Can’t Take The Heat? Get Out And Teach Kids About Climate Change

This summer has been hot. No matter where you live in the United States, chances are you were desperately moving from air-conditioned room to air-conditioned room, scrambling to the pool or licking popsicles to stay cool. And it’s not limited to the United States. Around the world this year, the month of June was the hottest in 140 years. And preliminary data show that July 2019 was the hottest month on Earth — ever. This is not a blip. It’s part of a trend. The last five years were the hottest years on record. Climate change is making heat waves longer, hotter and more frequent. Edward Butcher, 64, looks out into the street as he sits near the window to stay cool in his non-air conditioned apartment in Queens, New York, on a sweltering August day in 2006.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) Heat is hazardous, and, especially for the elderly and most vulnerable, deadly. In Europe in 2003, 70,000 people died in the worst heat wave the continent ever experienced. Some call them the first victims of global climate change. Cities fare worse, as well, due to the urban heat island effect that can create temperature differentials of nearly 20 degrees. (Check out these maps of large eastern...

Nebraska LEAD Announces 2019-2021 Fellows    Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 39 participants have been announced

Nebraska LEAD Announces 2019-2021 Fellows    Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 39 participants have been announced by the program’s director, Terry Hejny. The two-year program will begin in September.      The newest members of Nebraska’s premier two-year agricultural leadership development program are involved in production agriculture and/or agribusiness in Nebraska.     “Once again, it appears that Class 39 is filled with outstanding individuals from throughout our state and I am excited to get started with them. Our task will be to prepare and motivate them for future leadership roles in their community, our state and beyond,” Hejny said.    LEAD Fellows will participate in 12 monthly three-day seminars across Nebraska, a 10-day national study/travel seminar and a 14-16 day international study/travel seminar. The goal of the program is to develop problem solvers, decision makers and spokespersons for Nebraska agriculture and beyond.    Seminar themes include: leadership assessment and potential, natural resources and energy, leadership through communication, agricultural policy, international trade and finance, Nebraska’s politic...

Brisbane plumber sent to jail for “sophisticated” fraud over solar heat pumps

Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator has claimed a significant win in the battle against non compliance in the solar installation industry, after a Brisbane plumber was sentenced to four-and-a-half years jail for falsely claiming to have installed more than 400 solar heat pumps. The CER said on Wednesday that the man, Brett Stephen Muldoon, would serve a minimum jail term of 15 months after pleading guilty to one charge of fraud and production of false and misleading documents. The sentence, handed down this week by the Brisbane District Court, is the result of an investigation by the regulator, into compliance with the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme under the Renewable Energy Target. The investigation found Muldoon obtained just under $400,000 by producing false and misleading documentation claiming that non-existent solar air-source heat pumps had been installed at more than 400 properties throughout Queensland. This enabled him to improperly create 11,180 small-scale technology certificates – or STCs – between 2013-14, the CER said. STCs – one created and validated – act as a form of rebate, allowing holders to recoup a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing a s...

Q&A with Applied Graphene Materials PLC: New market opportunities (LON:AGM)

Applied Graphene Materials plc (LON:AGM) Chief Executive Officer Adrian Potts caught up with DirectorsTalk for an exclusive interview to discuss their two recent announcements, water-based coatings and what’s next for the company. Q1: We’re speaking to you after 2 great announcements from the business earlier this week, you must be very pleased, could you tell us some more about them? A1: I’m really pleased with both the milestones that we’ve achieved and also very proud of our team and what they’ve achieved in conjunction with both product development and with a specific customer. So, first of all, we were really pleased to be able to announce this week that one of our customers called Alltimes Coatings, they’re a market leader in the supply of protective coatings specific for building applications so things like roofs and cladding on buildings, they’ve come to market with a new ground-breaking roof coating product that utilises our graphene material. As you’ll be aware, we manufacturer graphene and we put that into dispersion but then we’re much more than that. We’re able to take that right the way through to the application technology and work closely with customers to really...

If you’ve been selecting jewelry simply because it’s beautiful, get ready for some new criteria. This

If you’ve been selecting jewelry simply because it’s beautiful, get ready for some new criteria. This year, earrings, necklaces and rings can do more than accessorize your look — they can enhance your well-being, too. Think bracelets with healing crystals, pendant necklaces with energy-cleansing stones and earrings with essential oil-diffusing beads. Healing stones are nothing new. Folklore has it that crystals were used in ancient Egypt to anoint the dead, protect soldiers in battle and promote energy and vitality. Since then, interest in the healing power of crystals has waxed and waned, hitting its heyday in the 1970s and ’80s, when New Age spirituality was all the rage, and tanking in the ’90s, when it was deemed silly at best. But today the therapeutic power of stones, and their ability to enhance health more generally, is having a renaissance. Rebranded as “mystic beauty” or “the new stone age,” the movement has hit the Twin Cities, and a number of local artisans are crafting pieces that delight both eye and aura. Here are three: My Naptime Jewelry, named because founder Michelle Stangl started designing as a creative outlet while her two young children napped, is a colle...

Fiber Optic Testing Equipment (FOTE) Market to Expand at a CAGR of 5.7% over 2017-2025

The global fiber optic testing equipment (FOTE) market is fragmented due to the presence of large number of players, observes Transparency Market Research.  Leading players in the market are developing products with advanced technology. They are also engaged in expansion procedures to get larger geography under their purview. As customers are demanding for after sales services, advanced features, and continuous product support and customer services while purchasing has pushed players to continuously use new technologies for product development. Players are also investing in merger and acquisition, partnership, and collaboration. For example, recently Fluke Corporation acquired small players including eMaint Enterprises and Hawk IR International. Few players analyzed in the report are EXFO Inc, Keysight Technologies, Tektronix Inc, JDS Uniphase Corporation, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, and Fluke Networks. The global fiber optic testing equipment market is expected to progress at a CAGR of 5.7% over the projected period between 2017 and 2025. Over this period, the market is expected to earn US$0.93 bn, progressing from US$0.57 bn earned in 2016. All these figures are stated in t...

Short-sighted humans haven’t grasped the new normal, environmentalists say. Every Great Lakes state, as well as

Short-sighted humans haven’t grasped the new normal, environmentalists say. Every Great Lakes state, as well as Canada, should aim to restore natural shorelines rather than create hardened stretches of concrete and rock. Lake Michigan’s celebrated horizon — an inland sea — should encourage us to think about the shoreline’s health in terms of the faraway future. Instead, at a time of increasing volatility in lake levels, too many people have rushed to adopt short-term solutions to protect beaches and beachfront infrastructure. That’s unwise. Where possible, every Great Lakes state, as well as Canada, should renew a push to restore natural shorelines rather than create hardened stretches of concrete and rock. Just six years after Lake Michigan’s water level dropped to record lows, it’s now near a record high. The lake is down three inches from last month, but is still 15 inches higher than a year ago. What’s more, it’s 30 inches higher than in an average August. Meanwhile, water levels in June in Lakes Erie and Ontario were at their highest since record-keeping began in 1918. The impact of high water is being felt all around Lake Michigan. Beaches have been swallowed up, bluffs a...