NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Nepal Following Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake

Operation USA - April 25, 2015

Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Nepal Following Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake
Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency seeking donations to aid recovery amidst destruction

Los Angeles, Calif., April 25, 2015Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that is assessing needs in Nepal and the surrounding countries following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, and is planning to deliver recovery aid to affected communities. The agency will call on long standing partnerships in the country to facilitate the distribution of aid.

The earthquake—widely being reported as the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years—struck Nepal’s heavily populated capital, Kathmandu, and impacted areas of India, Bangladesh, Tibet and China. With millions of people impacted and upwards of 1,400 deaths already confirmed as of Saturday morning, experts predict the death toll will rapidly increase and say that damage is significant. Aftershocks as strong as magnitude 6.6 continued to rattle the country Saturday morning, causing more extensive damage and further weakening infrastructure. The full extent of the damage is not yet known.

Operation USA is calling for donations to aid in recovery efforts and funding for grant distribution to local agencies in Nepal. The NGO is also seeking corporate partners across the healthcare, transportation, water purification, shelter construction and power generation sectors to provide donated in-kind supplies of which there will be high need in areas affected by earthquake.

Early statements emerging from the country report that hospitals are experiencing severely reduced capacity and loss of access to vital supplies and equipment while being overwhelmed with those injured in the earthquake.

“We are arranging to send replacement equipment to hospitals in Nepal to restore capacity as soon as possible,” said Richard Walden, CEO, Operation USA. “Donations, especially bulk in-kind materials from corporate partners, are critical at this time not only to deliver aid quickly, but also to ensure a long term commitment to the people of Nepal who face a long and challenging road ahead as they pick up the pieces in the earthquake’s aftermath.”

Operation USA has worked in Nepal since the mid 1980s, and has previously delivered donated medicines to Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu. The organization maintains relationships with partner organizations on the ground through which recovery aid will be distributed.

Donations to Operation USA will be allocated directly to relief and recovery efforts in Nepal and the surrounding area.

Donate online at donate.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, PO BOX 36188, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0188. Donations can also be made via text message: text AID to 50555 to donate $10. Text donations are collected for the benefit of Operation USA by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mGive.org/t.

Corporate donations supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts — bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies, transportation and shipping services, shelter, power generation, water purification and medical supplies — are also being requested.

United and Continental air miles can be donated to Operation USA through United Airlines Charity Miles program at united.com.

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

Richard Walden is available as an expert source on disaster recovery and international relief aid.

Mary Dolan
Operation USA
mobile: 774-253-1464
office: 323-413-2353


Categories: Environment

Long-Term CO2 Record by Keeling Named National Historic Chemical Landmark

Yale Environment 360 - April 24, 2015
The Keeling Curve — a long-term record of rising carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere — will be named a National Historic


The Keeling Curve Chemical Landmark, the American Chemical Society announced yesterday. The late geochemist Charles David Keeling began collecting precise, systematic data on atmospheric CO2 concentrations at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory in 1958. Since then, the rigorous and continuous measurements have become the most widely recognized record of humans' impact on the planet, helping to illustrate the link between rising CO2 levels from burning fossil fuels and global warming. Other works highlighted by National Historic Chemical Landmark program include the discovery of penicillin, deciphering of the genetic code, and the works of Rachel Carson, Thomas Edison, and George Washington Carver.
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Politicians have got ‘what matters’ wrong

Friends of the Earth - April 24, 2015
I'm an economics campaigner at one of the country’s best known environmental charities. So I know what I’m supposed to say, right. I’m supposed to say that what matters to me is the future of the planet. Or the ickle bees or the beavers or even the uglyfish. Or saving the baa lambs or the trees. Or, I guess, that my nephew gets to grow up in a world that isn’t six feet under water or where everyone keeps bashing each other with clubs because there’s only one lump of bread left to go round. Yeah, yeah, so all that does matter to me. But look, I’m not weird. On a day to
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Guest Blogger: Joan Schueller, Girl Scout Cadette

Girl Scouts of America - April 24, 2015

Guest post from Joan Schueller, a Girl Scout Cadette from Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. Joan participated in the “Driving My Financial Future” national kick-off event at the Toyota Campus in Torrance, California, on April 16.
Picture this: CEOs, financial service advisors, and financial managers all gathering to teach you personally how to budget, save, and invest.
Talk about a special opportunity! Well, that’s just what I was able to experience at the “Driving My Financial Future” launch event at the Toyota Campus last week. And thanks to this new program, 26,000 more girls across the country will also be able to gain access to the tools necessary to feel confident in their financial decisions.
Driving My Financial Future is a program created and sponsored by Toyota Financial Services (TFS) to teach Girl Scouts how to budget, build their credit, research, and comparison shop. TFS recently pledged $2.1 million to Girl Scouts to help us develop our financial knowledge. Not only was our Greater Los Angeles CEO, Lise Luttgens, at the event, but our national CEO Anna Maria Chávez was also there to join in the fun. It was awesome!
Before coming to this event, I had already learned about saving money and budgeting through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. In my Cadette troop, we work toward specific financial goals, right down to the pennies spent on food for trips. This has helped me budget in my personal life, from saving for new electronics to figuring out how much I can spend on Christmas presents.

Driving My Financial Future takes it a few steps further. At the kick-off event, financial experts from TFS (most of them were Girl Scouts as girls—super inspiring!) helped me and 140 other Girl Scouts in my area learn how to research and comparison shop. What I discovered: simply taking the time to investigate my favorite products on the Internet could save me a lot of money! And I need to remember to check shipping costs before making my final purchasing decision. We also learned about putting together a monthly budget and the importance of anticipating emergencies. I need to know ways I can save money if in the future I miss work because of these emergencies. And I don’t want to ever forget my responsibility to give to charities I believe in—especially Girl Scouts!
The skills I learned at the Driving My Financial Future event will be helpful to all Girl Scouts when we are shopping for a car or a home or  putting together our college budget. I really liked the fact that the TFS volunteers leading the badge workshops with us were Girl Scouts as girls—it confirmed to me that Girl Scouts definitely builds the leaders of tomorrow. The advice they gave us—like keep saving so you can pursue your dreams and help others—really stuck with me! Every Girl Scout should get this experience, because the skills they will learn are necessary for building a better future.

Categories: Environment

Why we took the fracking campaign to the Barclays AGM

Friends of the Earth - April 24, 2015
Barclays has invested millions of pounds in fracking firm Third Energy, which is trying to frack the beautiful countryside around Ryedale in North Yorkshire. Ask Barclays to stop fracking Understandably, local residents aren’t too happy about the idea – and yesterday a retired Ryedale businesswoman, Monica, took the fight to Barclays. Accompanied by Friends of the Earth’s fracking campaigner Tony Bosworth, the pair turned up at Barclays’ Annual General Meeting, armed with pointed questions for the company board. But Monica and Tony weren’t on their own – a crew of us
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Former Orca Trainer John Hargrove on the SeaWorld ‘Facade’

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Obama Pushes Climate Action on Earth Day Visit to the Everglades

The EnvironmentaList - April 23, 2015
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Girl Scouts Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day

Girl Scouts of America - April 23, 2015

So, what is International Girls in ICT day, you ask? Every fourth Thursday in April, International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communications technologies (ICTs). All around the world, girls with growing interests in TV, radio, computer software systems—the list goes on!—are encouraged to keep at it! These fields are rapidly growing, and fostering girls’ interest is key to closing the gender gap in all tech-related fields—and to ensuring that ICT companies have a secure pipeline of the talent they will need to thrive in the future.
Since the beginning, Girl Scouts has introduced girls to information and communications technology fields with a wide range of badges and activities. Today, we’re proud to join Google in Made with Code, an initiative designed to inspire millions of girls to experience the power of coding. Through this exciting new partnership, Google, Girl Scouts, and a host of nonprofits are joining forces to demonstrate how coding can help girls pursue and reach their dreams. Today, on International Girls in ICT Day, encourage girls to write their own future and show them that coding can take them anywhere!
Ready to start coding? Click here to get inspiration from female coders, complete hands-on coding activities for all levels, and connect with fellow coders in your community.
Categories: Environment

Interview: Oklahoma’s Link Between Earthquakes and Energy Development

Yale Environment 360 - April 23, 2015
In recent years, Oklahoma has experienced a stunning increase in the number of earthquakes. Yet despite numerous

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Earthquake occurrences in Oklahoma since 2008. studies to the contrary, state officials have remained skeptical of the link between this seismic boom and oil and gas activity. That ended this week with the announcement by the Oklahoma Geological Survey that oil and gas wastewater injection wells were, indeed, the “likely” cause of “the majority” of that state’s earthquakes. Oklahoma geologist Todd Halihan, who has examined this issue, welcomed the announcement. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Halihan outlines some ways that the abnormal seismic activity in Oklahoma might be tamped down. But he also explains why he believes the problem has no quick or easy fixes.
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Girl Scouts and Microsoft Bring Girls and STEM Role Models Together on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Girl Scouts of America - April 23, 2015

Today is national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! It's a day when parents across the country are showing their daughters and sons what their jobs are all about.

It’s an experience that can spark the imagination of a child and help them see new possibilities for their futures. Inspired by President Obama’s call to make sure young people get to experience different kinds of careers, Girl Scouts and Microsoft are teaming up to host a “Girl and STEM” event at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
Over 30 girls ages 14 and up from Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital are participating in an interactive “Hour of Code,” which will give them a hands-on learning experience in basic coding using Microsoft technology.
Hoping to provide girls with inspirational female role models and encourage more girls to enter the STEM world, Microsoft will also host a roundtable featuring their own women leaders, as well as Dr. Ellen Stofan, who serves as NASA’s chief scientist and the principal advisor to the administrator on the agency’s science programs, planning, and investments.

Data clearly shows that girls are interested in STEM, but the lack of female role models and encouragement can be a huge roadblock to their choosing STEM as a career path. On Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Microsoft and NASA are stepping up to help Girl Scouts foster these connections and empower girls to succeed in the STEM world of tomorrow.
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In Conversation with Antonia Juhasz

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Friends of the Earth - April 22, 2015
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TTIP Global Day of Action: nationwide protests

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Anna Maria Chávez: Thank You, Girl Scout Leaders!

Girl Scouts of America - April 22, 2015
Happy Girl Scout Leader Day!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Girl Scouts. They're everyday heroes who empower girls to believe in themselves. In honor of Girl Scout Leader Day, our CEO, Anna Maria Chávez, has a message just for our incredible volunteers, thanking them for their dedication to building girls of courage, confidence, and character.
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Volunteers: These Girl Scouts have two words for you

Girl Scouts of America - April 22, 2015
Thank you.
It’s a very simple message and one you might not hear enough, so these Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey want to make sure it reaches you, wherever you may be.

During everything from camp to their first sleepover, robotics to hiking, their first Daisy project straight through to their Gold Award, you hold their hand when they’re nervous, encourage them to consider new possibilities, teach them to pick themselves up when they fall, and help them reach heights they never thought they could reach.
We second the girls. Thank you, for all that you do.
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The Technofix Is In

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Friends of the Earth - April 21, 2015
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George Will Misses the Mark on Divestment

The EnvironmentaList - April 21, 2015
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