Better Living Through Well Being
Kiss the Ground, an nonprofit leader in the regenerative soil movement, has launched the Regenerative Sourcing and Supply Training Course. This is an online program with an aim to combat climate change through a regenerative sourcing and supply training platform. Their partnership with an international regenerative design consultancy provides access to knowledge, self-sustaining methods and direct communication between like-minded people to push the movement of healthy soil practices. The course starts April 18th and runs through July 11th with recorded download access for everything in the course through January 2020.
Ocean Visions is a unique annual summit led by trusted institutions and top scientists working together to deliver comprehensive, science-led solutions - scalable at a global level - to the ocean’s many pressing challenges. Health of our oceans has been declining as a result of climate change, overfishing and pollution. Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., past head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), environmental scientist and distinguished professor at Oregon State University is recipient of this year’s OceanVision2019 Tethys Award. The award was named for the Greek goddess of water and created to honor role models who contributed to, promoted, enabled or raised awareness about ocean solutions and who inspire new generations of ocean experts and leaders.
A German inventor has created a breakthrough technology to solve the global water shortage, the impact of which, he says, is parallel in value to the discovery of several Earth-like planets. Solving the global water shortage requires access to an inexhaustible source of drinking water. The current dilemma within the desalination industry involves solving the problem of highly concentrated seawater, or brine, that is rejected from desalination plants. This concentrated brine harms the animals and plant life in the environment. The new technology enables the desalination industry to completely recycle the rejected brine with a zero discharge in an environmentally friendly process. It also provides a cost effective solution to calcium separation that makes the sea mining industry become profitable, thus making the desalination industry become profitable as well. This technology has been proven successful in Germany.
Eating Out: A Date with Glyphosate is a new report showing that the presence of the genotoxic chemical, glyphosate, is ubiquitous in foods across the U.S., and not just in the processed, packaged foods previously reported on. The director of the nonprofit publishing the report says that as our nation faces rising rates of chronic disease, it’s high time the food industry looks into solutions to remove this dangerous chemical from its products and from our food.
A growing body of peer-reviewed science links glyphosate to numerous harms to health from levels found in some restaurant foods tested. A 2017 study found that Roundup can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which affects 30 to 40% of Americans. Another study published in 2018 found that glyphosate may be genotoxic to human lymphocyte cells at low doses under the Acceptable Daily Intake set by the EPA. Glyphosate was classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s cancer arm in 2015.
Waste Not, Want Not - Toward Zero Hunger: Food Banks - A Green Solution to Hunger, a newly released study by the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), highlights the large-scale environmental and social impact of food banks, a community-based model that is positioned to address the paradox of global hunger parallel to considerable food waste at a time when world hunger rates are on the rise. The study focuses on the contributions of local food banks to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Sustainable Development Goals were announced in 2012 as a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty much go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while teaching climate change and environmental protection.
Other articles of interest in this Sprng 2019 TMIS eNewsletter:
* The Annual Clean Water Report features results from the largest volunteer-run beach water testing program in the country, as well as case studies and outcomes from the nationwide Friendly Gardens program.
* A fungal disease found in all seven continents threatens mass die-offs of hundreds of species of the world’s frogs.
* An international design competition proposes young designers and architects to offer sustainable solutions with a goal of reducing the human footprint with a focus on climate change and protecting the environment.
* A new hope for the treatment of Alzheimer disease using the body’s own antioxidant defense mechanisms is recounted by the research physician in the Spring issue fo the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons,
* A well-being survey highlights the need to resolve the “always on” work culture before it escalates into a negative impact upon the global workforce.
* The Head2Toe Recycling company takes clothing and mobile devices collected in the United States to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations, reducing the need to take them to landfills.
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Los Angeles, California
Kiss the Ground, the leading organization committed to the healthy soil movement, has announced their newly launched Regenerative Sourcing and Supply Training Course in conjunction with Terra Genesis International, a regenerative design consultancy that works to bring solutions that regenerate soil, increase biodiversity and boost businesses. The program aims to teach brands, entities and consumers how to take steps towards healthy soil solutions through purchasing and developing relationships in their supply systems.
Starting April 18th and running biweekly through July 11th, organizations can join the course via a live webinar to improve their sourcing and supply strategies and participate in live discussions with their peers and instructors. Connor Stedman, a nationally recognized designer and teacher of carbon farming systems, will lead the discussions while providing valuable information for participants to instantly incorporate in their business strategies, so that they can play a role in fighting climate change.
"We wanted to provide access to knowledge and strategies that give businesses the internal ability to engage with agriculture, climate change, and all of their stakeholders," says Connor Stedman, lead ecological designer and supply consultant of Terra Genesis. "Working with Kiss The Ground was a natural fit for engaging more businesses in regenerative agriculture.
Participants in the course will learn how their companies can respond to global warming's effects on agriculture and their supply system, how to evaluate the differences between organic, sustainable and regenerative agriculture, and how to design investments in regenerative agriculture."
Ocean Visions: Leading Institutions Come Together to Cultivate Innovative, Scalable, Science-Driven Solutions to Ocean Challenges
Leading ocean science and engineering institutions are joining forces to create Ocean Visions, an innovative scientist-driven ocean conservation venture that fosters collaboration between top researchers, conservationists and entrepreneurs committed to solving some of the biggest challenges facing ocean health.
The endeavor's first summit -- OceanVisions2019 -- Climate -- was held April 1-4 at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. The summit highlight edocean-based science and engineering successes that promote solutions addressing human, climate and ecological pressures.
Ocean Visions represents the nation's leading organizations in ocean science and engineering -- Georgia Tech, The Smithsonian Institution, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography University of Georgia, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, The Georgia Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Birch Aquarium at Scripps -- coming together under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on scientifically sound, scalable, impactful and viable ocean conservation solutions.
The ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth and provides food and jobs valued at $2.5 trillion dollars each year – making the ocean the seventh largest economy in the world. Unfortunately, ocean health has been declining as a result of climate change, overfishing and pollution. Climate change is making our ocean warmer and more acidic, threatening critical ocean ecosystems including corals, shellfish, and plankton. Thirty percent of the world's fisheries are overfished and nine million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year. Fertilizer and sewage runoff are creating massive "dead zones" – waters with such low oxygen levels that fish can't survive. Coastal dead zones have increased tenfold since 1950. Finding solutions to these pressing challenges is more urgent than ever.
I.E.S. Develops Technology to Mine Sea Water Without Harming the Environment
The German scientific research company I.E.S. made a breakthrough after 19 years of research inventing a technology that makes sea mining possible without harming the environment.
The first objective of the invention was to find an inexhaustible source of drinking water for humanity, which in turn solves the global water shortage.
The second objective this technology has made possible is sea mining where industries and agriculture can finally extract unlimited quantities of precious minerals, such as potassium and magnesium from the sea.
The third objective achieved by this technology is eliminating the pollution resulting from the desalination plants.
Report Uncovers Prevalence of Glyphosate in Restaurant Foods
Nonprofit organization GMO Free USA today published the report, "Eating Out: A Date with Glyphosate." The report details the results of food tests for glyphosate residue, across fifteen popular fast food and casual restaurants in the U.S.
A sample from Panera Bread, whose primary marketing claim is, "100% of our food is 100% clean," had the highest level of glyphosate of all 44 restaurant foods tested. Other restaurants tested include Chili's Grill & Bar, Domino's Pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, IHOP, Le Pain Quotidien, McDonald's, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger, Subway, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods Market.
Dr. Mark Hyman, Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine and bestselling author said, "The unregulated use of GMO seeds and the herbicide glyphosate is a significant uncontrolled experiment on the human population. Glyphosate is being used in increasing quantities and shows up in our food and water. It has been linked to cancer, disturbances in the microbiome and the depletion of our bodies' ability to detoxify."
Report suggests that food banks are a "green" hunger-relief solution
Food banks operating in 57 countries around the world mitigate an estimated 10.54 billion kg of CO2-eq annually -- equivalent to nearly 2.2 million passenger vehicles, according to the Waste not, Want Not - Toward Zero Hunger: Food Banks -- A Green Solution to Hunger study. This newly released study focuses on the contributions of local food bank organizations in achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
The report, published by The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), also found that the food bank networks of GFN, the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) and Feeding America serve 62.5 million people and prevent approximately 2.68 million metric tons of safe, edible surplus food being wasted.
The study was released ahead of the Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI), a three-day conference in London held on 25-27 March 2019, where Tesco CEO Dave Lewis delivered the keynote address on food waste. The event, now in its 13th year, is an opportunity for food bank leaders to stay abreast of the latest trends and best practices in hunger relief, as well as accessing proven training and growth techniques.
GFN is also calling for food producers, retailers, and governments to adopt simplified label recommendations, as currently 20 percent of safe, edible food is wasted over confusion with "best by," "best before," "use by," and "sell by" dates on packages.
These measures should help improve the current paradox, where one-third of all food produced for human consumption (1.3 billion tonnes) is being lost or wasted, whilst one in nine people (821 million) go hungry.
Protecting Clean Water and Public Health This World Water Day
San Clemente, California
In recognition of World Water Day, the Surfrider Foundation released its definitive annual Clean Water Report to protect public health and clean water. The report features the collective results from Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force, the largest volunteer-run beach water testing program in the country. It also provides case studies and outcomes from Surfrider's nationwide Ocean Friendly Gardens program, which provides solutions to protect clean water for the future.
The public can find out where it's safe to surf, swim or play in the water by checking the results of Surfrider's 48 Blue Water Task Force labs across the country. Last year, the Surfrider network processed 6,826 water samples collected from 474 sampling sites. Surfrider's annual Clean Water Report also features case studies of volunteer-led efforts in locations including Depoe Bay, Oregon; Oahu, Hawaii; San Diego, California; and Palm Beach County, Florida.
World's frogs under assault by lone pathogenic killer, FIU scientist says
A single fungal disease has wiped out at least 90 species of amphibians and had devastating effects on hundreds more, making it the most costly disease to biodiversity on the planet.
The fungal disease -- chytridiomycosis -- as been found on all seven continents and is associated with mass die-offs among 501 species of frogs and other amphibians in the past half century, according to FIU biologist Alessandro Catenazzi, a member of the international research team that produced the global assessment. He said researchers had observed these catastrophic die-offs in their respective regions of the world, but this is the first time a global impact of this invasive disease has been put forth. Aside from the 90 species reportedly extinct, Catenazzi said 40 percent of the other impacted species continue to experience population declines. Only 12 percent of the impacted species have shown signs of recovery.
"We don't have any other example of infectious disease causing biodiversity loss at any comparable scale," he said.
jumpthegap Challenges Young Talents to Plan the Design of the Future by Thinking of Planet Earth in 2030
The eighth edition of Roca's International Design Competition jumpthegap is under way with a clear commitment to the future of planet Earth. With the aim of offering a platform where international students and professionals of architecture and design under the age of 40 can show their talent by providing sustainable and innovative conceptual solutions for the bathroom space of the future, the competition has consolidated as one of the leading international design events.
Looking towards the future of design necessarily means taking into account the situation in which we can find ourselves in a few years and the solutions we can provide today to take maximum care of the planet. jumpthegap proposes young designers and architects to think of the future of design by offering sustainable solutions and taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals laid out by United Nations, with the goal of reducing the human footprint as much as possible. With special attention to those goals focused on climate change and the protection of the environment, jumpthegap pays special attention to the goals with a special link to the bathroom space of the future.
A Doctor's Journey through Alzheimer Disease Management Recounted in Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
As our population ages, the burden of dementia patients grows inexorably. Since 2003, no new anti-dementia drugs have been approved, and numerous phase III drug trials have failed. Biogen and Eisai just ended two late-stage studies. Yet there is reason for hope, writes neuroscientist and psychiatrist William K. Summers, M.D., as he recounts his "winding road" in investigating Alzheimer disease in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Summers and colleagues developed and patented the first pragmatic treatment for Alzheimer disease--tacrine. The theory was that by assisting failing neurons that used the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, memory could be improved. This was intended as symptomatic treatment only.
Most of the tens of millions of dollars invested in drug trials since 1980 were based on the amyloid hypothesis or the tau hypothesis. By these theories, the microscopic hallmarks of Alzheimer disease, amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, were toxic and caused the disease. The new therapies were designed to prevent or clear amyloid plaque or tangles.
Dr. Summers and colleagues, however, view these findings as "tombstones" that mark the location of dead neurons and absorb toxins released as the neurons undergo degeneration. The real cause, they hypothesize, is the oxidative damage that accumulates with age. This operates at many levels, as do the body's own antioxidant defense mechanisms, which squelch free radicals and promote cellular repair.
"Always On" Work Culture Taking its Toll Reveals 2019 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey
Global health service company Cigna Corporation has released the results of its global 2019 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey -- "Well and Beyond". The Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey, now in its fifth year, examines people's perceptions of well-being across five key pillars - physical, family, social, financial and work.
This year, the survey found that 64% of people around the world work in an 'always on' culture which causes stress, and adversely affects both physical and mental well-being. Respondents have cited a decline in their physical health as a result of not having enough sleep and exercise. Most respondents feel that employers are not addressing wellness concerns sufficiently and often have a one-size-fits-all mindset when it comes to stress management and workplace wellness programmes.
Jason Sadler, President, Cigna International Markets, said: "There is a real need to resolve the 'always on' culture before it escalates further as it is negatively affecting the global workforce. We want to equip employers with the knowledge and practical know-how to both support business productivity and wellness in the workplace. With the data from this survey and other research projects, Cigna can help improve the health, well-being and peace of mind of the people we serve. The addition of new health-related topics, such as women's wellness and heart health, makes this our most comprehensive survey to date."
Head2Toe Recycling Announces Its Hard-Launch to Rethink Recycling
Wayne Elsey, Founder & CEO, Elsey Enterprises, has announced the hard-launch of Head2Toe Recycling. Because of the company's established relationships with micro-entrepreneurs (small business owners) in developing nations having been created during Elsey's nearly five years with his shoe drive fundraising companies, Head2Toe Recycling is already positioned as one of the market leaders.
Head2Toe Recycling enters into the recycling industry as one of the leaders in the sector because of its built-in infrastructure and operations. Executives at the company saw an opportunity to create a recycling company because most Americans do not realize where they can recycle all of their clothing, related accessories, shoes, and even personal mobile devices. The average American throws out an average of 81 pounds of clothing annually. In developing nations, there is a tremendous need for unwanted merchandise with 70 percent of the global population using recycled clothing. Head2Toe Recycling has established relationships, expertise, and ability to create the bridge for sustainable solutions between the U.S. and developing countries.
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