Wind Power in U.S. Grows by 45 Percent in 2007

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“Overturning all previous records, the U.S. wind energy industry installed 5,244 megawatts of power in 2007, expanding the nation’s total wind power generating capacity by 45 percent in a single calendar year and injecting an investment of over $9 billion into the economy, according to the American Wind Energy Association, AWEA. The new wind projects will power the equivalent of 1.5 million American households annually.” (Environmental News Service)  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Donations of $450 Million Hit UN Emergency Fund Target for First Time

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe United Nations emergency relief fund, set up to speed response to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters, has reached its $450 million annual funding target for the first time, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which now stands at $452.5 million, was created by the General Assembly in 2006 to allow the world body to quickly access its accounts, potentially saving thousands of lives, treat or prevent diseases, and restore livelihoods. Contributors to the emergency fund in 2008 included not only 81 UN Member States but a number of private donors. The largest donations coming from the United Kingdom ($80 million), the Netherlands ($64 million), Sweden ($56 million), Norway ($55 million) and Spain ($44 million). The greatest private contributor was PricewaterhouseCoopers, donating $500,000. Since its creation more than 100 Member States and private donors have pledged some $1.5 billion to the Fund, which has disbursed $1.1 billion to emergency programs in 67 countries since March 2006. A pledging conference at the beginning of December has already yielded some $380 million in commitments for next year, as well as several new donors including Afghanistan, Benin, Kenya, Laos, Oman, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. A total of 101 nations have now contributed to the Fund, representing well over half of all UN Member States, and a number of them significantly increased their donations for 2009, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Republic of Korea, Spain and Sweden. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

First Woman to Coach High School Football in the US

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTomorrow, Natalie Randolph is scheduled to be named the head football coach at Coolidge High School in Washington, DC, making her what is believed to be the only woman coaching boys’ varsity high school football in the United States. Randolph, a former sprinter at the University of Virginia, is hardly a football newbie. She was a receiver for the Divas of the Independent Women’s Professional League from 2004 to 2008 and an assistant coach at H.D. Woodson high school in 2006 and ’07. (READ More in the Washington Post)Right: DC Divas wide receiver Natalie Randolph in 2005 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Non-Profit Restaurant? Pay What You Want at Panera Bakery

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePanera Bread Co. is asking customers at a new restaurant to pay what they want. The national bakery and restaurant chain launched a new nonprofit store in Clayton, Mo. this week that has the same menu as its other 1,400 locations. But the prices are a little different – there aren’t any. Customers are told to donate what they want for a meal, whether it’s the full suggested price, a penny or $100. The new store in the upscale St. Louis suburb of Clayton is the first of what will Panera hopes will be many around the country. The pilot restaurant is run by Panera’s nonprofit foundation. (READ more at Huffington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Awesome Foundation Offers Cash for Crazy Ideas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThat crazy idea simmering on the back your brain could nab you a bag full of cash.If it’s awesome.The newly formed Toronto Chapter of the Awesome Foundation is now accepting wild ideas and crackpot schemes. The best of the bunch will get a paper bag stuffed with $1,000.“It’s about turning random flashes of half-baked genius into reality,” says Matt Thompson, the Toronto chapter’s Trustee of Awesome.(READ the story in the Toronto Star)Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Patagonia Asks Customers Not to Buy Unless They Really Need it

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreClothing company Patagonia is asking people not to buy its outdoor sportswear and gear unless the really need it. The company may be the first ever to ask customers to formally take a pledge to reduce consumption and be partners in the effort to keep products out of the landfill or incinerator.Last week it launched its Common Threads Initiative – asking customers to reduce consumption, and partnering with eBay to help promote the reuse of clothing and gear that might be useful for someone else.“The Common Threads Initiative addresses a significant part of today’s environmental problem – the footprint of our stuff,” notes Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder and owner. “This program first asks customers to not buy something if they don’t need it. If they do need it, we ask that they buy what will last a long time – and to repair what breaks, reuse or resell whatever they don’t wear any more. And, finally, to recycle whatever’s truly worn out.Patagonia in turn commits to make “products that last” and help repair quickly anything that breaks.To help customers put back in circulation used clothes, Patagonia and eBay Inc. have joined forces to launch a new marketplace for customers to buy and sell used Patagonia gear. Patagonia’s Common Threads Initiative store on eBay establishes a new model for consumption: It marks the first time a major retail brand actively encourages its customers to buy and sell used products on eBay, and it is eBay’s first multi-seller branded store.A customer who lists a used Patagonia product on eBay will be asked to take the Common Threads Initiative pledge and become a partner. Membership will make the customer’s listing eligible for inclusion in the Common Threads Initiative store on eBay and on Patagonia.com. Patagonia will not receive any of the profits associated with the Common Threads Initiative storefront.The collaboration between Patagonia and eBay was born out of their common interest to extend the useful life of products. eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, has, developed innovative ideas to do just that. The eBay Box encourages buyers and sellers to reuse packaging; and eBay Instant Sale encourages customers to sell and/or recycle their used electronics.Maybe this new model for consumption within the apparel industry – one that emphasizes product, reuse, and tapping the full useful life of clothing – will catch on with other retailers.“As eBay says, the ‘greenest product is the one that already exists.’(WATCH a video about customers who would rather repair their Patagonia gear than replace it)SHARE this example of corporate responsibility…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Obama’s Got Game Joking at White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHollywood celebrities, political bigwigs and journalists shared dinner and laughs last night at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC.Conan O’Brien hosted the evening but the highlight of the night was the 20 minutes of stand-up comedy when President Obama joked about himself, the second term, Republican leaders, and Jay-Z. (WATCH the speech in its entirety from CSPAN, or Conan O’Brien’s keynote below)last_img

Young Greeks Helping Each Other Through Crisis

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYoung Greeks are combating the euro crisis by setting up self-help initiatives to provide free medical care, repair street lighting and monitor public spending. A new, unprecedented communal spirit is emerging to tackle the hardship of cutbacks and reforms.With no more money to feed government corruption, things have started changing in Greece — and people are doing more than just complain and strike. (READ the story at Der Spiegel)Thanks to Barb Chap for sending the link from Germany! Photo credit: Eole – Foter – CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Diabetic Health Risks Drop Sharply in the US

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStartling progress was discovered by federal researchers in the numbers of American diabetics avoiding serious complications due to their disease over the 20 years from 1990-2010.Heart attacks dropped by more than 60 percent, while strokes, kidney failure and amputations fell sharply.“This is the first really credible, reliable data that demonstrates that all of the efforts at reducing risk have paid off,” said Dr. David M. Nathan, director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.(READ the story in the New York Times)Thanks to Harley Hahn for sending the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Early Mother’s Day Gift: Twins Born Holding Hands

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwin infants were born in Ohio holding hands.Sarah Thistlethwaite and her husband, Bill, learned half way through the pregnancy that, not only would they be having twins, but rare “mono mono” twins, who would share the same placenta and amniotic sac.It only happens once in every 10,000 births, and is considered a high risk birth, because the cords could become entangled or compressed, according to WCPO, who featured the story.A photo released by Akron Children’s Hospital, where a Caesarean section was performed on Friday, shows daughters Jenna and Jillian at the moment of birth at 33 weeks, holding each other’s hands.The birth was especially happy for the couple, who were told they would probably never have children.UPDATE: In an interview on the TODAY show, on May 14, the doctor in the room confirmed that he had never seen anything like it.“It was something that just really grabs your heart,” said Dr. Anand Kantak,(READ the story from WCPO)last_img read more