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UK air pollutants continue decline
15 February 2018 - Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12 per cent from 2012 to 2016, according to UK government figures. Environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries (trucks). The reduction is thought to have been propelled by tightening restrictions. The one emission going in the wrong direction is ammonia from farming. (more)

UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online
13 February 2018 - The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such content from their platforms. ... Unilever, a global consumer products company and one of the world's largest advertisers, on Monday (12 February) demanded results, saying it wouldn't advertise on platforms that do not make a positive contribution to society. ... (more)

The good news is ... people like to read good news
12 February 2018 - A strange thing happens when you write about something going right. People take notice. They read to the end. They share it with their friends. ... Eighteen months ago, the Guardian launched a pilot project to see how readers would respond if we deliberately sought out the good things happening in the world. More than 150 pieces of journalism later ... we have proof of concept. (more)

Organic food and drink sales rise to record levels in the UK
7 February 2018 - Sales of organic food and drink in the UK rose by 6 per cent last year to a record 2.2bn British pounds, fuelled by strong growth through independent outlets and home delivery which outpaced sales in rival supermarkets. In a sixth year of consecutive growth, sales have bounced back after plummeting following the recession. Last year's 2.2bn British pounds figure -- up from 2.09bn pounds in 2016 -- beats the pre-recession all-time high of 2.1bn pounds in 2008. (more)

Top London business school to train leaders how to do good
31 January 2018 - One of the world's top business schools in London said on Wednesday (31 January) that it will set up an institute to tackle challenges facing poor countries -- the first of its kind to do so. The London Business School said the founders of the Lonely Planet travel guides had donated 10 million pounds ($14 million) to create the Wheeler Institute of Business and Development. (more)

UK: Free water refill points rolled out to cut plastic bottle waste
25 January 2018 - Shops, cafes, and businesses will offer free water refill points in every major city and town in England by 2021. Industry body Water UK says its scheme could cut disposable plastic bottle use by tens of millions a year. The move comes amid growing concern about the effect of plastic waste on the environment. (more)

National Trust to create UK sanctuary for endangered butterfly
23 January 2018 - A beautiful wooded valley on the Devon coast is to be the focus of a project to save the UK's most endangered butterfly -- the high brown fritillary. 1950s has undergone a dramatic decline. Other butterflies including the heath fritillary, and birds such as the nightjar and the Dartford warbler will also benefit. (more)

UK: Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told
17 January 2018 - Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change -- the official watchdog -- says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions faster than any other G7 nation -- and the committee agrees there has been a big shift under [Prime Minister] Theresa May. (more)

London's January air quality 'best in 10 years'
15 January 2018 - London's air quality is within legal limits in mid-January for the first time in 10 years, City Hall has said. Mayor Sadiq Khan attributes the cleaner air in part to the introduction of Low Emission Bus Zones and the T-Charge for dirtier cars in central London. (more)

UK: Female engineers set for success
13 January 2018 - Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK is female -- the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women's Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria, and Cyprus lead with nearly 30 per cent. Here, two pioneering female engineers at Oxford University explain what drives them. (more)


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UK Parliament marks International Yoga Day - Prof Tony Nader, MD, PhD honoured with special award
16 July 2017 - The third International Yoga Day was celebrated in the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Indian Traditional Sciences, its Secretariat Amarjeet S Bhamra and the High Commission of India. The event on 10 July was designed to explore the value of introducing Yoga in the NHS (National Health Service). Chief Guest of the event, H.E. High Commissioner Y K Sinha paid tribute to the work of the APPG in introducing Yoga, Ayurveda and other disciplines into the mainstream of public life. Prof Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, head of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation organization, was honoured with a special award, and presented five volumes of Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation Programme to Members of Parliament. In his keynote address Prof Nader explained that 'every one of us has within us, built into our very physiology, the essential quality of Yoga, which is unifying.' (more)

UK: Could Ayurveda be the cure for ailing National Health System?
1 July 2017 - As the UK's National Health Service (NHS) shoulders a growing financial burden, the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurveda is being promoted as a way to take the pressure off doctors while helping people keep good health. At the recent Second International Ayurveda Congress in London, Dr Rainer Picha, chairman of the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation in the Netherlands (one of three organizations that hosted the Congress), said: 'Modern medicine has become hugely expensive to support. Rather, we should be focused on the prevention of disease, which is much cheaper than curing diseases.' (more)

UK: SuperMind Peak Performance Programme - Transcendental Meditation for professionals
20 June 2017 - The SuperMind Peak Performance Programme, a division of the David Lynch Foundation UK, offers Transcendental Meditation to companies and organisations to help executives and employees overcome stress, promote health, and attain high levels of performance. (more)

Second International Ayurveda Congress held in London, 1-3 April
24 April 2017 - The Second International Ayurveda Congress, held in London 1-3 April, was organized by the All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi, the International Academy of Ayurved, Pune and the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands. At the Congress, 300 delegates from 55 countries, including research scientists, doctors, and pharmacologists with expertise in Western and Ayurvedic medicine, discussed scientific evidence on preventing disease, promoting longevity and alleviating specific conditions with Ayurveda. The title of the Congress was: ''Ayurveda - The Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-oriented Health Care''. (more)

Profile: Transcendental Meditation, the 'missing piece of the recovery puzzle'
12 April 2017 - Having overcome alcohol addiction through the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12 step programme, an engineer in Glasgow, Scotland, found Transcendental Meditation to be the missing element in his recovery - allowing him to finally feel rested, and alleviating the high anxiety churning in his 'racing brain'. 'I would be anxious and fearful about something or someone or some event and I would do my TM practice and come out from it rested and full of energy,' he says. 'My ''great fears'' would have evaporated to the point where I had forgotten about what was giving me so much grief in the first place.' With TM, 'the energy of that anxious catastrophic ''racing brain'' is now channelled into creativity both in my personal and professional life.' (more)

UK: 'Ayurveda for Everyone' offers world class speakers and health fair - London, 1-2 April
1 April 2017 - Alongside the Second International Ayurveda Congress, taking place in London this weekend, 'Ayurveda for Everyone', a health fair and full programme of speakers, is being offered to the public. At the Health Fair, experts in Ayurveda, the timeless science of natural medicine, are sharing simple health secrets with the public, such as how to enjoy deep refreshing sleep, banish anxiety and depression, and keep the heart healthy. Exhibitors include leading Ayurvedic institutions and producers of authentic Ayurvedic products and medicines, offering expert advice, sample treatments, and information about health spas, Vedic Architecture, and meditation. (more)

UK: Second International Ayurveda Congress, 1-2 April in London - Minister of AYUSH, Government of India, researchers and scholars from many countries to attend
31 March 2017 - The Second International Ayurveda Congress is being held this weekend in London, with the theme: Ayurveda - the Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-Oriented Health Care. The Congress has drawn more than 80 leading speakers - experts and researchers in the various fields of Ayurveda. The Minister of AYUSH of the Government of India, His Excellency, Minister Shripad Yesso Naik, will honour the Congress by attending. A special Congress extension is planned for 3 April, including sessions on Establishing Ayurveda Globally: strategy and planning with the Ministry of AYUSH and Ayurveda leaders from India and throughout the world; followed by a Global Maharishi Ayurveda Summit, chaired by Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, Patron of the Congress. 'Ayurveda for Everyone', a concurrent health fair and full programme of speakers, is offered for the public. (more)

Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London - 1-2 April 2017: 'Time-Tested, Scientifically Verified Solutions For the Health Problems of Our Time'
10 January 2017 - All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi; International Academy of Ayurved, Pune; and International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands, extend a warm invitation to all health professionals, Ayurvedic scholars, and researchers from India and around the world to participate at this Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London in April. Internationally renowned scholars will be keynote speakers at the Congress and will present scientifically verified solutions to showcase the effectiveness of Ayurveda towards fulfilling the human pursuit of health, happiness, and long life. The International Ayurveda Congress offers a prestigious platform for research scholars to present their findings in various fields of Ayurveda. The latest innovative and pioneering work will be presented in this Congress. (more)

Prince Charles' initiatives in holistic education: Parallels with Consciousness-Based Education
2 December 2016 - In Part 2 of this series, Ann Purcell explores initiatives by Prince Charles of the UK in holistic education, highlighting parallels to the system of Consciousness-Based Education founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In his book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, Prince Charles describes major historical shifts in human thought over the past centuries through which 'nature was understood as being outside of us, something we could conquer and control. Education began to reflect this separation and focused on separate bits of information rather than on connections.' The prince has sought to promote 'a return to holistic education' through establishing innovative educational institutes where children can connect conventional academic subjects with universal patterns in nature, including within their own physiology. In Consciousness-Based Education institutions such as Maharishi University of Management, Ms Purcell writes, 'students learn the universal principles of intelligence that are prevalent in every field of study and discover that all knowledge emerges from the unified field of consciousness' which they experience directly through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. 'Reconnecting students to their own inner harmony and to the interconnectedness of all fields of knowledge', she says, 'is an essential and timely step to meeting the urgent needs of our precarious times.' (more)

UK's first Maharishi Peace Palace - creating peace for the individual and peace for society
7 November 2016 - News media continue to feature Britain's first Peace Palace, most recently in a video report on ITV News. The building, inaugurated last month in Rendlesham, Suffolk, will offer programmes and courses founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Peace Palace and its surrounding residential development were designed in accord with ancient principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture to promote peace and happiness for those who visit the building and in the environment. Richard Johnson, national director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the UK, points out that Maharishi's central objective was to promote peace for the individual and the society. Mr Johnson says, 'We want to create peace on the level of consciousness on a deeper level so that it creates bliss in society and internationally', noting scientific research demonstrating this effect when sufficient people practise Transcendental Meditation. (more)


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'Ultra-processed' products now half of all UK family food purchases
7 February 2018 - Half of all the food bought by families in the UK is now 'ultra-processed', made in a factory with industrial ingredients and additives invented by food technologists and bearing little resemblance to the fruit, vegetables, meat, or fish used to cook a fresh meal at home. The study of 19 European countries is published this month in a special issue of the journal Public Health Nutrition. It shows that UK families buy more ultra-processed food than any others in Europe, amounting to 50.7 per cent of the diet. Germany comes second, on 46.2 per cent and then Ireland on 45.9 per cent. (more)

Plastics chemical poisoning 86 per cent of teenagers
7 February 2018 - Experts are calling for the BPA content of packaging to be clearly labelled, after a new study showed that 86 per cent of teenagers had the harmful chemical compound in their bodies. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of certain types of plastic, and can be found in some water bottles, till receipts, the inside of cans and bottle tops, as well as highly processed foods. The chemical is known to disrupt the endocrine system, which controls how hormones are released into the body via several glands. ... It has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and liver enzyme abnormalities. There is a higher risk of ingesting BPAs if products are exposed to high temperatures, or reused, for instance in the case of plastic bottles. (more)

Britons ever more deeply divided over Brexit, research finds
31 January 2018 - The social divide revealed by Britain's 2016 vote to leave the European Union is not only here to stay but deepening, according to academic research published on Wednesday. Britain is negotiating a deal with the EU which will shape future trade relations, breaking with the bloc after four decades, but the process is complicated by the divisions within parties, society, and the government itself. (more)

Disabilities caused in babies by epilepsy drug a 'scandal'
22 January 2018 - A Member of Parliament has said the harm caused to children after their mothers were given the epilepsy drug sodium valproate is an 'extraordinary scandal'. It is thought about 20,000 children in the UK have been left with disabilities caused by valproate since the 1970s. Norman Lamb MP said it was also 'extraordinarily distressing' new research suggested medical problems could be passed through generations. (more)

UK budget sees economy wilting under Brexit pressure
22 November 2017 - Britain's Treasury chief (Philip Hammond) has outlined cautious spending plans to a nation bracing for the shock of leaving the European Union, amid a stream of worsening of economic forecasts that hampered room for giveaways. Philip Hammond revealed the deteriorating outlook in his annual budget speech to Parliament on Wednesday (22 November), with slowing growth and a stubborn deficit . . . Hammond, who has been nicknamed 'Eeyore' because of his cautious approach, had been under pressure to appear upbeat about the economy's prospects after Brexit. And though Hammond did his best to put a happy stamp on things ... the part of his speech he himself described as 'economicky' revealed the painful truth. The economy is slowing. (more)

Sharp rise seen in self-harm among young teen girls in UK
2 November 2017 - Reports of self-harm jumped nearly 70 percent among younger teen girls in the UK between 2011 and 2014, suggesting an urgent need for interventions targeted to this group, researchers say. Self-harm, such as self-poisoning or self-injury, is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide, and suicide is the second most common cause of death before age 25 worldwide, the study team notes in the journal The BMJ. (more)

Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland
17 October 2017 - Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses, and disrupted transport again Tuesday (17 October), a day after making landfall on Ireland's south coast with gusts of almost 100 miles an hour (160 kilometers an hour). (more)

Scared, hungry, unkempt: how a slave looks in modern Britain
27 September 2017 - People who look unkempt, scared, or work without proper clothing might be the victim of slavery, Britain's anti-slavery body said on Wednesday. Slavery predominantly affects immigrants and vulnerable people, often working at car washes, nail salons, and farms, said the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), as it launched a campaign to help the public identify trafficking. At least 13,000 people are estimated to be victims of modern slavery in Britain, but police say that figure is just the tip of an iceberg, with numbers rising countrywide. In August, police said slavery was more prevalent than previously thought, with gangs capitalising on a crime estimated to generate profits of $150 billion a year globally. (more)

Britain: Portland prisoners 'developing drug problem in jail'
20 September 2017 - Prisoners have developed drug problems behind bars prompting a rise in violence at a jail, a report says. One in five inmates have a drug habit they did not have before their jail term began at HMP/YOI Portland, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) found. It said violence was high against staff as well as inmates at the Dorset jail. (more)

One in four UK teenage girls 'depressed'
20 September 2017 - A quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, say UK researchers. The findings come from more than 10,000 young people who shared their worries and emotions. Lead investigator Dr Praveetha Patalay, from Liverpool University, said teenagers, and particularly girls, were facing more mental health difficulties than previous generations. Half of all cases of adult mental illness start by the age of 14 . . . (more)

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