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Family, air quality, and a strong business case: the coal executives defecting to green energy
28 May 2017 - Australian clean energy activists might have recognised some strangely familiar faces joining their ranks of late -- those of their greatest adversaries in the coal industry. Coal sector executives have been quietly switching sides . . . and the experience they bring could prove vital to the increasingly desperate race to avert cataclysmic climate change. (more)

Irish companies take a shine to rooftop solar
28 May 2017 - Could rooftop solar electricity generation catch on in Ireland and give commercial property owners a chance to add value to their assets while slashing energy costs? Solar energy is no longer a 'coming' technology: it already accounts for 7 per cent of power generated in Germany, a country at a similar latitude to Ireland. (more)

Can solar pumps give Nepal's women farmers a brighter future?
27 May 2017 - Giving women loans to buy solar panels for irrigation -- and access to land -- can help them build resilience to climate change. Could solar pumping be a solution to address food security and poverty among smallholder Terai farmers like Yadav? This is one question the Water Lands and Ecosystems CGIAR research programme explored during the project 'Multiple approaches to solving agricultural water problems in mid hills and Terail in Nepal and India'. (more)

A 1-Hour walk, 3 times a week, has benefits for dementia
27 May 2017 - Exercise may bolster the brain function and thinking skills of people with dementia, according to a new report. The study's findings suggest that walking a few times per week might alter the trajectory of the disease and improve the physical well-being of people who develop a common form of age-related memory loss that otherwise has few treatments. (more)

Construction begins on world's largest telescope in Chilean desert
27 May 2017 - Construction began in Chile on Friday [26 May] on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today. Located on a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama desert, it is due to begin operating in 2024. (more)

Euro zone business activity remained buoyant in May: PMI
27 May 2017 - Businesses across the euro zone maintained April's blistering growth rate this month as firms struggled to meet growing demand, suggesting the bloc's economic momentum is sustainable at least for now, a survey showed. IHS Markit's euro zone Flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index [PMI] for May, seen as a good guide to growth, matched the previous month's 56.8, its highest since April 2011. A reading above 50 indicates growth. (more)

German private sector growth points to solid second quarter - PMI
27 May 2017 - Germany's private sector grew at the fastest pace in more than six years in May due to stronger-than-expected factory activity, a survey showed on Tuesday [23 May], suggesting Europe's biggest economy will carry its robust upswing into the second quarter. In manufacturing, new export orders rose at the sharpest rate in seven years while the rate of job creation hit a six-year-high, the survey showed. (more)

Emerging economies take lead on going green, but investment needed
26 May 2017 - Emerging economies are increasingly taking the lead in shifting the world onto a cleaner development path, a senior World Bank official said on Wednesday, pointing to the role of China and India in pushing down the cost of producing solar power. In India, for example, recent auctions to construct and run solar plants have seen prices for solar energy drop as low as for coal-fired power, tilting the economics of the electricity market towards renewables. (more)

London's Chelsea Flower Show in full bloom
26 May 2017 - Britain's most prestigious flower show is taking place this week with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of floral delights from Alium to Zantedeschia. The highlight of Britain's horticultural calendar, the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London's sprawling Royal Hospital complex features a host of elaborate gardens designed by experts and is famous for its unusual installations. (more)

UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar
26 May 2017 - A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday [26 May] Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid has said. In April, Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the 1880s. The government hopes to close all coal-fired power plants by 2025 and coal accounted for just 9 per cent of electricity generation in 2016 down from 23 per cent the year before. (more)

Walking linked to improved brain function
26 May 2017 - A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests. Participants with vascular cognitive impairment, sometimes called vascular dementia, who walked three hours per week for six months had improved reaction times and other signs of improved brain function, the Canadian team reports in British Journal of Sports Medicine. (more)

The cow that tells cyclists to slow down: new technologies for congested cities
24 May 2017 - As urban populations swell, technology firms are working on projects to make road, cycle and foot traffic flow better. If a cow appears as you cycle through the Dutch city of Utrecht, it's a good idea to brake. This cow is not a wandering animal, but part of a traffic sign called Fietsflo, which aims to make cycling less frustrating by predicting whether you should change speed to make the next traffic light. (more)

For healthier arteries, eat more fruits and vegetables
24 May 2017 - Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease, according to a study of more than 3.6 million individuals in the U.S. Past research has linked fruit and vegetable consumption to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, but there has been little research into the effects of fruits and vegetables on arteries in the legs and arms, Berger's team writes in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. (more)

Japanese interactive art exhibition dazzles Beijing, China
24 May 2017 - A new digital interactive exhibition in Beijing allows visitors to create their own art and see it immediately reflected in the work being displayed around them. The project, 'Living Digital Forest and Future Park', is the first to be opened in China by the Japanese art collective teamLab. The Beijing exhibition includes a digital garden of floating flowers and forest animals, and a crystal universe of light sculptures. (more)

Emerald weighing more than 600 pounds found in Brazil
23 May 2017 - Miners have found a 4.3-foot (1.3-meter) tall emerald weighing more than 600 pounds (272 kilograms) in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia. Paulo Santana of Brazil's National Mineral Production Department said the emerald was found about 20 days ago...Santana said it was the second large emerald found in the region. The first one was 44 pounds heavier and was valued at more than $300 million when it was unearthed in 2001. (more)

US: Navy to break ground on solar facility at Mississippi base
23 May 2017 - The U.S. Navy has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar generation facility at a base in Mississippi. It's expected to be complete in 2018 and will feature roughly 51,000 solar panels covering 38 acres. (more)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens bloom into action with a Royal Visit
22 May 2017 - Take a look around the Chelsea Flower Show, a day before doors open to the general public. The world's most famous gardening event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, attracts around 165,000 visitors every year. This year's event will be the 104th show. The Queen is the patron of the Royal Horticultural Society. During her reign, she has attended all but 12 Shows. (more)

US: Binge drinking less common among teens today
22 May 2017 - Fewer U.S. adolescents are regularly binge drinking today than a generation ago . . . a new study suggests. Just 2.6 percent of 13-year-olds were frequent binge drinkers between 2007 and 2015, down from 5 percent between 1991 and 1998, researchers report in Pediatrics. (more)

Swiss voters embrace shift to renewable energy
21 May 2017 - Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum on Sunday, 21 May. The Swiss initiative mirrors efforts elsewhere in Europe to reduce dependence on nuclear power, partly sparked by Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011. Germany aims to phase out nuclear power by 2022, while Austria banned it decades ago. (more)

G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance
20 May 2017 - Health ministers of the G20 leading economies, meeting for the first time on Saturday [20 May], agreed to work together to tackle issues such as a growing resistance to antibiotics and to start implementing national action plans by the end of 2018. Germany, which holds the G20 presidency this year, said it was an 'important breakthrough' that all nations had agreed to address the problem . . . (more)

US: Why Congress should make organic agriculture a national priority
20 May 2017 - Organic crop and farm bill discussions wait for no man. Even as U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue gets settled into his new role, Congress is talking about agriculture policy and listening to stakeholders. A key emerging theme is that many food producers and rural communities are struggling. At a transitional moment such as this, it's important to remember that organic agriculture leads to more profitable farms and job creation. A recent study from Pennsylvania State University shows that when there is a density of organic operations, annual median household income increases by more than $2,000 and county-level unemployment goes down. (more)

Afghan women break ground with TV station launch
19 May 2017 - A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry, like many areas of society, remains dominated by men. Zan TV ('Women's TV') launches on Sunday with a staff of all female presenters and producers, following a high-profile marketing campaign on billboards in Kabul and on social media. (more)

Morning daylight exposure tied to a good night's sleep
18 May 2017 - Workers who are exposed to sunlight or bright indoor lights during the morning hours sleep better at night and tend to feel less depressed and stressed than those who don't get much morning light, according to a recent study. Exposure to more light during the day and less light at night is critical for healthy sleep patterns because it helps to calibrate the body's internal 'circadian' clock, the study team writes in the journal Sleep Health. (more)

India: The ancient game that saved a village
18 May 2017 - Fifty years ago, Marottichal was a very different place. Like many villages in northern Kerala, alcoholism and illicit gambling were rife among its small population. Having developed a zeal for chess while living in the nearby town of Kallur, Unnikrishnan moved back to his afflicted hometown and opened his teashop, where he began teaching customers to play chess as a healthier way to pass the time. Miraculously, the game's popularity flourished while drinking and gambling declined. The village's enthusiasm for the ancient pastime, which is believed to have originated in India in the 6th Century . . . 'Chess improves concentration, builds character and creates community,' he [Baby John] said. The village has also lured visitors from as far away as Germany and the US keen to learn the game or hone their skills. (more)

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