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US: Aspen officials invest nearly $2 million on electric bus project
17 June 2018 - Aspen's elected officials this week committed to spending $1.8 million for a fleet of battery-powered buses that are expected to hit the streets next year. ... Next year a pilot program will be considered to see how the buses function in an alpine environment and how long they will hold a charge. Aspen is one of the first towns in the state [of Colorado] to have battery-electric buses. (more)

US: Green and quiet? That's what Chicago Transit Authority says new fleet of electric buses will deliver
17 June 2018 - For some CTA bus riders, their commute will be a bit greener -- and even somewhat quieter -- by year's end, officials say. On Wednesday (13 June), the Chicago Transit Authority signed off on the purchase of 20 all-electric buses at an estimated cost of $32 million. The buses will all be purchased by 2020, with several hitting the streets by year's end. (more)

More than 5,000 US schools have solar power installations
15 June 2018 - Approximately 5,489 K-12 schools in the US now have solar power installations, according to a report created by the Solar Foundation titled Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, 2nd Edition. (This report is somewhat dated now, so it is likely there are even more schools with solar.) The total capacity of all the school installations is 910 megawatts, which produces enough electricity each year to power about 190,000 homes. With 1,946 solar schools and 489 megawatts of capacity, California is the national leader in school solar power. (more)

US: The Chesapeake Bay hasn't been this healthy in 33 years, scientists say
15 June 2018 - For the first time in the 33 years that scientists have assessed the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary showed improvement in every region, a likely sign that a massive federal cleanup plan is working. (more)

Hawaii's volcano is literally erupting gems
13 June 2018 - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been fiercely erupting for well over a month. Now, residents are finding little green gems that have fallen out of the sky during Kilauea's eruption. The green gems are olivine crystals, a common mineral found in Hawaii's lava. At jewelry quality, the mineral is called peridot. There are several places in Hawaii that the beaches are a green color, this is due to a high concentration of olivine that has weathered out of the mafic lava (basalt). In fact, olivine is one of the most common minerals below Earth's surface but it is quite hard to find it separated from the parent rock and even harder to find it of gem quality. (more)

Solar has overtaken gas and wind as biggest source of new U.S. power
12 June 2018 - The U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter. Developers installed 2.5 gigawatts of solar in the first quarter, up 13 percent from a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday (12 June) from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. That accounted for 55 percent of all new generation, with solar panels beating new wind and natural gas turbines for a second straight quarter. (more)

US: Utah inmates cook up a fresh start in kitchen
10 June 2018 - A group of inmates are learning to be chefs inside the Utah County Jail as they try to acquire a skillset that can help them lead a crime-free life once they get out. The inmates used to deal in drugs. Now, in the jail's RISE program which seeks to rehabilitate drug offenders, they deal with food, the Deseret News reported . (more)

Closing of oil and coal power plants linked to drop in preterm births
8 June 2018 - The shuttering of eight oil- and coal-fueled electric plants in California was associated with a sizeable decrease in preterm births among women living nearby, researchers say. Their study took advantage of a 'natural experiment' when six oil-fueled electricity-generating plants and two coal-powered plants were retired. (more)

US: San Francisco says 'no' to big tobacco, approves flavored tobacco ban
6 June 2018 - San Francisco residents on Tuesday (5 June) voted overwhelmingly to ban flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and vape liquids, in what is seen nationally as a blow to the tobacco industry. Tobacco companies and other opponents of the ban flooded more than $11.5 million into a campaign against the measure ... (more)

US: San Francisco bans sales of flavored tobacco products
6 June 2018 - San Francisco voters approved a proposition that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and flavored vaping liquids on Tuesday (5 June). The battle over the flavored tobacco ban has been an expensive one in the city, with tobacco company R.J. Reynolds contributing nearly $12 million against the measure and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributing more than $3 million in support of it, according to filings with the San Francisco Ethics commission. (more)


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Transcendental Meditation brain benefits discussed: Maria Shriver-hosted 'Move for Minds' tour for Women's Alzheimer's Movement
17 June 2018 - Bob Roth, an expert on Transcendental Meditation, spoke at four live Facebook events this month, during a nationwide tour for 'Move for Minds', hosted by renowned journalist and author Maria Shriver. Move for Minds is an initiative of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement founded by Ms. Shriver, held this year at Equinox locations across the US. In New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Roth joined a panel of experts, moderated by Ms. Shriver, 'to discuss evidence-based strategies to prevent the risk factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, particularly among women, who are disproportionately more likely to be afflicted by this devastating epidemic,' Roth said. He spoke about benefits of regular meditation practice, and TM's effects in reducing high blood pressure, heart disease, and cortisol - while improving brain and cognitive functioning. (more)

Reducing hypertension through Transcendental Meditation
16 June 2018 - With more than 70 million Americans suffering from hypertension and another 30 percent of Americans with prehypertension, this dangerous condition caused or complicated by stress is hard to control with just medication. A recent article described the practice of Transcendental Meditation as a valid technique to lower blood pressure. (more)

Transcendental Meditation shown to reduce alcohol addiction
14 June 2018 - An important study on Transcendental Meditation and alcohol prevention was published this spring in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Dr Jan Gryczynski, lead author of the study, stated: 'The overarching purpose of this pilot study was really to determine the feasibility of integrating TM into alcohol use disorder treatment. . . . I see meditation in general, and TM specifically, as having great promise in relapse prevention.' One of the subjects has been sober for six months - she learned Transcendental Meditation five months ago. She said, 'Now when I wake up in the morning, I feel happy; I feel blessed. The one regret I have is that I wish I had started [TM] earlier, just so I could have had that much more of my life back.' (more)

Attn: President Putin - No Enemies = No Nuclear War
12 June 2018 - In an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dr David Leffler, executive director at the Center for Advanced Military Science, presents Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) as a solution for any head of state 'to achieve unquestioned invincibility for their nation'. Dr Leffler explains that extensive peer-reviewed research and military field-tests worldwide show that IDT brings about measurable decreases in war, terrorism, and crime, and improved quality of life - tangible signs of reduced societal stress. Studies show that large groups practising the non-religious Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced programmes twice a day generate a proven field effect that profoundly influences all within its vicinity. The approach has been used during wartime, resulting in reduced fighting, war deaths, and casualties - and improved progress toward resolving conflict through peaceful means. 'Recent events worldwide show that IDT is desperately needed. It works quickly, and there is no better solution,' Dr Leffler concludes. 'President Putin would be wise to immediately implement the programme, thereby turning his enemies into allies, and creating lasting peace.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management student film wins six top awards
11 June 2018 - 'Last Tree Standing', the thesis film by a graduate of Maharishi University of Management, recently won six Awards of Excellence at the Iowa Motion Picture Association's annual awards ceremony - more than any other entry. The 30-minute film, by Agnes (Baginska) Peel-McGregor, who graduated from MUM's David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts in 2016, won the top award in the categories of director (short-form), editing (short-form), original score, screenplay, soundtrack audio mix, and visual effects. It has also won recognition at international film festivals. (more)

Premiere Dr. Oz Podcast features Transcendental Meditation 'to conquer anxiety'
10 June 2018 - The recent premiere of Dr. Mehmet Oz's new Podcast featured Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation. Roth has been teaching the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for 45 years, and is author of the new bestselling book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. His segment of the Podcast was titled 'How to Conquer Anxiety With Meditation'. He talked about the science and benefits of TM, and also discussed with Dr Oz myths and misconceptions of different types of meditation - as they did during Roth's appearance on the cardiologist's popular American TV show, 'The Dr. Oz Show' in April. (more)

Transcendental Meditation effective in reducing depression - Elephant Journal
7 June 2018 - An article published today in Elephant Journal, a leading yoga journal, describes Transcendental Meditation as a highly effective, evidence-based approach for reducing depression. Peer-reviewed published scientific studies show that TM produces systematic reduction in depression and even PTSD-related depression. 'The brain chemistry improves and EEG monitoring shows a regular rise in brain coherence. . . . TM acts as a basis for a life shift toward more inner balance and stability,' the authors write. An emergency room doctor who struggled with depression said, ''Since starting TM, I have stopped medication and have never felt better. My mood has improved and stress has lowered . . . . I feel better about myself leading to a more positive outlook on life.' (more)

Meditating Moms 2: Becoming their best selves, no matter what challenges life brings
6 June 2018 - Whether these moms have been meditating a few years or for decades, they carve out time to nourish themselves and grow through their Transcendental Meditation practice. Krista found ways to fit her TM practice into the lives of her five children. 'TM has helped me to be a more calm, relaxed, and fun mom. I am able to handle the stresses of their squabbles and demands much more easily. I also feel that they are calmer after I meditate,' she says. 'TM has been the greatest gift in my life!' When Vanessa reflects on the impact of her TM practice, she notes its stress-relieving effects and how it enables greater 'flow' in everyday activity. 'The main thing I've noticed from the beginning is that when I meditate daily, things just seem to flow naturally and fall into place without causing stress,' she says. (more)

US: Maharishi School student wins science fair awards
5 June 2018 - Shristi Sharma, a 9th-grader at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, won first place last month in the Computer Science category at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa with a project titled 'Phishing: Don't Take the Bait, Protect Your Sensitive Information.' She also won an Intel Excellence in Computer Science award, and was invited to attend the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (more)

Germany: Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre in Bad Ems celebrates 25-year anniversary
4 June 2018 - Twenty-five years ago Lothar Pirc and Dr. Karin Pirc founded the Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany, which recently celebrated its silver jubilee. Over the years the Centre has expanded from 9 staff to 90 staff members, and treated almost 27,000 people, healing many from chronic diseases. The health centre is located in the former palace of Emperor Wilhelm I. For more than 2,000 years there have been hot springs for drinking and bathing in the area. Two hundred invited guests attended the celebration including many dignitaries. (more)


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American Indians fear U.S.-Mexico border wall will destroy ancient culture
16 June 2018 - To the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indians, the water of the Rio Grande that divides the United States and Mexico sanctifies religious rites and purifies their hunts. Indian communities living miles away use the river to send messages to fellow tribes downstream, tribal chief Jose Sierra told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ... But now tribal leaders fear a proposed border wall ... will sever access to the river, spoiling traditions and ruining ancient culture. (more)

For the biggest group of American workers, wages aren't just flat. They're falling.
15 June 2018 - The average hourly wage paid to a key group of American workers has fallen from last year when accounting for inflation, as an economy that appears strong by several measures continues to fail to create bigger paychecks, the federal government said Tuesday (12 June). This pool of workers includes those in manufacturing and construction jobs, as well as all 'nonsupervisory' workers in service industries such health care or fast food. The group accounts for about four-fifths of the privately employed workers in America, according to BLS [the Bureau of Labor Statistics]. (more)

US: Suicide rates are up 30 percent since 1999, CDC says
8 June 2018 - Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday (7 June). While many cases of mental illness may have been diagnosed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also noted that relationship stress, financial troubles, and substance abuse were contributing to the trends. (more)

CDC finds rise in suicide rates across the U.S.
7 June 2018 - Suicide death rates have risen significantly in most states since the late 1990s, with 25 states recording increases of more than 30%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. (more)

Teen drinking and drug use risk higher on Native American reservations
7 June 2018 - Teens on Native American reservations continue to be more likely to report using alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs than peers elsewhere in the U.S. and to start using at younger ages, a recent study suggests. ... the disparity between Native and other youths was greatest in the eighth grade. Native American eighth graders were more than four times as likely to use alcohol and more than twice as likely to use marijuana or other illicit drugs in the previous month. Native American eighth graders also had more than triple the risk of binge drinking and more than quadruple the risk of smoking cigarettes. (more)

US: Kansas suicide rate up 45 percent since 1999, among the largest increases nationwide
7 June 2018 - Suicides in Kansas rose 45 percent over the past 17 years, far outpacing the nation as a whole, according to a new federal report that said Kansas had one of the largest increases. The suicide rate in Kansas increased 45 percent between 1999 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The overall U.S. rate increased 25.4 percent over that same time. (more)

US: Sobering report teases out factors leading to suicides
7 June 2018 - Suicide rates inched up in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday (7 June). More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners' reports suggest many of the deaths followed relationship problems, substance use, and financial crises. (more)

The heat is back on high: May smashes US temperature records
6 June 2018 - Record heat returned to the United States with a vengeance in May. Weather stations in the nation broke or tied nearly 8,600 daily heat records in May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported. It hit 100 in Minneapolis on May 28, the earliest the city has seen triple digits. The United Kingdom , Germany, and other places also set May heat records, but overall global figures for the month are still being tabulated, [said climate scientist Jake Crouch at NOAA's Centers for Environmental Information]. (more)

US: Growing number of fatal car crashes linked to drug use
3 June 2018 - An increasing number of drivers involved in fatal crashes are testing positive for drugs, especially opioids and marijuana, according to a new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association -- though it is unclear whether drug use is actually the culprit in those crashes. The report raises serious concerns at a time when the U.S. is facing an epidemic of opioid usage and as more and more states legalize marijuana for medical and recreational usage. (more)

US: Drugged driving deaths spike with spread of legal marijuana, opioid abuse
2 June 2018 - More than 5,300 drivers who died in fatal crashes in 2016 tested positive for drugs, research shows. As legal marijuana spreads and the opioid epidemic rages on, the number of drugged drivers killed in car crashes is rising dramatically, according to a report released this week. Forty-four percent of fatally injured drivers tested for drugs had positive results in 2016, the Governors Highway Safety Association found, up more than 50 percent compared with a decade ago. More than half the drivers tested positive for marijuana, opioids, or a combination of the two. (more)

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