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California is first state to mandate zero-emission bus fleet
16 December 2018 - California moved Friday (14 December) to eliminate climate-changing fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. (more)

US: Oakland's plan to battle homelessness: Stop it before it starts
16 December 2018 - As rising rents push low-income tenants out of Oakland, the city is responding with a program that's fighting homelessness and gentrification before they take root. The program's approach may be a model for California and the country. (more)

Tiny satellites represent the next phase of the space age
15 December 2018 - They're the size of a briefcase or a loaf of bread, and a group of them, operated by Planet Labs, helped firefighters monitor and contain the spread of the Camp Fire in California. Small satellites are less expensive than larger ones, and more accessible to a wider group of interests. They make it possible, among other advances, to observe Earth's environment more completely and regularly than before. (more)

US: California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators
15 December 2018 - California air quality regulators voted on Friday (14 December) to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on the proposal to ramp up the use of battery electric or fuel-cell buses until 2029, at which point all new transit buses will have to be zero-emission vehicles. (more)

US: California first state to mandate solar power for new homes
14 December 2018 - California became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission. The unanimous action on Wednesday (5 December) finalizes a previous vote by the Energy Commission and fulfills a decade-old goal to make the state reliant on cleaner energy. (more)

Electric car industry group says Californians have now purchased 500,000 EVs
10 December 2018 - In November, California reportedly crossed the 500,000 threshold for electric vehicles sold in the state since 2010. Months of strong US sales in 2018, preceded by a strong 2017, are starting to show a trend: electric vehicles are selling well, especially in places where there are strong monetary and non-monetary incentives to buy them. 'Overall, this year has seen exponential growth in electric car sales,' Veloz wrote. (more)

US: Colorado invests $10.33 million to install electric vehicle charging stations
10 December 2018 - Drivers of electric vehicles will soon have 33 additional sites to charge their vehicles in Colorado. The sites will be placed along six major transportation corridors. There are 15,000 electric vehicles or EV's registered in Colorado. According to the state's Electric Vehicle Plan, EV sales were up 73 percent in the first eight months of 2017 over the same time period in 2016. (more)

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life
6 December 2018 - Singing in a community choir may provide some psychological benefit to seniors, a small study suggests. There were ... significant improvements in two components of the psychosocial evaluation among choir participants. People in this group were feeling less lonely, and they were more interested in life -- that is, their responses to survey questions indicated they were more interested in things, got more things done, were doing more interesting things, and felt more motivated. (more)

More evidence fruits and greens can be good for the brain
6 December 2018 - Middle-aged men who eat lots of fruits and vegetables may be lowering their odds of cognitive problems as they get on in years, compared to peers who don't consume these foods very often, a U.S. study suggests. (more)

US: California gives final approval to require solar panels on new houses
6 December 2018 - Solar panels will be a required feature on new houses in California, after the state's Building Standards Commission gave final approval to a housing rule that's the first of its kind in the United States. The rule marks a new phase in California's environmental policies, which have often set trends and established standards nationwide. The state has set the goal of drawing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources and sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (more)


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Is being anxious the new you? Transcendental Meditation inoculates against chronic stress and anxiety
15 December 2018 - If you find your anxiety is easily triggered, there are simple steps you can take to make sure anxiety doesn't define you, writes Vanessa Vidal, national director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in the USA. In TM practice both mind and body settle down to a state of deep relaxation, the body and brain become more balanced and damage from stress begins to be eliminated, she explains. Scientific research indicates that the TM programme reduces stress hormone levels and anxiety, and improves blood pressure, insomnia, and drug and alcohol abuse. 'After a woman takes the TM course, she finds that her life improves spontaneously, naturally, and is redefined in terms of happiness instead of anxiety. . . . Transcendental Meditation can play an enormous role in inoculating our society against the many problems that grow out of chronic stress and anxiety.' (more)

Keelan Dimick, finalist in prestigious American Pianists Awards for Cole Porter Jazz Fellowship: TM alleviates stress, 'the music writes itself'
11 December 2018 - Keelan Dimick is one of five finalists competing for the prestigious 2019 American Pianists Awards / Cole Porter Jazz Fellowship, which offers $100,000 (US) in support and career advancement. In an interview after his recent concert in the Awards series in Indianapolis, Indiana - Keelan spoke of how Transcendental Meditation 'alleviates any stress that's in my head. And stress constricts creativity. So when that's gone, it's easier to just let music write itself because the best musicians start with a seed and the music just writes itself. Meditation helps bring that about.' The 27-year-old Fairfield, Iowa native will participate in the Awards Finals 5-6 April in Indianapolis. (more)

David Lynch Foundation's 'Holiday Evening of Comedy and Conversation' benefit, 10 Dec. at The Plaza, New York - Last day to get tickets
6 December 2018 - In just a few days, on 10 December, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, and Vanessa Bayer will take the stage at The Plaza / New York. This 'Holiday Evening of Comedy and Conversation' will support national initiatives of the David Lynch Foundation providing Transcendental Meditation to benefit underserved youth, and prevent and treat substance use disorder, which afflicts over 20 million Americans. This Friday, 7 December, is the final day to get tickets. (more)

Live on Facebook today: ''What Is Enlightenment?'' - Dr Tony Nader, Sun. 2 December
2 December 2018 - Enlightenment may sound vast and unattainable, but in reality it is simply the fulfilment of our highest potential as human beings. The Transcendental Meditation technique provides a practical means to develop oneself from within. The profound benefits it offers, such as relief from stress and anxiety, and clearer, more creative thinking, are stepping stones on the way to full development. Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR has spent the last 40 years probing the deepest truths of life - both as a world-renowned medical doctor and brain researcher and as an expert in meditation, yoga, and consciousness. In this livestream broadcast, Dr. Nader will share new findings and understandings from modern medicine and quantum physics that will revolutionize our view of the human mind and the world around us. (more)

CNBC: Dr Norman Rosenthal's Super Mind, about Transcendental Meditation, featured in '10 great books for your holiday gift list'
27 November 2018 - Number 4 on CNBC's list of holiday gift books is Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation. In the book, research psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, MD, explores how anyone can perform at peak aptitude through the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM), heightening physical, emotional, and intellectual capabilities. TM 'gives you an equanimity, a centeredness, a calmness - so that you can thoughtfully deal with things in a better way without being emotionally hijacked,' said Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of those featured in the book. (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps veterans with PTSD
22 November 2018 - Transcendental Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the US Department of Defence. The study involving 200 veterans was recently published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. Evidence for meditation 'allows us to put more options on the table' with confidence they work, said the study's senior author, a Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist in San Diego. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A 'timeout' for oneself to reduce emotional stress, increase happiness
12 November 2018 - Neither suppressing emotions nor 'telling someone off' really helps in handling emotional stress - and both create negative effects for oneself and others, says health writer Linda Egenes. She describes a completely different solution: Transcendental Meditation, which 'releases the tensions that may have built up during the day, including the emotional stressors'. Over time 'you can feel your baseline for stress changing - you're just not as reactive as you were before.' Research has shown that TM reduces stress hormones and anxiety, and increases neurochemicals associated with happiness and fulfilment. She quotes Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme: 'Fill the mind with that great happiness which knows no end, let the mind be saturated with absolute bliss, and then the undertaking of any action, whatever it may be, will be performed in all joyfulness.' (more)

India: The Economic Times - 'Invest in rest'
7 November 2018 - 'Keeping the brain well rested and, thus, alive, creative, and capable is imperative to maintain the growing pace of multifaceted progress in human life,' writes Aditi Shrivastava in The Economic Times (India). ' ''The human brain is the best blessing of the Creator,'' Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, once said in a lecture.' Ms Shrivastava goes on to explain, 'There is scientific evidence to prove that the rest that we get in 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation is even deeper than deep sleep. TM is a simple and effective meditation technique to calm the mind by giving it rest, gain mental peace, harmonise brain function and get it ready for more action.' (more)

'Silence the Violence' Town Hall, Washington, DC: Impact of Transcendental Meditation to prevent, curb rise of violence in America - Watch replay
2 November 2018 - 'Silence the Violence', a compelling Town Hall meeting webcast live from Washington, D.C., last month, is now available for online replay. Leading doctors, researchers, educators and community leaders discussed the impact of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique for preventing and curbing the rise of violence in America today. The event was livestreamed from the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) Theater in Southeast Washington. The event also highlighted the work of the David Lynch Foundation's Center for Health and Wellness - including The Meditation Center (TMC) at THEARC. (more)

Why Transcendental Meditation is better than a power nap
28 October 2018 - 'What do you do to re-charge during the day? Many women have asked if the TM technique is any different than taking time out for a nap,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. 'Transcendental Meditation, unique among meditation programmes for its simplicity, effortlessness, and scientifically validated benefits, increases brain orderliness, enhances brain functioning, and increases intelligence, focus and creativity - all this while providing exceptionally deep rest to the body that reduces stress and fatigue. . . . Though the body gets rest in a nap, the mind can't enjoy the experience - in Transcendental Meditation, though profoundly resting, the mind enjoys awareness of inner calm, collectedness, clarity and charm.' (more)


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Asian tick that clones itself could spread fast and far in the US, study says
16 December 2018 - The Asian longhorned tick most likely began invading the United States years ago. Now found in nine states, the tick may soon occupy a large swath of eastern North America as well as coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest, according to research published Thursday (13 December) in the Journal of Medical Entomology. 'This tick can bite humans, pets, farm animals, and wildlife,' said Ilia Rochlin, author of the study and an entomologist and researcher associated with the Rutgers University Center for Vector Biology. (more)

Palm oil was supposed to help save the planet. Instead it unleashed a catastrophe.
16 December 2018 - The tropical rain forests of Indonesia, and in particular the peatland regions of Borneo, have large amounts of carbon trapped within their trees and soil. Slashing and burning the existing forests to make way for oil-palm cultivation had a perverse effect: It released more carbon. A lot more carbon. NASA researchers say the accelerated destruction of Borneo's forests contributed to the largest single-year global increase in carbon emissions in two millenniums, an explosion that transformed Indonesia into the world's fourth-largest source of such emissions. Instead of creating a clever technocratic fix to reduce American's carbon footprint, lawmakers had lit the fuse on a powerful carbon bomb ... (more)

Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder
15 December 2018 - Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, J&J insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product. But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company's powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public. (more)

Arctic posts second warmest year on record in 2018: U.S. NOAA
11 December 2018 - The Arctic had its second-hottest year on record in 2018, part of a warming trend that may be dramatically changing earth's weather patterns, according to a report released on Tuesday (11 December) by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The study said the Arctic warming continues at about double the rate of the rest of the planet, and that the trend appears to be altering the shape and strength of the jet stream air current that influences weather in the Northern Hemisphere. (more)

US: A Chicago neighborhood battles endless flow of illegal guns
10 December 2018 - Chicago police regularly recover more illegal firearms than officials in larger New York and Los Angeles. Last year, the citywide haul was 7,932 firearms. The 2018 tally exceeds 8,300, and police say it could surpass 10,000 by year's end. Police seize an illegal weapon about once every hour, most connected to gangs on the South and West sides. Authorities cite two reasons for the heavy gun traffic: Penalties for carrying these firearms aren't considered a deterrent and, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, suspects tell officers they 'would rather be caught by police with a gun ... than caught by a rival gang without one.' (more)

More U.S. pregnant women using opioids and methamphetamines
4 December 2018 - A growing number of American pregnant women are using opioids and methamphetamines, and drug use is rising fastest among mothers in rural communities, a U.S. study suggests. By the end of the study period, the highest proportion of babies exposed to methamphetamines was in the rural West . . . [and] the highest proportion of babies exposed to opioids was in the rural Northeast . . . (more)

Night shifts plus unhealthy lifestyle may be recipe for diabetes
3 December 2018 - Women who work rotating night shifts and also have unhealthy lifestyle habits may be much more likely to develop diabetes than peers with only one of these risk factors, a large U.S. study suggests. (more)

Salaried workers beware: GM cuts are a warning for all
1 December 2018 - For generations, the career path for smart kids around Detroit was to get an engineering or business degree and get hired by an automaker or parts supplier. If you worked hard and didn't screw up, you had a job for life with enough money to raise a family, take vacations, and buy a weekend cottage in northern Michigan. Now that once-reliable route to prosperity appears to be vanishing, as evidenced by General Motors' announcement this week that it plans to shed 8,000 white-collar jobs on top of 6,000 blue-collar ones. (more)

US: Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down life expectancy
29 November 2018 - Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday (29 November). It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago. (more)

Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline
28 November 2018 - Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales' feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said. U.S. and international researchers, wildlife managers and federal officials were meeting in Honolulu on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the decline in sightings of humpbacks that traditionally migrate each autumn from Alaska, where they feed during the summer months, to Hawaii, where they mate and give birth during the winter. (more)

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