Heat waves tied to climate change could increase urban fatalities

first_imgScientists predict that global climate change will generate more heat waves in the decades ahead, but few studies have quantified the negative health effects of heat waves. In a new study that looked at how heat waves may impact people living in a major U.S. city, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimate that the city of Chicago, Ill., could have 166 to 2,217 additional deaths annually due to heat waves in the years 2081–2100.The study, based on three different climate change scenarios, was published in the May 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. “Our results show that for a major U.S. city, the impact of future heat waves on human health will likely be profound,” said senior author Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics and associate dean for information technology at HSPH, who conducted the research at both Johns Hopkins and HSPH. The study results are an incentive for the public to take steps now to reduce future carbon dioxide emissions to help reduce the risk of climate change and severe weather, she and her colleagues wrote.According to the American Red Cross, heat waves – or prolonged periods of heat about 10 degrees above a region’s usual high temperature during the summer and often accompanied with high humidity – have caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. In 1995, for instance, Chicago experienced a severe summer heat wave that caused nearly 700 excess deaths in the city in one week.In the new study, Dominici and her colleagues used 1987-2005 data on mortality and air pollution in Chicago collected in the National Morbidity, Mortality, and Air Pollution Study, along with various climate models, to predict the future excess mortality from heat waves for the years 2081 to 2100. The researchers tracked nonaccidental deaths from May to October each year of the study and paired this data with levels of particulate matter and ozone, temperature, and dew point temperature for the city.The researchers found Chicago had 14 heat waves from 1987 to 2005 that lasted an average of nine days, resulting in about 53 excess deaths annually. The projected excess deaths cannot be explained by population increases, the researchers report.last_img read more

AstraZeneca’s Coronavirus Vaccine Is 70% Effective On Average, Data Shows

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) AstraZeneca Image.LONDON – Another Coronavirus vaccine is showing promising results.AstraZeneca saying Monday its experimental vaccine is 70 percent effective on average.It showed 90 percent efficacy in one dosing regimen. That’s when the vaccine was given as a half dose followed by a full dose at least a month later.There was a 62 percent efficacy in a second regimen, when two full doses were given at least a month apart. The vaccine, developed with the University of Oxford, is the latest of several vaccine trials worldwide to post their results this month.In a news release, AstraZeneca says its vaccine is quote “highly effective in preventing COVID-19.”Importantly, the drug maker said there were “no hospitalizations or severe cases of the disease” reported in participants receiving the vaccine.last_img read more

Germany’s RWE to study using existing underground gas storage sites for long-duration battery applications

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A subsidiary of German electric utility RWE is to investigate the possibility of utilising vast salt caverns currently used for gas storage as potential large-scale organic flow batteries for electricity generated from renewable energy sources.RWE Gas Storage West, an RWE subsidiary and natural gas supplier, announced on Wednesday a collaboration with German large-scale storage developer CMBlu Energy AG to investigate the use of salt caverns as large-scale flow batteries. The company already operates and markets five underground natural gas storages which hold a total volume of 1.7 billion cubic metres of natural gas.However, these underground caverns could also be theoretically converted to store several gigawatt-hours of electricity from renewable sources by filling them with an organic electrolyte solution, which can then serve as the primary energy source. Organic flow batteries utilise the organic electrolyte solutions to store energy which can then be released through a chemical reaction in an electrochemical cell.The comparison behind RWE’s focus on such large-scale stationary storage sites is clear: Europe’s largest battery at the moment is a lithium-ion battery with just 50MWh of storage. And yes, over time and with increased development and cost reductions, the case for larger battery storage will improve. But considering that organic flow batteries can yield gigawatt-hours of storage capacity, these large-scale stationary storage solutions are a vital step towards greater renewable energy integration.“The future belongs to renewables,” said Andreas Frohwein, Technical Managing Director of RWE Gas Storage West. “In order to make optimal use of green electricity, we need large stationary electricity storage systems. At RWE, we are exploring different storage solutions. In the future, we may be able to use our salt caverns as batteries for storing enormous quantities of electricity. Using existing technical infrastructure, they could also be connected to the electricity grid quickly.”The planned generating capacity for their test system is 100kW with a storage capacity of up to 1,000kWh. The two companies expect this test phase to be completed by the first half of 2024.[Joshua S Hill]More: German utility RWE may use salt caverns as renewable flow batteries Germany’s RWE to study using existing underground gas storage sites for long-duration battery applicationslast_img read more

Wintergreen Lift Passes Week 3

first_imgWeek 2 is now over, which means here is week 3! For the next 5 weeks we will be giving away lift passes to Wintergreen Resort!Each week we will give away 2 weekday lift passes (valid Monday-Thursday) to one lucky individual, so 16 in total over 8 weeks.To sweeten the deal, we are also giving away a pair of Bolle Nova goggles (a $40 value) with the tickets!This contest is now closed, but week 4 of Wintergreen Lift Passes is live!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on January 25th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and Wintergreen Resort reserve  the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before March 1st, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

Four Lotto-Soudal team members sent home from Tour after positive coronavirus tests

first_imgFour staff members of the Lotto-Soudal team were sent away from the Tour de France after two of them tested positive for coronavirus, the Belgian team said on Thursday.”After a PCR test, specific to SARS-Cov-2, revealed two non-negative cases, Team Lotto-Soudal decided to send home two staff people, as well as their room mates. Safety remains priority number one,” Lotto-Soudal said in a statement.The team members are a mechanic and a caretaker. Lotto Soudal told Reuters they would be quickly replaced as almost all their staff had been undergoing regular coronavirus tests, meaning they can enter the Tour “bubble” quickly. Topics : Organizers had said that should two members of a team test positive for coronavirus, the outfit would be excluded from the race, but sources told Reuters on Thursday there was a new rulebook that did not mention that specific measure.Organizers said the team were not excluded from the Tour, which starts on Saturday.Lotto-Soudal’s Australian rider Caleb Ewan has a good chance of wearing the first yellow jersey of the race as the opening stage is expected to finish in a mass sprint.Team staff and riders are tested six and three days prior to the start of the three-week long race.center_img The Tour de France was due to start on June 27 but was postponed amid the COVID-19 crisis.Cases have been rising steadily in the last four weeks in France, but sports minister Jean-Michel Blanquer ruled out a cancellation of the world’s biggest cycling race.”The Tour de France should be the sign that we can continue to live life and of the resilience of our society,” he said earlier on Thursday.The number of cases reached a post-lockdown high of 6,111 on Thursday, although the number of people in intensive care units (ICU) fell by 29 to 381.Since late July, ICU numbers have largely stabilized after falling from a high of 7,148 in early April.last_img read more

Broncos captain Darius Boyd is building a dream home for his family in Hendra

first_imgBroncos captain Darius Boyd’s new home in Hendra is being built by Graya ConstructionBRISBANE Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his family will soon be moving into new digs in Hendra.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoA three-bedroom house at Harding Street owned by the footy player is undergoing a massive renovation that will transform it from a simple, post-war timber home into a contemporary, black on black masterpiece.Graya Construction is building the dream home, which was designed by Base Architecture and is due for completion in 11 weeks. Darius Boyd at Broncos training at Red Hill. Picture: Annette DewProperty records show Boyd bought the original property on a 650sq m block for $810,000 in June last year.Hendra is also home to a swag of other local sports stars, including former Australian fast bowler Andy Bichel, Queensland Reds player Karmichael Hunt and retired Brisbane Lions player Simon Black.last_img read more

McBirnie’s Arizona Tour success kicks off Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod campaign

first_imgJake McBirnie was a three-time winner and champion in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod Arizona Tour. (Photo by Cheryl Sluka) “Our first win was on the second night of the tour. We changed stuff around and got better, and made a last-lap pass for the win,” he said. “The win at Casa Grande was big, then the next night we got caught up in a wreck at Canyon and still ended up sixth. We won the last race at Tucson and won the tour.” “We won the Hogan Memorial, hit a lot of big specials and did well. This is a super fun class and I like it a lot, but it’s time for a change,” he said. “I want to get better and feel I’m ready to make the move to the Modified.” McBirnie ended his final season in the class with 16 feature wins. His resume will show 51 for his career when he moves up to the IMCA Modified class in 2020. “Having success down there was great,” said McBirnie, who won three of the seven tour features. “The car was super fast.” BOONE, Iowa – Jake McBirnie traveled to the sunny Southwest in February, looking forward to warm weather, having fun and doing a little racing. He did all that and then some, kicking off a successful 2019 Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod campaign with the Arizona Tour title.center_img He’d return home to win hometown Boone Speedway and Marshalltown Speedway track titles, as well as the E3 Spark Plugs Iowa State championship. HIS CREW: Father Joe McBirnie, brother Kolby, Matt Harris, Justin Harris, Brett Warrick, Bruce Warrick and Jeremy Moore. Starts 55            Wins 16         Additional Top Five’s 22 Those checkers came at Arizona Speedway, Central Arizona Speedway and in the finale at USA Raceway. McBirnie tied with Brady Bjella in the points race and got the title nod on the basis of those three victories. HIS SPONSORS: Pat Clemons, Arnold Motor Supply, Kline Concrete, Jerry Cunningham, BIRD, Boone Farmers Mutual, Hopkins Excavation, Gus’s Machine Shop, Timmy is my Homeboy, Kennedy’s Custom Quilting, Premier Fabrication & Powder Coating, FMC Masonry, Wright Flooring, Mark’s Floor Covering, Jones Boys, Branding Impressions, Wiebers Auto Body, Motorsports Warehouse, Saints Avenue Café, Yokes Rail House, Hilsabeck Window Cleaning, Catfish Hunter Erg Lindahl, Bob Brown, Cunningham Drywall, Kris and Buddy Moran and Shannon, Brad and Autumn Anderson, all of Boone; Bob Harris Enterprises of Ames; Tire Demon by Love Tap of Kelley; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines; Dirt Defender of Waxahachie, Texas; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; Speedshift TV; Pickett Salvage of Boxholm; Peak Decals of Nevada; CSI Shocks of Brownsburg, Ind.; Close Racing Supply of Eldred, Pa.; and Extreme Promotions of Middletown, Del.last_img read more

MLB Releases 2020 Regular Season Schedule-Reds Begin Season Hosting Tigers On Friday The 24th

first_imgThe 2020 Major League Baseball season will be officially getting underway. Unlike in seasons past, each team will play 60 games instead of the usual 162. The season will be starting with two games on Thursday, July 23rd. The defending World Series Champs, The Nationals, will battle The Yankees while The Dodgers will be squaring off against their nemesis, The Giants.The rest of the teams, including The Reds, will have their first game on Friday, July 24th. The Reds will have home cooking against The Tigers with the first pitch at Great American Ballpark will be at 6:10 PM. The Interleague battle between the teams will continue on Saturday the 25th at 5:10 PM and Sunday the 26th at 1:10 PM. The NL Central rival Cubs will be in Cincinnati for a four game series starting on Monday the 27th. The Reds wrap up the regular season on the road with Interleague play against The Twins Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThe Reds will play 40 games against their NL Central rivals. 10 games each versus The Pirates, Brewers, Cardinals, and Cubs and 20 against teams from The AL Central including The Indians, Tigers, White Sox, Twins, and Royals.The regular season will have the Designated Hitter (DH) for both leagues, three batter minimum for pitchers, and extra innings start with a runner on second base.The postseason will stay the same with two wild card teams in each league battling it out in one game to determine who advances against the division winners.last_img read more

Iranian football fan ‘Blue Girl’ dies after setting herself on fire

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available A female Iranian football fan who set herself on fire last week after being arrested for sneaking into a stadium dressed as a man has died from her injuries, causing widespread outrage. The semi-official Shafaqna news agency said the woman – dubbed “Blue Girl” online for her favorite team Esteghlal’s colours – died at hospital on Monday after her self-immolation outside a court where she feared being jailed for six months. Iranian women have been banned from stadia when men’s teams are playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution, although foreign women have been allowed limited access. “What happened to Sahar Khodayari is heartbreaking,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East research and advocacy director, said in a statement among many expressions of dismay over the fate of Khodayari, who was about 30-years-old. “Her only ‘crime’ was being a woman in a country where women face discrimination that is entrenched in law and plays out in the most horrific ways imaginable in every area of their lives, even sports,” Luther said. Iran rejects Western criticism of its human rights record as politically motivated and based on a lack of understanding of its Islamic laws. World football governing body FIFA, which has been pressuring Iran over the ban, regretted the “tragedy” of Khodayari’s death. “FIFA convey our condolences to the family and friends of Sahar and reiterate our calls on the Iranian authorities to ensure the freedom and safety of any women engaged in this legitimate fight to end the stadium ban for women in Iran,” it added in a statement. Italian club Roma spoke up in solidarity with Khodayari. “#ASRoma is yellow & red but today our heart bleeds blue for Sahar Khodayari. The beautiful game is meant to unite us, not divide us,” it tweeted. “Now it’s time for everyone in Iran to be allowed to enjoy football matches together. RIP #BlueGirl.” After FIFA asked for a timeline, an Iranian Sports Ministry official said in August that women fans would be allowed to attend a men’s soccer World Cub qualifying match in October. Some called for FIFA to take a tougher line. “@FIFAcom. Let’s see if you have the guts just for once to stand against women’s rights violation in Iran,” wrote one person with the Twitter handle @IranLionness.Tags: Blue GirlIranian FootballShafaqnalast_img read more

New boys leave Allardyce buzzing

first_img West Ham’s previous good performances have not been rewarded with victory and Allardyce was thrilled with three points, believing his side played as well as they did in winning 3-0 at Tottenham last October. “As good as the Tottenham performance but probably better,” Allardyce added. “It’s so early on in the season and we’ve got so many new players. “Our players have hit the ground running. Our players are performing very well indeed. “We’ve had four out of five games that have been very, very good. It was very important not only to play well, but to win.” Sakho’s strike was sublime, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers questioned whether it was a shot or a cross. Allardyce said on Sky Sports: “It’s an outstanding piece of individual ability from Sakho. I don’t think anyone could take the quality of that finish away from him.” The Hammers boss has been delighted with Sakho and Enner Valencia’s partnership up front. He added: “The front two look like they’ve been here for a long time. The energy that they’ve got terrorised Liverpool’s back four today.” Liverpool, who lost to Aston Villa last weekend before a last-gasp Champions League win over Ludogorets in midweek, are now six points behind leaders Chelsea in the embryonic table, having played a game more. Rodgers said: “We were nowhere near the standard today. We made a really slow start and before we knew it we were 2-0 down. “Lots of elements of our game have been very good as everyone’s seen over the last couple of seasons. “It’s just not quite happening for us at the moment. Our performance level wasn’t anywhere near what I would expect. “The intensity of our game wasn’t quite at the level.” The Reds’ Champions League return was welcome, but has brought new challenges after having the sole focus of the Premier League last term. Injuries to key players, like striker Daniel Sturridge, have also been a cause for concern, but Rodgers knows his side must bounce back swiftly, with a Merseyside derby to play next week. “We showed our potential in the Tottenham game this season, when we have players fit,” Rodgers added. “We showed in that game the real quality and the intensity of the team. “For ourselves, when those guys aren’t available, it can hurt us. “We still should be better than what we were today. We will, over the course of the season, get better and better. “Liverpool, as a football club, is always a club that people want to beat, but certainly now in particular. “We get into the Champions League and we’re even more of a rival. “We have to deal with that and it’s something we will do.” Goals from Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho, with an exquisite chip, in the opening seven minutes put the Hammers in front, before Raheem Sterling pulled a goal back as the hosts dominated. Liverpool improved in the second half but, in pressing for an equaliser, were vulnerable at the back and Morgan Amalfitano struck a late third to give Allardyce reason to be optimistic for the season. Manager Sam Allardyce lauded an outstanding performance by his West Ham new boys following the 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat of Liverpool at Upton Park. “We’ve got really good players we’ve recruited this season and that’s lifted everybody else,” Allardyce said. “That performance today just shows what level and what capabilities we might be able to achieve this season. “To score two goals in that early period really stunned the Liverpool players. “We really took them to task. We played outstandingly well and really didn’t let Liverpool play at all. “The only disappointment was that it was 2-1 at half-time and not more. “We had to give a more solid defensive performance in the second half when Liverpool threw caution to the wind. “We managed to pop up with a third goal just at the right time. We deserved everything we got today.” It was the Hammers’ second win of the season and just a second from six Premier League games at Upton Park as Liverpool suffered a second away loss this calendar year and two straight defeats for the first time since last December. Press Associationlast_img read more