Gloucester cathedral’s zero-carbon footprint

Letters: We should be able to generate around 25% of the main cathedral electricity from our new panels, including power for our air source heat system

To Deal With Electronics Overload Consider Mindfulness Meditation

Green added that that constant monitoring of potential sources induces a lot of stress, and in turn messes with a person’s attentional state. Studies have suggested those who let several types of media distract them at once score poorly on attentional tests even when the media sources are gone. These results are bad news for media junkies, because that means their attention to work and relationships suffers, too.
However, previous research has shown that a simple, guided meditation exercise is helpful for those who struggle to maintain their attention. Participants simply count their breaths: nine inhales and exhales.

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Green really is the new black as Big Oil gets a taste for renewables

Shell, Total, Statoil, even Exxon – they’re all at it. But are the recent moves into solar and wind power lip service, fashion, or a real shift away from fossil fuels?

UN Report: Climate Change Threats are Not Gender-Neutral

WomenWatch, the UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women: special feature on Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change The threat of climate change, manifested in the increase of extreme weather conditions such as, droughts, storms or floods, has been recognized as a global priority issue. Climate change is a sustainable development challenge, … Read moreUN Report: Climate Change Threats are Not Gender-Neutral

We are Already Facing Consequences of Rapid Climate Change

The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security estimates that 50 to 200 million of the world’s most vulnerable people could be displaced by 2050 due to climate change. And those numbers will increase dramatically by the end of the century. The greatest flood of climate refugees is likely to come from the Middle East and North Africa, which experts predict will begin happening in the next couple of decades. By the end of the century, those regions will be inhospitable, with choking dust storms and long-lasting heat waves increasing average daily temperatures to 50°C (~122°F). That means that by the end of the century, over 500 million people from those regions will be forced to seek refuge in other parts of the world or face extreme hardship and death in their homelands.

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Physicists discover a new form of light

Physicists from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Physics and the CRANN Institute, Trinity College, have discovered a new form of light, which will impact our understanding of the fundamental nature of light. One of the measurable characteristics of a beam of light is known as angular momentum. Until now, it was thought that in all … Read morePhysicists discover a new form of light

Secret tunnel discovered in Mexico may finally reveal the mysteries of Teotihuacán

Gómez and his team discovered a large sinkhole in 2003 at the base of the Temple of the Plumed Serpent pyramid after a violent rainstorm. Assuming only rock and stone lay beneath, Gómez was lowered into the ground and was shocked to find a man-made tunnel.

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