Environment

Girl Scouts Celebrated by the White House!

Girl Scouts of America - March 27, 2015
As reported by pretty much every news outlet possible, Girl Scouts rocked the 2015 White House Science Fair. If you missed it, check out this awesome video via Mashable.

Girl Scouts were represented by “The Supergirls,” a team of six-year old Girl Scout Daisies from Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma who invented a battery-powered page turner for people with arthritis, people who are paralyzed, or “people who have no arms”; and Lauren Prox, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient whose project “Reaching New Altitudes” aims to reverse the small percentage of minorities and females participating in the fields of aviation and STEM.
The White House even tweeted about it!
But why is this work so important to Girl Scouts? According to Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, girls are aware that gender barriers persist: 57 percent say that if they were to go into a STEM career, they’d “have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously.”
And they’re right. Girls will still have to struggle with inequalities between the sexes. Girl Scouts is committed to doing something about this.
Along the way, our goal is to help millions of highly qualified young women launch and sustain careers in any field that attracts them, overcome barriers that confront them, and enter the ranks of senior leadership and thrive there. It’s what our country needs.
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Metals Used in High Tech Are Becoming Harder to Find, Study Says

Yale Environment 360 - March 27, 2015
Metals critical to newer technologies such as smartphones, infrared optics, and medical imaging will likely become harder

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This chart shows the criticality of 62 metals. to obtain in coming decades, according to Yale researchers, and future products need to be designed to make reclaiming and recycling those materials easier. The study, the first to assess future supply risks to all 62 metals on the periodic table, found that many of the metals traditionally used in manufacturing — zinc, copper, aluminum, lead, and others — show no signs of vulnerability. But some metals that have become more common in technology over the last two decades, such as rare earth metals, are available almost entirely as byproducts, the researchers say. "You can't mine specifically for them; they often exist in small quantities and are used for specialty purposes," said Yale scientist Thomas Graedel. "And they don't have any decent substitutes."
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Three Deaths Near A Sierra Leone Forest Highlight the Problems that Plague Conservation Efforts

The EnvironmentaList - March 27, 2015
Human-animal coexistence issues can be more complicated than just economic and ecological factors
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Pollution May Trigger Heath Problems in Deep-Water Fish, Researchers Say

Yale Environment 360 - March 26, 2015
Fish living in deep waters near continental slopes have tumors, liver pathologies, and other health problems that may be

Microscopic abnormality in a black scabbardfish liver. linked to human-generated pollution, researchers report in the journal Marine Environmental Research. They also describe the first case of a deep-water fish species with an “intersex” condition — a blend of male and female sex organs. In the study, which looked at fish in the Bay of Biscay west of France, researchers found a wide range of degenerative and inflammatory lesions in fish living along the continental slope, which can act as a sink for heavy metal contaminants and organic pollutants such as PCBs and pesticides. The fish that live in these deep waters are often extremely long-lived — some can be 100 years old — which allows them to bioaccumulate such contaminants. However, linking the fishes' physiological changes to pollution is preliminary at this time, the researchers said.
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Interview: Why This Tea Partyer Is Seeing Green on Solar Energy

Yale Environment 360 - March 26, 2015
Debbie Dooley’s conservative credentials are impeccable. She was one of the founding members of the Tea Party movement and

Debbie Dooley continues to sit on the board of the Tea Party Patriots. But on the issue of solar power, Dooley breaks the mold. To the consternation of some of her fellow conservatives, she has teamed up with the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations, first in Georgia and now in Florida, to form the Green Tea Coalition. The group is working to get an initiative on the Florida ballot that would allow individuals and businesses to sell power directly to consumers. In an interview with e360, Dooley explains why she supports solar energy campaigns and why she’s willing to go up against conservative organizations when it comes to this issue.
Read the interview.
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A Bicycle-Powered Food Recovery Initiative That Also Saves Water and Energy

The EnvironmentaList - March 26, 2015
Boulder Food Rescue has saved more than 800,000 pounds of food from being wasted with nearly zero use of fossil fuel or water resources
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Dutch Energy Company Is Heating Homes With Custom-Built Computer Servers

Yale Environment 360 - March 25, 2015
A Dutch energy company is installing radiator-sized computer servers — which infamously generate large amounts of

A radiator-sized computer server installed in a home. waste heat as they churn out data — in residential homes to offset energy costs, company representatives said this week. In the trial program, Rotterdam-based Eneco has equipped a handful of houses with custom-built computer servers designed to heat rooms as the servers process data for a variety of corporate computing clients. Eneco and the company behind the radiator-servers, Nerdalize, expect each one to reduce a home's heating expenses by roughly $440 over the course of a year. Eneco will cover all computing-related energy costs, the company said, but they expect the program to reduce server maintenance costs by up to 55 percent through preventing complications that arise when servers overheat. In summer months, the server-radiators will redirect excess heat outside the home, its designers say.
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5 Tips to Help You Remember You’re AWESOME

Girl Scouts of America - March 25, 2015
You’re AWESOME—that’s easy to remember, right? It should be, but we all know every day isn’t a great day, and sometimes we need a little reminder to get our happy, I’m-so-AWESOME vibes going strong again. Here are 5 tips to help you remember you’re AWESOME when you might not be feeling quite that way.
Do something you love.
Investing your time and energy into something you’re good at and love doing is a great way to bring back your AWESOME. If you’re feeling in a bit of a funk today, try setting aside an hour or two to write, paint, read, play a game, take a class—anything you’re passionate about that can help you regain that almighty AWESOME center and remind you that yes, you are in fact AWESOME.
Hang out with people who see and bring out the best in you.
Sometimes we need those we love to remind us of our AWESOME. Surround yourself with people who care about you, who see you and appreciate you for who you are, who support you and lift you up. Spend time with those who bring out the best in you, and watch your AWESOME return to you in no time!
Exercise.
Exercise is a great way to collect your thoughts, spend time with yourself and your feelings, and detox from stress. Feeling not-so-AWESOME? That’s OK! Go for a scenic walk or run, take a fun exercise class, go on a hike, or do some quick at-home cardio. A little active, solo adventure is just what the doctor ordered to get you feeling like yourself again—your AWESOME self, that is!
Make a list.
Sometimes the most effective thing to do on a stressful day is to get literal and actually make a list of all the reasons you’re AWESOME. So go! Grab a pen and paper, and jot down 10 reasons your awesomeness is so real. Then put the list up on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, in your glove compartment—anywhere you’re likely to run into it when you need a reminder.
Have a selfie date.
Selfies aren’t only for Instagram posts! Planning a selfie date is a great way to remember all your AWESOME. Carve out a little time and make yourself a nice, quiet lunch or dinner, watch your favorite movie with a big tub of popcorn, go to the library or a great bookstore and spend some time exploring, do some cool arts and crafts—whatever your heart desires! Dedicate just a few solid hours to your very first friend—YOU!—and watch how quickly you start to remember just how AWESOME you are.
Categories: Environment

On the Frontlines of Thailand’s “Blood Wood” War

The EnvironmentaList - March 25, 2015
Criminal syndicates are poaching rosewood from the forests of Southeast Asia
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Extreme Forest Fragmentation Is Documented in Comprehensive New Study

Yale Environment 360 - March 24, 2015
Fragmentation of the world’s forests has become so severe that 70 percent of remaining woodlands are now within 1 kilometer of a road or other form of development, according to a new study. Using the world’s first high-resolution satellite map of tree cover, as well as an analysis of seven long-term fragmentation studies, researchers showed that the ongoing destruction of global forests is decreasing biodiversity by as much as 75 percent in some areas and adversely affecting the ability of forests to store carbon and produce clean water. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, found that 20 percent of the world’s forests are just 100 meters from a human-created “edge.” Even many parks and protected areas have undergone fragmentation, the study said. The few remaining large, virgin tracts of forest are found in parts of the Amazon, Siberia, Congo, and Papua New Guinea.
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All schools should have solar power - celebrate with Stoneydown

Friends of the Earth - March 24, 2015
Help more schools go solar - please sign up to Run on Sun. The children of Stoneydown Park Primary school have celebrated winning our competition for a set of solar panels.  Everyone involved is thrilled. Parents, teachers and friends packed the school hall last week to show their excitement at starting their journey to running on sun.  The children were over the moon to see their effort rewarded. They're passionate about protecting the planet and have been working hard to make their school more sustainable. Getting solar panels is the icing on
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As Himalayan Glaciers Melt, Two Towns Face the Fallout

Yale Environment 360 - March 24, 2015
For two towns in northern India, melting glaciers have had very different impacts — one town has benefited from flowing streams and bountiful harvests; but the other has seen its water supplies dry up and now is being forced to relocate. BY DANIEL GROSSMAN
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Devon's beavers are free - they should be just the start

Friends of the Earth - March 24, 2015
Beavers have been released back into the wild in Devon after being confirmed clear of disease and of European origin.  Their release is a huge success for local people, the Devon Wildlife Trust and independent ecologist Derek Gow – who will manage the reintroduction programme - as well as Friends of the Earth, all of whom campaigned for the beavers to remain in the River Otter. Bringing back our native species will help existing wildlife, repair our ecosystems and bring more life and joy to our landscape. Alasdair Cameron, Friends of the Earth Last
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Act Now to Protect Our Oceans and Rivers from Oil Spills

The EnvironmentaList - March 24, 2015
EPA rulemaking a key time for public comment
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NEWS RELEASE: Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School Opens Its Doors to Students in the Philippines

Operation USA - March 24, 2015

Los Angeles nongovernmental organization Operation USA partners with Honeywell to rebuild school damaged by typhoon

Los Angeles, Calif., March 24, 2015—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, in partnership with Honeywell, today announces the grand opening of the Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in the Philippines. The community school replaces a facility damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.

Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School, which is staffed by eight teachers and serves more than 250 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, is more than 6,000 square feet in size and includes eight classrooms, an administrative office, two bathrooms, a playground and a basketball court. The school was designed to withstand winds up to 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour, and has been designated as an evacuation center for the residents of Ngolos Barangay in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Honeywell will continue to support the project through a 5-year term agreement.

Alex Pollack, Honeywell President of Indonesia, led the grand opening ceremony, joined by Richard Walden, CEO of Operation USA, and several project members and dignitaries, including: Christopher Sheen Gonzales, Mayor of Guiuan; Annaliza Gonzales Kwan, former Mayor of Guiuan; Kerry Kennedy, Director of Honeywell Hometown Solutions; and Esperanza Esquierdo, Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School Principal.

“Our children now have a beautiful school that will serve all future generations,” said Mayor Gonzales. “Thank you so much Honeywell and Operation USA for providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for the children.”

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, widely regarded as the largest storm ever to make landfall, Operation USA aided immediate relief efforts with the shipment of water purification tablets and other supplies to impacted communities before focusing long-term recovery efforts on the hard hit coastal municipality of Guiuan. The organization partnered with Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, for the school reconstruction project. More than 1,800 Honeywell employees supported the project by contributing to the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provides direct support to Honeywell employees and communities in need when a natural disaster strikes.

“Honeywell has demonstrated unwavering commitment to recovery efforts in the Philippines and without them this vital project could not have been realized,” said Walden. “We are honored to see the positive impact this project has had on the entire community of Guiuan, and we are proud to remain committed to the area in the months and years ahead.”

Operation USA has supported programs in the Philippines since 1986, providing health care support and famine relief as well as aiding disaster relief efforts following typhoons and other natural disasters.

The organization has previously implemented programs supporting education in disaster-stricken communities in the United States, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, China, India and Rwanda.

Honeywell has been a valued corporate partner—supporting Operation USA’s programs in several countries—since 2005.

“Honeywell helps to rebuild the lives of our employees and the communities affected by natural disasters,” said Pollack. “It is our hope that with the support of Honeywell Hometown Solutions and Operation USA, we can bring normalcy back to the children and families.”

To contribute to Operation USA’s ongoing recovery programs worldwide visit give.opusa.org or call 1-800-678-7255.

Photos and video available upon request.

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

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, focuses on five areas of vital importance: Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Science & Math Education, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit www.honeywell.com/citizenship.

About Honeywell
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Today, Honeywell is working closely with local distributors and dealers to provide products and services in the Philippines. Honeywell CEASA (Subic Bay) Company, Inc. employs about 20 employees locally. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

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

Kerry Kennedy
Honeywell
Kerry.kennedy@honeywell.com
973-455-4087
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Girl Scouts Rock the 2015 White House Science Fair

Girl Scouts of America - March 23, 2015
Girl Scouts are at the 2015 White House Science Fair today. If you didn't get a chance to stream the event, check out what one very important person had to say!




A transcript from President Obama's remarks about "The Supergirls":
“I should give special mention to our Girl Scouts from Oklahoma. Where are those Super Girls?  (Applause.)  They’re standing up, but you can’t really see them -- (laughter) -- because they’re in kindergarten and first grade.  They are today’s youngest scientists at six years old.  They built their device out of Legos.  They realized that some people who might be paralyzed or arthritic might have trouble turning pages on a book so they invented this page turner.  It was awesome.  It was working so well, despite the fact, as they pointed out -- this is a quote, they said, “This is just a prototype.”  (Laughter.)  That’s what they said.  I said, well, how’d you come up with the idea?  They said, well, we had a brainstorming session.  (Laughter.)  And then one of them asked, “Mr. President, have you had brainstorming sessions?”  (Laughter.)  I said, yes, but I didn’t come up with something as cool as this -- (laughter) -- an automatic page turner.  Unbelievable.”
We agree Mr. President!
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Do you have what it takes to be a Climate Organiser?

Friends of the Earth - March 23, 2015
We'd like you to help us build it. Apply Now Now in its third year, our unique and successful Campaign Organisers programme reveals the secrets behind great local campaigns and provides the skills to make them happen. In 2015-16 the programme will focus on the global campaign against climate change.  If you're up for being a Climate Organiser, we'll help you to organise your community for local climate change action. This could include Friends of the Earth campaigns on fracking and solar power, or it could be another local issue
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One Girl, Major Impact

Girl Scouts of America - March 23, 2015
When you invest in girls, they change the world! Just look at Jamielee Bueneman, a Girl Scout from Eastern Missouri. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Jamielee designed prototypes, gathered materials, and drafted plans to construct a residential-scale wind turbine.
“In order to meet the growing energy consumption of the technology-savvy world, we need to promote new sources of energy,” she said. “If students of our generation become informed and call for a change, the future of cleaner energy may soon be here.”
During the many months she spent on the project, Jamielee followed scientific procedure and the engineering design process to devise the project, collect data, and construct the wind turbine. She shared her research at the Mastodon Regional Science and Art Fair, the largest fair of its kind in the country. And she not only competed at two international science fairs, she also gave a presentation to fourth-graders about wind energy, which enabled her project to reach an even wider audience.
“When I witnessed them realizing they could make a difference as students, I was thrilled to have been able to ignite that thought process in these young scientists,” she said. “I hope my message on renewable energy will continue to spread, exposing more citizens to the benefits of renewable energy.”
Thanks to our investors, Girl Scouts continues to be a place where girls like Jamielee are encouraged to explore creative solutions to local and even global problems. Each of our funders has joined with Girl Scouts as a part of the ToGetHerThere campaign, the largest fundraising campaign for girls in history, because they know that when girls succeed, so does society.
Read Making a difference, one Girl Scout Gold Award at a time for more!
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Back from the Brink: Success Stories of the U.S. Endangered Species Act

Yale Environment 360 - March 23, 2015


A small minnow known as the Oregon chub recently became the 29th species to recover after being listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the first fish to ever join those ranks. The Endangered Species Act, signed into law in 1973, is widely considered one of the most important pieces of U.S. environmental legislation ever enacted. This e360 photo gallery highlights the 21 species native to the United States, including the bald eagle (above), that have made recoveries strong enough to be removed from the endangered list.
Read more | View gallery of recovered species
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