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On a tricky trek that seemed never-ending.

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
Everybody knows that Nagpur's Koradi and Khaparkheda power plants are polluting the environment. This is quite evident from the amount of ash they spew in the air. However, not many were aware they were discharging poisonous chemicals in Kanhan River, one of two sources of Nagpur's water supply.
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Toronto Hydro rules out burying power lines as ice-storm recovery drags on.

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
Toronto Hydro is rejecting the idea of burying power lines to avoid a repeat of widespread electricity outages triggered by an ice storm this week, saying the approach is too expensive and would leave the grid vulnerable to other problems.
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Utility can't find apparent gas leak in New Jersey townships.

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
’Twas the day after Christmas and all through the towns, people were smelling the gas. And they frowned. At least 80 of them, in Teaneck, Bergenfield, Dumont and Cresskill, called Public Service Electric and Gas Co. to complain about the strong odor on Thursday morning.
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Unconventional gas wells' impact increasing.

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
The fracking revolution was late arriving in Lawrence County. But it's here now. Fracking wells are becoming more ubiquitous, particularly in the county's rural regions. And the industry's presence is being felt in other ways, for good as well as bad.
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Pickling permit will not be transferred for Delaware chicken plant, cleanup plan approved.

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
Officials have confirmed that an expired wastewater discharge permit held by Pinnacle Foods for the former Vlasic pickling plant in Millsboro cannot be transferred to soon-to-be owner Allen Harim Foods.
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State levies pollution fine against Greenbrier County landfill.

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued an $11,550 fine against the Greenbrier County Landfill last month for a water pollution violation and is now considering a plan devised by landfill engineers to correct the underlying runoff problem.
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State wins pollution control judgment against frac sand company.

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
A Wood County frac sand company has been fined $80,000 for violating state air pollution control laws and for not updating a construction permit.
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Quapaw Tribe to oversee Superfund restoration.

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a plan that will permit the Quapaw Tribe to clean up the Catholic 40 mining site southeast of Quapaw.
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Restoring ranch land for a profit, and a ‘trout dividend.’

Environmental Health News - December 27, 2013 - 06:00
Jay Ellis, founder of the private equity firm Sporting Ranch Capital Management, seeks to purchase and steward parcels of land for fishing and for profit, but ecological restoration is a fortunate side benefit.
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The Hacking H(app)iness Keynote and Webinar to Improve Wellbeing at Work

Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire - December 27, 2013 - 04:55

John C. Havens, founder of The H(app)athon Project and contributing writer for Mashable, has created a keynote speech and webinar based on his upcoming book, Hacking H(app)iness – Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World (Tarcher/Penguin: March 20, 2014).  Havens, who recently presented his first TEDx talk and is speaking at the SXSW Interactive Conference in March about themes in Hacking H(app)iness, has developed the keynote speech and webinar as a way to introduce technologies and methodologies that can increase happiness and wellbeing at work.

Recently interviewed on HuffPost Live about The H(app)athon Project and Hacking H(app)iness, (see video), Havens’ work is focused on the benefits of people reflecting on or tracking their behavior as a way to discover what actions they can take to increase their happiness.

John’s expertise is in technology, having helped a number of clients over the years, including Gillette, HP, and Merck interpret how their brands were perceived online to build relevant engagement with consumers. In addition to writing for or being interviewed by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, USA Today, Forbes, BBC News and Mashable, he has interviewed hundreds of thought leaders from companies like Microsoft, Qualcomm, Google, Starbucks, Weight Watchers, AT&T, Verizon, and dozens of startups.

“Pursuing happiness for its own sake is elusive,” notes Havens.  “In my research I’ve discovered that people need specific actions to take based on what they value to see what makes them happy.  This is particularly true at work, where according to a recent Gallup survey, only 13% of employees are engaged at work, indicating they’re unhappy and aren’t invested in company goals.  By mapping organizational and individual values, employees can better understand their purpose within an organization and take actions that will increase their happiness while moving a company forward at the same time.”

About The Keynote Speech and Webinar
Customized for an organization, this 90-minute Keynote Speech/Webinar is designed to quickly highlight research from Hacking H(app)iness focused on the Workplace.

What attendees will learn:  

  • The Quantified Self movement – history, verticals utilizing tools, future impact
  • Personal Data – how to plan and optimize for “Little Data” in the workplace
  • The Science of Happiness – the benefits of positive psychology at work
  • Tracking Values – what to measure/optimize to increase happiness at work

Added value if booked before March 20, 2014:

  • A complimentary copy of Hacking H(app)iness (hardcopy or e-book)

“Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living,” says Havens.  “The same applies to the unexamined job.  If you can’t manage what you can’t measure, organizations should work to understand and optimize what makes their employees happy before they leave their jobs.”   

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Ocean currents may solve eel mystery

BBC News - Science & Nature - December 27, 2013 - 02:46
Scientists say that a new model of wind-driven ocean currents may explain large fluctuations in the numbers of European eels.
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VIDEO: Wildlife 'thrived' in hot summer

BBC News - Science & Nature - December 27, 2013 - 00:11
The hot summer in the UK provided a much-needed boost for wildlife with butterflies, moths and grasshoppers all thriving, the National Trust says.
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Trapped Antarctic ship to get help

BBC News - Science & Nature - December 26, 2013 - 21:10
A Chinese icebreaker is expected to reach a scientific mission vessel trapped in dense pack ice off East Antarctica since Christmas Day.
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Wildlife 'thrived' after hot summer

BBC News - Science & Nature - December 26, 2013 - 19:29
The hot summer of 2013 provided a much-needed boost for UK wildlife, with butterflies, moths and grasshoppers all thriving, the National Trust says.
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Growing concern over Syria heritage sites

BBC News - Science & Nature - December 26, 2013 - 17:00
Efforts to highlight the cultural amid the conflict
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VIDEO: UNESCO boss on new role

BBC News - Science & Nature - December 26, 2013 - 16:07
Mounir Bouchenaki, the new Director of ARC-WH (Arab Regional Centre - World Heritage) will face fresh challenges in the role.
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COLLEGIATE CORNER: The Benefits of Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Systems

Today's News - Environmental News Network - December 26, 2013 - 13:55
Approximately 30% of household water use is for outdoor use in the form of garden irrigation. Outdoor water usage is very seasonal, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and outdoor water usage is highest when water availability is the lowest due to drought conditions and heat. The top three uses of water in the household are for landscaping, sewage, and laundry. Yet a simple laundry-to-landscape system could reduce one of these high water wasters. A laundry-to-landscape system might not be the only step to make the garden water neutral; approximately 15% of household water use is for laundry, which could at least reduce outdoor water usage by 50% if a laundry-to-landscape system were installed.

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