27 Feb

Live Earth Concerts on 07/7/7 Tune in Worldwide Climate Message and Music

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePlan this Saturday, 7/7/07, to check in with Live Earth, a 24-hour concert taking place on 7 continents that will bring together more than 100 musical artists and 2 billion people raising awareness for global warming. TV, radio, and Internet channels will carry the music and messages of Bon Jovi, Shakira, Madonna, The Police, Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews and dozens more top acts, no matter your taste in tunes… Live Earth is the brainchild of Live 8 executive producer Kevin Wall who is partnering with the Alliance for Climate Protection and its chairman, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. The event marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by Gore’s group, and other international organizations to spur individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve the climate crisis. Official Live Earth concerts will be staged at Giants Stadium in New York (Sold-out, click the line-up); Wembley Stadium in London; Aussie Stadium in Sydney; Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg; Makuhari Messe in Tokyo; the Steps of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai; and HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg. One show is free, in Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana Beach. To complete the 7-continent series, a show will be held in Antarctica featuring the indie rock band Nunata, comprised of scientists that already reside there.An additional event in Kyoto, Japan will honor the meetings on climate change there that produced the Kyoto protocol signed by 169 nations, a treaty imposing mandatory emission limitations for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in developed nations.Live Earth is implementing new Green Event Guidelines:Venues will be designed and constructed by a team of sustainability engineers who will address the environmental and energy management challenges of each concert site.Minimum environmental impact with the use of latest state-of-the-art energy efficiency, on-site power generation, and sustainable facilities management practices.Edible food wrappers at UK showMore than 7,000 private events have been organized online signing up individuals, groups and communities to host and attend events in support of the Live Earth message. To host or find a registered event in any of the 129 countries and in all 50 states, visit: http://friendsofliveearth.org.Concerts will be broadcast to a live worldwide audience by MSN at www.LiveEarth.MSN.com. TV spots in black and white have been distributed featuring Will Ferrell or Cameron Diaz replacing light bulbs and offering other cool green tips. Of course the Live Earth web site has tools to help you measure your carbon footprint and advice on cutting your emissions, like “take a bath with a friend”. Check back to GNN-i next week for video reports on the concerts and crowds.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

Jay Leno to Bring Comic Relief to a Battered Detroit

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDuring Monday’s “Tonight Show,” Jay Leno announced his plan to do a free comedy show for the unemployed men and women of Detroit. In a state suffering with the highest jobless rate in the nation, the tickets for the Michigan show will be distributed on the honor system, going to anyone who says they are unemployed. Leno is a big car aficionado and Detroit, one of his favorite places: “I like Detroit, and between the Lions and the mayor being in jail, it’s been a rough year, so people can use a few laughs,” Leno quipped. Parking and soft drinks will also be “on the house” for the 24,000 lucky ticket holders, thanks to the Palace theater and Pepsi. If the show, slated for April 7 goes well, he’d like to do more of them at other places across the country.The concept of a free concert to bring cheer and optimism to the unemployed lends a 2009 spin to the long tradition of performers giving back, wrote the Detroit newspaper. (Read more in the Detroit Free-Press)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

Climate Change Policies Will Improve Health, Say Doctors

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSenior doctors and health professionals from around the world say major health improvements would result if world leaders tackle climate change. They’ve formed the International Climate and Health Council to present their case for going green.The health dimension in the climate change negotiations is conspicuous by its absence say international doctors and health professionals — and it’s their duty to speak out.Members say while politicians may fear to push for radical changes in greenhouse gas emissions, doctors are under no such constraints. The council includes colleagues from Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas and was formed in advance of next month’s major climate change conference in Copenhagen, called COP 15.Healthy Earth, Healthy InhabitantsProfessor Mike Gill, co-chair of the British Climate and Health Council and spokesman for the new group, outlines why it was formed.“The first reason is that the health dimension in the climate change negotiations is conspicuous by its absence. And yet, it is one of the very few good news stories….  It’s good news because everything we should be doing to mitigate climate change is good for health,” he says.He says many people, including health professionals and politicians, don’t realize that connection between climate change and health.“The second reason is much of the climate change debate was initially 20 years ago framed very much in environmental terms.  And then it’s moved increasingly to economic terms, but actually economics is not the bottom line here. It’s health,” he says.Gill likens the new group to the alliance formed by doctors during the 1980s to campaign against nuclear weapons.  In 1985, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.“Faced with the reality of climate change, we feel that we really would be failing in our professional duty if we didn’t step forward and show some leadership,” he says.Effects on Health    “Most of the problems caused by climate change are through the indirect effect of huge effects on food security, water security and population movement,” he says.“It’s these indirect effects making those already very vulnerable even more vulnerable, which are the most sinister.”There are also direct effects from climate change, he says, such as redistribution of disease patterns, including malaria and tick-borne diseases and “of course all the major events, such a heat waves and cyclones.”Gill believes the International Climate and Health Council can get past the economics of the climate change debate by looking at the four “domains” that are affected.“Electricity generation, transport, agriculture and domestic energy.  In all of those, the very things that we know we need to do to mitigate climate change are going to produce huge health benefits not just in high income countries, but in low income countries, as well,” he says.For example, the group recommends a reversal in the rising trend of meat consumption.  Large amounts of methane gas are produced by livestock.  He says meat consumption worldwide has “gone up five times in the last 50 years,” a growth rate far surpassing the world’s population increase.“We know full well that reducing meat consumption actually is going to be extremely good for health because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death,’ he says.$20 stove burns rice wasteHowever, it’s not just the food, but how it’s cooked.“The provision, say, of 150 million clean cooking stoves in India will produce dramatic effects over the next 10 years on the amount of CO2 emission, as well as saving very many, many lives from respiratory disease and many other childhood illnesses that are a direct result of people not living in a very polluted environment inside their own homes,” he says. (Related: Rice-Powered Stoves Ignite Hope for Poor)As for transport, he says, the very act of more people walking or riding bicycles in many cities reduces pollution and improves health, such as reducing the obesity epidemic.“The point about them all is that actually these effects will be immediate and local.  They won’t be distant,” he says.Gill says the council has very prominent and senior professional members from all over the world.In addition, he says it recently started a pledge campaign “inviting health professionals to say we as individuals will do what we can to try and persuade our governments to sign a meaningful deal in Copenhagen.  And we’ve got sign-ups from health professionals in 120 countries.” (VOA News)Thanks to Andrew Norris for alerting GNN to this story!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

US Property Crime Falls to 20-year Low, New Technology Helps

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe FBI confirmed this month that, despite the sour economy, violent crime dropped for the third straight year in 2009, while property offenses declined for the seventh consecutive year.Reported property crime in the US has also fallen to a 20-year low, a trend police officials attribute to high-tech gadgets, like cell phones, and other equipment that help officers identify patterns of crime in particular neighborhoods.Departments can redeploy officers more quickly to threatened areas, known as “hot spots,” to stop potential crime sprees.(READ the story in the USA Today)photo by click, via morguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

Veterans Form Human Shield to Protect Soldier Funerals From Protesters (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe U.S. Supreme Court this week ruled in favor of the rights of Westboro Baptist Church members to protest at soldiers’ funerals, reaffirming the protections in the U.S. Constitution for free speech.But, that doesn’t mean the soldier’s family must listen to the repugnant speech or view the extremist language on the picket signs. 900 bikers from around the country are making sure they don’t have to.The Patriot Guard Riders, many of them former veterans, protect funeral-goers from the hurtful speech by creating a ‘wall’ of American flags and soaring patriotic music to shield families from the protest.Since the high court ruling, new members are rushing to join the Patriot Guard Riders, a charitable organization formed in Kansas in 2005, after bikers belonging to the American Legion first heard about the Westboro Baptist protests and decided to take action.The group doesn’t confront the protestors at all. Instead, they shield the family from the brunt of the abuse.(WATCH the video below)Thanks to Nancy Peske for submitting the story!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

Slain Hero a Finalist for Civilian Medal of Honor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Houston man killed last year protecting a woman from a gun-wielding purse snatcher has been named a finalist for an award created by U.S. servicemen who have been recognized for similar selfless acts during war.20 people from across the country were selected to be considered for the “Citizen Service Before Self Honors” from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, a recognition given every year to men and women who have shown courage and sacrifice to help others.(READ the story at the Houston Chronicle)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

UCSF Finds Aspirin Effective Against Pancreatic Cancer

first_img(READ the story at KTVU-Tv) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBay Area scientists reported Monday that aspirin is proving to be a preventative breakthrough in an especially deadly common cancer — pancreatic cancer.After being diagnosed, 95 percent of patients are dead in five years, but more than half die within six months.Prof. Matthias Hebrok, a UCSF researcher told KTVU that his team’s remarkable discovery may help prevent this killer from getting started by reducing inflammation. photo by xandert via MorguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

Unemployment Rate Dips to 8.5% With 1.6 million New Jobs in 2011

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore200,000 jobs were added in December, pushing the unemployment rate, down to 8.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.Job gains occurred in transportation and warehousing, retail trade, manufacturing, health care, and mining.The jobless rate continued its downward trend declining by 0.6 percent since August, as 100,000 jobs or more were added in each of the last six months. That hasn’t happened since April 2006, according to the Associated Press. Over the past 12 months, nonfarm payrolls have risen by 1.6 million jobs, fueled by the private sector which added 212,000 jobs in December and 1.9 million for the year. 280,000 government jobs were cut in 2011.Graph: Unemployment Rate 2010-2011, US Bureau of Labor StatisticsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

Simple Invention Can Seal a Soldier’s Wound In 15 Seconds

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity to stop bleeding from an artery — an agonizing process that doesn’t always work. Many soldiers still bleed to death.Now, RevMedx, a small group of veterans, scientists, and engineers, has come up with a better way to stop the hemorrhaging. The Oregon company recently asked the FDA to approve a pocket-size invention: a modified syringe that injects specially coated sponges into wounds. Called XStat, the device could boost survival and spare injured soldiers from additional pain by plugging wounds faster and more efficiently than gauze.“By the time you put a bandage over the wound, the bleeding has already stopped,” according to RevMedx which is creating award-winning medical products designed specifically for combat medics and civilian first responders.(READ the story in PopSci.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

27 Feb

San Diego Airport Is First in World to Be Certified LEED Platinum

first_imgThe $907 million Green Build project, which installed ten new gates with parking, was completed $45 million under budget.The solar panels on the terminal rooftop and parking lot will be installed under a separate contract to be completed later this year. A private investor will pay for the installation and sell the energy it produces back to the airport at a lower cost than would the local utility. The 20-year contract is a win-win deal for both Borrego Solar Systems and the Airport Authority, which expects to save 10-13% on their energy costs over the period.In 2012, San Diego also became the first commercial airport in the US to install LEDs on its runways, guard lights, and airfield signs, lowering the airport’s electricity costs by $27,000 per month, according to Clean Technica.(Read about more of the airport’s sustainability successes at CleanTechnica.com.)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSan Diego International Airport became the first in the world to be awarded LEED Platinum — the highest environmental certification possible — for its new energy-efficient green terminal.Sustainable features of the new terminal include a 3.3-megawatt solar array, low-flow water fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, energy-efficient or natural lighting, reflective roofs, storm drainage management and non-toxic interior construction materials and paints.“Not only were we able to reduce our environmental footprint during the construction process, but we’ve constructed a new terminal that will be 32 percent more energy efficient than the standard code,” said Turner Construction operations manager Dan McGuckin.last_img read more