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New report finds solar power more than doubled in most major U.S. cities over past six years
22 April 2019 - Over the past six years, solar energy capacity more than doubled in 45 of America's 57 largest cities, according to a new study released today by Environment America Research and Policy Center. One-third of the cities surveyed in all of the report's editions more than quadrupled their installed solar PV capacity over that period. When it comes to overall solar power capacity, Los Angeles remains the leader for the second year in a row. (more)

Reckless farming is destroying the planet. This could save it
20 April 2019 - It turns out that the traditional and responsible farming practices humans used for centuries before the rise of chemical agriculture are some of the best methods we can use to protect ourselves and the planet. It's what we now call regenerative organic farming and it's back-to-basics: Instead of using excessive amounts of fertilizers in vast single-crop fields, farmers can diversify and rotate crops, compost, plant cover crops, and reduce tillage. (more)

New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in US since last year
19 April 2019 - Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday [15 April]. (more)

US: Homes with solar panels sell for 4.1 percent more
16 April 2019 - Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home's value. During the past year, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274. (more)

US: Public Service Commission approves 5-fold solar expansion in Wisconsin
15 April 2019 - Last week at its Open Meeting, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved five interrelated cases that will lead to a five-fold expansion of solar energy in Wisconsin. By RENEW Wisconsin's estimates, the state of Wisconsin closed 2018 with about 103 megawatts of solar power, about 80 percent of that residing on homes and buildings, directly serving the customers who bought the solar arrays. (more)

Katie Bouman: The woman behind the first black hole image
11 April 2019 - A 29-year-old computer scientist has earned plaudits worldwide for helping develop the algorithm that created the first-ever image of a black hole. Katie Bouman led development of a computer program that made the breakthrough image possible. The remarkable photo, showing a halo of dust and gas 500 million trillion km from Earth, was released on Wednesday (10 April). (more)

US: Mayor bans New York City agencies from buying single-use plastics
11 April 2019 - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Thursday to exchange single-use plastics for compostable or recyclable alternatives the city. De Blasio said this executive order will reduce the city's carbon emissions by about 500 tons per year, decrease plastic pollution, and reduce risks to wildlife. (more)

Algorithms gave us the black hole picture. She's the 29-year-old scientist who helped create them.
10 April 2019 - Katherine Bouman had a secret: An algorithm she'd developed had stitched together a picture of a black hole. She told nobody except her colleagues. Until today. That's when Event Horizon Telescope team, of which Bouman is a member, unveiled the first image of a black hole. Bouman, 29, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, had been working on such an algorithm for almost six years, since she was a graduate student at MIT. (more)

US survey: Indiana, Minnesota lead clean energy job growth
10 April 2019 - A new survey says Indiana and Minnesota had the Midwest's biggest growth in clean energy jobs last year. The fourth annual Clean Jobs Midwest survey found that Indiana's clean energy jobs grew by 4.7 percent last year, tying it with Minnesota. (more)

US: Goats are the latest weapons in the war against wildfires
8 April 2019 - Reinette Senum is the vice mayor of Nevada City. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 147 miles northeast of San Francisco, the town's streets are lined with characterful wooden houses that date back to the late 19th century. Senum had been investigating ways to reduce the town's fire risk for years ... Obtaining government grants is a slow process, so last December Senum launched a crowdfunding campaign -- Goat Fund Me. (more)


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Maharishi University of Management dean Robert Schneider, MD, addresses hundreds of doctors at University of California
17 April 2019 - Robert Schneider, MD, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine at Maharishi University of Management, was invited to speak to 200 doctors and medical students at the University of California-Irvine recently on the topic of mind-body-heart, and the efficacy of the Transcendental Meditation technique to promote physician wellness. 'Physician burnout is now recognized as a major issue,' Dr Schneider commented. 'The residents and medical students were keen to stay balanced and healthy as they train in the science and art of medicine. They were receptive and understand from personal experience the importance of dealing with fatigue and stress.' Dr Schneider also addressed 50 physicians involved with the Indian Medical Association of Southern California. (more)

Live Today on Facebook - Dr Tony Nader: 'How to find your purpose and achieve your dreams'
13 April 2019 - Join Harvard- and MIT-trained brain and cognitive science specialist Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, global expert in consciousness and leader of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation organizations, as he discusses and answers questions about your life purpose and achieving your dreams: Saturday, 13 April, on Facebook Live - 1:30pm US Central Daylight Time (8:30pm Central Europe Time). Dr. Nader's Facebook page is available for public viewing so anyone around the world, including visitors who do not subscribe to Facebook, can access this content and watch the livestreams. (more)

Why being happy is the best way to help others (Part Two of a two-part series on happiness)
6 April 2019 - 'Happiness is contagious.... Just enter a room when people are having a good time, and you'll immediately feel better.' Health writer Linda Egenes describes research showing that Transcendental Meditation promotes inner happiness: 'When people are experiencing less stress and a clearer mind through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, they also experience increased happiness, greater self-esteem, and improved well-being.... Through TM I have become familiar with the essence of happiness inside of me, as it exists in every person, and when I ... experience this ocean of bliss inside, I am transformed.' Research also shows that regular TM practice by a small proportion of the population 'creates a chain reaction of positivity, as measured by falling crime rate, less traffic fatalities, higher employment, fewer hospital admissions, more positive national mood, and an upswing in the economy'. (more)

Getting a Masters degree on the road
28 March 2019 - Maharishi University of Management student Esther Fontaine is a professional driver taking MUM's online MA in Maharishi Vedic Science programme. While driving a truck across the country for a year, Esther found a way to keep up with her classwork: she listened to the lectures on the road, took notes during her breaks, and did her homework at the end of her ten-hour shifts. She was excited to discover all the scientific studies on the Transcendental Meditation programme. 'The logical correlation of a spiritual reality that manifested through a scientific avenue was what I've looked for my whole life,' she said. (more)

Demystifying happiness: At our core we are pure love, pure happiness, pure bliss (Part one of a series)
22 March 2019 - 'What makes a person happy?' asks health writer Linda Egenes. 'It's not the actual situation we are in, good or bad, that determines happiness, but how we perceive it. As everyone knows, neither money nor fame can make a person happy. . . . The essence of who we are transcends our thoughts and emotions, our hopes and dreams: at our core we are pure love, pure happiness, pure bliss. Our twice-daily sessions of Transcendental Meditation give us the time and space to explore this part of ourselves, which can get lost in the hustle and bustle of daily life. The more this unseen part of our life emerges, the happier we are and the more we can spontaneously share that with others. . . . like a light bulb which, once lit, sheds light all around.' (more)

Celebrating 50 years of teaching Transcendental Meditation in African American communities, 1969–2019
18 March 2019 - From Los Angeles to Ethiopia and across the US: In 1969 a group of African American Transcendental Meditation teachers wanted to bring the TM programme directly to their communities. TM Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi supported this vision to form an organization dedicated to teaching the TM technique to communities of colour. The organization was called Transcendental Meditation Center (TMC), Inc., and its pioneering initiatives in education, health, and rehabilitation laid the groundwork for the successes of the David Lynch Foundation today. In celebration of TMC's 50th Anniversary and Black History Month, here is their remarkable story. (more)

Transcendental Meditation reduces compassion fatigue and improves resilience for nurses
14 March 2019 - Nurses can better cope with the burnout that's endemic to the profession by practising the Transcendental Meditation technique, according to a new study published recently in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. After four months of practice, standardized assessments found that nurses in the study had reductions in 'compassion fatigue' and burnout, and increases in compassion satisfaction and resilience. The study highlights the importance that self-care plays for professional development and longevity in nursing. 'We need to invest in our nursing staff and ensure that they have rewarding careers while also providing the best possible care for their patients,' said lead author Jennifer Bonamer, PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC, Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Florida, USA. 'A variety of studies have shown [TM's] effectiveness in reducing stress and promoting health and well-being.' (more)

UK: Transcendental Meditation helps military veterans with PTSD, mental health
4 March 2019 - Hollywood director David Lynch tells Forces Network (UK) how his foundation's Operation Warrior Wellness programme is specifically aimed at helping members of the armed forces and veterans learn Transcendental Meditation to overcome stress-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Lynch has been practising TM since the 1970s. A scientific study recently published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry found Transcendental Meditation to be a viable option for decreasing the severity of PTSD symptoms in veterans. (more)

Transcendental Meditation can play a significant role in rehabilitation of young women
1 March 2019 - 'The TM technique can play a significant role in rehabilitating a female prisoner at the fundamental level of her brain's health,' writes Vanessa Vidal, national director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in the USA. Dr Fred Travis describes brain research showing that TM promotes higher development of activity in the brain's frontal area, the 'CEO of the brain' responsible for higher thought functions such as impulse control, moral reasoning, and distinction between right and wrong. 'A properly developed woman's brain', Ms Vidal says, 'should allow her to be tolerant and think and act maturely in the face of frustration.' The success of TM in rehabilitation 'gives hope for our nation's future - particularly in the consideration of young prisoners - protecting both the women and society from violent proclivities that grow out of chronic stress and anxiety.' (more)

Many sleepless Americans trying meditation and yoga
25 February 2019 - Roughly half of US adults suffer from sleep problems, and research suggests that many of them are practising mind-body exercises like yoga and meditation that might help make it easier to get a good night's rest. One approach with a proven track record is what's known as Transcendental Meditation, which has been shown to ease sleep disorders with a psychological component, said Sanford Nidich, director of the Center for Social and Emotional Health at the Maharishi University of Management Research Institute in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, who wasn't involved in the study. (more)


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US: Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline
22 April 2019 - More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and bumblebees were also taking a toll on the lesser studied bee species in New Hampshire. ... Bees are critical pollinators, and about a third of the human diet comes from plants that are pollinated by insects. (more)

Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists
13 April 2019 - The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. ... The ice normally prevents waves from forming and locks onto beaches, walling off villages. But not this year. ... Rapid, profound changes tied to high atmospheric temperatures, a direct result of climate change, may be reordering the region's physical makeup. Ocean researchers are asking themselves if they're witnessing the transformation of an ecosystem. (more)

U.S. disaster aid won't cover crops drowned by Midwest floods
2 April 2019 - The Black Hawk military helicopter flew over Iowa, giving a senior U.S. agriculture official and U.S. senator an eyeful of the flood damage below, where yellow corn from ruptured metal silos spilled out into the muddy water. And there's nothing the U.S. government can do about the millions of bushels of damaged crops here under current laws or disaster-aid programs, U.S. Agriculture Under Secretary Bill Northey told a Reuters reporter who joined the flight. (more)

Iowa officials: Manure runoff causes fish kill near Peosta
30 March 2019 - State environment officials say a fish kill in northeastern Iowa was caused by farm manure runoff. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the farm applied liquid manure to a nearby field, and melting snow and rain caused it to run off into an unnamed creek that leads to the Little Maquoketa River. (more)

Who keeps buying California's scarce water? Saudi Arabia
25 March 2019 - Saudi-based Almarai owns 15,000 acres of an irrigated valley -- but what business does a foreign food production company have drawing resources from a US desert? (more)

Climate change's fingerprints are on U.S. Midwest floods: scientists
21 March 2019 - Climate change played a hand in the deadly floods in the U.S. upper Midwest that have damaged crops and drowned livestock, scientists said on Thursday (21 March) . . . The 'bomb cyclone' that dumped rain on Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri and killed at least four people now threatens a wider region downstream of swollen rivers and smashed levees. (more)

Opioid prescriptions after plastic surgery tied to long-term use
20 March 2019 - Opioids account for more than 90 percent of the painkillers used after plastic surgery, according to a U.S. study that questions how often these addictive narcotics are necessary to ease discomfort after operations. . . . Even so, the findings add to evidence suggesting that prolonged opioid use after surgery might not be due to pain, the authors conclude. (more)

U.S. farmers face devastation following Midwest floods
20 March 2019 - Midwestern farmers have been gambling they could ride out the U.S.-China trade war by storing their corn and soybeans anywhere they could -- in bins, plastic tubes, in barns, or even outside. Now, the unthinkable has happened. Record floods have devastated a wide swath of the Farm Belt across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and several other states. Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are approaching $1 billion in Nebraska alone. With more flooding expected, damages are expected to climb much higher for the region. (more)

US: As wildfires devour communities, toxic threats emerge
13 March 2019 - Fires like the one that razed Paradise (California) last November burn thousands of pounds of wiring, plastic pipes and building materials, leaving dangerous chemicals in the air, soil and water. Lead paint, burned asbestos and even melted refrigerators from tens of thousands of households only add to the danger, public health experts say. (more)

US: Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil
12 March 2019 - Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That's according to the company making the oil, which says it's the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S. (more)

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