How could preserving forests in Alaska or reducing nitrogen fertilizer runoff on farms in the Midwest help an organization interested in mitigating climate impact?This was one of the questions posed to diverse teams of graduate students brought together as part of the new, multidisciplinary “Climate Solutions Living Lab” course launched by Harvard University last spring to help push forward the transition to a carbon-free future that supports planetary and human health.Led by Wendy Jacobs, the Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and director of the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School, and developed in collaboration with the Harvard Office for Sustainability, the three-year research and teaching project was funded by the University as part of its living lab initiative to use the campus as a test bed for innovative sustainability solutions that can then be replicated across much broader levels.“No single professional discipline can tackle climate change in isolation; collaboration is critical,” said Jacobs. “We designed this course to address real-world challenges faced by climate leaders who are interested in investing in off-site emissions-reduction projects that can be proven to deliver environmental and social benefit.”The course’s outcomes are expected to offer Harvard clear strategies for how it can most effectively pursue high-quality, off-site emissions projects in the short term as part of the University’s longstanding commitment to modeling how organizations can dramatically reduce the climate impact of their operations. These same strategies, says Jacobs, can be implemented by other organizations.The use of carbon offsets or renewable energy investments to complement emissions reductions achieved on-site is becoming a necessary step for businesses and organizations that need to meet the ambitious carbon neutrality goals they have set. As demand has grown, a wide array of products are being offered to entities that wish to claim credit for the emissions reduction associated with a specific action or project.A 2015 advisory group of faculty experts convened by Harvard President Drew Faust to explore the topic found that while the markets for these off-site mechanisms are volatile and some products did not reliably result in additional emissions reductions, they are expected to mature in the coming decades. The group said that Harvard could play a role in developing the marketplace by promoting transparency and researching a range of options for high-quality offsets.“Increasing demand for clean-energy solutions from socially responsible companies and institutions will result in accelerated private-sector investment in energy innovation and the rapid deployment of new technologies,” said Rebecca Henderson, the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard Business School. “It’s critically important that Harvard, as a leader in the higher-education sector, play a role in contributing to this demand and spurring the creation of new climate-friendly solutions.”“Climate Solutions Living Lab” addresses these challenges by immersing cross-disciplinary teams of students in hands-on research to design feasible, practical, scalable projects for reducing at least 50,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, while allowing nonprofit and for-profit organizations to legitimately claim credit for those emissions reductions as offsets. The teams were also asked to minimize project costs while maximizing health, social, and economic benefits. Each team presented its final project proposal to a group of faculty and other experts for questions and feedback.One team, composed of six graduate students representing business, public health, design, law, and policy, visited Anchorage, Alaska, for a week while developing a plan for reducing emissions through preserving 150,000 acres of forest land owned by a native village. In a unique twist, the team suggested a small fee be added to the transaction that would support a social-impact fund to support the local economy and create jobs by implementing energy-efficiency upgrades in the homes of native residents who live adjacent to the forest.“Working in Alaska in particular, where renewable energy has a deep relationship to community development, showed how quite abstract phenomena like carbon-offset pricing have real impact on the everyday life of people,” said Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) alumnus Michael Haggerty, who graduated in May. “The course was a lesson in why we have 10 graduate Schools at Harvard in the first place, and how integrating the skills and knowledge of students from across the institution is essential for creating solutions to climate change.”Another team of three students representing the Schools of engineering, law, and public health designed a project to pay farmers to reduce their use of nitrogen-based fertilizers. Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas that remains largely unaddressed. Fertilizers represent a major source of nitrous oxide emissions.This team’s presentation attracted the attention of national farming groups because even though the carbon offset market recognizes the effectiveness of nitrogen reduction strategies and has approved their use to claim carbon credits, few effective demonstration projects have been developed to date.“The science behind a nitrogen fertilizer emissions-reduction strategy is already solid, but the challenge was developing an economical and practical implementation plan that could transform the concept into a feasible project,” said Harvard Law School student Chaz Kelsh. “Doing so required combining the skills that each student brought to class from our own disciplines.”Two other student teams explored projects that would allow a business or other organization to claim credit for the emissions reduced by implementing energy-efficiency measures in Rhode Island public schools, and by creating a revolving investment fund for investing in regional renewable-energy projects.All of the students reported that one of the most productive learning experiences they had in the course involved working across the boundaries of disciplines with students outside their areas of expertise and knowledge.“As we exchanged expertise and forced each other outside of our respective silos, we began to learn the language of one another’s disciplines,” said Caroline Lauer, a GSD student who worked on the Alaska project. “Our different perspectives sometimes clashed, and throughout the semester we navigated those conflicts and negotiated trade-offs within our group. We were each forced to define our values and advocate fiercely for them.”“Climate Solutions Living Lab” is now accepting applications for the spring semester. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.
All the world’s a stage Related Inspired by Cairo Radcliffe fellow sees reflections of Arab Spring in comic art revolution Love. Music. Freedom. These are the universal themes at the heart of “We Live in Cairo,” a new musical by Daniel and Patrick Lazour, which is having its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater. Set during the January 25 Revolution, the 2011 uprising in Egypt, the work, under the music direction of Madeline Smith and music supervision of Michael Starobin, celebrates the hope and exuberance of the uprising, even as it acknowledges the turmoil that has followed.The brainchild of the Lazours, brothers of Lebanese descent who began writing musicals together in their early teens, “We Live in Cairo” focuses on six young people at the heart of the protests that filled that city’s Tahrir Square with music and cries of “Bread, freedom, and social justice,” ultimately bringing down the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. As the production, which is directed by Taibi Magar and choreographed by Samar Haddad King, went into its final rehearsals, the Gazette sat down with the brothers and Tarek Masoud. Masoud, who served as a consultant on the project, is the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School and the son of Egyptian immigrants.Masoud’s perspective is useful, say the brothers, because he provides a scholar’s frame of reference. He will speak after the 2 p.m. performance on June 1 as part of a series of post-show discussions called Act II.Daniel Lazour said that when the project began in 2013, “We were just really taken with the jubilation of 2011.” He cited the rapid growth of the uprising, which drew “a million people in Tahrir Square during the 18 days” of protest.Like those protesters, the brothers were enthralled by the possibilities of the Arab Spring, which had begun a month earlier in Tunisia. “These characters are dealing with hopes and dreams about a secular government and a government of democracy, a government where they can express themselves fully and freely,” said Patrick Lazour. In this context, he said, a musical made perfect sense. “This revolution was truly a moment for the artists of Egypt and to express themselves.”“That’s where the narrative sort of ended for our first draft,” said Daniel. “We were like, isn’t this great? As things started unfolding post-revolution, we realized that the story needed to encapsulate that as well.”,Understanding the aftermath — in which current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has consolidated power through the military — was problematic. Although the brothers were able to workshop their musical at the American University in Cairo a year and a half ago, for example, what they heard varied greatly, depending on the age of the respondents. “Some were old enough to have been there,” recalled Patrick. Other students, who had been too young to be directly involved, were “sort of seeing it through a different lens,” he said.His brother summed up the experience: “There’s no historical record to agree upon because there isn’t a historical record that’s allowed to exist.”“There is an enormous amount of disagreement about what the January 25 Revolution really was and who owns it,” said Masoud, the co-author of “The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform.”“If you were to open up the constitution of Egypt, that is today being amended in order to allow Egypt’s current president to persist in office until 2030, you would see encomia to the January 25 Revolution — even though many people would view the current regime as being the exact opposite of what the January 25 Revolution was about.”For example, although the protesters sought the end of repressive state controls, Masoud points out, “You will see often military officers or police officers with ribbons commemorating the January 25 Revolution.“This is an event in Egypt that everybody has agreed is legitimate. But everybody uses [it] for their own ends.”,Overall, the professor praises the playwrights for their success in depicting such a complex situation. “They got all the important things right,” said Masoud, an unabashed fan of musicals. In particular, he cites “the incredible spirit of possibility that attended the revolution.”“You’ve got to remember Egypt was a place that everybody thought was totally stagnant,” he said. “So when [the revolution] did happen, our jaws just dropped. It was indescribably inspiring.”Although subsequent events have been dispiriting, with el-Sisi’s regime assuming many characteristics of Mubarak’s, Masoud credits the brothers with reviving that earlier sense of optimism. “I had gotten quite jaded about the revolution,” he recalled. “Hearing their music I have all those feelings once again. So they were able to somehow capture that spirit of possibility and make me remember it. To me, that is the most amazing thing about this play.”“And that’s what ‘We Live in Cairo’ reminds us of as well,” said Daniel Lazour. “By helping us recapture that moment of potential, it reminds us that none of that stuff went away. Those people are still around. These yearnings are universal — yearnings that got people to risk their lives and livelihoods in order to demand something better. That’s still there. That didn’t go away. And so that possibility that existed may still exist. And if you leave the theater with just that thought, I think that’s pretty remarkable.”American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School will co-present the Act II Speaker Series, discussions with leading artists, journalists, and scholars in conjunction with A.R.T.’s production of “We Live in Cairo” on topics inspired by the show. The show runs until June 23. The American Repertory Theater announces the lineup for its upcoming season
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has reached 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases. It is by far the smallest of the 21 countries to surpass the milestone, with the United States leading the global table with more than 26 million. The Health Ministry said Wednesday the day-to-day increase in new infections reached 9,057 cases for a total of just over 1 million. With the population of 10.7 million, the country has registered 16,683 deaths. Currently, 93,043 Czechs are ill with COVID-19. Among them, 5,811 are hospitalized while 1,002 are in intensive care, putting the health system under increasing pressure.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Malverne Police Chief John Aresta on Fox Business NewsMalverne Village chief of police John Aresta, whose uncle was gunned down in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road Massacre, told Fox Business News on Wednesday that he supports gun control laws for personal reasons and because of his position as the village’s top cop.WATCH ARESTA’S INTERVIEW HERE“I send my guys out there everyday to protect and serve the people of my village and the state of New York,” he told the show’s host one day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun control legislation was passed by the state legislature. “We don’t see a reason, and I personally don’t see a reason why anybody would need a 30-round clip or a 10-round clip for an assault rifle.”The state’s new gun control measures calls for a ban on assault weapons and any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds. It also looks to limit the access of guns to the mentally ill by requiring therapists to report to local mental health officials when they believe a patient may cause serious harm to themselves or others.When Aresta was asked if this law would have prevented the shooting, he said it’s possible, though conceded that nothing is guaranteed.“It’s very possible [Colin] Ferguson would’ve been picked up on a mental health issue,” Aresta said.The semi-automatic handgun Ferguson used in the shooting does not fall under the state ban, but “the magazine clip he used would have been,” Aresta said.He then added that he’s talked to his officers, many of whom are NRA members, and said even they don’t see the need for assault weapons. When he asked them if they know anybody that goes hunting with an AR-15, they responded, “nobody really does,” Aresta noted.Critics of New York’s assault weapon ban and the one proposed by President Barack Obama said it won’t curtail gun violence because most gun crimes are carried out with handguns. The police chief also admitted that the village doesn’t see many assault weapons crimes in the village.Still, he said, “I don’t see a reason why you would have to defend your home like that when police are readily available,” referring to assault weapons because his officers can respond to a 911 call within minutes.The LIRR shooting on Dec. 7, 1993 claimed the lives of six people and wounded 19.
In this May 2020 photo provided by Eli Lilly, researchers prepare mammalian cells to produce possible COVID-19 antibodies for testing in a laboratory in Indianapolis.David Morrison | Eli Lilly via AP States and local health-care systems should expect to face some early challenges administering Eli Lilly‘s coronavirus antibody drug, senior administration officials warned Tuesday, after the FDA authorized the drug to treat patients with Covid-19.Eli Lilly’s drug, similar to the one given to President Donald Trump after he contracted the virus last month, is administered to Covid-19 patients via an IV infusion that takes more than an hour and requires another hour of observation afterward, officials said. That may be difficult in certain health-care settings, and Eli Lilly and the U.S. government are developing “playbooks” to help states navigate the process, said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.“We anticipate that initially there’ll be challenges for the health-care system in administering IV infusions to infected patients,” Woodcock said on a conference call with reporters. “There are probably going to be multiple different solutions depending on the setting, [like] community health centers, home IV, health infusion companies, nursing homes.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized the treatment, called bamlanivimab, for people newly infected with Covid-19 and who are seen as at risk of developing a severe form of the disease. Officials said the treatment shouldn’t be used to treat patients who are hospitalized as there is currently no data to show the drug is helpful at that stage of the disease.The drug will “likely work best early in the disease and the goal during this [emergency use authorization] should be to treat high-risk individuals as soon as possible after they have symptoms and are diagnosed,” Woodcock said. “The data we have suggests that early treatment may help people avoid disease progression and avoid hospitalization.”“We’re all going to need to get the word out that people at high risk have a therapeutic option now .. Because until this point, people have been told to stay at home unless they get very sick,” she added.- Advertisement – Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the U.S. government, through Operation Warp Speed, will begin distribution of the drug this week. Allocation of the drug will be based on states’ and territories’ share of the country’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 patients and the total number of confirmed hospitalized patients in a given week, he said. The drug will be distributed in two phases, with hospitals and hospital-affiliated locations getting it first, followed by outpatient centers.Health-care facilities must have the appropriate staffing, training and equipment to accommodate an IV infusion, according to Dr. John Redd, chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.“We have a contract to purchase 300,000 doses of this product through December with the option to purchase another 650,000 doses through next June as well,” Azar said. “There are over 80,000 doses available for allocation and distribution this week, and we’ll be working with state, local and territorial health departments so that patients can receive the infusion in hospitals, outpatient clinics or alternate care settings.”Eli Lilly’s drug is part of a class of treatments known as monoclonal antibodies, which are made to act as immune cells that scientists hope can prevent the virus from infecting cells. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found 1.6% of trial participants who received Eli Lilly’s antibody treatment ended up hospitalized or had a coronavirus-related visit to the emergency room, compared with 6.3% of people who received the placebo.Eli Lilly Chairman and CEO Dave Ricks told CNBC earlier in the day that the company’s antibody drug will still be an important treatment for Covid-19, even if a widely available vaccine is brought to market.Even in well-controlled [other] respiratory illness … we still have vaccination and antibody therapy because some patients escape the vaccine and still get the condition, and they need to be managed with a therapy,” he added. “This will be useful in the long term, hopefully at much lower volumes” in fighting Covid-19 as well.–CNBC’s Kevin Stankiewicz contributed to this report. – Advertisement –
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Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Feb 2019 6:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez fires Champions League warning to PSG The Red Devils are flying in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)‘I think we can do that and I see this United team with a lot of chances to score in Paris.’Sanchez has never won the Champions League, having joined Barcelona in 2011, the year after they lifted the title.But the Chilean, who joined Manchester United from Arsenal last January, hopes to experience European glory at the Theatre of Dreams.‘The Champions League is a dream for any footballer,’ he added.‘I lived with that dream at Barcelona and saw what it was like. I hope I can win it one day and why not here?’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Alexis Sanchez wants to win the Champions League with Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Alexis Sanchez has warned PSG that Manchester United are ‘capable of beating any rival’ ahead of the much-anticipated Champions League clash.French champions PSG will travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday evening for the first leg of the last-16 tie.United scraped through the Champions League group stage under former manager Jose Mourinho, but are unbeaten under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Red Devils proved too strong for Fulham on Sunday to move above Chelsea and into the top four of the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySanchez says PSG will provide a ‘big test’ but is confident United will progress, especially if they win the home leg without conceding.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We have got through the group stage and PSG is next,’ Sanchez told the Sunday Mirror. ‘It’s a big test but it’s 180 minutes of football – anything can happen.‘United is a club with so much history and is capable of beating any rival.‘If we win at Old Trafford and we don’t concede, then I think we would be favourites for the second leg. Comment Advertisement Advertisement
52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.IT was the sweeping river and Hinterland vistas that made the Baker family fall in love with this Broadbeach Waters home.After living in London for 16 years, Lisa and Charles Baker along with their two children were desperately craving a house that embraced the warm weather and its picturesque surroundings.That fact that it needed a fresh lick of paint and some tender love and care barely registered with the family.“We bought it because of that view,” Mrs Baker said.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.Three years later, they have breathed new life into the five bedroom home.What was once a dated 1980s-style house with an apricot and beige palette has been transformed into the epitome of modern living. “We literally did everything — I think the only thing we didn’t touch was the clothes line,” Mrs Baker said. “All the hours spent on Pinterest, it was worth it.”They chose neutral tones to give it a coastal theme with wood accentuated throughout.“We really wanted everything to be white inside but if we left it with just white, sometimes it can look like a box and there’s no character to it,” Mrs Baker said.The main living and dining area, which has an eco-fireplace, is at the heart of the home.The kitchen with stone breakfast bar and DeLonghi appliances is on the right while a second living area is on the left.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.All three living areas open up onto the covered outdoor entertainment area.There are two bedrooms downstairs and three upstairs, the master of which has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and access to the balcony.Outside, the pool and sun lounging terrace overlook the water and there is a sunken firepit at the rivers edge.Mrs Baker said the outdoor entertainment area was her favourite part of the house, particularly at sunset.“There’s always some action on the river,” she said.Mrs Baker said it had been tough at times, particularly when moving from room to room throughout the renovation, but said it had been a labour of love.“It’s been worth it, it’s been a fun job,” she said. “We’ve just really enjoyed the process.”The family have decided to sell the home so they can pursue another renovation project.The property is in a quiet cul-de-sac close to parks, schools, golf courses and shops.
DONG Energy will support two PhD research studentships at Durham University through the Durham Energy Institute (DEI). The PhDs will focus on the operation of wind turbines and helping to predict technical faults before they happen. This research could prove vital in improving the availability of offshore wind turbines, ultimately helping to further drive down the cost of energy, DONG Energy said.The PhDs will bring together turbine maintenance data and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) data, with a view to developing algorithms for predicting turbine malfunction. One student (Roger Cox) will focus on developing a method for analysing and categorising relevant maintenance issues from the maintenance database. This will feed into the work of the second student (Luke Payne), who will focus on developing advanced data methods to positively identify turbines that are developing faults before they become critical and require the turbine to be taken off line.The PhDs will be supervised by Dr Peter Matthews and Dr Christopher Crabtree from Engineering at Durham University, and will be undertaken both in Durham and on site at DONG Energy’s offices. By including the students as part of the DONG Energy team, they will be able to rapidly gain deep understanding of the company’s key challenges and priorities. This will ensure that research remains highly relevant to DONG Energy, as well as enabling knowledge transfer between DONG Energy and Durham University, the offshore wind developer said.The research is expected to be completed in December 2020.DONG Energy is funding 66% of the two PhDs, with the remaining 34% funded by Durham University.To remind, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced last week that it will support a new offshore wind partnership, including DONG Energy and Durham University, with GBP 3.2 million.
Tweet Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’ by: – January 14, 2012 9 Views no discussions Share Share Share Can bacon increase the risk of cancer?A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden.They said eating an extra 50g of processed meat, approximately one sausage, every day would increase a person’s risk by 19%.But the chance of developing the rare cancer remains low.The World Cancer Research Fund suggested the link may be down to obesity.Eating red and processed meat has already been linked to bowel cancer. As a result the UK government recommended in 2011 that people eat no more than 70g a day.Prof Susanna Larsson, who conducted the study at the Karolinska Institute, told the BBC that links to other cancers were “quite controversial”.She added: “It is known that eating meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer, it’s not so much known about other cancers.”The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, analysed data from 11 trials and 6,643 patients with pancreatic cancer.Increased riskHazel Nunn from Cancer Research UK: ”The increased risk was found only in processed meat”It found that eating processed meat increased the risk of pancreatic cancer. The risk increased by 19% for every 50g someone added to their daily diet. Having an extra 100g would increase the risk by 38%.Prof Larsson said: “Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease.”She recommended that people eat less red meat. Cancer Research UK said the risk of developing pancreatic cancer in a lifetime was “comparatively small” – one in 77 for men and one in 79 for women. Sara Hiom, the charity’s information director, said: “The jury is still out as to whether meat is a definite risk factor for pancreatic cancer and more large studies are needed to confirm this, but this new analysis suggests processed meat may be playing a role.”However, she pointed out that smoking was a much greater risk factor. The World Cancer Research Fund has advised people to completely avoid processed meat.Dr Rachel Thompson, the fund’s deputy head of science, said: “We will be re-examining the factors behind pancreatic cancer later this year as part of our Continuous Update Project, which should tell us more about the relationship between cancer of the pancreas and processed meat.“There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of pancreatic cancer and this study may be an early indication of another factor behind the disease.“Regardless of this latest research, we have already established a strong link between eating red and processed meat and your chances of developing bowel cancer, which is why WCRF recommends limiting intake of red meat to 500g cooked weight a week and avoid processed meat altogether.” By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC News