, Yemen (AP) – The two fighters stand side by side on a mountain, with a clear view below the enemy’s position. They are part of the last lines of defense between the last government stronghold in northern Yemen and the Houthi rebels who are trying to capture it.

Hassan Saleh and his younger brother Saeed, both in their early 20s, fight alongside other government fighters and a tribal member outside the oil-rich town of Marib, against the months-long offensive by Iranian-backed rebels. They say they need more weapons to repel the attackers.

“We need sniper rifles,” said Hassan, who was taking up a position in a sandbag trench in the mountainous Kassara region. All most battalions have are old Kalashnikovs and machine guns mounted on the backs of pickup trucks.

It is the most active front line in Yemen’s nearly 7-year civil war, where a constant stream of fighters from both sides are being killed or wounded every day, even as international pressure to put end of the war intensifies. Amid another round of peace talks, this time led by Oman, the desert town of Marib remains the melting pot of one of the world’s most stuck-on conflicts.

The Houthis have been trying for years to take Marib to complete their control over the northern half of Yemen. But since February, they have waged an intensified offensive on multiple fronts, while hitting the residential city center with missiles and drones loaded with explosives, killing and injuring dozens of civilians.

So far, the rebels have made only gradual progress, advancing slowly across the desert plain, due to Saudi airstrikes that are causing heavy casualties in their ranks. The government and medical authorities in Marib estimate that thousands of fighters have been killed or injured, most of them rebels, since February. In the Houthi-held capital Sana’a, mass funerals and reports of the deaths of soldiers, including some children, indicate how costly the battle has been, although the Houthis do not release the official death toll.

The grueling battle over the remote city seems linked to the slow efforts for peace. The Houthis appear to be hoping that Marib’s capture will give them the upper hand in the talks. Meanwhile, government officials complain that American and international mistrust of fueling the interminable war is preventing them from obtaining the weapons they need to win in Marib.

The United States is pressuring the Saudi-led coalition that supports the government not to provide more weapons lest they fall into the hands of militants amid concerns over ” transplants and government incompetence, ”a Yemeni official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity. because he was not authorized to brief journalists.

“We are at a crossroads,” said the governor of Marib province, Sheikh Sultan al-Aradah, saying that weapons are needed to tip the scales in Marib. “The world has reservations about arming Yemen at this time.”

An AP crew have traveled to the city across Saudi Arabia in recent weeks on a government-sponsored trip.

Marib, some 115 kilometers (70 miles) east of Sana’a, on the edge of Yemen’s great deserts, is a strategic gateway between the central highlands and the southern and eastern provinces. It is also home to oil and gas fields in which international companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Total SA, have interests. Its natural gas bottling plant produces cooking gas for the nation of 29 million people. Its power plant once provided 40% of Yemen’s electricity.

Its relative stability over the past years has made it a refuge for those fleeing other fronts of the war. The region, which had a population of 400,000 before the war, is now home to some 2.2 million displaced people, many of them crowded into camps, according to official statistics.

The streets of the city are lively during the day with taxis and 4×4 vehicles belonging to the security forces. At night, men frequent restaurants and cafes or congregate in homes, chewing qat leaves for a stimulating effect. There is little attention paid to the fighting just outside of their city.

But posters of fallen commanders and troops lining the roads serve as a reminder. The town’s cemetery was enlarged to accommodate the increased death toll.

“We bury between 10 and 15 people every day, most of them martyrs of war,” said Mohammed Saeed Nasser, a cemetery keeper.

The main hospital in Marib has been swamped with dozens of wounded fighters every day for months, its director, Dr Mohamed Abdo al-Qubati, said. In an intensive care unit, there were 10 patients, all but one wounded combatant.

In one of the beds, Ali Saad, 22, lay partially paralyzed. He was shot dead by a frontline Houthi sniper on June 18.

Saad has been fighting in government forces since 2017. Meanwhile, he and his family fled their home in southwestern Dhamar province as the war escalated. He was later captured and held for a year in a Houthi prison until his release during a prisoner exchange in October.

“I suffered a lot in captivity, I was tortured physically and mentally,” he said. “It gave us a glimpse of what the Houthis really were. We came out with a stronger and indescribable will to fight them.” His father and one of his three brothers were also injured on Marib’s forehead. earlier this year.

The civil war in Yemen began in 2014 when the Houthis took Sanaa and much of the north, forcing the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee.

The Saudi-led coalition, backed at the time by the United States, went to war in an attempt to bring Hadi back to power. Amid the relentless air campaign and fighting on the ground, the war killed more than 130,000 people and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. It has also created smaller parallel conflicts, between militants and different factions inside the country.

After years of criticism of civilian casualties in airstrikes, the administration of US President Joe Biden withdrew its support for the coalition’s campaign in Yemen in February.

The Yemeni government and military officials say the move, along with Biden’s removal of the Houthis from the US terrorist list, emboldened the rebels in Marib.

“The Houthis seem to calculate that if they win in Marib, they will have won the war for northern Yemen while humiliating the internationally recognized president,” said Peter Salisbury, Yemen expert at the International Crisis Group. “It is a considerable price for their side, because it would also allow them to dictate the terms of the end of the war.”

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday that the administration was “beyond fed up” with the Houthis and “horrified by the repeated attacks on Marib.” He denounced the rebels for having continued the offensive despite a “serious (peace) proposal before them”.

An Omani delegation held talks in Sana’a with Houthi leaders, including the group’s religious and military leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi. A Saudi diplomat, meanwhile, said efforts were underway, including direct talks between the Saudis and the Houthis since 2019, to find common ground. He spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with the regulations.

A Houthi spokesperson did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment.

Rebels want the reopening of Sana’a International Airport, a vital link for Yemen to the outside world which has not seen regular commercial flights since 2015, and the lifting of restrictions on the vital port of Hodeidah on the sea Red, held by the Houthis.

Salisbury said negotiations were stuck on what comes first. The Houthis, he said, want an autonomous deal on the airport and Hodeidah before negotiating a ceasefire. Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government want a comprehensive deal on all of these issues.

“Until the gap can be closed, I would expect Marib’s offensive to continue,” he said.


AP photographer Nariman el-Mofty contributed to this report.

Climate change makes it harder for campers to beat the heat


Jill Laidlaw worked for 37 years at Camp Cavell in Lexington, Michigan, a little slice of heaven on Lake Huron. But she saw problems in paradise: climate change.

Temperatures in Michigan have risen an average of two to three degrees over the past century, and Ms Laidlaw said she has seen the effects of this warming in several ways, from warmer days and nights to torrential rains plus strong, harmful algal blooms in the lakes of the region and an explosion of ticks. And the increasingly common bans on most outdoor fires have even curtailed one of the most popular aspects of summer camps, she said: “We had” campfires at. flashlight “over the past few summers.”

Climate change, which affects many aspects of children’s lives, is also disrupting the camp experience. After more than a year of pandemic isolation and disrupted schools and social lives, the 26 million children who typically attend day and night camps are ready to resume their summer activities. But the stewards of many of these camps say the effects of climate change – not to mention the ongoing coronavirus precautions many camps face – make it harder to provide the carefree experiences that past generations have enjoyed.

Rising temperatures, smoke from forest fires, shifting ranges of species and many others pose risks and camps are struggling to adapt. And with deadly heat waves, like that of the Pacific Northwest, dealing with extreme heat becomes a necessity to keep campers safe.

Of course, beating the heat has long been part of what makes camp a camp, and while the link between a single weather event and climate change varies, the effects of global warming are being felt in several ways.

“The reality is, yes, they have more days of high temperatures, and usually more heat waves, and other impacts as well,” said Donald J. Wuebbles, professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the ‘University of Illinois. “When we get rainfall it is more likely to be more rain and when we get drought it is more likely to be more drought,” a- he declared.

As a thermal dome trapped citizens of the Pacific Northwest in record high temperatures that caused an increase in heat-related deaths over the past week, directors at Camp Killoqua in Stanwood, Wash., Have made a decision: to delay the start of their camp day. The heat – made even less bearable by the state’s coronavirus demand that campers wear masks – forced their hand.

“We realized it would be too miserable for our campers to be here,” said Cassie Anderson, camp director. “We just didn’t want to put our children at risk of getting sick. The pause was brief, however; in one day, things calmed down enough for Killoqua to reopen.

At Camp Sealth on Vashon Island in Puget Sound near Seattle, summer camp director Carrie Lawson said the effects of climate change were evident. “This year our county went into a burning ban before the end of June, the earliest I’ve ever seen.”

The link between forest fires and climate change is strong: global warming is making regions like the American West warmer and drier, with longer forest fire seasons; last year was the worst season on record for fire activity in California, Washington and Oregon.

Dave Jarvis of Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Hillside, Colo., Said wildfires had forced him to evacuate his campers twice in the past five years – once, on the day home, as parents told the see their children again. A nearby camp was able to accommodate its campers both times, but the 2011 fire kept everyone away from the Rainbow Trail for five weeks.

And Ms Lawson said that in two of the past three years, “our area has been covered in smoke from forest fires, making it unhealthy or even dangerous to be outside.”

When asked how bans on burning and flashlight campfires affect camp traditions like the making of s’mores, Ms. Laidlaw from Michigan responded with an email that simply contained a single image. : a jar of Marshmallow Fluff.

It’s not just the camp days that have changed; with climate change, the nights are getting colder. Valerie Wright, executive director of House in the Wood camp in southeastern Wisconsin, said night fans were previously sufficient to cool cabins and campers. “About 10 years ago, we noticed that was no longer the case,” and they installed air conditioning in the cabins, dramatically increasing the expenses of the camp, after a “particularly brutal summer”.

Unpredictable conditions have become a part of life for Julie Kroll at Camp Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center in Fort Valley, Virginia. She studied the likely effects of climate change on her facilities, and her best-case scenario involved taking costly measures that included installing air conditioning, increasing insulation, and replacing windows to combat increasing extreme weather conditions, including severe weather conditions. floods, snowstorms, microbursts and echoes. get worse, ”she wrote in an email.

In an interview, she added that she looked at the archives of hiking and canoeing camps and campsites dating back decades, and found that climate change and urban sprawl were having a disturbing effect. Water sources “that were reliable in the 1990s are no longer reliable or no longer exist,” she said, and “river levels are no longer constant”.

The ribs are also affected. Fox Island Environmental Education Center, a Virginia institution run by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for more than 40 years, closed in 2019 because soil erosion and sea level rise destroyed so much from the island’s salt marsh that its owners have declared it dangerous.

Recent surveys show that young people are accepting the science of climate change in far greater numbers than older generations, and are therefore learning from it. Young people today are aware of warmth and health, said Janice Kerber, director of Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in Florida; they carry water bottles and use sunscreen. Ms Kerber, who grew up in Florida, said sunscreen was scarce when she was a girl.

She has been involved in the camp since 1996 and said: “There was a marked difference in the fact that it was much warmer. In the late 1990s, she said, a heat index of 105 was highly unlikely. Today, a “heat index of 115 is not uncommon”.

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic caused camp registrations to drop to 19.5 million from 26 million, said Kyle Winkel of the American Camp Association. At the start of this year’s season, managers and camp counselors will use a variety of techniques perfected over the years to cope with spikes in temperature.

At Camp Longhorn, outside of Burnet, Texas, Camp General Manager Bill Robertson quoted the late Tex Robertson, the founder and his father.

“It’s not hot, it’s summer! he said with a knowing smile.

Camp Longhorn has always faced high temperatures, as despite the nearby cooling breezes of Inks Lake, the thermometer can go above 100 degrees. A warming planet just means more attention to the things they do from the start, he said, citing the procedures and traditions established by his father’s generation.

Longhorn staff members keep campers out of the sun from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. And Mr Robertson says he’s watching for signs that it’s too hot for rigorous outdoor play, such as “when the kids aren’t smiling and they’re not running to their activities.”

Water is everywhere. The sprinklers spray the grass and the campers, and there are many activities taking place in the lake. Even back in the days when water bottles were ubiquitous, the camp built a multi-tap fountain that produced a refreshing but difficult to control explosion known as “Old Face-full”.

Many camps turn their weather woes into a learning opportunity – part of their mission to connect children with the natural world. “We have been trying to educate children and adults about nature and our environment since we started since the 1950s,” said Ms. Kroll, Va. Ms Laidlaw from the Michigan camp also said they teach campers about climate change and added that she is tired of politicized arguments about the science of a warming planet.

To those who would dispute the evidence, she has a suggestion, “Get out into the wild and see the changes. “

Global Greenhouse Products Market Business Overview 2021 – Nyboers Greenhouse and Produce, Elk River Greenhouse and Vegetable Farms


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Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery Market Analysis, Service Management, Economic System, Software Technology, Asset Tracking, Capacity 2021-2027 (Koninklijke Philips NV, Schiedel, Eco Vida Homes)


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If you’re looking to have fun in the sun, head over to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. For July, the game takes everyone to Tropical Island Paradise with plenty of events.

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Seasonal event

With Happy Homeroom out of the way, let’s see what other events are available this month. There are actually two seasonal events.

The first is Tropical Island Paradise made up of different events available around the campsite, and participating allows players to collect tropical bouquets. Players can also earn items like Tropical Mini Island, Coconut Juice, and Hibiscus Aloha Shirt.

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Other events

So what else is happening this month? Take the time to fish and catch those special tournament fish like opah and great white sharks in Fishing Tourney. Rewards to be won include BBQ vegetable skewers, a BBQ camp tent, and a cozy campfire table.

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Home Ventilation Systems Market Size, Trends, COVID-19: Potential Impact Analysis By

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  • Daikin Industries
  • A wind
  • Carrier (United Technologies)
  • Panasonic
  • Honeywell
  • Johnson Controls
  • Lennox
  • Hoval
  • Atlantic
  • Systemair
  • Wind-Axia
  • Fantech ventilation
  • EnviroVent
  • HRV

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  • Exhaust ventilation systems
  • Supply ventilation systems
  • Balanced ventilation systems
  • Energy recovery systems

Home Ventilation Systems Market Split By Application:

Scope of Home Ventilation Systems Market Report

Report attribute Details
Market size available for years 2021 – 2028
Reference year considered 2021
Historical data 2015 – 2019
Forecast period 2021 – 2028
Quantitative units Revenue in millions of USD and CAGR from 2021 to 2027
Covered segments Types, applications, end users, etc.
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Regional scope North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
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On the basis of geography, the global home ventilation system market has segmented as follows:

  • North America includes the United States, Canada and Mexico
  • Europe includes Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain
  • South America includes Colombia, Argentina, Nigeria and Chile
  • Asia-Pacific includes Japan, China, Korea, India, Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia

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Male dragonflies lose their ‘bling’ in warmer climates | Source


A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led by Michael Moore at Washington University in St. Louis reveals that male dragonflies have consistently evolved less breeding coloring in areas with warmer climates.

“Our study shows that the wing pigmentation of male dragonflies evolves so steadily in response to climate that it is among the most predictable evolutionary responses ever observed for a mating-related trait,” said Moore, who is postdoctoral fellow at the Living Earth Collaborative. .


“This work reveals that traits related to mating can be just as important to how organisms adapt to their climate as traits related to survival,” he said.

Many dragonflies have spots of dark black pigmentation on their wings which they use to woo potential mates and intimidate rivals.

“Beyond its reproductive function, having a lot of dark pigmentation on the wings can heat dragonflies up to 2 degrees Celsius, a pretty big change!” Moore said, noting that this would roughly equate to a 3.5 degree Fahrenheit change. “While this pigmentation can help dragonflies find mates, additional heating could also cause them to overheat in already hot places.”

The researchers wanted to know if this additional heating could force dragonflies to develop different amounts of wing pigmentation in different climates.

For this study, scientists created a database of 319 dragonfly species using field guides and citizen scientist observations. They examined the wing ornamentation shown in the photographs submitted to iNaturalist and gathered information on climatic variables in the locations where the dragonflies were observed. The researchers also directly measured the amount of wing pigmentation on individual dragonflies from nearly 3,000 iNaturalist observations in a target group of 10 selected species. For dragonflies of each of these 10 species, scientists assessed how populations differed in the hot and cold parts of their geographic range.

Whether they’re comparing species in warmer or cooler geographies, or comparing populations of the same species living in warmer areas versus cooler areas, the researchers found the same: male dragonflies almost always responded to warmer temperatures by developing less wing pigmentation.

The white-tailed dragonfly (Platemia lydia) is frequently seen by fishermen and nature lovers in the Saint-Louis region. This dragonfly expresses saturated spots of dark melanin coloring. (Photo: B. Marlin, Wikimedia Commons)

Sorting the observations in another way, the researchers determined that male dragonflies spotted in warmer years tended to have less wing pigmentation than male dragonflies of the same species in cooler years (the database included observations recorded during the period 2005-19).

“Since our planet is expected to continue to warm, our results suggest that male dragonflies may eventually need to adapt to global climate change by changing wing coloring less,” Moore said.

The study includes projections, based on global warming scenarios, which indicate that it will be beneficial for male wing pigmentation to decrease further as the Earth warms over the next 50 years.

But the changes do not happen in the same way for both sexes.

“Unlike males, female dragonflies show no major changes in the way their wing coloring changes with the current climate. We don’t yet know why males and females are so different, but it shows that we shouldn’t. not assume that genders will adapt to climate change the same way, ”Moore said.

Dragonflies have different amounts of pigment on their wings which help males and females of the same species identify with each other. One of the interesting implications of this research is that if the wing pigmentation of males changes in response to rapid changes in climate and the pigmentation of females changes in response to something else, females may no longer recognize males on their own. species.

This could cause them to mate with males of the wrong species.

“Rapid changes in mating-related traits could hamper a species’ ability to identify the right mate,” Moore said. “Even though our research suggests that these pigmentation changes seem likely to occur as the world warms, the consequences are something we don’t know much about yet. “

This work was done in collaboration with: Kim Medley, Director of the University of Washington Environmental Field Station, Tyson Research Center; Kasey Fowler-Finn, associate professor of biology at the University of Saint Louis; and Washington University undergraduates Kaitlyn Hersch, Chanont Sricharoen, Sarah Lee, Caitlin Reice, Paul Rice, and Sophie Kronick.

Southampton Town bans sales of helium balloons


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On Tuesday June 22, Southampton City Council passed a resolution banning the purchase and distribution of lighter-than-air gas-filled balloons. The resolution proved that the council was ready to go further than existing legislation, which had forbidden the deliberate release of such balloons in the air.

Supporters of the new law, such as the Southampton Sustainability Committee, have said the ban on light gas-filled balloons will help Southampton’s environment.

“We have all seen the devastating images of marine animals that have washed up on our beaches after ingesting balloons or getting tangled in the strings attached to the balloons,” said Southampton City Councilor John Bouvier, who serves liaison with the sustainability committee.

Another intended effect of the ban is to preserve helium, a gas common in balloons but which also has vital medical use. Liquid helium is used in many medical testing machines, such as MRI scanners, to cool superconducting magnets.

Most of Southampton have already spoken in favor of passing such a balloon ban. A 2020 poll by the Commission found that 66% of residents were in favor of “banning the sale, distribution and release” of balloons filled with lighter-than-air gases.

After the official change in legislation, Dieter von Lehsten, co-chair of the sustainability committee, congratulated the board of directors for their efforts. “The pollution created by these balloons on our beaches and our parks, in addition to the havoc they create for our wildlife on land, and in particular in the ocean, needed a strong message, which you delivered”, said von Lehsten.

The new law will come into force on June 1, 2022.

China must reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least as much as US emissions


As the Biden administration ramps up US efforts to tackle climate change, comparisons with other countries are often brought up, especially with China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its energy-related emissions are almost double that of the United States. Otherwise, new data reports that China’s emissions jumped 15% in the first quarter of this year compared to last year, as China rebounds from its lockdown from COVID-19.

The China Energy Outlook, compiled by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), reveals that China is taking steps to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions, but both are likely to continue to rise into the 2020s as the country continues to improve. building frenzy and remains dependent on coal. The Berkeley Lab Outlook also shows that China has done a lot to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions, but has a lot more to do – an amount equivalent to the total of current U.S. emissions is at stake.

Energy and emissions trends

As part of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), China has set targets for 2020 to reduce energy intensity and CO2 emissions intensity by 15% and 18%, respectively, and derive about 15% of total primary energy from non-fossil sources.

Despite its growing emissions, Berkeley Lab finds that China appears to be on track to meet these key goals due to several factors: energy efficiency; growth in the share of the service sector in the Chinese economy; growth of renewable, nuclear and natural gas energies; and a slightly lower share of energy consumption from coal. (The use of coal continues to grow but more slowly than in the boom years of the past).


The Outlook presents 42 Chinese policies focused on reducing energy and associated emissions. Here are some notable examples:

  • Appliance and Equipment Standards: China has mandatory efficiency standards for 73 product categories, compared to over 60 in the United States.
  • Light and Heavy Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards: The current Chinese standard for passenger vehicles (around 35 miles per gallon in 2020) is more stringent than the US standard (around 31 mpg in 2020) (see here).
  • Electric Vehicle Incentives: China’s New Energy Vehicle Program promotes electric and fuel cell vehicles with incentives, extensive charging infrastructure, and other measures. Preliminary data shows that 1.34 million electric vehicles were sold in China in 2020, compared to 0.33 million in the United States; China has also made major progress in the electrification of buses.
  • Local government carbon targets: Under its Low Carbon Pilot Cities and Provinces program, 83 cities and provinces have set targets for when CO2 emissions will peak. They carry out energy and GHG emissions inventories, prepare action plans and establish local standards and incentives.

Many of China’s policies are similar to the policies of the United States and other countries, which have provided lessons for Chinese policymakers. Likewise, American policymakers can learn from some aspects of Chinese policies.

China’s energy future and emissions

Many studies project China’s energy consumption and emissions to 2050 under various scenarios, as shown in the figure below. Most of the scenarios published in the past two years show a peak in emissions by 2030, but some show emission levels until 2050 while others show a decline. In its continuous improvement scenario, Berkeley Lab shows that emissions could decrease significantly by 2050 if China adopts the maximum share of commercially available and profitable energy efficiency and renewable energy supply by 2050.

The difference between the emissions levels from 2030 to 2050 and the Berkeley Lab’s continuous improvement scenario is of the same order of magnitude as the current US emissions, which shows the importance for China to adopt this reduction path. shows. The Berkeley Lab and several other scenarios are illustrated in the figure below.

China has an impressive track record of energy and emissions policies that put it on track to peak emissions by 2030, but it clearly needs to do a lot more – and quickly. As the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases, China has a particular obligation to reduce its emissions given their very significant impact on the global environment. The same can be said of the United States; the two countries together account for over 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

In September, Chinese President Xi Jinpeng pledged that China would peak in total CO2 emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060. This commitment goes even beyond the Berkeley Lab scenario.

The Berkeley Lab China Energy Outlook shows a way forward for China to look to improve energy efficiency and use renewables to significantly reduce emissions, but even more effort will be needed to meet China’s new targets. Berkeley Lab is exploring deep decarbonization pathways for China to reach its new target. China should follow such a path, and the United States should help while embarking on a similar path. The ACEEE will continue to monitor energy policies in China, the United States and other countries in a new edition of our International Energy Efficiency Scoreboard, which will be released next year.

Byzantine MIQ system leads travelers to distraction


Travelers and travel agents are exasperated by an MIQ room allocation system that can make it nearly impossible to secure a hostel room

Changes to the MIQ and a complicated room allocation system made locking down a one-time quarantine easier said than done – despite reports from MBIE showing more than 1,000 unallocated rooms last week.

High demand for rooms, ongoing maintenance of facilities and new consolidation procedures put pressure on the MIQ system.

Travelers trying to come to New Zealand in the next few months are faced with a calendar of crossed out and unavailable days.

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Travel agent Lianne Powell tried to find room for a family coming from South Africa next month, but found nothing after days of constant refreshing on the room allocation page – despite the MBIE figures indicating hundreds of rooms available.

If days do become available, they are immediately taken, and Powell said the only availability tends to be for days when there are no big flights ahead.

“The frustration is huge,” she said.

As a travel agent, she’s used to handling flight and accommodation reservation systems, but said MIQ’s website was the least user-friendly she had dealt with.

“I find their system very difficult,” she said. “It’s backwards. They don’t give a lot of information and it is very difficult to speak with someone.

It’s just another juggling ball for migrants trying to start their lives in New Zealand. Powell’s clients have sold their homes and have jobs on hold in Auckland, and issues with the reservation process make their lives even more difficult.

“They have to give desperate people the chance to talk to someone,” Powell said.

The reservation system on the site has a host of crossed out and grayed out days. Photo: MBIE

Part of the reason for the tide of unavailability on the booking site is that vouchers for MIQ rooms are only released gradually in batches.

MIQ co-chief Brigadier Rose King said it was aimed at helping people in different time zones and easing traffic to the website.

“There are still rooms to be vacated for August, September and October,” she said. “We advise people to keep checking the system for available dates.”

She said the capacity of the MIQ system had recently decreased by about 900 rooms, from 4,000 available fortnightly to 3,100.

“We are operating at a lower capacity due to ongoing planned maintenance, cohort implementation and the fact that the Great Mercury and the Grand Millennium have been offline. “

With the reopening of the Grand Mercure and Grand Millennium shortly after work on their ventilation systems, an additional 550 rooms could potentially be used.

However, this may not reflect the actual figures available for travelers and returnees.

“The actual number that will be used will depend on incoming flights and the specific grouping arrangements for those facilities,” King said.

According to MBIE, the reunification procedures “will ensure that returnees will be in the same establishment as others who have arrived at around the same time, and most importantly, separate those who have just arrived from those who arrive at the end of their stay. . “

But travel agents looking to book rooms for customers on the site have complained that the opaque system doesn’t make it clear why there aren’t any rooms available, or when they can expect to book them – often an urgent problem when managing air transport logistics in a post-Covid world.

King said there are better ways to communicate with the public more effectively.

“We seek to demonstrate these capacity fluctuations in our public reports to ensure a more accurate understanding of MIQ capacity,” she said.

Powell said there should be more transparency. “They should update the website more often, letting people know when rooms are available for booking,” she said. “They’re not giving people the right information.”

The MBIE told her to apply for an emergency allowance, but was later told that she had to wait two weeks before her clients left. “They don’t look at why this is an emergency and why it might be urgent,” she said. “They only look inside the box.”

It is also not the last time that we can expect unpredictability around room availability.

“We have an ongoing maintenance and ventilation program that will continue to see facilities move in and out of our available capacity.”

VOICE: The roots of climate change


Human-caused climate change began not only with the burning of fossil fuels, but also with our exploitation of the Earth’s soil. Indigenous societies, many of which have sophisticated farming systems structured around knowledge of environmental limits, have often been violently displaced from their lands or forced to accept European agricultural models. As colonialism and mining practices spread around the world, the land was, for the first time, exposed to the plow. After only a few decades of intense plowing, 50% of the original organic matter in the earth’s soil has been oxidized and released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

Land use, deforestation and industrial agriculture today contribute around 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions

Fortunately, land use practices can be one of the most important solutions to the climate crisis, given the soil’s ability to sequester and retain carbon. A tablespoon of soil contains billions of microbes that collectively hold more carbon than all the animals put together.

Billions of tons of carbon are found underground, three times more than in the atmosphere. Microbes are the key to carbon sequestration because they transfer organic matter from plants and animals to the soil. This process enhances soil fertility while removing carbon from the atmosphere and locking it in.

With the advent of industrial agriculture, it is estimated that we lost 133 billion tonnes of soil carbon.

To keep warming at 1.5 ° C and preserve a liveable planet, we must both significantly reduce our emissions and achieve widespread carbon sequestration. The famous Project Drawdown shows in its data no other more effective way to fight global warming than to capture carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis and the growth of plants, trees and other plants. Yet industrial-style monoculture farming practices such as plowing, stripping of land, the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides and amendments, and the long-distance transport of crops add significantly to our emissions. GES.

Conversely, regenerative agriculture practices can extract and sequester carbon. Healthy soil needs and stores carbon. Regenerative agriculture practices are most often economical over time, safer for farm workers, “low tech” and use local knowledge. These practices can restore degraded lands, improve water retention, reduce flooding, provide more nutrient-dense foods, improve air and water quality with reduced use of herbicides, pesticides and of toxic fertilizers, protect pollinators, create local and balanced ecosystems, promote crop resilience, disperse heat, reverse climate change and reconnect people to the land. Regenerative agriculture involves several basic practices: minimal soil disturbance, organic production, application of compost, use of cover crops, and crop rotation. Regenerative practices take different forms; some involving cattle grazing with meadows and food trees, and others resembling the Hawaiian haupua’a system.

There is a maturing global scientific consensus on the need to move from industrialized agriculture to regenerative practices, as well as the ability of regenerative practices to match the yields of conventional methods, especially in a less climate-stable world. The Historical International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development is the most comprehensive and rigorous assessment of agriculture to date. The most salient finding of IAASTD is that a radical transformation of the world’s food and agricultural systems – especially the policies and institutions that affect them – is necessary if we are to overcome the converging economic and environmental crises and feed the world. in a sustainable manner. He found that small-scale diversified agriculture is responsible for the lion’s share of global agriculture, and that “the greatest opportunity to improve livelihoods and equity exists in diversified production systems at small scale in developing countries. On the other hand, 60% of American farmland is used for GMO corn and soybeans which are used for animal feed, fuel and corn syrup. These larger farms have bigger problems, including substantial greenhouse gas emissions, and are more vulnerable to climate impacts.

To learn more about the benefits of regenerative agriculture, tune in on July 14, at 6 p.m., to the monthly Remote Climate Action Forum. To register for the online forum, go to bit.ly/rootsofclimatechange. Those who register for the July Forum – “The Roots of Climate Change: Solutions in the Ground” will have free access to the documentary “Kiss the Ground”.

This film gives a good explanation of how regenerative farming practices benefit the environment, although it simplifies both the problem and the solution and does not address deeper extraction systems and the mentality. of cultural supremacy that gave birth to destructive land practices in the first place. .

Other documentaries that pay more attention to the role of Indigenous regenerative agriculture are “Gather” and “Tending the Wild”. The forum can also be viewed live on the Zero Waste Kaua’i Facebook page. For more information on the Kaua’i Climate Action Coalition or to get involved, email [email protected]


Laurel brier is involved in the Kaua’i Climate Action Coalition, formerly known as Apollo Kaua’i. The KCAC meets on the third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. KCAC partners with Surfrider and Zero Waste Kaua’i to deliver a monthly educational series on the climate crisis and related topics on the second Wednesday of the month on Zoom and the ZWK Live Facebook page.

Serre du Mont Stuart / Bence Mulcahy


Serre du Mont Stuart / Bence Mulcahy

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    343 m²

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  • Principal architects:

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Text description provided by the architects. Culverden circa 1900 takes advantage of the elevation and aspect of Mount Stuart. Turning away from the street, towards Hobart and the River Derwent, it occupies a large development with a large private garden. Culverden has features typical of its Italian federation style: asymmetry, a narrow, square two-story entrance tower, and a wooden veranda adorned with a filigree iron balustrade. The house is red brick with a sandstone base, complemented by tall brick fireplaces encircled with glazed chimney pots.

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The project involved:

– the demolition of the failing greenhouse in 1986 and its replacement with a new kitchen and dining room,

– a new bathroom and a dressing room leading to the master bedroom

– expansion and reconfiguration of the existing bathroom on the ground floor to provide level access from the guest bedroom, and

– associated landscaping, including a time machine in a hot tub.

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The client expressed a desire to live “swallowed up by the garden”. The new addition was designed as a garden furniture, veranda or greenhouse. The new dining and kitchen area expands from the south corner of the existing house and encloses it. As one moves, traces of the new home gradually appear, culminating in the kitchen dining room where the full expanse is revealed. The kitchen is a formal bookend to the road through the house and connects the upper and lower landscaped terraces.

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Upstairs, the bathroom and bathrobe are accessible directly from the master bedroom and are suspended above the dining area from the kitchen. The new addition shares formal characteristics with the existing one. The sandstone base establishes a link between the existing building and the landscape and anchors the new work. The addition of the greenhouse contrasts with the existing interior spaces of the existing residence. Transparent but deliberately and overtly structural, it captures the proximity to the gardens and formally establishes a relationship with the existing veranda, but also offers possibilities for storage and order in the kitchen.

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Generous in volume, the space stretches upward, capturing the scale of immediate vegetation and city views, while resting in a subservient fashion under the soffit of the existing home. Handcrafted details and materials blur the distinction between the existing and the new, and ensure the continuity of pattern and texture throughout the space. The project presented opportunities for local artisans and skilled trades including an industrial blacksmith, heritage plasterer, metallurgist, ceramist, and materials such as tadelakt, brass and stoneware. Natural and handmade raw craftsmanship. Materials that age and acquire a patina have been favored.

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A lived space. The new addition is double glazed for efficiency and incorporates a custom designed thermal cap system. It is naturally ventilated with custom steel casement windows and top level fans. It is served by the heating system of the existing houses. For guests, a busy professional couple and their children, the Mount Stuart Green House provides a stage, for family life linked to the garden and veranda, in a way that complements the quality and craftsmanship of the existing house.

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Colorado gas prices skyrocket as Colorado fuel trucking company tackles labor shortages – CBS Denver


(CBS4) – Labor shortages have hit commercial drivers in the petroleum industry. Colorado business owner says it’s time to “cut the feed tube” on pandemic unemployment benefits.

“I agree with unemployment benefits in certain situations like dismissal. The problem with the state of Colorado is that they give unemployment for whatever reason and you take advantage of it. I don’t support any of the extra payments the government makes, ”said Mike Knowles, owner of Knowles Transportation.

Knowles estimates that his company spends around $ 10,000 per month on recruiting fees and advertising. In 18 years of activity, he has never known such a difficult period.

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“Right now, not having the drivers, we are refusing work, you know? So while we have a great business and have great opportunities if you don’t have anyone to drive these trucks and you can’t bring people in to fix them, it just doesn’t work very well for you. Says Knowles.

Knowles says he has had to increase wages to help recruit drivers, which in turn increases the cost of his product and, consequently, gasoline prices. He also says the shortage of drivers has resulted in delays in deliveries to the pump. Especially in the high country where motorists flock for the holidays.

“… and when you start to shut down pipelines, the side effect is that we have to haul it further, so if you have to haul it further and there are no drivers, that’s a real challenge. “

READ MORE: Governor Jared Polis: Weekly payments of $ 300 for pandemic unemployment will continue in Colorado

He thinks the state needs to follow what other states are doing and withdraw unemployment benefits to get people to work, but Gov. Jared Polis’s office believes it’s important to keep benefits in place.

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In addition to unemployment, the governor’s office says it is paving the way for people to get back to work with Colorado Jumpstart, a program offered to Colorado unemployment beneficiaries who returned to work between May 16 and June 26, 2021. Those who returned to work before June 1 were eligible to receive $ 1,600, and after, $ 1,200.

In an email, a spokesperson for the governor’s office said 17,000 applicants had opted for the program.

“Governor Polis is striving for real results and to ensure that we all rebuild stronger than before. Congress shouldn’t be paying for it if it doesn’t want states to use it. It’s free federal government money for Colorado and if Colorado ended it before Congress paid it off during the first week of September, it would drain about $ 600 million to $ 800 million from our state, ”he said. writes Conor Cahill, spokesperson for the governor’s office. . “Governor Polis is focused on the swift and efficient distribution of millions of dollars in federal stimulus relief received by the state and he appreciates the work of those in the federal delegation who have sought to ensure that Colorado receives this. essential funding. If Congress wanted to increase flexibility on how Colorado could use the $ 600 million to $ 800 million, Colorado would be interested in other uses, but it wouldn’t be in our best interests to send it back instead of sending it. to Coloradans in need. We know that just because more Coloradians are returning to full-time work after this global pandemic doesn’t mean that their financial challenges will simply go away. Colorado residents who are unemployed seek employment in our state and Colorado was one of the first states to reinstate the requirement that all unemployed beneficiaries actively seek employment in order to qualify for benefits. We are delighted that thousands of claimants have already opted for the Jumpstart program this month and that more and more workers are taking advantage of the $ 1,200 incentive if they return to work and terminate their benefits. unemployment. When the Governor was in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction this month, he heard some very positive things about how bonuses have increased claims.

Overall, Colorado’s unemployment rate is 6.4% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ranking Colorado 35th in the country. Colorado’s labor force increased by 1,300 in May to 3,198,100. The share of Coloradans participating in the labor force was 68.6% in May, just below the previous labor force participation rate. the February 2020 pandemic by 68.7%.

2021 Air Purification Systems Market Analysis Report | Top Companies, Cost Structures, Growth Analysis, Competitive Landscape and Regional Analysis by 2029

Industry Overview of Air Purification Systems:

Objective to offer the most segmented consumption and sales data of several types of Air Purification Systems Market, downstream consumption areas and competitive landscape in many regions and countries around the world, this report studies the latest and upcoming market data from the main and secondary authoritative foundation.

The global air purification systems market was valued at USD 15.02 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach a value of USD 26.11 billion at a 10.7% CAGR during the forecast period, 2019-2026.

The report also suggests the latest market dynamics such as major driving factors, major restraining factors, and industry news such as mergers, acquisitions and investments. It provides market size (value & volume), industry share, market growth rate by types, applications, end user and combines qualitative and quantitative techniques to make micro and macro predictions in many regions. or country of the world.

Drivers of Air Purification Systems Market reports:

  • Rising small and medium enterprises may accelerate the growth of the market during the forecast period.
  • The increasing demand for consistent application performance will drive the market growth.
  • Another issue that is driving the growth of this market is the rapid development of internet traffic.

Key Players in the Air Purification Systems Market:

Daikin Industries, Ltd. (United States), Mann + Hummel GmbH (Germany), Clean Teq Holding Limited (Australia), Camfil Group (Sweden), Panasonic Corporation (Japan), Sharp Corporation (Japan), Honeywell International Inc. (United States), LG Electronics Inc. (South Korea), Whirlpool Corporation (United States) and Koninklijke Philips NV (Netherlands).

Air purification systems are deployed in commercial and industrial spaces as well as in residential areas for the purpose of purifying the air by removing impurities and contaminants. Additionally, coal used in thermal energy production and as a household fuel source in many underdeveloped economies significantly deteriorates indoor air quality. People are increasingly faced with various health risks such as lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory and cardiovascular disorders.

The report focuses on the top key vendors in terms of top brands, global region, type, end user, profiles, product analysis, sales, price, revenue and gross margin in the future.

Market chains:

  • The availability of restricted information metrics providers may hamper the growth of the industry.
  • The complexity of the network will limit the development of this market.
  • The high value of device delivery controller will hamper the market growth.

This report estimates revenue growth on a global, regional, and country level and offers an analysis of the latest industry trends and business growth drivers in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2029. For this study, Straits Research has segmented the global air purification market. System Market report based on Product, Distribution Channel, Application, and Region:

By product: Dust collectors, oil and mist eliminators, vapor and smoke collectors, fire / emergency exhaust, others (commercial kitchen ventilation system, industrial UV system and air purifiers)
By technology: HEPA, activated carbon purifier, electrostatic precipitator, ion filters, others (ozone generators and ultraviolet light air filters)
By end use: Automotive, construction, energy and utilities, health and medicine, manufacturing, others (hotel, residential, education, aviation)

The report includes

  • An overview of the leading air purification system companies and a detailed description of their main business segments, products, financial performance, developments and strategies.
  • Analyzes of air purification systems market trends, with data for 2020, estimates for 2021, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) to 2029.
  • Information on the types of tasks in the air purification systems market and identification of their capabilities with the greatest commercial potential.
  • Analysis of the main drivers and restraints that will shape the market in the future.
  • Coverage of sector and regional performance, technological advancements and awards and recognitions of these top companies.

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Year round high ethanol gas mixes quashed by federal judges


A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a rule change by the Trump-era Environmental Protection Agency that allowed the sale of a 15% ethanol-gasoline blend during the summer months.

The move is a blow to the ethanol industry and to corn growers who grow the crop from which the fuel additive is made. They had predicted an increase in ethanol demand from year-round sales of the highest blend.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds denounced the decision in a statement.

“Iowa is proudly the nation’s leader in the production of renewable fuels, and today’s decision is a blow not only to our renewable fuels industry, but also to our fuel retailers,” said said Reynolds. “has worked closely with the Trump administration to ensure year-round security. E-15 sales, and I disagree with today’s court ruling. We will continue to defend renewable fuels and fuel retailers, and we will pursue all avenues possible to ensure that they can continue to deliver lower cost, cleaner E-15 to the people of Iowa.

Most gasolines sold in the United States today are blended with 10% ethanol. Corn growers and ethanol refiners have lobbied the government to allow widespread sale of a 15% ethanol blend.

The Trump administration made the switch to keep a campaign pledge to farmers in the Midwest, including those in Iowa, whose annual crop half goes to ethanol production. The EPA under President Donald Trump announced the change in May 2019, ending the summer ban on E15 blending.

The provisions of the Clean Air Act banned the sale of certain fuels with higher volatility from June 1 to September 15 to limit smog. Congress authorized 10% ethanol and the EPA, in its 2019 ruling, revised the interpretation of the exemption under federal law to include the 15% ethanol blend.

More: Iowa’s ethanol production drops 500 million gallons as Americans drive less due to COVID-19

Ethanol proponents argue that using more renewable corn-based fuel is better for the environment and helps meet federal climate change targets.

Three judges from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals rendered their decision on Friday. They said it is clear from the federal law that Congress has balanced “far-reaching economic, energy and geopolitical implications” and that the wording of the law “reflects a compromise, not simply a desire to maximize the production of gas. ‘ethanol at all costs’. They concluded that Congress did not intend to allow the large-scale sale of blends of more than 10% ethanol year-round and that the EPA had overstepped its authority.

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the petroleum industry trade group that challenged the EPA’s ruling, said the court simply followed the government’s interpretation of the law that has been in place for 30 years.

“There is no ambiguity in the law and the reinterpretation of the previous administration has gone beyond the will of Congress,” said AFPM CEO Chet Thompson.

Opinion: What could make the electric vehicle trend a win for ethanol

The ruling is the second major legal defeat for the ethanol industry in a week. On June 25, the United States Supreme Court ruled that some petroleum refiners could exempt themselves from the requirement to blend ethanol into the gasoline they produce, further reducing the amount of ethanol blended. in the national fuel supply.

The Iowa Corn Growers Association said it will continue to work with the Biden administration, Congress and state officials to maintain consumer access to E15 year-round.

“It does not make sense to restore barriers that could hinder market access to a cleaner burning fuel choice that combats climate change,” said Carl Jardon, a farmer from Randolph, Iowa, and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

US Senator Jon Ernst, R-Iowa, tweeted Friday that the judges’ decision was “another disappointment for hard-working farmers and biofuel producers in Iowa.”

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said in a statement that gas station owners and farmers would lose money because of the decision.

“Consumers need to have access to these more affordable and cleaner fuels, especially during the summer driving season,” he said.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw speaks at a press conference announcing Iowa's participation in filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court supporting a challenge to the EPA's use of small refinery exemptions from the renewable fuels standard on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director Monte Shaw said in a statement that proponents of ethanol will challenge the court ruling.

“The key will be finding a solution by June 2022 to ensure the mat is not ripped off from fuel retailers across the country who have added E15 to their stations, building on the certainty provided. by the EPA to offer the fuel year round, ”he said.

Ethanol supporters could ask the full court of appeals to review the decision of the three-judge panel. They could also ask Congress to change the law to allow year-round sales of E15.

The industry is hoping this year’s sales will not be reduced because by the time the court issues its warrant and the EPA is required to comply, most of the summer season will be over.

This is the third summer sale of E15 authorized and there were indications that sales were increasing. Sales jumped 24% in Iowa from 2019 to 2020, topping 60.5 million gallons in 2020, the Renewable Fuels Association reported. This increase came despite a 14% drop in the state’s overall oil consumption from 2019 levels due to a decrease in the number of drivers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tyler Jett, editor of Des Moines Register, contributed to this article.

Ontario Farm Boilers and Pressure Equipment Online Reports Now Online


Ontario greenhouse owners and operators can now report existing agricultural boilers and pressure vessels online.

The Technical and Safety Standards Authority (TSSA) rolled out the new online form on its website effective July 1, when new requirements came into effect under the Technical Standards and Safety Act 2000 Ontario Regulation 220/01: Boilers and Pressure Vessels and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B51: 19 Code for boilers, pressure vessels and pressure piping.

This applies to steam boilers, water boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration equipment using ammonia, carbon dioxide, refrigerants of group A1 and all other refrigerants.

The deadline to submit the online form is September 30.

First announced last year, the exemption that was previously in place for agricultural BPVs was revoked last summer due to growing safety concerns. The TSSA published detailed requirements for boilers, pressure vessels (BPVs), fittings and piping used for agricultural purposes earlier this year. These requirements began on July 1, 2021.

The TSSA says it will use the information gathered to document existing devices in the province and conduct a risk-based assessment. In addition, they “will establish a priority list to plan an initial inspection over five years. The sites will be prioritized for a first inspection depending on the type of device, its location and whether it is covered by insurance. Priority for a first inspection will be given to farms with high risk sites.

Operators will be notified by email one month before the first inspection date. Those wishing to reschedule the first inspection should contact [email protected] or call 1-833-937-8772 (or 1-833-WFP-TSSA). TSSA will respond to questions sent to [email protected]

After September 30, any unreported site may incur additional charges for the owner.

The TSSA said it “will continue to work with agricultural partners to implement the new regulatory requirements. We will also work with BPV agricultural equipment insurers to ensure a smooth transition between the first TSSA inspection and periodic inspections by insurers, if applicable.

New installations

For new installations, a TSSA BPV inspector performs an installation inspection of all pressure equipment before it is put into service. If successful, the TSSA issues an inspection certificate (COI).

Once owners and operators have received a COI, certified equipment will then be subject to periodic inspection by a qualified inspector – owners should request an inspection either from their insurer or from the TSSA, as applicable, before the expiry date of their inspection certificate. More information is available online and a reference document here:

Manufacturers of pressure equipment must register their designs with the CTS, and designs must meet the requirements of the applicable North American code. Once approved, a Canadian Registration Number (CRN) is issued, which must be listed on the nameplate of each boiler and pressure vessel by the manufacturer. Manufacturers, manufacturers, contractors, assemblers or repair organizations of pressure equipment must have a valid certificate of authorization.

Existing installations

All existing and unregistered Boilers and Pressure Vessels (BPVs) that need to be repaired, modified, upgraded and / or replaced; and their associated piping systems, will be regulated on July 1. For more details, download the bulletin here:

The TSSA is currently developing a plan, which will be spread over five years, to bring all BPVs currently installed and used for agricultural purposes into compliance. The March 1 deadline for registering existing installations has been changed to July 1.

With files from: TSSA

For more information on TSSA BPV regulatory requirements and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit www.tssa.org. You can subscribe to updates on Farming – Boilers and Pressure Equipment. Questions can be addressed to: [email protected]

Inside Housing – News – Budget cuts led to approval of insufficient smoke control system in Grenfell Tower, investigation finds

A faulty smoke control system in the Grenfell Tower received approval after budget cuts resulted in the affected engineer being fired, according to the investigation.

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Faulty Grenfell Tower smoke control system received approval after budget cuts resulted in affected engineer being fired, #UKhousing survey finds

Appearing before the inquest yesterday, Paul Hanson, senior fire engineer at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), attributed a number of failures in the smoke control system in the bloc to council budget cuts.

Mr Hanson, who joined the board in 1988, approved a smoke control system that has since been considered “the lowest possible standard” by experts in the aftermath of the fire. But Mr Hanson said the failure of the system to meet building regulations was due to a lack of staff within the local authority following layoffs.

He told the inquest that at the start of his tenure on city council, he was part of a five-person “means of escape” team that considered building safety in the event of a fire. But Mr Hanson explained that that team was reduced to three and later he was the only one as the board was unable to replace people who retired or moved.

He said that “the redesign was based on the need to reduce the cost of building control” and then his workload “doubled”.

His comments echo complaints from his boss John Hoban, who told the inquest last September that he had become “inundated” with work and was reviewing 130 projects at a time.

Mr. Hanson read the Smoke Control Association (SCA) guidelines on smoke control systems, particularly a section that states that when installing systems, they should be tested to identify “dead spots.” .

He said he viewed the SCA guidelines as a “helpful guide” when dealing with concerns about particular systems, but that dead spot testing was not standard practice.

The RBKC employee said this was not done as it would normally be taken up by a building regulation engineering group, or “BREG engineer”. RBKC’s BREG engineer was made redundant in 2015.

Investigation lawyer Kate Grange QC said: “I think what you are saying is that because you did not have an electrical mechanical engineer this part of the SCA guidelines did not followed, is that correct? “

“Yes, that’s right,” Hanson replied.

He told the inquest that when he learned that the council’s BREG engineer had been fired, he requested a meeting with senior officials from the RBKC’s building control department to explain his concerns. Mr Hanson also claimed to have stressed the need for a BREG engineer after his work at Grenfell.

He said: “After this job I really felt it was so necessary and since then I have supported the board to rehire one or at least two mechanical electrical engineers.

“I think it’s very important when we are dealing with these mechanical ventilation systems, I would have felt a lot more confident in this job if I had had a BREG engineer sitting next to me to evaluate the system. “

Ms Grange explained to Mr Hanson the advice of the SCA and explained that in approving the smoke control system he had failed to meet a number of criteria that would prove the system was working.

Another failure highlighted by Ms. Grange concerned the consideration of partitioning and internal fire propagation.

She asked, “You didn’t take into account B3, internal fire spread, in terms of the smoke control system and its ability to maintain compartmentalization, is that correct? “

Mr. Hanson confirmed that he had not considered the internal spread and compartmentalisation of the fire. A lack of compartmentalization allowed smoke to fill the common areas of the Grenfell Tower and prevented residents from escaping.

The investigation is continuing.

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The effects of global warming are here and we should be very afraid


In this era of climate emergency, not a year goes by without another extreme, unprecedented and terrifying weather event. Right now, it’s a heatwave. On June 29, Lytton, a small mountain town in Canada, recorded an incredible temperature of 49.6 degrees Celsius. Seattle in the United States, at the same latitude as Lytton, recorded 42.2 degrees Celsius. Portland in the United States recorded an incredible 46.6 degrees Celsius.

Places like these simply don’t suffer from heat waves, especially record high temperatures like these. Earlier in June, cities in the United Arab Emirates, Iran and Kuwait recorded temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius. In Islamabad, Pakistan, several schoolchildren passed out during a severe heat wave in early June.

Read also: The world will break down the dangerous thermal barrier by 2025

And what about India? The monsoon appears to have stopped and, in particular, has failed in Delhi after initially pledging to reach the capital 12 days ahead of schedule. Intense heatwave conditions persist even as Delhi recorded its highest temperature this year, 43.5 degrees Celsius, on June 30.

In many parts of the world, especially in the northern hemisphere, the maximum summer heat exceeds the limits of human tolerance.

Last year, Living room examined how India suffers from the dual scourge of extreme heat and chronic heat, both of which are caused and exacerbated by climate change. This summer, we’re seeing many of the same symptoms, including high wet bulb temperatures, a deadly combination of extreme heat and humidity, with no respite in sight.

Read also: Is the extreme heat making India unlivable?

All of this makes continued climate inaction at the national and international levels all the more frustrating. It is now well known that the window of time for crucial action to eliminate new carbon emissions heating the planet is rapidly narrowing. However, emissions are actually on the rise. And the pace of global warming is accelerating.

At the end of May, a report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) indicated that there was a 40% chance that at least one of the next five years would be 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than in pre-industrial times ( 1850-1900). The 2015 Paris climate agreement aimed to prevent the world from crossing the 1.5 degree Celsius mark by 2100. But with the world already 1.2 degrees Celsius hotter than pre-industrial times, all bets are open.

One fact that often gets lost in the global rhetoric about limiting warming to between 1.5 degrees Celsius (best case) and 2 degrees Celsius (worst case) by 2100 is that even a 1.5 degree increase will be catastrophic. for many parts of the world. Since we are talking about global averages here, an overall increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius would mean that in real terms many regions will be much warmer than that. The Himalayas, for example, would warm by more than 2 degrees Celsius against a global average rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius. If we continue on our current path as usual, the Himalayas will see temperatures soar by a catastrophic 5 degrees Celsius.

Read also: Climate change will decimate India’s GDP by 2050

According to the 2018 “1.5 degree” report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with a warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, 14% of the planet’s population will be exposed to severe heat waves at least once every five years. With a warming of 2 degrees Celsius, this figure will rise to 37%. Even if global warming is limited to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius by 2100, 350 million more people will be under heat stress by 2050. The 2015 heat wave that killed more than 2,400 people in India will become an annual event with a warming of 2 degrees Celsius. Right now, the world is on track to achieve a warming of 3 degrees Celsius or more by 2100. We should be very scared.

New Ohio law bans cities from enacting natural gas bans


COLUMBUS – A move to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings in New York and San Francisco has prompted Ohio lawmakers to rush to prevent similar efforts here.

House Bill 201, promulgated by Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday, prohibits municipalities from banning customers from using natural gas or propane. The change was passed even though no city in Ohio currently has such a ban and current law allows customers to choose their energy source.

Still, proponents of the change say removing natural gas from the mix would dramatically increase the price of energy for Ohioans.

“It would be an incredible problem for people across Buckeye State if we didn’t come out in front of this,” said Senator Rob McColley, R-Napoleon.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that forms beneath the earth’s surface and, when burned, emits carbon dioxide emissions.

For supporters of natural gas bans in California and elsewhere, the restrictions are aimed at curbing climate change.

After:No more fires in the kitchen: cities ban natural gas in homes to save the planet

But Rep. Jason Stephens, R-Kitts Hill, introduced his bill to ban those bans to ensure customer choice.

“Here in Ohio, we want to promote a fair market for all Ohioans, consumers, so that we have the energy options that work best for them – this legislation is helping to make that a reality,” Stephens said.

Opponents say the change removes local control and gives natural gas an advantage not offered to renewable energy resources. Meanwhile, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 52, which would add another hurdle to wind and solar projects in the state.

After:Significant local contribution or unnecessary roadblock? Bill heads to DeWine adds hurdle for wind and solar

“The government shouldn’t be about picking winners and losers,” said Representative Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson. “This is the only thing this unnecessary law manages to do by promoting the proliferation of natural gas and propane.

The bill was passed by the Ohio Legislature along party lines and takes effect in 90 days.

Jessie Balmert is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which serves the Akron Beacon Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch and 18 other affiliated news organizations across Ohio.

Best Bad Credit Auto Loans: Compare Options


Do you have bad credit? If so, you might think it’s impossible for you to finance the purchase of a car. The good news is, it is possible to get an auto loan for bad credit even if you have past bankruptcies, late payments, or other serious credit problems.

the interest rate on bad credit loans is often higher and maximum loan amounts
are often lower, it’s still possible to get a loan with reasonable terms—especially
as there are now more companies than ever offering car loans for bad credit

help you narrow down your options, we’ve compiled a list of the best auto loans
for bad credit. You can read about our top picks and other information about
bad credit auto loans below.

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Compare Bad Credit Auto Loans

Loan Terms

24 – 84 months

Loan Terms

12 – 84 months

Loan Terms

36 – 72 months

Loan Terms

36 – 72 months

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Loan Terms

24 – 72 months

Best Auto Loans for Bad Credit

Below you will find our choices for the best bad credit auto loans—including two marketplaces and three lenders—based on our Editorial Ratings. Scroll down or click a company name to jump to its review.


  1. CarsDirect
  2. RoadLoans


  1. Capital One
  2. Auto Credit Express
  3. MyAutoLoan

#1 Marketplace – CarsDirect

CarsDirect allows you to complete a form and request auto loan quotes within as little as 60 seconds. The process of getting quotes from dealers on car loans is simple and easy.

CarsDirect also provides tools to help you find and buy a vehicle, including details on dealer incentives. And unlike many bad credit installment loans direct lenders only, there’s no minimum credit score requirement as long as you can provide proof of income.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about a loan from CarsDirect:

  • Minimum income of $500 per week
  • Repayment terms vary depending on credit
    history, vehicle year, and loan amount
  • No minimum or maximum loan amounts
  • Interest rates vary depending on credit history,
    down payment, and loan amount


  • There’s no fee to apply for a loan.
  • You can get a loan offer in 60 seconds.
  • You can find financing options from various dealers.
  • Online tools and educational information can help you to find a vehicle, explore discounts, and learn more about the car-buying process.


  • You’ll need to complete the loan application process with the dealer you’re ultimately connected to.
  • Many lenders receive your information so you may receive lots of marketing calls.
  • Lenders must pay to be in the CarsDirect network, so you may not get access to smaller lenders or local lenders unwilling to pay the fee.

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#2 Marketplace – RoadLoans

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RoadLoans connects car shoppers to lenders that offer financing for new or used vehicles purchased from dealers. When you apply online, you’ll receive multiple offers so you can easily compare rates.

Approval is fast and simple, and RoadLoans promises that there are options for bad credit borrowers.

Loans are available for both new and used cars, and RoadLoans pairs with cars.com and Carmax to help you research and find the right vehicle for you.

  • Minimum credit score of 550
  • Repayment terms up to 72 months
  • Minimum loan amount of $5,000 (or higher in Arizona, California, or Massachusetts)
  • Maximum loan amount of $75,000
  • Interest rates start at 1.99%, although they’ll likely be higher for bad credit borrowers


  • You can get pre-approved for a loan before you
    shop, and you can get an instant decision within minutes on loan
  • There’s no application fee to apply for a loan.
  • You can borrow for a new or used vehicle.


  • RoadLoans recommends a cosigner for bad credit
    borrowers to get better interest rates.
  • Multiple lenders will receive your information,
    so you may receive multiple promotional offers.
  • You can only buy a car from a dealership, not
    from a private party.

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#1 Lender – Capital One

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Capital One makes it easy to pre-qualify for an auto loan online, and you have flexibility in loan terms ranging from 24 to 72 months.

There’s no minimum credit score required to qualify for a loan, but you do need to provide proof of a minimum income. Capital One also doesn’t require a hard credit inquiry for you to find out loan terms, which means you can shop around with this lender without hurting your credit.

  • Repayment terms of 24 to 84 months
  • Minimum loan amount of $7,500


  • Flexibility in loan repayment terms
  • No hard inquiry required to get pre-qualified
  • No minimum credit score required
  • No application fee to apply for a loan


  • Certain vehicle models are excluded, including
    Oldsmobile, Suzuki, and Isuzu vehicles.
  • You’ll need to complete your application at the
    dealer and a hard inquiry will be replaced on your credit report.
  • You must buy your vehicle from a participating
    dealership. (There are around 12,000.)

>> Full Review: Capital One Auto Loans Review

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#2 Lender – Auto Credit Express


Auto Credit Express has a simple secure form that takes just three minutes to complete and which will allow you to apply for loans from multiple lenders. There’s no minimum credit score requirement and you can access financing through a wide network of lenders and dealers.

  • Minimum pre-tax income of $1,500 to $2,000 per month
  • Minimum down payment of $1,000 or at least 10% of the car’s selling price, whichever is less
  • Minimum debt-to-income ratio of 50%
  • Minimum payment-to-income ratio of 20%
  • Repayment terms range from 36 to 72 months
  • No minimum or maximum loan amounts
  • Interest rates vary by lender and are based on your credit, amount financed, down payment, and other factors


  • You’ll have flexible repayment terms.
  • Subprime borrowers can get quotes from multiple lenders to compare rates and find a loan they can qualify for.
  • Car loans are available for new and used vehicles as well as for leased vehicles.


  • Information is shared with multiple lenders, so
    you may receive multiple marketing calls and messages.
  • Interest rates can be high, depending on the
    lender and your credit score.
  • Down payments are typically required for
    subprime auto loan borrowers.

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#3 Lender – MyAutoloan


MyAutoloan is another online marketplace that allows you to fill out one application and receive multiple loan offers from as many as 20 partner lenders, including loans for new and used cars, loans to buy from dealerships, and loans to buy from a private party.

You do have to meet minimum credit score and income requirements for some partner lenders, however.

  • Minimum credit score of 500 is typically required
  • Repayment terms ranging from 24 to 84 months
  • Minimum loan amount of $8,000
  • Maximum loan amount of $100,000
  • Interest rates ranging from 2.49% to 25.00%


  • Compare up to four offers within minutes.
  • There’s no fees to apply.
  • First-time car buyers can take advantage of
    helpful educational tools and resources.
  • Car buyers can secure financing options for new
    and used vehicles, for private party purchases and for lease buyouts.


  • The lender requires a hard credit check.
  • Multiple lenders receive access to your
    information, so you may receive multiple ongoing offers after you’ve chosen
    your loan.

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How We Chose the Best Bad Credit Auto Loans

To find the best bad credit auto loans, our Editorial Team analyzed the product’s APR (35%), loan terms (20%), BBB rating (15%), minimum and maximum borrowing limits (10%), states available (10%), application/origination fees (10%), and discounts (5%).

Learn more about our ratings and methodology here.

Bad Credit Auto Loans FAQs

How Does Bad Credit Impact My Ability to Get an Auto Loan?

Having bad credit will impact your auto loan differently depending on who your lender is. Here are some common options for auto loans, along with details about how bad credit will affect your ability to borrow:

Dealership Financing

If you’re considering getting financing from a car dealership, you should be careful. Many car dealerships are able to work with people with bad credit, but some push you into high-interest loans when you might be able to get a better deal elsewhere.

Some dishonest dealers will even try to get you into a loan that is designed to fail since they can then repossess the car later on and charge a big fee or penalty. If you’re thinking about getting a loan via a car dealership, be sure to shop around first to make sure that what they’re offering is a good deal compared to other bad credit car loans.

A Traditional Bank

Getting an auto loan from a traditional bank if you have bad credit will likely be difficult, if not impossible. That’s because traditional banks tend to be extremely conservative when it comes to their lending decisions. They often have high cutoffs when it comes to credit scores and income, and they have little ability to be flexible. If you want to borrow from a bank, you might need to get a co-signer.

A Credit Union

Credit unions can sometimes also have high credit score cutoffs, but they tend to be lower than what traditional banks offer. They are more likely to be flexible if you’ve been a member for a long time. They also often offer lower rates than other lenders for people who have high credit since they aren’t a for-profit company, but a non-profit membership organization. Just because your current credit union won’t lend to you doesn’t mean that there aren’t other credit union auto loans available. Make sure to shop around.

Can I Get Financing to Buy a Used Car from a Private Seller?

If you’re looking to buy a used car from someone off Craigslist or an ad posted on the grocery store’s bulletin board, it could be more difficult to find financing. Some lenders are less likely to finance cars bought from a private seller.

In fact, some lenders will charge you a higher interest rate on cars bought from individuals instead of dealers. It can sometimes be as much as two or three percent more—which can make a huge difference in terms of how much you pay over the life of your loan and how much you pay each month. Shop around to make sure that you get the best deal.

Can I Get a Cosigner?

It is absolutely possible to get a cosigner on an auto loan if you have bad credit. In fact, if your cosigner has good or excellent credit, it might result in you getting approved when you would otherwise be rejected or allow you to get better terms or a lower interest rate.

Can I Get Pre-Approved Before Going to a Dealership?

It isn’t just possible to get pre-approved for a car loan before going to a dealership, it actually makes a lot of sense to do so. That’s because the last thing you want to do is get your heart set on a car that is way outside your price range. That’s why it’s better to know how much you can get approved for before you head out shopping.

Another reason why it makes sense to get pre-approved is that you’re less likely to get caught up in the excitement of car shopping or the discounts that the salesperson tells you are “today only” and opt for a loan offered by the dealership. If you don’t know what’s a good rate, you could be talked into taking on a loan that is more expensive than you might qualify for elsewhere. For that reason, knowing that you have been pre-approved will give you the power to act quickly if you need to without having to get a dealership loan.

Getting pre-approved is relatively easy. If you’re applying to a lender that has an online pre-approval application, all you have to do is answer a few questions about yourself and your finances. They’ll then give you a quote for how much you’re likely to qualify for. You can also do this with banks or credit unions by going into their branch and filling out an application or filling out their online applications.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that some lenders will do a hard credit check when they pre-approve you for an auto loan. That could greatly impact your credit score, because it will show up on your credit history as a credit inquiry. Each credit inquiry causes your score to go down a little bit, so you either want to look for lenders who will pre-approve you with a soft credit check that doesn’t affect your credit score or get fewer pre-approvals.

If you do plan to get pre-approved, you should know that sometimes the amount and rate can change once they finalize your loan application. You could end up not being able to borrow as much or having to pay significantly more than you thought in interest. The lender might also decide after conducting a hard credit check or reviewing your application not to lend to you at all.

Can I Get a Bad Credit Car Loan if My Car Has Previously Been Repossessed?

If you have had a car repossessed in the past, it could still be possible to get an auto loan, but it might make it more difficult. If your car is repossessed, that goes on your credit history and will stay there for seven years. If it’s been seven years, that item should have aged off of your credit report, so you’ll be more likely to get a new car loan. If it’s been less than seven years and the repossession is still on your credit history, it will likely be much more difficult to get an auto loan. However, that does not mean that it’s impossible.

If you have built up your credit since the repossession, you might be able to get a lender to take a chance on you. You can also increase your chances of getting an auto loan if you get a co-signer who has better credit than you.

Finally, there are lenders that specialize in giving auto loans for bad credit. These lenders might be willing to lend to you if you’ve had a previous car repossessed. However, they might look at your income more closely and things like your debt-to-income ratio before deciding to lend to you. If the repossession recently occurred, you will be less likely to convince a lender to give you a new loan unless there were significant mitigating factors.

You also might not be able to borrow as much as you would like, and you will almost definitely have to pay a significantly higher interest rate on your auto loan than someone who doesn’t have a repossession on their credit history. That’s because the lender must price into their interest rate the risk that you’ll default again.

Is It Possible to Get a Better Auto Loan After My Credit Score Improves?

If you have bad credit, you might think that your only option is to take out an auto loan with a high interest rate and pay it off completely. Fortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, if your credit score has improved, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by refinancing your auto loan at a lower interest rate.

This is a common situation. After all, if you take out an auto loan and pay it off faithfully and on time, then your credit score is likely to improve based on that good behavior. Good credit behavior with the rest of your credit accounts could also influence your score, as could the fact that time passing means that credit events will fall off your credit history.

If your credit has improved significantly, you can always try to get a quote and see how much you would be likely to save if you pursue an auto loan refinance, a debt consolidation loan, or a personal loan. Even if you can just shave off a couple of percentage points from your loan, you’re likely to come out ahead and reduce your monthly payments significantly. If you choose loans that have few or no fees, there shouldn’t be any costs to taking out a new loan, which means you can refinance more than once as your credit score continues to improve.

How Do I Avoid Scams and Predatory Offers?

Scammers flock to people who are desperate. Many people who have poor credit scores and are searching for a car loan are doing so because they need a car—often it’s the only way they’ll be able to get to work. For that reason, they are less likely to do their due diligence when they hear that a lender is willing to help them buy a car at a reasonable rate. But if it seems too good to be true, it likely is.

Many scammers advertise auto loans without credit checks, which can be a big red flag. Few reputable lenders will offer you an auto loan without a credit check. Many of these fake lenders request an upfront fee for your loan or an application fee. While many of these lenders don’t actually give out loans, others do but will only provide you with a loan with enormous interest rates and all kinds of hidden fees that add up quickly.

Your best bet for avoiding scams and predatory offers is to only get quotes from reputable lenders who have high ratings with the Better Business Bureau or other similar organizations like Trustpilot.

Since some scammers are looking to get your personal information, including your Social Security number, also be wary of e-mails that you might get about promotional deals, as they could be phishing scams designed to look like they come from reputable lenders. Navigate to the lender’s site via a search engine rather than an e-mail link.

There will be no freedom from high gas prices as travelers hit the road for Independence Day weekend


At $ 3.09, the national gas price average is at its highest level of the year with no signs of stopping. That average could rise to another penny before the Independence Day holiday weekend, as the AAA predicts a record 43.6 million Americans will hit the road for a vacation getaway. This year’s Independence Day weekend is defined as Thursday July 1 through Monday July 5.

In Kentucky, however, it was a different story as the average price of gasoline fell an additional two cents for the week, hitting $ 2.86. This makes the state average the tenth cheapest in the country. Today’s Kentucky average is about four cents less than a month ago.

While it’s typical to see gasoline prices rise before the holidays, especially during the peak summer driving season, the increases in prices at the pump in recent times have been noticeable.

“Today, 89% of US gas stations sell regular unleaded for $ 2.75 or more. This is a big increase from July 4, when only a quarter of stations sold gasoline for more than $ 2.25, ”said Lori Weaver Hawkins, director of public and government affairs, AAA Blue Grass. “Road tripers will pay the most to fill up for vacations since 2014.”

Today’s Kentucky average price for a gallon of unleaded is two cents lower than last week and four cents lower than a month ago. Today’s average is now 76 cents higher than the Commonwealth average of $ 2.10 seen a year ago.

With higher gasoline prices nationwide and more people planning to enjoy a great American road trip this holiday weekend and throughout the summer, motorists are advised to keep these tips in mind to save fuel:

• Plan ahead to complete multiple errands in one trip and, if possible, avoid busy times of the day.

• If you own more than one car, use the most fuel efficient model that meets the needs of a given route.

• Remove unnecessary and bulky items from your car. Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special brackets when not in use. It takes more fuel to accelerate a heavier car, and the reduction in fuel economy is greater for smaller cars than for larger models.

• Minimize your use of air conditioning. Even at highway speeds, open windows have less of an effect on fuel economy than the engine horsepower required to run the A / C compressor.

• In hot weather, park in the shade or use a sun visor to reduce heat build-up inside the car. This reduces the need for air conditioning and fuel to cool the car.

The 10 biggest weekly increases in the country: Utah (+12 cents), Indiana (+11 cents), Oregon (+9 cents), Washington (+9 cents), New Mexico (+8 cents), Alaska (+8 cents), Wyoming (+8 cents) ), Idaho (+8 cents), Minnesota (+7 cents) and Colorado (+7 cents).

The 10 cheapest markets in the country: Mississippi ($ 2.73), Louisiana ($ 2.74), Texas ($ 2.77), Arkansas ($ 2.79), Alabama ($ 2.80), Oklahoma ($ 2.80), Missouri ($ 2.80), South Carolina ($ 2.81), Tennessee ($ 2.84) and Kentucky ($ 2.86)).

As the official Friday trading session closed, the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil rose 75 cents to settle at $ 74.05. Crude prices rose last week amid optimism that the vaccine rollout will continue to help the recovery in crude demand. The price of crude has crossed the threshold of 74 dollars per barrel and prices have not reached this level since October 2018.

Crude prices have been bolstered by the latest Energy Information Administration report, revealing that total domestic crude supplies have declined by 7.6 million barrels to 459.1 million barrels. For this week, another reduction in the domestic supply of crude could push prices higher after the release of the next weekly EIA report.

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Left to right, ORDA Board Chair Kelly Cummings, CEO Michael Pratt and Board Member Cliff Donaldson applaud ORDA staff for overcoming the coronavirus pandemic in a meeting from the board of directors on Friday. (Business photo – Elizabeth Izzo)

LAKE PLACID – The Board of Directors of the National Olympic Regional Development Authority welcomed a new member to its ranks on Friday, approved a list of contracts and equipment purchases, and thanked ORDA employees for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ORDA Board of Directors met at the Mountain Pass Lodge of the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex for the first time in person since March 2020.

The new ORDA board member is Frank Cardinale, representing Ulster County. Cardinale was chairman of the Ulster County Democratic Committee. He replaces Thomas Keegan, who died in May of a heart attack at the age of 50.

The Board of Directors passed a resolution thanking ORDA staff for their work throughout the pandemic and approved a one-year contract renewal with Centerplate for concession services at ORDA sites. .

The board of directors also approved a change order of $ 215,000, bringing the total estimated cost of the improvements to Mount Van Hoevenberg carried out by the Pike Company to more than $ 33.3 million. The company, during the excavation work of the foundations of the new Mountain Pass Lodge, found “Unsuitable soils” in the building footprint that required them to remove and replace the soil with an engineered structural backfill, according to ORDA documents.

The council also authorized ORDA to purchase new snowmaking equipment and snow groomers.

Placid old hospital

Regarding the upcoming demolition of the old Placid Hospital and the construction of ORDA’s new office building on Church Street, ORDA CEO Michael Pratt said on Friday that “both are imminent.”

“The demolition, we had to get the administrative authorizations for the abatement and everything else finalized, but that, just after July 4, should start”, he said.

After the demolition of the hospital, ORDA plans to ask the contractors to build a steel frame for the new administrative building of ORDA, to carry out construction works and utilities installations, to install a fire protection system, install water and sewer lines, install heating and air conditioning equipment and set up electrical services and duct systems to supply the building.

Pratt said ORDA has already ordered the steel for the new office building, but the authority is not under “So much time in a hurry” to finish this.

ORDA is also considering having a contractor install new surfacing on the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, which is owned by ORDA but operated by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The contractor would also be asked to install new walls and ceilings, windows and doors, as well as modernize the ventilation systems and replace the fire protection system.

ORDA’s board of directors has authorized the authorization to spend approximately $ 23.1 million for the demolition of the old Placid hospital, the construction of the new office building and the modernization of the Olympic training center and neighboring Paralympic before the 2023 World University Winter Games.

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Artist Banksy tackles climate change in a ‘twisted’ painting


As the Puget Sound region faced extreme heat from climate change this week, one of the art world’s most daring comments on the issue resurfaced across the Atlantic.

A 2009 creative vandalism work by British artist and agitator Banksy, “Subject to Availability,” was due to go on sale Wednesday at Christie’s King Street in London. The subject of the painting is a beloved feature of the Northwest: Mount Rainier.

A prolific street artist, Banksy has long maintained his anonymity despite growing fame and multi-million dollar private sales. Christie’s estimates the value of “Subject to Availability” between £ 3,000,000 and £ 5,000,000, or approximately $ 4,152,900 and $ 6,921,500 in US dollars.

To create “subject to availability,” Banksy “hijacked” an 1890 painting by artist Albert Bierstadt, Christie spokesperson Sara Macdonald said. Although Bierstadt, a German-American painter, lived in New York City, he frequently visited – and painted – the American West during his lifetime.

Bierstadt was an appropriate conceptual reference for Banksy’s calculation with climate change. As Macdonald explained, he was a member of the Hudson River School, a group of painters who “stood up against the destruction of nature by the industrial revolution.”

Banksy leaned on this comment by adding an asterisk and a tiny bit of corporate speech in the lower right corner of the table: “* Subject to availability for a limited time only”.

If that phrase resonates now that many are grappling with the impact of climate change on the West, that’s exactly what we want to remember.

By design, Banksy created “Subject to Availability” the year of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. He has often looked at the plight of the environment through an activist lens – not surprisingly for an artist whose work has covered all manner of social issues.

Christie’s catalog text lists just a few: “Police brutality, knife crime, poverty, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Brexit, migration and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic “.

After the Copenhagen conference ended in 2009 without a legally binding treaty to mitigate climate change, Banksy painted the phrase “I DON’T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE WARMING” on a wall adjacent to the Regent’s Canal in London, the letters appearing to flow into it. water as if a lot of coastline.

In 2018, the artist produced a mural of a boy inhaling ashes in Port Talbot, the Welsh town where one of Europe’s largest steel factories is located.

What differentiates a piece as “Subject to Availability” from these street art works is its reference to artistic traditions of the past which, unlike the driving forces of climate change, worshiped nature.

“In this book Banksy’s deliberate nod to the Romantic Era – a period that glorified the sublime majesty of nature – serves to underscore the tragic reality latent in his asterisk joke,” the text reads. of the catalog. The large original image, “imbued with romantic heroism and grandeur, is reduced to ephemeral merchandise”.

Degrading the work of other artists – or at least reimagining them – is a common approach for Banksy.

“Subject to availability” “belongs to the famous Banksy series of vandalism [oil paintings] and was originally included in Banksy’s flagship exhibition in Bristol – a guerrilla strike on its own ground, ”said Macdonald of Christie’s.

For this exhibition, “Banksy versus Bristol Museum”, the artist added overnight more than 100 of his works to the museum’s permanent collection.

How to stay cool without air conditioning

By Kristen Rogers, CNN

(CNN) – If you are one of the more than 20 million people who experience Northwest heatwave, you might be wondering how to keep cool, especially if you don’t have air conditioning or want to keep it running all the time.

U.S. cities and Canada reported their hottest temperatures, some of which continue to rise above 105 degree Fahrenheit.

If you don’t yet feel comfortable going to an air-conditioned swimming pool or public facility at this point in the pandemic, there are ways to get comfortable without turning on the air conditioning unit. or do without. Here are more than 12 ways to cool your body and protect your home from the heat outside.

Stay hydrated

When you’re hot and you’re blushing hydrate is the first and major step towards cooling, said Wendell Porter, senior lecturer in agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida.

The temperature of the water doesn’t matter since your body will heat it up, he added. If your body suffers from heat and needs to cool down, it cannot do so without enough moisture because the body cools down by sweating.

Take a cold shower or bath

Take a cold shower or bath helps cool your body by lowering your core temperature, Porter said.

For an added burst of freshness, try peppermint soap. Menthol in peppermint oil activates brain receptors that tell your body that something you are eating or smelling is cold.

Use cold washcloths on your neck or wrists

Place a cold washcloth or ice packs (packs) on your wrists or wrap them around your neck to cool your body. These pulse points are areas where the blood vessels are close to the skin, you cool faster.

Use box fans

Place boxed fans in front of windows in rooms where you spend time to blow warm air, and replace it with cold air indoors.

If the weather in your area tends to drop to between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the morning and evening, opening windows on both sides of the house during these times can facilitate a cross-flow ventilation system. If you do that, you can choose to use or not to use the fans, but the fans would help cool the house faster, Porter said. The outdoors can draw warm air out of your home, leaving a cooler temperature or bringing in the breeze. Just be sure to close the windows when the sun comes out and then open them when the weather is cool again.

You usually don’t leave the windows open for security reasons, but if you’re no longer at home due to the pandemic, this method might be doable, Porter said.

Just resting near a fan would also lower your body temperature.

Close your curtains or blinds

If you have windows that face the direction of the sun from morning to afternoon, close the curtains or blinds above to “keep the sun out directly into the house and heat (the) interior, ”Porter said.

You can also install blackout curtains to insulate the room and reduce temperature rises that would occur during the day.

If you turn on the air conditioning, don’t set it below 70 degrees Fahrenheit in an attempt to cool the house faster, said Samantha Hall, managing director of Spaces Alive, a design research company helping to create healthy and healthy buildings. sustainable.

“It just takes longer to reach that temperature and will continue until you start to get a little cold and then it’s hard to balance,” she added. Instead, keep the temperature of the unit as high as possible while still being comfortable.

Sleep in breathable sheets

Cotton is one of the most breathable materials, so cotton sheets or blankets can help keep you cool overnight.

the reduce the number of threads cotton, the more breathable it is, Porter said. This is because higher thread counts have more weave per square inch.

Sleeping in the basement

If you can’t sleep all night long because you’re too hot, try sleeping somewhere other than your bedroom, if that’s an option. The heat rises, so if you have a lower level or basement in your home, set up a temporary sleeping area there to benefit from cooler temperatures at night.

Do not refrigerate or freeze blankets or clothing

Common tips for keeping cool without air conditioning include refrigerating or freezing wet socks, blankets, or clothes, and then ringing them for wearing while you sleep. But that’s not a good idea, Porter said.

“The amount of energy they can absorb from your body that night, they’ll be hot in a matter of minutes,” he said. “And then you would have some wet stuff molding your mattress. So you sure don’t want to do that.”

Close doors to unused rooms

If no one is using a room that does not have vents or registers, close the door to that area to keep fresh air confined to only occupied areas of the house.

Use the exhaust fan in your kitchen and / or bathroom

Flick the switch on your kitchen exhaust fan to pull hot air that rises after cooking or into your bathroom to extract steam after showering.

Install energy efficient light bulbs

Incandescent bulbs generate a higher temperature than LED bulbs. To make the switch, monitor sales of energy-efficient light bulbs and then slowly replace the bulbs in your home, Porter said.

Changing the bulb can save money but won’t reduce the heat in the home much, Hall said. However, if you focused on switching the bulbs in the areas you are sitting around, it would make a more noticeable difference, Porter said.

Cook in the morning, in the slow cooker or outside

The heat from the oven can spread throughout the house. Keep the heat centralized in one area, such as a slow cooker. Or, cook outside on a grill to keep the heat out.

Enjoy frozen treats

Eating ice cream or ice cream to cool off can help for a while. But don’t go overboard on sugar if you’re overheating or at risk of overheating, Porter said.

“The sugar would increase your metabolism and you would start to feel hot inside,” he said. “So the fresh treat can be good, but the extra sugar can’t. “

Find out what your state offers

If you’ve tried everything and still can’t beat the heat at home, you can search online for all the local programs that offer ductless air conditioners.

Depending on your condition, some cooling centers – air-conditioned public facilities where people can go for relief in extremely hot weather – can be opened and take precautions to ensure they are as safe as possible. You can start by checking with your local utilities, as they will know who offers certain programs, Porter recommended.

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The climate will test if America is truly ‘back’


The last week of the European summit was a great diplomatic success for President Joe Biden. Gone are the tensions and conflicts of the Trump era and back was an America that respects its allies and seeks to work with them to solve global problems. America certainly looked like it was “back”. And yet, lurking beneath the surface are growing doubts in Europe about American leadership. After all, how can Europe trust America when the commitments of one administration can be so easily canceled by the next?

Nowhere is this clearer than on climate, the issue that will rule world affairs for decades to come. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accords and rolled back many climate-related regulations put in place by the Obama administration. Now, the big test for America’s global leadership is whether America can lead over the most critical issue facing the planet. Unfortunately, after a week of summits, there have been few tangible climate achievements.

G-7 climate pledges fail

At the start of the past week, leaders from the world’s seven richest countries, known as the Group of Seven or G-7, gathered in the UK to discuss a number of pressing global challenges. But the focus has been on climate change. 2021 is a critical year for climate diplomacy, and the G-7 meeting was expected to create a wave of momentum for bold climate action ahead of a number of other critical global meetings, including the 26th Conference of the Parties on Change. United Nations Climate Change (COP26). However, the results of the G-7 meeting were decidedly trivial, with some of them falling well below expectations. This could pave the way for others to combine their efforts and reduce the pressure on major global emitters such as China.

To be fair, in their final communiqué, the G-7 countries made a number of climate commitments. For example, they called for accelerating efforts to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, including halving collective emissions by 2030, to ensure that the global warming threshold climate of 1.5 degrees Celsius remains at your fingertips. The final communique also aimed to end new direct government support for the relentless international production of coal-fired thermal power by the end of 2021 and to conserve or protect at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans. by 2030.

However, these commitments were undermined by the lack of precision provided by the G-7 countries on when they would end their own use of coal-fired power plants. Instead, they simply indicated that they were determined to “rapidly develop the technologies and policies that further accelerate the transition to relentless coal capacity.” Such a lack of specificity will likely make it much more difficult for the G-7 countries to pressure other countries, like China, to end their growing use of coal.

Most disappointing has been the lack of real progress on climate finance. The G-7 has called for a joint mobilization of $ 100 billion per year in international public and private climate finance to support developing countries through 2025. But this commitment falls far short of expectations and is insufficient to meet this challenge. growing crisis. Moreover, it is an old and unfulfilled commitment, the same commitment that the G-7 made 10 years ago and that it still has not kept. Since then, the costs of the climate crisis have only increased, requiring a greater response.

The climate commitments of the US-EU summit were very similar to those of the G-7 meeting, but with less specificity. Instead of simply reaffirming G-7 commitments, the United States should have taken advantage of this summit to support the European Union’s efforts to create a new carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), which will be a necessary tool to force companies in and countries to decarbonize. Additionally, the US could have worked with the EU to develop standard taxonomies for green finance. A new commitment – the creation of a high-level climate action group between the US and the EU – could be quite important; but it will take the direct involvement of the president and his key advisers to have a real impact.

Conclusion: next steps for US climate leadership

Ultimately, President Biden’s efforts to restore American leadership on the world stage will ultimately be determined by what actions the United States takes nationally on the climate, rather than what is expressed in an international statement. While U.S. officials are confident they can meet short-term climate goals through executive regulation, the world does not trust such an approach after seeing under the Trump administration how great it is. easy to undo them. Therefore, for America to truly be back in the world, it must first pass strong climate legislation that commits the United States to taking climate action.

Europeans and the rest of the world are therefore very attentive to the climatic provisions of the bill on infrastructure. The outcome of this bill and whether it includes climate provisions – to strengthen electric vehicles, modernize the energy grid, and protect and restore nature-based infrastructure – will determine whether America can reclaim the mantle of global leadership. Adopting such a transformative package would suddenly make the United States a climate leader. This would allow the United States to work with Europe to create the carbon-free economy of the future. It would also allow the United States to pressure China for more action, not only diplomatically but also in the arena of global public opinion. For too long, the United States has been a climate pariah, allowing China to position itself as a responsible and productive player on the issue. Strong US action would suddenly turn the situation around and allow the US to step up global pressure on China, which is now the world’s largest emitter, producing more carbon than all developed countries combined.

For that to happen, however, the climate arrangements outlined by President Biden in his initial infrastructure proposal must go through the legislative process. That they are included in the ultimate infrastructure and budget that will pass through Congress will be essential not only to save the planet, but also to preserve America’s global leadership.

Max Bergmann is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Carolyn Kenney is Senior Policy Analyst for National Security and International Policy at the Center.

A new type of coworking space wants to focus on well-being

CLEARWATER, Fla .– A coworking space called The Ring takes the concept of a healthy workplace up a notch.

Why is this important: As people return to work after the pandemic, some office spaces are betting that workers would rather spend their days in health-conscious spaces.

What they say : “Our goal is to be the healthiest coworking space in the world,” says Christopher Murphy, community manager at The Ring, which occupies two floors of an 11-story building in downtown Clearwater.

  • The coworking space aims to obtain a GOOD Certification, a relatively new standard that certifies buildings to prioritize occupant well-being across key areas such as air, water, light, food and fitness.

Details: Conference rooms and elevator banks all have plants – living or preserved moss and hanging ferns – to filter the air. Murray says the air quality is better than that found in most hospitals.

  • To keep the air fresh in individual offices, occupants should use garbage cans and printers in common areas. A dedicated ventilation system immediately removes air from the common “print room” when a print job is finished, removing harmful chemicals from the air.
  • The rooms are equipped with special lighting designed to reinforce the circadian rhythms of the occupants. Natural light enters through large windows. Cork walls absorb excess noise.
  • Aromatherapy is optional, and a nap capsule is a popular feature.

How it works: Think of WELL certification as an extension of LEED certification for environmentally friendly buildings.

  • While LEED is a set of standards supporting buildings and the spaces within them, WELL is a set of standards supporting the overall health and well-being of the people who use the spaces.
  • Although the two sets of standards were developed by different organizations, the credentials for both programs are governed by Green Building Certification Inc.

The big picture: Focusing on employee health isn’t new, but COVID-19 has put more emphasis on it.

  • This is especially true as companies re-evaluate the type and size of office space they will need in a hybrid work structure, said Cynthia Townsend, one of the few interior designers registered to have WELL accreditation in the Tampa Bay area.
  • “Organizations are seeing a return on their investments through increased employee engagement and productivity,” said Townsend, who is not affiliated with The Ring.

At the end of the line : To convince white-collar workers to choose an office over their home, companies will need to entice them with increased wellness amenities in whatever spaces workers meet.

  • While upgrades, like a brand new ventilation system, can be expensive, designers say it can pay dividends by giving workers one more reason to be in a collaborative environment with their co-workers.

CU Cancer Center researcher studies effect of oil and gas exposure on childhood leukemia risk


A pilot study of childhood leukemia patients living near Colorado oil and gas drilling sites recently led to an American Cancer Society (ACS) grant for Lisa McKenzie, CU Cancer Center Fellow, PhD, MPH.

For the pilot study, which was partially funded by the CU Cancer Center, McKenzie, a clinical assistant professor in the department of environmental and occupational health at the Colorado School of Public Health, used the Colorado Central Cancer Registry to compare diagnosed children. with acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer of the blood, to children diagnosed with other types of cancer.

“What we found in this study is that children with ALL were four times more likely to live in the highest density of oil and gas areas than children diagnosed with another type of cancer,” says McKenzie .

The striking results of the pilot study led McKenzie to apply for funding from ACS to conduct a larger population-based case-control study. McKenzie funding for the four-year grant will begin July 1.

Map a potential link between acute lymphoid leukemia and oil and gas production

McKenzie chose to focus on leukemia because of its relationship with the chemical benzene. Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid and a natural component of crude oil and gasoline, so it is emitted at varying levels from oil and gas sites. It is also a known carcinogen, most closely associated with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which occurs mainly in adults.

Unlike AML, McKenzie says little is known about the environmental causes of ALL, the most common type of childhood leukemia. “Benzene hasn’t necessarily been involved in ALL, but that hasn’t been ruled out either,” she says. This study will examine whether there is a potential link between the two.

The new study will draw its control group from the Colorado birth registry and its case group from the Colorado Central Cancer Registry. The control group will exclude children who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer other than ALL. Similar to the pilot study, McKenzie hopes to determine whether children living near oil and gas sites – and therefore closer to areas where benzene emits – are more likely than other children to develop ALL.

“The reason we chose children is that the time between exposure and cancer onset (the latency period) is much shorter in children than in adults,” explains McKenzie. The primary age group for the study is children aged two to nine, although McKenzie is also considering an exploratory goal to examine infants aged zero to one.

The new study will have several advantages over the pilot study. In addition to drawing his control group from the birth register, he will also take into account not only a child’s proximity to an oil and gas site, but also the intensity of activity at these sites.

“Different things happen at oil and gas well sites at different times,” explains McKenzie. “Some of them are in production, some of them are what we call closed, which means they are not producing anything, and others are being actively drilled.” All of these can affect benzene emission levels.

The new study also gives researchers additional data benchmarks for each child. For all children, their date of birth and address at birth will be taken from the birth register. For the group of cases (children with ALL), their age at diagnosis and their address at diagnosis will come from the cancer registry. And for the control group, researchers will use a search engine to find each child’s address (based on information from the mother) and age at the time their corresponding case was diagnosed with ALL.

“It’s important when we think about environmental exposures, because there’s this mismatch between exposure to something in the environment and the expression of cancer,” McKenzie explains.

The second objective of the study is to explore another potential reason for the apparent increase in diagnoses of ALL in children near oil and gas sites: a social and epidemiological phenomenon called population mixing.

“When you have a large influx of people, like when there is a big boom in oil and gas development, it can introduce new pathogens that might cause some kind of abnormal immune response, especially in children with a bad system. more naive immune system, ”McKenzie explains.

Understand the risks and advance research techniques

McKenzie says this research is especially important in areas like Colorado where oil and gas production is important. Colorado was among the top five crude oil producing states in the country in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

“It is beneficial for us to understand what those risks might be, because it helps us decide what we can do to mitigate some of these risks,” she says.

For this reason, in addition to the expected academic manuscripts and peer-reviewed publications, McKenzie expects that an additional outcome of this research may be the presentation of his team’s findings to community members and interested decision makers. .

She also hopes the project will help her and future researchers improve the way they estimate environmental exposures in retrospective studies.

“For a retrospective study, you can’t go back and take measurements on people,” she says. “And a lot of information on air pollution is just not available – it is not being collected – so you have to start thinking about different ways of understanding what is going on.”


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Earth is hot right now, but not the hottest (or coldest) in the solar system


If you didn’t know, it’s hot in North America at present. Really hot. As hot melt cables. The Pacific Northwest and Canada were the hottest they have ever been. Cities accustomed to summer temperatures reaching nearly 32 ° C (90 ° F) experience temperatures above 43 ° C (110 ° F). This is all part of climate change on our planet, and while not the hottest temperatures on Earth ever, this heat covers a remarkable part of the planet.

What controls the surface temperature?

Now the surface temperature of planets and moons is really controlled by three things. The first is the amount of solar radiation (called insolation) it receives, which is more or less dictated by the distance from our Sun. The closer to the sun, the hotter you could be.

The second is albedo, or the reflectivity of the object’s surface. Most rocky planets are made of dark rock which absorbs much of the energy it receives from the sun. If you’re lighter in color, maybe if your surface is covered in ice, you’re reflecting a lot of the energy back into space. So the darker the surface, the more heat absorbed, the higher the surface temperature.

Albedo only gives you part of the way. The third thing is the Greenhouse effect. Gases like carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, and ozone will pass solar radiation as visible light, but then trap infrared radiation that the planet’s surface emits after absorbing sunlight. Sun. This means that an atmosphere containing these gases will warm up during the day, but will now cool well below zero at night as the greenhouse effect traps heat which re-emits near the surface.

The surface temperatures of the planets and moons in our solar system are all affected by these three factors. Let’s take a tour!

The inner planets

The most intimate planet, Mercury, get hot during the day thanks to its proximity to the sun … and by hot I mean a hot 800 ° F (430 ° C). Mercury’s dark, basaltic surface absorbs much of this energy, creating a roasting surface. However, Mercury does not have a real atmosphere, so when the Sun is not shining on the planet’s surface, it quickly cools down to -290 ° F (-180 ° C). That’s over 1000 ° F of temperature variation!

Venus Express image showing the planet’s clouds (lower half) and infrared radiation in the clouds (upper half) which show the high temperatures of the planet’s atmosphere. Credit: ESA

Venus, although further from the Sun than Mercury, is actually warmer on its surface. The temperature reaches an incredible 880 ° F (471 ° C) on Venus and it is thanks to the uncontrollable greenhouse effect of our sister planet. The thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide traps all thermal energy emitted into space and the surface never cools. The greenhouse effect is so powerful that daytime and nighttime temperatures hardly differ. These hostile conditions mean that the only landers we have on Venus have been operating for a few hours at most. We don’t know what sent Venus on this path to the carnage in the greenhouse, but I hope that the three missions headed this way over the next two decades will help unravel this mystery.

Earth to that “right” combination distance from the Sun, albedo and greenhouse effect. The average surface temperature is around 60 ° F (15 ° C), so we have liquid water. If our atmosphere were devoid of greenhouse gases, this average temperature would be below the freezing point of water, so we need a greenhouse effect. Still, it’s a precarious position, so we want to avoid overloading this greenhouse.

Further into the solar system, March lack of heat. The thin atmosphere of the Red Planet means it has a weak greenhouse effect in place, so although much of the surface is covered with rocks that absorb heat, the average temperature at the surface is only -20 ° F (-28 ° C) farthest distance from the Sun. Perhaps earlier in the history of Mars, it could retain more of its heat with a thicker atmosphere, but these days Mars is near a frozen wasteland.

Cold moons

Titan’s thick atmosphere, seen in this mosaic of Cassini images, prevents the surface from becoming as cold as the other moons around Saturn. Credit: NASA.

As we move towards the distant solar system, most rocky or icy objects lack the atmosphere to conserve the meager energy they receive from the Sun. In the Jovian system, moons like Ganymede warm to -171 ° F (-112 ° C) because it received only 1 / 30th of the energy the Earth receives from the Sun. Out to Saturn, a moon like Enceladus is at -330 ° F (-201 ° C) and by the time you get to Pluto, this dwarf planet experiences surface temperatures of -388 ° F (-233 ° C).

The only exception to the truly freezing temperatures of the outer solar system is Titan. It has a thick atmosphere that allows the surface to remain soft at -290 ° F (-179 ° C), which is hotter than it could possibly be (see Enceladus) but still cool enough for the liquid on its surface is methane and ethane instead of water.

So, as you sit in the scorching summer heat of Portland or Seattle, remember that much of the solar system is much colder… or at least we are not on Venus or Mercury!

Metro Tunnel supports jobs and launches careers

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Almost 30 million hours have been worked on the metro tunnel project – the equivalent of keeping more than 2,500 people full-time during the six years – since the start of the project.

Premier Daniel Andrews today met some of the project’s 900 apprentices, cadets and interns, who received an early career boost by having the chance to work on this city-changing project.

After the completion of the TBM tunnel, Arden station takes shape with the construction of the platforms and the pouring of the ground floor slab at the entrance to Laurens Street station. The twin tunnels are now fitted with base slabs and steel brackets to accommodate the high voltage power cords.

The tunnel entrances at South Yarra and Kensington are now complete and connected to the main tunnels.

Construction is well advanced on 26 cross passages – short tunnels that connect the main rail tunnels so that people and emergency services can move between them in the event of an incident.

Work is accelerating on the project’s five new underground stations, with the final stages of excavation underway and work continues to build walls, roof structures, entrances and platforms.

Once the station structures are well advanced, the teams will equip them with electrical, mechanical and ventilation systems, as well as the next-generation signaling and train control technology needed for future high-capacity metro trains to be used. on the line.

Installing the systems will be an incredibly complex job, with each system having to function and interact securely with all the others and the existing network.

Once the tunnels and stations are fully equipped, a long period of testing will ensure that the systems are integrated and communicate with each other so that the newer part of Melbourne’s rail network can be operated safely and reliably.

Completion of the project in 2025 – a year ahead of schedule – will transform the way Melburnians move around the city.

Passengers in the underground tunnel at CBD stations will be able to connect to City Loop services via underground pedestrian links at Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations, and people will be able to catch a train to Parkville, Arden and St Kilda Road for the first time.

As Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said

“Our major transportation infrastructure projects keep approximately 18,000 people in employment and support approximately 36,000 indirect jobs across Victoria, with massive benefits to our economy.”

“Our Big Build project teams have done an incredible job adapting to the unprecedented challenges of the past 18 months, keeping Victorians at work and providing critical infrastructure for the future of our state.”

“Projects like the Tube Tunnel will provide what we need to run more trains, more often to the suburbs, while providing hundreds of young Victorians with highly skilled jobs. ”

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7 crucial changes will take effect from July 1: Check out details here | Latest India News


From the revised ATM withdrawal fees to the new IFSC codes, account holders of various banks will be affected by these changes from July 1. The prices of LPG cylinders are also expected to be revised, and those who do not file tax returns will be subject to a higher rate. TDS.

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

POSTED JUNE 27, 2021 6:01 PM IST

From July 1, people will see changes in banking and other areas that will directly impact the lives of ordinary people. In addition to banking services, these changes will also have an impact on those who have not filed their tax returns.

The changes to banking services have been approved by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and will also include free transactions made by users of banks at ATMs or ATMs.

Here is a list of the changes that will take effect on July 1:

  1. SBI revises fees for cash withdrawals at ATMs: State Bank of India (SBI) customers will benefit from four free cash withdrawals at the bank’s ATM as well as at branches. The country’s largest public lender will charge ₹15 plus GST on each transaction after free transactions.
  2. Increase in fees for using the checkbook: SBI Savings Bank holders will have limited free use of check sheets from July 1. The bank issued new guidelines that an account holder can only use 10 check sheets in a fiscal year. To use more, the bank announced ₹40 plus TPS (for the next 10 sheets) and ₹75 plus TPS (for 25 sheets). However, no such charges have been announced for the elderly.
  3. Price of LPG cylinders to change: The price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders is decided on the first day of each month. Although no such official announcement is made by the oil companies, it is widely expected that prices will be revised on July 1. LPG is a non-renewable energy source and is extracted from crude oil and natural gas.
  4. TDS for not declaring income tax: From next month, the government has decided to impose a higher withholding tax rate (TDS) on those who have not filed an income tax return (ITR) in the past two years. The rule will apply to taxpayers whose TDS deducted each year exceeds ₹50,000. This was inserted into the income tax rules by the 2021 finance law.
  5. Syndicate Bank IFSC code to change: Syndicate Bank account holders will get new IFSC codes as the bank merged with Canara Bank. The latter appealed to all Syndicate Bank account holders to obtain the new IFSC codes so that transactions can go smoothly.
  6. Account holders of two banks to obtain new check books: Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank were merged into Union Bank of India. The latter asked users of the two banks to obtain new checkbooks with security features. Their existing check books will become invalid. Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank merged into Union Bank on April 1, 2020.
  7. Hero MotorCorp to increase product prices: The company announced last week that it would increase the non-showroom price hike for its motorcycles and scooters, effective July 1. The price hike was necessary to partially offset the impact of the continued rise in commodity prices, Hero said. MotorCorp.

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State is working to establish zero emission vehicle standards


A battery-powered electric car at a charging station. New Washington law will force manufacturers to sell more zero-emission vehicles. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Department of Ecology)

Cars and trucks are the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington. The Washington Department of Ecology is adopting new requirements that will soon reduce this pollution by putting more zero-emission vehicles on the road.

The Zero Emission Vehicle Standard, which the state legislature approved in 2020, will require that a percentage of vehicles sold in Washington state use either electric or hydrogen fuel cells for power, which means that vehicles will not emit greenhouse gases or other types of exhaust pipes. Pollution.

“Transportation is by far the biggest source of carbon pollution in Washington,” said Laura Watson, director of Ecology. “Putting more zero-emission cars and trucks on our roads will mean cleaner, healthier air for everyone and help our state meet its greenhouse gas emission limits. “

Under a 2020 law, Washington State is required to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, 70% by 2040, and 95% by 2050. Being Since nearly 45% of our state’s annual greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, cleaner cars and trucks are essential to meeting these limits. The Zero Emission Vehicle standard will reduce Washington’s total greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of one million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Manufacturers who do not offer or sell enough zero-emission vehicles to meet the standard can purchase or redeem credits from another automaker. The standards only apply to manufacturers – people who buy a car or truck can continue to buy whatever type of vehicle they prefer.

In addition to zero-emission standards for passenger vehicles, Ecology will also adopt related standards for medium and heavy vehicles such as delivery vans, semi-trucks and similar vehicles. When the regulations are passed, Washington will join 10 other states that have their own zero emission standards. Four other states are also working to adopt the standards.

Ecology plans to complete rule-making by the end of 2021, but due to federal requirements of the Clean Air Act, the new standards would come into effect from 2024.

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How the first cruise of the Covid era prepared to set sail safely

The anchors are rising full steam ahead for the Celebrity Edge.

On Saturday, the cruise ship, owned by the Royal Caribbean Group, will become the first to leave a U.S. port since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shut down the industry more than 15 months ago with a no-veil order which was eventually extended a number of times. He is scheduled to depart from Fort Lauderdale on a seven-night trip that will take him to the Caribbean, with stops in Mexico and the Bahamas.

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta had exclusive insight into the procedures and safety devices in place to make cruising possible in the age of Covid. The question is whether they will be enough to keep passengers and crew free from coronavirus?

Soft sail or murky waters?

For fans of cruising, this event, after several false starts, was long overdue. For the more skeptical, the event tempts fate to reveal once again that cruise ships float petri dishes for infectious disease or another. It will be a long time before the world forgets the big one diamond princess saga, which has seen more than 700 coronavirus infections on board, and others of the same kind – a situation made worse and more dramatic by nationwide closures and travel bans that have left some ships literally rushing to n ‘ any host port.

To make cruising possible in the age of Covid, industry leaders convened the Healthy Sailing Expert Panel – which included experts from the sectors of public health, infectious disease, biosecurity, of the navy and the reception – to find recommendations to make the experience healthier and safer for guests and crew. These far-reaching recommendations, developed before the vaccines are made available, are linked to the Covid-19 Membership Policy of the largest trading group in the industry, Cruise Lines International Association, and with the requirements and guidelines for cruise ships proposed by the CDC, which has so far decided to conditions under which ships can depart from the United States.

Celebrity chief medical officer Dr Calvin Johnson told CNN that neither he nor the crew were apprehensive. “I think everyone really believes in the protocols that we developed, in the processes that we put in place, because they were part of it,” he said.

“It’s been over a year of consistent, methodical, science-based operational reviews to examine the business, how it works and how we can do it safely. Putting protocols in place to protect our crew, then consider what it will be like when our guests come back to protect them – and so it’s a process that has brought us to this place, ”he said.

Industry closes hatches

So what’s the plan to make boating safer? At least this summer, there will be fewer people on board; The Edge is sailing at 40% of its capacity. Because the coronavirus is spread through airborne particles, fewer people, fewer people, and good ventilation can make a big difference.

“For this start-up period, we are sailing with reduced capacity to give all of us a chance to get used to the protocols and really allow for natural social distancing,” said Susan Lomax, Global Public Relations Manager at Celebrity Cruises. . She said the cruise line does not plan to exceed 50% of its capacity on any of its trips this summer. Due to the reduced capacity, the occupancy of the cabins will be spaced out and people will be placed in cabins with windows facing outwards. Crew members will have their own cabin.

Lomax said filtration experts from the University of Nebraska were asked to rate the ventilation / HVAC system and declared it “better than what hospitals have.”

Linsey Marr, environmental engineer and professor at Virginia Tech, agrees that Edge’s ventilation system is more than adequate. “The combination of high air change rates and high quality filters… will drastically reduce the amount of virus that can build up in the air. Thus, people are unlikely to be exposed to high levels of the virus. in cabins and public indoor spaces, “she told CNN.” If this is the case, then the greatest risk comes from being nearby, in the exhaled respiratory plume of an infected individual. “

Yuguo Li, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong, sided with Marr.

“Taking all the evidence so far, I firmly believe that SARS-CoV-2 is mainly transmitted by the inhalation route at close range in insufficiently ventilated spaces. Of them, all supporting this hypothesis,” Li wrote in an email. His study on the Diamond Princess was published online in April in the journal Building and Environment and his the editorial has appeared in the journal Indoor Air in mid-May.

“For the Diamond Princess outbreak, we have shown that their cabin ventilation could be sufficient, and suspect that infections have occurred in public areas. There are two main factors in these public areas: First, in public areas. gyms and dance floors, people have high performance [energy] activities with more droplet release and a higher inhalation rate, so the risk of infection is high … Second, if occupancy is not controlled in these public spaces, ventilation per person may still be weaker. In some spaces like restaurants, people cannot wear masks, ”he explained.

On board, other procedural changes include staggered arrival and departure times to avoid large crowds, and a muster drill – the mandatory safety drill performed at the start of every trip – performed virtually rather than in person, again to avoid large crowds. And foodies need not fear: All-you-can-eat buffets will remain a staple of the dining experience, but instead of self-service, crew members will lend a hand.

In the unfortunate event of an outbreak, Edge has the capacity to handle 33 patients and there are four intensive care beds. The entire medical area is on a separate ventilation system.

Contact tracing plans using the vessel’s video surveillance have been developed, there are isolation and quarantine protocols, and procedures for disinfection after positive cases.

It is important to note that Royal Caribbean has agreements with a number of countries to serve as disembarkation ports, should it be necessary to get people off the ship.

“There is no more ‘Oh my God we sail for days and no one will take us’,” Lomax said. “There is no reason to wait until the end of the cruise; we have the option of going to these disembarkation ports if and as needed.”

Vaccines are a game changer

But everyone from the cruise industry to health experts say the real game changers are vaccines, which offer up to 95% protection against symptomatic Covid-19. Even though there are peak infections, vaccines reduce the amount of virus in the body, making people less contagious to others.

“It was really the vaccines that got us back on the cruise with a sufficiently low level of transmission risk,” said Marr.

On Edge, 100% of the crew and at least 95% of passengers are vaccinated, significantly reducing the risk of infection and outbreak of an epidemic.

Regardless of how effective the vaccines are, it is not clear if, when and where they may be required on future cruises. The CDC is currently advising unvaccinated people against taking a cruise – but that’s only a guideline. Additionally, Florida is one of a number of states that have banned companies from requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination, although upcoming cruises departing from Washington state ports and the United States. Alaska should have vaccination requirements.

And to top it off, a judge in the Federal District of Tampa recently ruled that the CDC’s restrictions on the cruise industry were likely unconstitutional and that the agency exceeded its legal authority. Thus, from July 18, the agency will no longer be able to enforce its navigation rules, including requirements that 95% of passengers must be vaccinated or that the ship successfully complete a mock trip. The judge gave the CDC until July 2 to offer more modest guidance.

Navigating these murky and fluctuating rules, Lomax said Edge capped the number of booths at 5% for people who choose not to disclose their vaccination status. They are counted as unvaccinated. Those presumed unvaccinated will be required to wear masks in public areas and will also need to undergo additional Covid-19 testing – both to board and midway through the cruise – at their own expense. Everyone must be tested before disembarking in the United States.

“With 95% of passengers vaccinated, that’s way more than what we have in any country. And we know that higher vaccination rates have really brought cases down. So I think it probably is. reasonable for healthy vaccinated people to go on a cruise, ”said Marr. “The risk of an outbreak on a cruise ship, as well as the steps they are taking to force unvaccinated people to wear masks, the overall risk of an outbreak should be quite low. And I’d be surprised if we saw anything. thing like the Diamond Princess again. “

But, despite all precautions, the experience is still not guaranteed to be 100% coronavirus-free, if the Celebrity Millennium is an example. This ship, carrying the first North American paying passengers, set sail at the beginning of June from Saint-Martin and made several stopovers. The crew was fully vaccinated, as were more than 95% of the passengers. However, two passengers tested positive for the coronavirus at the end of the trip.

“In terms of vaccination, the protection is not 100%. Sufficient vaccination protects us from the development of a chain of infection, i.e. sustained infection in a large population, but … this means that sporadic epidemics can still occur, especially with the newer variants. worrying, “Li noted.

Johnson, chief marketing officer for Celebrity, said the incident was unfortunate, but it shows the system is working. “It definitely caught my attention,” he said.

“But we also know that if we look [at] the world around us, in all places, infections occur every day. And so we fully anticipate that… however deep our efforts and as much as we prevent, up front, the virus from entering the ship, that it can happen, ”he said. “That’s why we have protocols, we have a process; we have trained our people to know what to do when we identify this. We are working very quickly to identify and isolate this, and prevent and stop the spread. “

But perhaps the most reassuring statement for would-be cruise enthusiasts comes from Marr, who said she won’t stop her healthy, vaccinated, and cruise-loving 70-year-old mother from taking one.

To solve the climate crisis, we need a real zero, not a “net zero”


The good news? The climate crisis is finally taking center stage. The bad news? Net zero, if it is made up of hollow pledges, will not solve it.

Action during this decade to reduce carbon emissions is crucial to protect the planet from global warming. The Paris Agreement calls for an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 on a 2005 baseline to prevent global warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Many companies have also presented climate commitments they plan to make by 2050, which is too far away given what current science calls for; the action of this decade is crucial.

Academics, activists, non-governmental organizations, policymakers and scientists have expressed concern that the net zero commitments of governments and businesses alone will not meet the Accord commitments. from Paris. Industries include agriculture and aviation, finance and fossil fuels, as well as retail and technology.

In January 2021, the Sierra Club released a report highlighting how the climate commitments of utilities in the United States are failing to meet Paris Agreement targets. Last fall, Oil Change International released a report backed by many other organizations outlining how the oil industry’s commitments are falling apart.

Companies often use accounting tricks to meet their climate commitments. These tips include carbon offsets, such as harvesting trees or the oceans, or new technological innovations, such as carbon removal programs.

In April 2021, Robert Watson, former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-authored an article with two other scientists, which called net zero a “dangerous trap” set by governments and companies and “a blank check for the continued burning of fossil fuels and the acceleration of habitat destruction.”

The problem with net zero is that it focuses on offsets rather than reductions in carbon emissions. This allows carbon emissions to continue, and it allows business as usual to continue.

It’s a delaying tactic that the fossil fuel industries have mastered (see also: climate denial).

As many activists have argued for decades, avoiding the current global warming requires “system change, not climate change”.

Another area of ​​concern regarding emission pledges is the lack of intermediate targets. If the goal is to reduce emissions by an amount X by, say, 2030, what is the benchmark of progress for 2022, for 2023, etc., and who will check that?

Many companies have also presented climate commitments they plan to make by 2050, which is too far away given what current science calls for; the action of this decade is crucial.

A recently published report titled “The Big Con: How Big Polluters Are Advancing a ‘Net Zero’ Climate Agenda to Delay, Deceive, and Deny” was published by Corporate Accountability, Friends of the Earth International and the Global Forest Coalition. The report has been endorsed by more than sixty environmental organizations, including the Institute for Policy Studies, OilWatch, and the Third World Network.

The report draws attention to what it calls “dangerous distractions from big polluters,” which include “geoengineering technologies and deeply flawed schematics.” Technologies include biomass or bioenergy, which draws energy from natural sources, including the burning of trees; and, and carbon capture and storage, by sucking CO2 from the air and storing it in the soil.

Co-author Coraina De la Plaza, climate activist for the Global Forest Coalition, said: “We are deeply concerned about the corporate capture of climate policy and finance, and the growing link between governments and communities. companies to promote false solutions via net zero. Instead of drastically reducing emissions, they continue to pursue neocolonial ‘green’ offset programs to reap more profits and pollute through forest offsets, afforestation, reforestation, tree plantations and dangerous technological solutions. . This net zero circus must end: the planet and the people need real and ambitious goals and commitments, real emissions. “

People in so-called developing countries, many of whom have already suffered the effects of climate change disproportionately, are more intensely affected by carbon offset projects as they are forced off the land for tree plantations.

As Meena Raman, with the supporting organization Third World Network, put it: “As big polluters hide behind bogus claims of support for climate action, they plan to do more damage by pushing projects. carbon offsets in developing countries, leading to more forest and land grabbing. Such efforts promote climate injustice and will have an impact on poor communities and indigenous peoples in countries of the South. It must stop.

It does. The question is how.

Globally, there is not enough land available to accommodate plans by governments and businesses to plant trees as compensation. Net zero also exacerbates global and historical inequalities. It enables nations and businesses in the Global North to continue to burn fossil fuels while using the forests and lands of the Global South as carbon sinks.

“The proclamations of Net Zero goals are dangerous disappointments,” said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development. “Net Zero sounds ambitious and visionary, but it actually allows big polluters and rich governments to keep emitting. [greenhouse gasses], which they say will be wiped out by unproven and dangerous technologies, carbon trading and offsets that shift the burden of climate action to countries in the South. “

According to her, “Big polluters and rich governments should not only reduce their emissions to Real Zero, they must pay reparations for the enormous climate debt owed to the countries of the South. “

So what is the solution?

Emissions should be reduced to real zero, not net zero. In addition, climate justice and social justice, both historic and current, must be centered. This means that nations and companies disproportionately responsible for emissions should take into account historical inequalities and make even more ambitious and proportionate efforts to reduce emissions. The report recalls that “only 100 companies are responsible for 70% of historical emissions. “

Finally, the wealthiest nations and countries should fund the efforts of nations and communities most affected but least financially capable of dealing with them. Obviously, neither of the latter two efforts should count towards the need to cut emissions to what is needed: actual zero.

“People around the world have already made their demands clear,” notes the “Big Con” report. “Leaders can listen to the people and, once and for all, prioritize the lives of people and the planet over the engines of profit and destruction. To avoid social and planetary collapse, they must heed the appeals of millions of people around the world and pursue policies that allow our economies to dispense with fossil fuels in a fair and equitable manner and deliver real solutions that give rise to the priority to life now. ”

New support for the green energy transition in Europe – pv magazine International


“A target of 38% to 40% renewable energy by 2030 would be significant. The target will support the growth of solar auctions and PPAs also in emerging markets such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Hungary. But electricity is the easy part – the new target should also support the decarbonization of the heating, cooling and transport sectors, ”said Coralie Laurencin, Senior Director of European Energy, Renewable Energy and Climate at IHS Markit. pv magazine.

The 20% target by 2020 was binding and broken down into national targets based on Member States’ starting point and renewable resources. The 2030 target, on the other hand, is an EU-wide target and is not legally binding. Still, many believe that this looser regime will be enough to support growth at least in mature renewable technologies.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal for solar PV that the target isn’t legally binding on member states. Solar faces far fewer obstacles than wind power in terms of building permits and public opposition. And governments are very much aware of this, ”Laurencin said.

Some even say that a 40% renewable energy target might be too modest to align with the 55% GHG target for 2030 and the net zero target for 2050. The WWF, for example, claims a target of 50%, while SolarPower Europe calls for an even higher target of 55%. Yet an overall target of 38% to 40% would likely mean doubling the share of renewable energy production.

“(A) 38% to 40% renewables is a significant increase from current levels, especially since 2030 is only nine years away. I think we could see greater regional cooperation, such as statistical transfers and joint projects, to attract foreign investment, ”said Dalia Majumder-Russell, partner in the energy, projects and construction team at the firm. CMS lawyers. pv magazine. “There is a lot of goodwill towards renewables at the political level and solar should benefit as it is an established technology with a relatively well understood regulatory framework.”

Carbon Price Rally

The July package will include a number of other legislation relevant to the PV industry. A further reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), for example, could help further price increases seen in recent months. EU carbon prices have reached unprecedented levels despite the Covid-19 pandemic and declining demand for energy. The DEC 21 Benchmark contract closed above € 56 / t on the ICE exchange on Friday May 14, compared to around € 20 / t at the same period last year.

The rise in prices was prompted by regulatory reforms and the decision of the European institutions to limit the supply of allowances and withdraw credits from the market if the number reaches certain thresholds, also known as the market stability reserve. Soaring carbon prices have led to a sharp reduction in coal-fired power generation across Europe, in favor of solar and wind power. Even older gas-fired power plants could struggle to be profitable if carbon prices continue to rise.

Coal-fired production fell 20% year-on-year in the 27 EU countries in 2020, according to data from the European Commission and Agora Energiewende. At the same time, production from solar installations increased by 15%.

The July package will include a proposal to further limit the supply of allowances – the linear reduction factor – and possibly to include the shipping sector in the ETS. The latter could further support demand for quotas. The inclusion of maritime transport in the ETS has the support of the European Parliament, but the question is whether Member States will also participate.

“The solar industry is not immune to ETS reform, as higher carbon prices could affect the supply and cost of materials. But the EU ETS needs reform if governments are to meet their net zero targets. Higher carbon prices are useful in changing the mindsets of investors. Including shipping is a good idea, but it will be difficult as it is a very international industry with many stakeholder interests to manage, ”said Majumder-Russell.

Rebuild buildings

Brussels can also file a separate ETS for transport and buildings. The directive on the energy performance of buildings is also due to be revised this summer and more ambitious targets for reducing energy consumption are expected. It would be a boost for solar panel installations in buildings, for example.

The building sector is one of the biggest energy consumers in Europe, accounting for around 40% of energy demand. Many aging and inefficient buildings in Europe depend on fossil fuels for heating and cooling. But the EU’s € 672.5 billion post-Covid-19 stimulus package could help speed up building renovations. Support will also come from the European Structural and Investment Funds and the European Fund for Strategic Investments, according to European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson.

“Over the next few years, we are going to see funds from a number of sources pouring into building renovations,” Simson said in a recent speech.

Green hydrogen

The European gas directive is obsolete and a new proposal is expected in the fourth quarter of this year. The revised directive aims to describe how green hydrogen transport networks will be operated and establish rules for the modernization of existing gas networks as well as for gas blending. It is a key element for scaling up green hydrogen projects.

One of the main sticking points is whether transmission system operators (TSOs) should be allowed to own and operate electrolysis facilities that convert water into hydrogen using renewable energy. The unbundling obligation under the current gas package – which entered into force in 2012 – states that companies cannot operate generation, supply and transport assets as a vertically integrated company. This is to avoid conflicts of interest by restricting competitors’ access to pipelines, for example.

A stakeholder consultation revealed that many energy companies want the principles of the existing gas package to be transferred to the hydrogen sector. For example, solar power producers should have fair access to electrolyser capacity if they want to convert electricity and ship it to customers as hydrogen or whatever.

“This package should reinforce the key principles of liberalization,” said E.On in his response to the stakeholder consultation. “Regarding unbundling, it should be clarified that emerging technologies such as electrolysers are not natural monopolies and, therefore, cannot be owned or controlled by TSOs / DSOs. “

A number of energy companies have also asked the commission to set specific targets for renewable gases – for example, 11% of European gas demand by 2030, as proposed by Eurogas. Many players – EDF, Engie, Shell and Total among them – also support a European market for negotiable guarantees of origin for low-carbon gas and electricity. These measures may fall within the scope of both RED III and the Gas Package. The stakeholder consultation for the Gas Package ends on June 18.

Giant corpse flower blooms in Roseville High School greenhouse



Giant corpse flower blooms in Roseville High School greenhouse

A rare and free experience was happening at Roseville High School on Friday. A corpse flower, known for its smell of rotting flesh, began blooming in the school greenhouse on Thursday evening. Roseville High School is believed to be the only high school in the country to have accomplished the feat. The real experience of seeing the 6 foot 2 inch plant is to smell it. >> Hear the residents talk about the smelly flower in the video below. The corpse flower, or titan arum, is one of the largest flowers in the world. It takes many years to bloom – and dies in a single day. RELATED VIDEO 2020 | Rare corpse flower on display for 24 hours in Roseville before dying

A rare and free experience was happening at Roseville High School on Friday.

A corpse flower, known for its smell of rotting flesh, began blooming in the school greenhouse on Thursday evening.

Roseville high school is said to be the only high school in the country to have achieved this feat.

The real experience of seeing the 6 foot, 2 inch soles is to smell it. >> Hear the residents talk about the smelly flower in the video below.

The corpse flower, or titan arum, is one of the largest flowers in the world. It takes many years to bloom and die in a single day.

| RELATED VIDEO 2020 | Rare corpse flower on display for 24 hours in Roseville before dying

Energy officials see relief after winter storm that left thousands without electricity


TOPEKA, (KSNT) – Energy officials in Kansas see some relief after extreme winter conditions earlier this year that left thousands of Kansans without power.

Governor Laura Kelly held a signing ceremony for House Bill 2072 on Thursday. The bill is expected to help utilities and natural gas companies with some of the additional costs associated with the winter storm in February.

David Campbell, CEO of Evergy, called the bill a “Grid Act,” as he recapped the financial toll many Kansans have faced after the freezing temperatures.

“The Grid Act is a big step forward. It is an important step in the energy policy of the State. This will help Evergy become more sustainable while saving customers money, ”Campbell said.

The law has already been in force since April thanks to swift action by lawmakers to get it passed by both the House and the Senate. It allows the Kansas Corporation Commission to authorize the securitization of certain utility production facilities, qualified extraordinary costs, and the issuance of securitized utility rate bonds. These companies would be able to refinance some of the expenses they have incurred since the storm.

“Securitization allows us to access loans at low interest rates to repay part of the balances on the books. So at the same time, the proceeds from that will allow us to reinvest in Kansas into the power grid, ”Campbell said.

He said the law gives utilities a way forward to minimize the cost impact for customers when they have to retire aging production assets or deal with extraordinary costs associated with extreme events.

Extreme weather conditions have led to statewide power outages to save energy and natural gas. Some Kansas communities have seen massive bills amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs.

“There are many concerns about the role of carbon emissions and the role of global warming and climate change. One of the things we hear frequently from customers is that they also want to make sure it remains reliable and affordable, ”said Gina Penzig, spokesperson for the company.

The company said the experience had prompted it to switch to renewable and reliable energy sources, as it relies less on its coal-fired power plants.

Greenhouse Gas Inventories Help City Planners | Local News


the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach contributes to sustainable projects in cities across the region by partnering to produce greenhouse gas inventories that provide information on the carbon dioxide created by facilities from the city.

The Department of Environmental Sciences and the STEM Center partnered with the City of Granite City in 2020. Citing favorable reviews from staff and appointed officials, the City of Collinsville is partnering with the STEM Center on a sustainability project similar.

“Community partnerships are at the heart of the activities of the STEM Center,” said Sharon Locke, director of the STEM Center, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences. “We are always looking for new avenues to connect SIUE STEM students with projects that help local cities and their residents. Students are not always able to see how their classroom learning translates into the real world, and community projects that use science offer a different perspective and are exciting for students.

SIUE graduate student Waleska Valle is the primary data collector, working as a sustainability intern with the City of Collinsville. Valle holds a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She is expected to graduate from SIUE in the summer of 2021 with a master’s degree in environmental science with a focus on environmental education.

Valle began working remotely with the city in the spring of 2021, but with the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions from Illinois, she is now gaining in-person experience at Collinsville city hall that further benefits her development. professional and improves collaboration with city leaders.

“The City of Collinsville is committed to performance-based management to ensure residents and businesses receive the best possible service out of taxpayer dollars,” said Collinsville Deputy City Manager Derek Jackson. “All departments are responsible for monitoring KPIs on a monthly basis and setting annual targets. The greenhouse gas inventory will serve as a city-wide key performance indicator by providing insight into the amount of CO2 created by city facilities.

According to Jackson, the baseline inventory data will help the city plan and quantify sustainable projects, such as retrofitting a building with solar panels, investing in a green municipal fleet of electric vehicles, and encouragement of new energy-efficient developments.

These works complement the city’s long-term plans as detailed in its Sustainability plan, which was adopted in 2020. The plan is the city’s primary policy tool for advancing sustainable practices within the city operationally and as a community.

“As Deputy City Manager, one of my roles is to act as a liaison between staff and the Cool Cities committee,” Jackson said. “This committee is an advisory group of residents who help the city by providing ideas and making recommendations to make the city’s operations more energy efficient. Additionally, the committee coordinates within the community to encourage residents and businesses to consider sustainable alternatives that benefit the environment.

In addition to working on the greenhouse gas inventory, Valle has been involved in additional sustainability planning, including the possibility of installing more solar panels in the city.

“The hands-on work experience I get as a sustainability intern cannot be had in a classroom setting, which makes it a valuable opportunity,” she said. “I gain professional experience in a structured environment in which I can communicate with other employees. I also learned about the essential role of government in sustainability.

With enthusiasm for this important project, Jackson highlighted the city’s great success with the SIUE internship programs.

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Britain risks missing climate targets due to lack of policies – advisers


LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s lack of policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 is jeopardizing its chances of reaching the target, the country’s climate advisers said in a progress report on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: A No Going Back Sundays activist sits next to a sign as he takes part in a protest for racial, climate, social and natural justice on the island of St Ives at the G7 summit in Cornwall, Great Britain on June 13, 2021. REUTERS / Tom Nicholson / File photo

Britain in 2019 became the first G7 member to set a net zero target, which will require sweeping changes to the way Britons travel, eat and use electricity.

The country is also hosting international climate talks in November in Glasgow, where countries are expected to present plans to abide by the Paris climate agreement to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).

“The (Britain) goals set will not be achieved by magic. Surprisingly, little has been done so far to achieve them,” said Chris Stark, chief executive of the Climate Change Committee (CCC). during a briefing with journalists. (Graphic: Britain’s progress towards achieving the net zero climate target,)

Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen nearly 50% since 1990, largely due to an increase in renewables such as wind and solar, and a shift away from the polluting coal.

However, a rebound in emissions is expected in 2021 after a sharp drop in 2020 due to restrictions on homes and businesses to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The government plans to ban the sale of new fully gasoline and diesel-powered cars and vans from 2030 and has launched subsidy programs to increase renewable energy, but the measures do not go far enough, he said. declared the CCC.

The government is expected to phase out gas-fired electricity generation by 2035 unless it is equipped with technology to capture and store emissions and new home boilers sold from 2025 are also expected to be able to use gas. ‘hydrogen, said the CCC in a series of recommendations.

He said the British should be encouraged to reduce their meat consumption and the country should apply a carbon tax or minimum carbon standards for products imported from abroad.

Failure to quickly release a clear strategy will also undermine Britain’s ability to encourage other countries to set tougher climate targets during the Glasgow talks, the CCC said.

Reporting by Susanna Twidale; edited by David Evans

PECO Could Increase Your Gas Bill By About $ 4 Starting Next Month – NBC10 Philadelphia


If you get your natural gas service from CEEC, your bill could go up by around $ 4 as of July 1.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved a 4.94% tariff increase for PECO natural gas distribution services, according to a press release.

The electric utility serving the Philadelphia area will use the $ 29.118 million increase in annual operating revenues to make continuous infrastructure improvements to improve safety and reliability while reducing methane emissions, Smore wrote.

The increase represents less than half of the annual increase in income demanded by PECO, according to a press release. The commission’s decree allows for a 4.94% increase in annual operating revenues, compared to the initial request for an 8.9% increase of $ 68.7 million.

“Although lower than our initial request, the PUC’s decision provides funding that is integral to our continuing mission to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to our customers in the region,” the spokesperson wrote. from PECO, Greg Smore Smore, to NBC10 in an email.

This is the first time that PECO has asked for an increase in natural gas tariffs in more than 10 years, Smore wrote.

PECO serves approximately 534,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in several counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The typical residential gas bill was $ 71.55 as of June 1, Smore wrote. This would result in an average increase of $ 3.57 for residential customers. PECO is still working to finalize the impact on billing for customers, Smore said.

The energy company also called for an increase in electricity distribution rates that would increase residential customers’ bills by nearly $ 10 each month in March. PECO said the $ 246 million increase would provide “significant” network upgrades and customer relief from the pandemic.

The rate hike, which would take effect in January, would be roughly 10 times larger than the last $ 24.9 million increase that took effect in January 2019. The PUC’s decision on the increase in electricity rates is still pending.

Council Moves Forward with Commerce Road Extension | Local News


Defiance Town Hall is moving forward with a north side street extension to improve economic development opportunities.

City council approved a related ordinance at its Tuesday night meeting allowing the design of the eastward extension of Commerce Drive from near the Johns Manville Carpenter Road plant.

Four other orders were also processed, including two that would allow police and firefighters from other communities to transfer to Defiance (see related story), while the council received a presentation from two members of Fort Defiance Humane Society on Wild Cats (see related story).

The aforementioned Ordinance on Commerce Drive was approved after a third and final reading and allows for a contract with Mannik & Smith Group, Maumee, to design the extension of the road. The cost is $ 195,800.

Several million additional dollars may be needed to expand the eastward extension of Commerce Drive from the nearby Manville plant to the new Harmon Business Park developing along Domersville Road.

Chief Financial Officer John Lehner said one of the reasons the city wants to move forward now is to demonstrate its intentions to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which has pledged a $ 750,000 grant. for the extension.

“The immediate problem was to try to reassure the Ohio Department of Transportation that this thing is moving forward and not endanger the $ 750,000 that is on the table,” he said.

Other funds are being sought or considered for the extension, including funds expected to arrive from Washington, DC through the American Rescue Plan Act. The city expects to receive $ 3.26 million from this source.

But first, noted Mayor Mike McCann, the Mannik & Smith Group will need to design the road to determine how much the extension will cost.

“What that will allow us to do is finish the engineering, get an accurate cost of the construction cost,” McCann said. “This will identify the areas we need to work with for a right-of-way acquisition as well as determine where it will cross the Pioneer Rail so that we can go to common plea court to get permission to do the crossing.”

While some city councilors had expressed reservations about the progress in previous meetings, none was expressed Tuesday evening when the ordinance was adopted unanimously.

General Councilor Joe Eureste asked if the proposal would increase growth opportunities on the north side.

“Is there any advantage in having this on the books?” ” He asked.

“Yes, it helps us and there is activity all the time,” McCann said, either through the Defiance County Community Improvement Corporation office, ”or through the Harmons office on this property. making it accessible is obviously essential to any project. No one is going to build a building and open a business if there is no road to it. “

A speculative building is under construction by the Harmon company in the business park off Domersville Road. Part of the road was built there, so the extension would join the existing street near the Manville factory.

UN report warns of serious repercussions if global warming continues


A latest United Nations (UN) report warned of dire consequences for billions of people if global warming continues unchecked. Previous climate models suggested that it would take nearly another century of relentless carbon pollution to generate heat waves beyond the absolute limit of human tolerance.

But updated projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warn of unprecedented deadly heat waves on the near horizon. The IPCC has prepared a 4,000-page report, which will be published in February 2022, the AFP news agency reported.

The report states that if the world warms by 1.5 degrees Celsius – 0.4 degrees above the current level – 14% of the population will be exposed to strong heat waves at least once every five years – ” a significant increase in the amplitude of heat waves “. Raising by half a degree would add 1.7 billion more people.

The most affected will be the mega-cities of the developing world which themselves generate additional heat from Karachi to Kinshasa, from Manila to Mumbai, from Lagos to Manaus, according to the report.

According to the report, it is easier to survive a high temperature day if the air is dry than it is to survive a low temperature day with very high humidity. This steam bath mix has its own test, known as wet bulb temperature.

Experts say healthy human adults cannot survive if humid temperatures (TW) exceed 35 degrees Celsius, even in the shade with an unlimited supply of drinking water.

“When humid temperatures are extremely high, there is so much moisture in the air that sweating becomes ineffective in removing excess heat from the body. At some point, maybe after six hours or more, this will lead to organ failure and death in the absence of access to artificial cooling, ”said Colin Raymond, lead author of a recent study on heat waves in the Gulf.

Battery materials producer invests $ 160 million in former Alstom plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs


This story was updated on Tuesday June 22, 2021 at 11:55 PM with more information.

A company that develops and markets materials for the lithium-ion battery market will create nearly 300 jobs in Chattanooga as the company taps into the growing electric vehicle industry.

Novonix, the Nova Scotia, Canada-based company that opened a factory in Lookout Valley in 2019, is expected to invest around $ 160 million in the purchase and renovation of a building at the former Alstom plant. off Riverfront Parkway, officials said Tuesday.

The planned 400,000 square foot plant in Alstom’s former turbomachinery plant, often referred to as “Big Blue,” will eventually produce up to 8,000 tonnes per year of synthetic graphite, according to Novonix.

This product is used in the manufacture of high-performance, ultra-long-lasting anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, especially for electric vehicles and similar storage applications, officials said.

“I think this will be a great addition to the Alstom facility,” said Charles Wood, vice president of economic development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is about manufacturing in an industry that has a long growth curve ahead of it.”

Novonix established its anode materials business, PUREgraphite, in March 2017. Its Lookout Valley plant, where it leases space, employs approximately 35 people.

Chris Burns, chief executive of Novonix, said company officials are eager to expand their business in the expanding southeastern center of electric vehicle battery manufacturing.

He said the company “will help establish the national supply chain for key materials for the lithium-ion battery industry.”

Novonix is ​​ramping up to produce 2,000 tonnes per year of synthetic graphite, according to the company. This will include the supply of a first tranche of 500 tonnes to Samsung SDI, one of the largest manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles in the world, the company said.

Novonix also has a non-binding agreement with Sanyo, another large battery producer, to assess the production materials for that plant, according to the company.

Wood said Novonix has yet to complete the purchase of the former Alstom property.

He said Chattanooga City Council and the Hamilton County Commission should consider the proposed incentives for the Novonix project, including possible property tax breaks. The state should also provide incentives.

Chattanooga businessman Jimmy White bought the former 112-acre Alstom property from local hotel developer Hiren Desai for $ 30 million in 2018.

White said his group Urban Story Ventures was waiting for a company like Novonix. White said the Alstom property redevelopment project, which the owners have dubbed The Bend, could bring in $ 2-3 billion in investment, add more than $ 11 million in tax revenue per year for Chattanooga. and Hamilton County and create more than 5,000 jobs. .

“It’s exciting to have an industry like this in Chattanooga. Their 290 jobs are a great addition to the more than 500 jobs we have already advertised on The Bend and to the site’s continued economic impact,” a- he said, citing a partnership with the city. , county and state.

The use of former Alstom property for manufacturing dates back more than a century as a manufacturing site for pressure vessels, tanks, fire tube and water tube boilers.

In 2007, Alstom announced plans for a new $ 300 million Chattanooga plant and built the turbine manufacturing plant.

But in 2015, GE bought out Alstom’s electrical business in France and later announced it was shutting down the turbine manufacturing plant and two adjacent facilities, cutting nearly 235 jobs in Chattanooga.

About 35 years ago, the entire manufacturing site, then owned by Combustion Engineering, had nearly 6,000 workers and was Chattanooga’s largest employer, making equipment for the production of fossil fuels and nuclear steam.

Wood said Novonix was first drawn to Chattanooga by a former Hamilton County Small Business Development Center start-up called Coulometrics, which is involved in battery research and development and battery storage. energy.

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant is undergoing an $ 800 million expansion to build an electric SUV next year. The battery-powered ID.4 is the world’s first EV produced by Volkswagen. It is now produced in Germany and imported to the United States until assembly begins in 2022 in Chattanooga.

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Best Practice: High Performance Heat Recovery at STIHL Magnesium Die Casting | fonderie-planet.com

Environmental protection and economic efficiency

By Lena Arenz, Königswinter

Magnesium is now considered the building material of the 21st century. Lightweight metal is characterized by its lightness, excellent casting properties and ease of machining. In addition, magnesium can be recycled almost indefinitely compared to other materials. The STIHL company had already established a magnesium die-casting plant in Weinsheim in 1971. With a casting capacity of approx. 6000 tonnes per year, the plant is today considered one of the largest and most modern magnesium die-casting plants in Europe. More than 20 hot and cold chamber technology die-casting machines with clamping forces of up to 1000 tons are used in the fully automated production. 790 employees create more than 26 million components per year for the parent company’s chainsaws and other power tools, but also for external customers.

Focus on sustainability

The company is committed to environmental protection and energy efficiency at a high level and to their continuous improvement, both in business processes and in products. In accordance with these principles, emphasis was placed on eco-efficiency when selecting a new exhaust air filtration system.

In addition, climatic conditions have been taken into account in the design of the exhaust air technology. In Weinsheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, the thermometer hovers around zero degrees during the winter months. Therefore, when awarding the project, STIHL attached importance not only to reliable purification of the exhaust air, but also to highly efficient heat recovery. In 2015, KMA Umwelttechnik GmbH installed a unique heat recovery system (Fig. 1) which heats the entire die-casting foundry to a constant temperature of 18 ° C during the winter months without introducing conventional energy sources such as electricity or gas. The multi-stage heat recovery system is based on two hydraulic circuits in which 45.6 m³ and 22.8 m³ of ethylene glycol flow as carrier fluid every hour.

Multi-step recovery of valuable process waste heat

Twelve exhaust air filter systems with a total capacity of 236,000 m³ / h are installed in a weatherproof housing on the roof of the hall of the die-casting foundry. In addition to filter elements (Fig. 2), the systems are fitted with extract air heat exchangers in order to recover the heat contained in the extract air. The extract air from production, contaminated by oil fumes, is drawn under the hall ceiling via fans and first flows through the extract air filters. Downstream are the heat exchanger units. Since the exhaust air has a temperature of at least 29 ° C even in winter, it has valuable thermal energy which is extracted in the heat exchanger by means of a hydraulic carrier fluid during the cold season. . Each heat exchanger has a capacity of max. 112.5 kW / h.

The heat transfer fluid circuit leads to the basement under the foundry hall. The central air supply system for supplying fresh air to the foundry is located here. The fans draw in fresh air from the outside. Via a first heat exchanger (Fig. 3), the energy recovered from the exhaust air is transferred to the supply air by means of a compound cycle system. In this way, the blown air can be heated to at least 11 ° C even on cold winter days. In order to bring the supply air to the required inlet temperature of 18 ° C, the system has a second stage heat exchanger (Fig. 4).Here, the energy supply is ensured by integration into the cooling water circuit of the casting machines. Cooling water is normally discharged via a cooling tower. With a temperature of approx. 30 ° C, it is an ideal carrier fluid for the second stage of the heat exchanger during the cold season and thus heats the air in the hall to 18 ° C. Every hour, 236,000 m³ of heated fresh air is introduced into the hall through ventilation slots in the hall floor.

Heating system independent of production

At the same time, another autonomous system heats an additional 120,000 m³ of fresh air. Four of the twelve rooftop filtration systems are not connected to the large hydraulic circuit, but form their own in order to protect the hall from freezing even when production is stopped, such as during holiday periods. Here too, the incoming air from outside is first heated to approx. 11 ° C. But the second heat exchanger differs from that of the larger system. It does not work exclusively with heated cooling water, but can also work with conventionally heated water.

Economy and ecology: no contradiction

The foundry operates five working days a week with a daily operating time of 24 hours. The heating period during the winter months is on average 12 weeks, so the calculation is based on 1440 hours. Due to the high smoke load, there is an air change of 13 times per hour in the foundry. This corresponds to an air flow of 360,000 m³. If a conventional gas-fired hall heating system is used, the heating costs for these 12 weeks would be around € 36,000. In contrast, the operating costs of the KMA ULTRAVENT filter and heat recovery system are only around € 5,900. They consist of the consumption of electrical energy for the fans, pumps and the cleaning system. The KMA system thus saves almost 84% of annual heating costs in comparison. At the same time, the environment benefits from clean air as oily smoke and aerosol substances are filtered out.

But even more impressive is the eco-effect of the heat recovery system used at STIHL. While a conventional heating system would result in an annual CO2 impact of around 363 tonnes under the mentioned operating conditions, the carbon footprint with a KMA filter system is only 55 tonnes, which means 85% d less CO2 emissions. And the introduction of a CO2 tax will further widen this gap, since 25 euros per tonne of CO2 have been due since 2021, increasing successively to reach 55 euros by 2025.


The sustainable treatment of production exhaust air is a major issue for all players in the die-casting industry. The wide range of customer-specific parameters and local conditions lead to customized solutions that enable foundries all over the world to achieve a high environmental standard. KMA offers its customers an energy-optimized filtration system, tailored to the individual needs of the foundry and local conditions. The ULTRAVENT system developed by KMA includes all components for exhaust air purification and heat recovery. It combines environmental and climate protection with tangible benefits in terms of operating costs for the foundry. The example of the plant operated at STIHL shows that the main die-casting manufacturers have taken steps to ensure sustainable purification of the exhaust air at all their production sites.

Vertical farming facility in Avondale


Silicon Valley-based agricultural tech startup OnePointOne is expanding its vertical and corporate agricultural production facilities in Avondale.

The 50,000 square foot facility in Avondale’s 107th Industrial Park will house OnePointOne’s last indoor vertical farm, according to a June 22 statement.

The technologically advanced cultivation platform they are building will use innovations in automation, AI and plant science to continue to drive the industry forward.

“We are on the right track to fundamentally rethink the way plants are grown, used and optimized,” said Sam Bertram, CEO of OnePointOne. “We are excited to bring this mission to Avondale and add to their growing tech community. “

“Avondale has quickly established itself as a prime location for high-tech businesses with our competitively priced real estate, proximity to major transportation and a skilled workforce,” said Kenneth Chapa, Managing Director economic development and tourism in Avondale. “OnePointOne is an emerging leader in sustainable crop production, and together with our partners at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, we are delighted to welcome them to our community. “

OnePointOne’s proprietary vertical farming technology uses 99% less land and water than traditional farming, the statement said. In addition, the process is 100% free from pesticides, herbicides and harmful chemicals of any kind.

This new facility will serve as the production center for Willo, OnePointOne’s personalized vertical farming service. Willo gives members exclusive access to the farm and its technology through a personalized mobile app that allows them to select crops, monitor their growth and enjoy the premium delivered to their doorstep.

The company will seek to hire around 70 employees in a range of positions, the statement said.

“The relocation of OnePointOne is a welcome addition to Avondale’s burgeoning tech ecosystem and the latest example of innovative startups choosing the region to grow their operations,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

“OnePointOne’s selection of Avondale for this significant investment, which will create more than 70 jobs, once again demonstrates our state’s ideal attractiveness for technology and innovation,” said Sandra Watson, president and chief executive officer. the leadership of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

“We are particularly excited about the innovative business concepts that OnePointOne and Willo have to offer,” said Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise. “As a city whose history is rooted in agriculture, OnePointOne’s approach to sustainable agriculture brings agriculture back to Avondale in a way that is beyond imagination. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Twitter will choose users for monetization offers


A “small group” of users will be chosen by Twitter manage the new monetization offers for the social media platform: Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows, The edge reported.

Ticketed Spaces allows users to set fees ranging from $ 1 to $ 999 for access to a social audio room, while also providing users with additional features such as setting a room size limit, depending on The report. Offer can be used on Android and iOS.

Additionally, Super Follows allows users to set a monthly fee of $ 9.99, $ 4.99, or $ 2.99 to view exclusive content, the report says. Offer is limited to iOS.

In the beginning, those who participate in the test group will keep 97% of the funds they generate with either of these offers after the fees charged by Android or iOS for in-app transactions.

However, Twitter will increase its fees from 3% to 20% in the event that a user “earns a total of $ 50,000 on both systems,” in the words of The Verge.

PYMNTS reported in early June that Twitter was testing full-screen ads on its new Fleets feature, as the company aims to expand its collection of advertising tools and increase ad revenue.

Fleet announcements, which serve as “full screen billboards”, will be deployed as a pilot with a select group of advertisers. A limited group of users in the United States will be able to see the ads initially, as reported at the time.

“We know from research that over 75% of people say they like ads in this format, and among those who use fleets, 73% of people say they browse what other people share,” said Justin Hoang and Austin Evers said in a statement. early June blog post for Twitter. “We also believe that ads should be non-intrusive and deliver value to people.



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Ossoff proposes new solar tax credit to boost clean energy jobs in Georgia and the United States

Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff has said he wants to add a solar tax credit to a larger Biden administration infrastructure plan that is still under negotiation.

US Senator Jon Ossoff has said he will push for a new tax credit designed to quickly boost solar panel production in the United States.

The senator told reporters on Tuesday that his goal is to have Proposal later added to the broader infrastructure plan which continues to be the subject of bipartite negotiations behind the scenes, which focused on the scope of the package and how to pay for it.

“This legislation will bring more clean energy jobs to Georgia while creating tens of thousands of clean energy jobs across the country,” Ossoff said at a virtual press conference. “This will help make America energy independent and allow American manufacturers to compete with Chinese solar manufacturers, and it will accelerate our transition to clean, renewable energy sources.”

The massive Hanwha Q CELLS factory in Dalton was the largest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere when it officially opened in 2019.

Georgia is also increasing its stake in the clean energy sector in other ways. SK Innovation is building a $ 2.6 billion plant at Commerce that will produce batteries for Ford and Volkswagen electric vehicles and could employ 2,600 people when fully built.

“We have fallen behind our international competitors in producing this strategic technology,” Ossoff said. “This legislation creates a new tax credit that will boost solar panel production at every step of the supply chain, a supply chain currently dominated by Chinese manufacturers but expected to be dominated by US companies.”

Today, American companies have to import certain components from China and other countries.

“We don’t want to depend on Chinese monopolies to produce this technology,” Ossoff said. “That’s why we need to invest in stimulating US solar manufacturing. “

Scott Moskowitz, director of public affairs at Q CELLS America and a board member of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, called the proposal a “huge, huge deal” for the US solar industry and said it would help long-term, large-scale investments in manufacturing. .

“The credits are specifically designed to reduce the cost of solar generation, enable scale and incentivize innovation,” he said. “Ultimately, this would cause the United States to produce enough solar products to meet its own demands and be competitive globally. This bill will go a long way in consolidating Georgia’s status as the hub of clean energy manufacturing in America. “

An estimated cost for the tax credit is not available at this point in the process, according to Ossoff’s office.

Over 100 activists urge China to end Bangladesh coal-fired power plant project – Radio Free Asia


More than 100 activists from 21 countries sent a letter to the Chinese government on Tuesday asking it to end funding for a coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh, saying Beijing notified Dhaka in February that it would no longer support highly polluting projects. .

In 2016, Bangladesh approved the Chinese-funded Banshkhali S. Alam project, which has been controversial from the start, with allegations of excessive force by police against protesters and problems with wages and work. .

In February 2021, China’s economic and trade adviser to Bangladesh sent a letter to the Bangladesh Ministry of Finance stating that “the Chinese side will no longer consider projects with high pollution and high energy consumption, such as coal mines and coal-fired power stations. power plants, ”the activists wrote in the letter signed by Hasan Mehedi, member secretary of the Bangladesh External Debt Working Group (BWGED).

The activists’ letter noted that Chinese President Xi Jinping called for “continuing open, green and clean cooperation” in a speech at the second Belt and Road Forum in 2019.

He also noted the controversial history of the project.

“Since the start of the project in 2016, 12 people have lost their lives, more than 100 have been injured and cases of harassment have been filed against more than 6,000 workers and villagers in three different incidents around this power plant”, indicates the letter.

“Local people see the project as a curse for themselves as not only have lives been lost, but at least 10,000 people have been affected by the loss of property and farmland as a result of this project. “

Mehedi confirmed that the letter signed by 129 activists from 74 organizations was emailed to Wang Wentao, China’s Minister of Commerce. A copy should be sent to the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.

“We will fax a copy of the letter on Wednesday,” he told BenarNews, an online news service affiliated with RFA.

The letter called for the withdrawal of all Chinese investments and all involvement in the Banshkhali factory. He also called for an investigation into alleged human rights violations in that country and into false information contained in an environmental impact assessment of the project.

“Without exceptions, reverse all current and future investments in fossil fuels, including coal, oil and gas,” he said.

The Banshkhali S. Alam project is expected to start producing 1,320 MW of electricity in 2023. China has funded 70 percent of the $ 2.49 billion cost of the project, according to information on the S. Alam Group website.

The factory, also called SS Power I, is built by Shandong Electric Power Construction Corp. (SEPCOIII), a subsidiary of PowerChina, a Chinese central government company, according to three environmental groups.

Ebadat Hossain Bhuiyan, chief financial officer of SS Power I, said he was not aware of the letter, but disputed its contents.

“If the letter mentions that the plant is going to pollute the environment or that it violates human rights, then that is totally false,” he told BenarNews.

“And we don’t know why they are making false statements against us. “

The Chinese embassy in Dhaka did not immediately respond to a request from BenarNews to comment on the letter.

Mohammad Hossain, director general of the Electric Cell, a division of the Ministry of Energy and Energy and Mineral Resources, also said he was not aware of the letter, but compared it to a similar effort five years ago.

“Sending a letter to a foreign country requesting the suspension of funding for a local development project is frustrating,” he told BenarNews.

“Previously, we have seen such a movement during the Rampal power plant project – this time so-called green individuals and groups have sent a letter to UNESCO.”

In 2016, several NGOs sent a petition to the United Nations agency’s World Heritage Committee regarding the project to build Rampal and Orion coal-fired power stations within 14 km (8.6 miles) of the Sundarbans, the largest existing mangrove forest in the world and a UNESCO World Site. Heritage site.

Contested environmental report

The letter regarding the Banshkhali project stated that the coal-fired power plant would be “extremely harmful” to the health of people living in the area.

He cited a report released last week by three green groups, which said an environmental report authorized by the Bangladesh government on the project downplays information on its effects on air quality.

The BWGED, joined by the Energy and Clean Air Research Center and a co-signer of the Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association, said the report’s modeling was flawed, leading to a prediction of pollution levels several times lower than this. which would be established by appropriate modeling.

Sharif Jamil, secretary general of the Bangladesh environmental organization Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), said China should shift funding for the Banshkhali coal plant to a renewable energy project.

“China should view the letter as an effort to save the earth while we are in a global emergency,” Jamil, whose organization signed the letter to China’s trade minister, told BenarNews on Tuesday.

The letter urged China to demonstrate its commitment to environmental issues.

“We hope you will reconsider your decision to provide financial and technical support to the Banshkhali power project and show your commitment to a green environment. [One Belt, One Road] Initiative respecting human and environmental rights, and not in blood and tears, ”the letter said.

Reported by BenarNews, an online news service affiliated with RFA.

Public funding boosts a $ 439 million sawmill in Cohasset – Finance & Commerce


A new $ 439 million publicly and privately funded lumber production plant will open next year in Cohasset, Minnesota, bringing new production and construction jobs to the region.

The plant will produce oriented strand board (OSB) for Huber Engineering Woods. The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) unanimously approved a $ 15 million forgivable loan at its meeting on Monday.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is also considering a $ 20 million loan from its 21st Century Fund to help fund the project. IRRRB and DEED will cancel their loans if Huber meets certain criteria, primarily employment and production targets, IRRRB executive director of development Matt Sjoberg told the meeting.

The majority of the funding, estimated at $ 376.8 million, comes from private Huber funding, and the remaining $ 27.5 million is likely to come from partner investors, according to IRRRB meeting documents.

The 800,000 square foot OSB production plant would be built on 400 acres near Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset, a town of more than 2,700 people in southern Itasca County. OSB panels are used in the construction of walls, flooring, roofing and furniture.

“I think everyone certainly understands that the markets are booming in anything that has… to do with construction or renovation or something like that,” Sjoberg said. “I think it’s safe to say… it’s a pretty good time to be in this business.”

Last month, Itasca County, home to the new factory, had more than 1,000 unemployed. With a labor force of 21,800, its unemployment rate was 4.8% – a figure lower than the rates reported in the months immediately before the start of the pandemic in March 2020, according to DEED data.

In the Seven County area of ​​northeastern Minnesota, DEED reports 7,180 inhabitants worked in construction or mining. This represented 5% of the region’s workforce in the first quarter of 2020.

To build the plant, around 300 to 400 construction workers are needed. Work is expected to begin this fall or spring of next year, said Brian Carlson, president of Huber Engineered Woods.

Huber plans to offer full-time employees a median salary of $ 31 an hour, in addition to benefits. The location will also serve about 150 logging trucks each day, adding to the number of jobs impacted by the new plants, according to meeting documents.

“We conducted a comprehensive study and assessed the wood baskets and labor force in the western United States and western Canada. [We] identified several that we wanted to investigate further and ultimately decided that northern Minnesota, given the fiber basket that exists there and the long history of the OSB industry and the quality of the workmanship, was a perfect choice for us, ”said Carlson.

IRRRB plans to invest an additional $ 600,000 to support workforce development and training. DEED is also giving the project the same amount through two of its job training and incentive programs, according to meeting materials.

The project could see more public investment. Additional funding for production incentives is expected to be allocated to the project through a bill that lawmakers will approve in the current special session, said Senator Tom Bakk, I-Cook.

Sjoberg confirmed with Senator David Tomassoni, I-Chisholm, that Huber already has funding for the project.

“We’ve had some really big projects like this that have fallen through the cracks,” said Tomassoni, who, along with Bakk, sits on the IRRRB board.

Huber Engineering Woods is a subsidiary of JM Huber Corp., which has 4,000 employees worldwide. Huber Engineering employs approximately 1,000 people in the United States, with annual sales of over $ 1 billion. It has five other manufacturing plants in Georgia, Maine, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Virginia, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“Huber is an innovative and unique leader in the construction products industry, and we are excited about the positive economic impact this investment will have in the region,” Governor Tim Walz said in a statement.


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Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bills Restricting Food Labeling


MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Vegetarian and vegan foods sold in Wisconsin could not be labeled as meat, milk, or dairy products if they did not contain these products, under bills that the Assembly of the State passed unanimously on Tuesday.

“Truth in Labeling” measures are supported by the state’s agriculture and dairy industries as a way to tackle what they say are deceptive products that are marketed as “impossible burgers” and use other words such as “cheese” and “milk”, but do not actually contain meat, milk or dairy products. Supporters of the bill say it will help protect Wisconsin’s farm economy, educate consumers about deceptive food labels and pressure the federal government to take action.

No one spoke out against the measures until they were passed unanimously by voice vote.

Opposition has come from various groups promoting plant-based foods, such as soybeans and nuts, as an alternative to meat and dairy products. They argue the bills are unnecessary, bad for Wisconsin businesses and consumers, and an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights.

In 2019, a federal judge barred Arkansas from banning the use of terms such as “hamburger” or “sausage” to sell vegetarian and vegan products, as it likely violated the former’s free speech rights. amendment. There are similar lawsuits against food labeling laws in Missouri and Mississippi.

One of Wisconsin’s bills passed on Tuesday would ban labeling a drink as milk unless it comes from cows, goats and other ungulate mammals. Another would prohibit the sale of a product in the form of cream, yogurt or cheese unless it contains dairy products.

These would only take effect if 10 out of a group of 15 states approve similar bans by 2031. The move aims to ensure that the bills do not violate the trade clause of the Constitution, which gives Congress – and no to states – the right to regulate interstate. Trade.

two states in the group, Maryland and North Carolina, have passed milk labeling laws, but those laws have not come into effect due to similar provisions forcing other states to follow suit.

A third bill passed by the Assembly would ban the labeling or sale of a product such as meat, bacon or a similar term unless it includes animal flesh. It would apply to product packaging in stores and restaurant menus.

Seventeen other states have enacted some sort of meat labeling law in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Bills are now making their way to the Senate, which did not consider them in the last session after also being passed by the Assembly.

Carmaker’s Development in Pryor Receives Help from Former US Senator from Oklahoma | News from local businesses


“This fits their model of creativity, diversity and speed to market,” said David Stewart, CEO of MAIP. “The center of the story is really what Oklahoma has and what the Governor brings in terms of proactivity and interaction with the Legislature and ODOT (Oklahoma Department of Commerce) efforts. to provide incentives and set that up in combination with a site that can meet their needs.

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Canoo reviewed more than 30 sites before choosing Oklahoma, he said. The company will benefit from MAIP infrastructure, workforce, education and other upgrades that will reach $ 100 million, Stewart said.

“Most of the incentives we provided were to speed up projects in our overall planning process,” said Stewart.

Kisling called Canoo Oklahoma’s average salary range “well above” $ 45,000 a year.

“There would be very few people in their entire organization who would earn less than $ 45,000,” he said.

Citing exemptions in the Oklahoma Open Records Act for business development, the Commerce Department last week declined to detail the state’s incentives for Canoo. Aquila reportedly told Reuters that Oklahoma provided the company with more than $ 300 million in tax incentives.

“The important point is that all the incentives will be public at some point,” Kisling said. “But we are still at the negotiating stage. We contract on every incentive because everything in Oklahoma is performance based. So they have to perform.

DJC announces TopProject 2021 finalists • Daily Journal of Commerce


The Daily Journal of Commerce has named the 106 finalists for the 2021 TopProjects Awards competition recognizing the most outstanding projects completed last year in the Pacific Northwest. Category winners and overall project of the year will be announced in person on Thursday, September 9, the DJC’s first live event since the pandemic.

Now in its 24th year, TopProjects has become the region’s premier built environment awards competition. This year’s class includes projects covering 17 different categories. It highlights the exceptional work done in a truly unprecedented year, ultimately providing our region with the essential buildings and infrastructure we rely on.

“Once I read the powerful nominations, it reinforced my feeling that TopProjects is the right event to pick up the pace of live events,” said DJC editor Nick Bjork. “Thanks to supply chain disruptions, workplace safety protocols, and project schedule hurdles, the construction industry has come together and done some of the most remarkable work I’ve ever had. seen in my 12 years with the organization. “

Bjork added that there will be an option to attend the event in person or virtually via a live broadcast. The team is working with two event calendars in case the COVID-19 pandemic forces a switch to a fully virtual format. As always, he added, DJC will look to the CDC, state and local councils for event security protocols.

The 106 projects will now move on to the evaluation phase, where ten industry leaders will determine the top three projects in each category, the TopProjects Project of the Year and several small prizes for outstanding work. Participants will also have the opportunity to make the TopProjects People’s Choice award selection through real-time voting.

The event will take place Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232) in the Oregon Ballroom. In-person tickets will start at $ 125 with a virtual viewing option of $ 50. Food and drinks will be provided to participants in person. Sponsorships for the event will start at $ 1,795. For event information or questions, contact Sarah Zens, [email protected] or (414) 225-1803.

To register for the event or view more detailed event information, please visit: DJCOregon.com/top-projects/

Below is a list of DJC TopProjects 2021 finalists. The DJC reclassifies projects based on submissions received. If you think your project is misclassified, please contact Nick Bjork at [email protected]


  • Brietung building; Submitted by Ink Built Architecture and Development
  • the cedar grove; Submitted by LMC construction
  • Municipalities of the market district; Submitted by Chambers Construction
  • Marla’s mansion; submitted by Charter Construction
  • Renovation of the Medallion and Williams Plaza D / B apartments; Submitted by Walsh Construction Co
  • Red Canyon; submitted by R&H Construction
  • Red Rock Creek Commons; Submitted by LMC Construction
  • Renaissance municipalities; Submitted by Walsh Construction Co.
  • Songbird; Submitted by BRIDGE Housing Corporation
  • The apartments in the fields; Submitted by Otak, Inc.


  • AllCare PACE Center; submitted by Ausland Group and CIDA Inc.
  • Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic; Submitted by Skanska USA Building Inc.
  • One Community Health Hood River; submitted by Scott | Edwards Architecture
  • Outside the East Clinic; Submitted by Walsh Construction Co
  • Intensive Care Unit at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center; Submitted by JRJ Architectes
  • Pacific Samaritan Communities Hospital; Submitted by The Neenan Company
  • Surgical Steelhead; Submitted by Mackenzie
  • The Vancouver Clinic – Columbia Palisades; Submitted by Andersen Construction
  • University of Washington Medical – Harborview Medical Center 8EH Pediatric Burn Unit; Submitted by Ankrom Moisan

HOSPITALITY (hotel, restaurant, etc.):

  • Abbott Claim Winery; Submitted by Andrew Scott Construction & Soderstron Architects
  • HEART; Submitted by BnK Construction
  • Corvallis Museum; Submitted by Gerding Builders
  • Domaine Serene wine fair; Submitted by GBD Architects
  • Hilton Garden Inn; Submitted by Deacon Construction, LLC
  • Eugene’s Kendall Subaru; Submitted by Chambers Construction
  • Col de Lolo; submitted by Woodblock Architecture and I&E Construction
  • Sahale Lodge; Submitted by Bremik Construction, Inc.
  • SaltLine Hotel; Submitted by Deacon Construction, LLC
  • Snow Peak North American Headquarters; Submitted by BnK Construction & Skylab Architecture


  • CalPlant MDF manufacturing plant; Submitted by Industrial Projects Consulting, LLC
  • SenSys fiber; Submitted by Robert Evans Co
  • Project Gutenberg; Submitted by McKinstry Co., LLC
  • Shakespeare Project – Columbia Distribution; Submitted by Perlo Construction
  • Prologis PDX 23; Submitted by Sierra Construction


  • Replacement of the 8th Street Bridge; Submitted by DOWL
  • Astoria waterfront bridge replacements; Submitted by DOWL
  • Gideon Street Crossing Project; Submitted by Stacy and Witbeck
  • I-105 connections to the Willamette River; Submitted by Wildish
  • I-405: Freemont connection bridge to US26 WB connection bridge; Submitted by Wildish
  • Parking structure of the Ilani Casino complex; Submitted by Swinerton


  • 5 MLK; Submitted by The Green Cities Company
  • Koz 151 N. Killingsworth; Submitted by Deacon Construction, LLC
  • The canyons; submitted by R&H Construction


  • 230 ash; Submitted by GBD Architects
  • Alta Peak Apartments; Submitted by Pavilion Construction
  • Chloe on Madison; Submitted by Ankrom Moisan
  • HarbourSky Apartments; Submitted by Leeb Architectes
  • Kado NO; Submitted by GBD Architects
  • Nishioka building; Submitted by Seabold Construction
  • Mixed-use buildings NW23 and NWGS; submitted by R&H Construction
  • The craftsman; Submitted by LMC Construction
  • The lofts of the ascent; Submitted by Seabold Construction
  • Timberridge Place Apartment Houses; Submitted by I&E Construction, Inc.

OFFICE – Renovation / Major expansion:

  • Headquarters of I&E construction; submitted by Woodblock Architecture and I&E Construction
  • JK Gill Building; Submitted by Urban Renaissance Group
  • Premier Equipment; Submitted by Lorentz Bruun Construction
  • Reece Security; Submitted by CIDA Inc. & Yorke & Curtis
  • Slabtown manufactures PDXs; Submitted by GBD Architects
  • The reconstruction of the Portland building; submitted by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company
  • The Quinn; Submitted by Robertson & Olson Construction, Inc.
  • Renovation of the Wells Fargo Center and Exchange Block; Submitted by Turner

OFFICE – New construction:

  • Renovation of the Wells Fargo Center and Exchange Block; Submitted by Turner
  • Tag; Submitted by Mackenzie
  • Canvas; Submitted by GBD Architects
  • District office; Submitted by Andersen Construction
  • Rockwood Downtown Innovation Center (Building A); Submitted by LMC Construction & YBA Architects PC
  • Meyer Memorial Trust head office; Submitted by Walsh Construction Co
  • The Vanport Building; Submitted by Andersen Construction


  • Brookwood Elementary School; submitted by the DLR Group
  • Eastside Elementary School; Submitted by Chambers Construction
  • Kalama Primary School; Submitted by Emerick Construction Company
  • Kellogg Middle School; submitted by Oh planning + design, architecture
  • Meadow Ridge Elementary School; Submitted by Soderstrom Architects & Todd Construction
  • Addition and renovation of Milwaukie High School; submitted by CBRE | Heery & Skanska Building USA Inc.
  • Addition and renovation of Sam Barlow High School; Submitted by Opsis Architecture
  • Santiam Canyon Jr./Sr. School District High school; Submitted by Modern Building Systems
  • Sherwood High School; Submitted by Skanska USA Building Inc.
  • Little Birds, a Fireplace at Chapman Elementary School; submitted by CBRE | Heery


  • Green gateway; Submitted by GreenWorks
  • Portland International Airport, Balancing Terminal Hall E extension; Submitted by Skanska USA Building Inc.
  • Expansion of the Seaside Civic & Convention Center; Submitted by O’Brien and Company
  • Wingspan Event and Conference Center at Westside Commons; Submitted by Swinerton
  • Woodmont Natural Park; Submitted by Mackenzie


  • Beaverton Public Safety Center; Submitted by Skanska USA Building Inc.
  • Salem City Police Station; Submitted by JE Dunn Construction
  • Deschutes County Stabilization Center; Submitted by Pinnacle Architecture

LEISURE (gymnasiums, fields, etc.)

  • Eugene Civic Park & ​​Kidsport Field House; Submitted by Chambers Construction
  • Hidden Creek Community Center; Submitted by Opsis Architecture & Swinton
  • The Rotary Youth Center in Morrison; Submitted by Joseph Hughes Construction


  • Oregon State University Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building; Submitted by Andersen Construction
  • Oregon State University Marine Studies Initiative Building Submitted by KPFF
  • the replacement of the Peavy Hall at Oregon State University; Submitted by Andersen Construction
  • Oregon Portland Community College (OMIC) Manufacturing Innovation Center; Submitted by Mortenson
  • Umpqua Hall Health and Science Building; Submitted by Opsis Architecture


  • Aegis Overlake; Submitted by Ankrom Moisan
  • Ya Po Ah Terrace; Submitted by Walsh Construction Co.


  • Redevelopment of the head office; Submitted by Deacon Construction, LLC
  • Headquarters of the metropolitan group; Submitted by Scott | Edwards Architecture
  • Hall of the Moda tower; Submitted by Ankrom Moisan
  • PacificSource Health Care Plans Headquarters; Submitted by Swinerton
  • Pence Construction Headquarters; submitted by TVA Architects


  • Brown Road Improvements NE, Salem, OR; Submitted by Harper Houf Peterson Righellis
  • Improvements to the intersection between Elwert Road and Krueger Road; Submitted by Kerr Contractors Oregon LLC
  • Mill Plain Blvd (104th Ave at Chkalov Dr) | Vancouver, WA; Submitted by Harper Houf Peterson Righellis
  • Improvements at the intersection of NE Lake Road and NE Everett Street (SR 500); Submitted by PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.
  • West Burnside Security Improvements, Portland, Oregon; Submitted by Harper Houf Peterson Righellis
  • WSDOT I-5 SB Interstate Bridge Traffic Management Project to NE 78TH; Submitted by Mill Plain Electric Inc.

API Launches Media Branch, Former State Senator Phil Williams To Host Inaugural Radio Show – Yellowhammer News


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama’s long-standing economic and cultural ties with Germany were fully visible Thursday evening as 10 German companies were awarded for their investments in the state and the Alabama Secretary of Commerce , Greg Canfield, was honored.

the Alabama Germany Partnership The annual dinner, held at Regions Field in Birmingham, attracted more than 250 German and Alabama leaders from across the state, including Governor Kay Ivey, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and CEO of the German Chamber of Commerce. – American Matthias Hoffmann.

The organization celebrated a diverse group of German companies that made investments totaling more than $ 210 million in Alabama in 2020.

Alabama Germany Partnership Honors Corporate, Commerce Sec. Canfield – Yellowhammer


Alabama Germany Partnership Honors Corporate, Commerce Sec. Canfield

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama’s long-standing economic and cultural ties with Germany were fully visible Thursday evening as 10 German companies were awarded for their investments in the state and the Alabama Secretary of Commerce , Greg Canfield, was honored.

the Alabama Germany Partnership The annual dinner, held at Regions Field in Birmingham, attracted more than 250 German and Alabama leaders from across the state, including Governor Kay Ivey, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and CEO of the German Chamber of Commerce. – American Matthias Hoffmann.

The organization celebrated a diverse group of German companies that made investments totaling more than $ 210 million in Alabama in 2020.

Secretary Canfield, who has headed the Alabama Department of Commerce since 2011, received the AGP’s highest individual honor, the Rainer Bauer Award. The award was established in 2001 to recognize individuals for their outstanding achievement, dedicated service, and loyal friendship to AGP, both in Alabama and in Germany.

“Alabama and Germany have developed a special relationship over the years, and no one has worked harder to strengthen the economic and personal ties that unite us than Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield,” Governor Ivey said .

“Greg has spearheaded efforts to help many German businesses launch their plans for growth in Alabama, delivering benefits that will be felt in communities for generations. This honor is well deserved, ”she added.

Previous recipients of the award include Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, a member of Dr. Werner Von Braun’s original rocket team in Huntsville, former Mercedes-Benz CEO Bill Taylor and former Governor Jim Folsom.


Over 80 German companies are based in Alabama, some with multiple locations in the state. The strong economic ties between Alabama and Germany prompted the state to open a business development office in Stuttgart in 2019.

German companies have invested nearly $ 10 billion in the state since 1999, according to data from the Alabama Department of Commerce. These projects created nearly 18,000 direct jobs.

In addition, Germany is one of Alabama’s major trading partners, with two-way trade exceeding $ 5.5 billion in 2020, according to Commerce data. Germany was Alabama’s third-largest export destination last year, with shipments exceeding $ 2.2 billion.

“The commercial and cultural relationship between Alabama and Germany has continued to grow in importance over many decades and each year the AGP’s annual dinner provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate just how it has become important, ”said AGP President Brian Hilson.

“AGP is proud to recognize these German companies for their impact on our state’s economy, and Secretary Greg Canfield for his significant contributions to Alabama-German relations. “

The Germans honored at the partnership dinner were ALDI, Berg Pipe, Evonik Corp., Fehrer Automotive North America, Heiche US Surface Technologies, Knauf Insulation, Mercedes-Benz, REHAU Automotive, Sherman Industries and SWJ Technology.

The AGP, established in 1998, is a state-wide nonprofit organization dedicated to developing educational, business, cultural and social relationships between individuals and organizations with ties to Alabama and Germany.

(Courtesy of Made in Alabama)

Hill’s to Build New Wet Food Plant in Tonganoxie, Create 80 New Jobs in Kansas


TONGNOXIE, Kan. (WIBW) – Hill’s Pet Nutrition will build a new wet food plant in Tonganoxie, which will create 80 new jobs in Kansas.

Governor Laura Kelly said Hill’s Pet Nutrition plans to build a new pet food manufacturing plant in Tonganoxie. She said the new 300,000 square foot building will cost more than $ 250 million to build and create at least 80 new jobs in the community by 2025.

“Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s decision to invest $ 250 million in Kansas and create 80 new jobs in Tonganoxie is further proof that the Kansas Animal Health Corridor can compete with any region in the world for these investments and jobs in the industry, ”Governor Laura Kelly said. “With our central location, talented workforce and reputation as a global leader in animal health and science, our partnership with Hill’s is a given. “

Hill’s said it chose Tonganoxie for its new plant because of the location’s industrial park, strong community partnerships, strength of the workforce and proximity to distribution requirements. He also said that a major benefit to doing business in Kansas was being part of the KC Animal Health Corridor, which is home to more than 300 animal health companies and is the largest concentration in the world. He said the KC Animal Health Corridor currently accounts for 56% of all global sales of animal health, diagnostics and feed products.

“Hill’s Pet Nutrition is excited to develop its roots in Kansas. We have been part of the community for almost 80 years and this new facility will help us fulfill our mission of enriching and extending the special relationships between humans and their pets by providing them with high quality food ”, Jesper Nordengaard , president of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, said.

Almost four years ago, the city strongly opposed the Tyson Foods construction project in Tonganoxie. Residents still have strong feelings about it, but some see a difference with Hill’s.

Bambi Dome from Tonganoxie said, “Poultry just isn’t good when it’s wasted like that and it goes through our waters, rivers and everything, it’s just not good. Dog food, it kind of absorbs everything, and birds eat it so I think it’s biodegradable.

Resident Madisen Lansing said he heard it could be difficult for landowners nearby.

“I’ve certainly heard things about the occupied space and the fact that a lot more people are moving into the city, you know. It’s kind of a small town, obviously we love our small town vibe. I think the concern is that the city is really going to explode, there are going to be a lot of people moving in.

Dome and Lansing both want them to build this and drive growth, but are asking city leaders to be patient before bringing in another company.

“I mean there are going to be pros and cons to anything you do,” Dome said. “For me, I think it’s a good idea.

Lansing said, “I don’t think it should be anything that leads to more,” ‘oh, we’re going to build this factory, we’re going to build more and more,’ I think that would be a good opportunity to see how it goes when they build this.

According to Governor Kelly, plans for the new wet pet food processing plant call for an upgraded version of its plant in Topeka, the only other Hill’s plant in the world that produces canned pet food. She said no slaughtering or rendering of meat would take place at the new plant, as the meat would arrive at the facility frozen and remain canned.

“Kansas’ expertise and prime location for animal health leaders is undeniable, and this planned investment by Hill’s is proof of that,” said Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland. “Thank you to Hill’s for continuing to set the standard for animal health and pet food manufacturing in Kansas. Our partnership with Hill’s is a source of pride for our state, and I am very proud to see this partnership continue to grow even stronger.

Governor Kelly said Hill’s is committed to environmentally friendly initiatives, with three facilities achieving “Zero Waste to Landfill” status. She said the company announced in 2019 that it hopes to make all product packaging 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, and use at least 25% recycled content to produce its pet food packaging. of company.

“We are delighted to welcome a quality company like Hill’s Pet Nutrition to Tonganoxie,” said Steve Jack, Executive Director of Leavenworth County Development Corporation. “This project will represent the largest capital investment ever made by a Leavenworth County manufacturer. We would like to recognize the vision and investment the city and county have made in building the business park to enable us to take advantage of such a great opportunity.

According to Governor Kelly, the company has yet to complete planning and zoning procedures and public hearings to review the proposed tax abatement. When completed, she said construction is expected to start in 2021 and be completed in 2023.

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Ivey and GOP Governors Urge Biden Administration to Release 2020 U.S. Census Data Immediately – Delay Causing “Unreasonable Burden”, “Undermines Public Confidence”


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama’s long-standing economic and cultural ties with Germany were fully visible Thursday evening as 10 German companies were awarded for their investments in the state and the Alabama Secretary of Commerce , Greg Canfield, was honored.

the Alabama Germany Partnership The annual dinner, held at Regions Field in Birmingham, attracted more than 250 German and Alabama leaders from across the state, including Governor Kay Ivey, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and CEO of the German Chamber of Commerce. – American Matthias Hoffmann.

The organization celebrated a diverse group of German companies that made investments totaling more than $ 210 million in Alabama in 2020.

Kansas Dairy Ingredients Invests in Plant Expansion | 2021-06-22


OVERLAND PARK, KAN. – Kansas Dairy Ingredients (KDI) Cheese Co., a manufacturer and distributor of ultrafiltered condensed dairy products, has announced plans to invest $ 45 million to expand its business in southwestern Kansas.

The plant expansion in Hugoton, Kan., Will include investments to produce American-style, Italian-style, Hispanic-style cheese and European-style cheese and butter. KDI Cheese Co. said the expansion will be “environmentally responsible,” as the company commits to investing more in water harvesting and environmentally responsible construction practices.

KDI Cheese Co. opened the Hugoton dairy plant in 2013. According to the company, sourcing high quality local milk was a major factor in the decision to expand in Hugoton.

“We are very pleased to announce our expansion into Kansas and appreciate the collaboration of our local Hugoton leaders for their continued support,” said Tim Gomez, CEO of KDI Cheese Company. “The state of Kansas, our industry partners and the KDI team associates made this possible. The local dairy community has invested heavily in Kansas for many years and has supported KDI from day one. We now have the opportunity to make that support by providing a safe and long term home for their milk. Our investment of $ 45 million and the creation of 40 new jobs at Hugoton are exciting for all of us. We started construction in December 2020 and are set to receive milk in October 2021. We have already added several positions to facilitate our training, thus minimizing commissioning time after construction is complete.

Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said western Kansas is booming with new investments in agribusiness and food manufacturing.

“KDI is seizing an incredible opportunity – there has never been a better time to grow in Kansas,” said Toland. “We are very grateful for their decision to invest even more in Hugoton and in our state, and we will continue to be the strongest possible partner of outstanding agribusinesses like KDI. “

Bad Credit: How Much Is Bad Credit Costing Me?


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How do you know if you can get a prime loan or if you need bad credit loans instead?

  • If your FICO puts you in the “poor” credit category, you will likely need unsecured financing.
  • You might even need bad loans if your score is “right”
  • Recent events like foreclosures, bankruptcies, write-offs or collections make borrowing difficult

Sometimes increasing your credit score by just one point can take you to the next level and save you thousands of dollars.

Check your new rate (June 30, 2021)

Credit scores for prime loans

There is no commonly accepted definition of the term “prime loan”. Each lender is free to set its own standards for loans it qualifies as “premium”.

But the term generally means a loan that offers the best possible deal to a consumer. It usually comes with low interest rates and sometimes other privileges.

There is one exception to this description of “best possible offer”. Some lenders may offer very high yield loans and then the best possible deals are given to those borrowers. But any prime loan is, by definition, attractive.

What scores qualify for blue chip loans?

FICO is the company behind the most widely used credit scoring technologies. It categorizes credit scores as follows:

  • 800+ – “Exceptional”. Surprisingly, 20 percent of Americans have a score of 800 or higher. And 1% have one in 850, which is the highest it can get. Only 1% of those with a score of 800+ are likely to default on a loan, so lenders love these borrowers and can afford to give them great deals.
  • 740-799 – “Very good.” You are still well above average and there is only a 2% chance that you will default. So lenders still love you, and almost all of them are likely to see you as a prime loan candidate. Twenty-three percent of consumers belong to this group.
  • 670-739 – “Good.” There is an 8% chance that your loan is in default, which means that only certain lenders are likely to consider you eligible for a prime loan. Twenty-four percent of the population belongs to this group.

Related: What Credit Score Do You Need For A Mortgage?

It should be noted that most of us have dozens of different credit scores. This is because there are different rating system providers, different credit bureaus, and different versions of industry specific rating systems. So, for example, an auto lender may use a proprietary and modified version that can better predict defaults on auto loans.

On top of that, some lenders have stayed with older “legacy” versions which will score different from more modern systems. This means that you shouldn’t assume that the score you get from a credit score service will be that seen by a potential lender.

Who gets bad loans?

You would think that bad credit loans would only be offered to those with very low credit rating. But some lenders will offer these loans even to those with fair credit scores. With a larger down payment, an applicant with a credit score of less than 620 can still get a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgage.

Here’s how FICO defines the two lower ranges:

  • 580-669 – “Fair”. Twenty-eight percent of people in this score range will default on their loans, and they represent 16 percent of the population. Lenders are therefore wary. If you shop around, you might find a nice loan source that will lend you on better terms than a bad credit loan. But there is no guarantee
  • 579 and less – “Poor”. Over 60 percent of borrowers in this group default on their loans, and they represent 16 percent of the population. Faced with these risks of default, most lenders will automatically deny requests. Those who agree are required to charge exorbitant interest rates to cover their losses

Related: Solve These 3 Problems and Improve Your Credit Score Fast in 2018

As FICO says, “The promising news for this group is that there are opportunities to improve their credit rating. “

Do you have a thin file?

Many people have low scores through no fault of their own. Some have had bad luck: a period of unemployment or illness, perhaps.

Others simply have too little information on their credit reports for scoring algorithms to properly calculate their creditworthiness. The industry calls this having a “thin file”.

And this can be a particular problem for young people who haven’t borrowed much yet. It can also affect older people who haven’t borrowed in the past few years. But non-borrowers of any age may be affected.

Related: Catch-22 (You Need Credit To Get Credit, Here’s How To Do It)

It might seem like a trap: you can’t borrow without a decent credit score, and you can’t get a decent credit score without borrowing. A secured credit card can be a great place to start in building your credit. You must make a deposit to the card issuer and can then charge for purchases up to your deposit amount.

And you may have to pay interest when you “borrow” your own money. But, by providing your card reports to the big three credit bureaus, your score should increase fairly quickly.

Difference in cost between prime loans and bad loans

The higher your credit score, the less likely you are to pay off all of your loans. This applies to everything: from mortgages to credit cards and auto loans to home equity lines of credit.

As you can imagine, the cumulative effect of a lower score over a lifetime adds up. Some could end up dropping a hundred thousand dollars over this time period. If you are a big borrower, do it in the hundreds of thousands.

How your score affects your mortgage costs

FICO has a calculator that allows you to calculate the different costs of a new mortgage based on your credit score. The following calculations are based on mortgage rates as of mid-June 2018, but they will likely have changed since.

Related: Boost Your FICO 100 Points In 2018 And Save Big On Everything

The Experian credit bureau estimated in January 2018 that the national average mortgage debt was $ 201,811. So let’s say someone borrows $ 200,000 with a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. The calculator indicates that someone with a score of 760-850 could get the following offer:

  • A rate of 4.322% APR
  • Monthly payments of $ 992
  • Total interest paid over 30 years: $ 157,238

For the same loan, someone with a score between 620 and 639 (anyone with a lower score has a very low chance of being approved) might be offered this offer:

  • A rate of 5.911% APR
  • Monthly payments of $ 1,188
  • Total interest paid over 30 years: $ 227,565

In other words, the borrower with the lowest score would throw over $ 70,000 in additional credit charges over the life of their loan.

Auto loans and others

But it’s not just mortgage payments that are affected by a score. FICO says that a person with excellent credit borrowing $ 10,000 in the form of a 60-month auto loan could pay $ 1,076 in interest over the five-year term. But the same loan would cost someone with a score between 500 and 589 $ 4,620 in interest, more than four times as much!

Related: What Is a Good FICO Score?

Suppose you have had eight auto loans in your lifetime. You would have lost almost $ 30,000. And, of course, it’s not just mortgages and auto loans. You’ll pay more for every dollar you borrow – and maybe more for your rent and insurance premiums.

Average credit scores in the United States

Average credit scores probably don’t matter much to you. You are mainly interested in your own.

But Time Money published an analysis by age group in April 2017 that lets you know how you are doing compared to your peers:

  • 18-29 years: 652
  • 30-39 years: 671
  • 40-49 years: 685
  • 50-59 years: 709
  • 60 years and over: 743

The average score of all Americans reached 700 in 2017 for the very first time.

The lowest scores of young people

Why are young people less well? It is probably not because they are fickle.

For starters, they can have thin files. But they also won’t yet have a high median age for their open accounts, which is 15% of a FICO score.

And they may not have such a good “mix” of revolving credit (mainly credit and credit cards) and installment loans, such as mortgages, auto loans, and so on. This mixture represents 10 percent of a FICO score.

Regardless of your age, having a higher score can save you a lot of money. It’s worth taking this stuff seriously. You don’t want to live your whole life burdened with bad loans.

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