Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by: Edsel Cook Tags: Alaska, alaskan assembly, badpollution, chemical pesticides, Ecology, environ, pesticides, soil pollution, toxic chemicals, toxins, utility companies, wildlife, wildlife refuge (Natural News) The Alaskan Senate is currently considering the passage of a bill that would exempt local power companies from being held accountable for the widespread contamination of the toxic pesticide called Penta in south-central Alaska, warned a KTOO article. Power lines throughout the state are supported by around 250,000 wooden poles. As protection against wood-boring insects like carpenter ants – Alaska is too cold for termites – the poles are treated with Pentachlorophenol, a pesticide that dates back to the 1930s. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials have recently raised alarms regarding “concerning levels” of pesticide contamination within the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska. Despite their warnings, … [Read more...] about State bill would protect utility companies from liability for pesticide pollution: Federal wildlife officials raise alarm
Sunday, March 04, 2018 by: David Williams Tags: badhealth, badpollution, coal ash, contaminated groundwater, Ecology, environ, EPA, pollution, power companies, power plants, toxins, USWAG (Natural News) The first power plant coal ash reports have now been made publicly available for the first time since they were required to be submitted a couple of years back, and the data doesn’t look pretty. Based on an analysis conducted by the environmental law organization Earthjustice, the data shows – rather conclusively – that there are toxic substances like arsenic currently being leaked from unlined pits, thereby contaminating groundwater at more than a few hundred coal ash storage facilities across the country. Of the 14 power plants reviewed by Earthjustice, nine were found to show “statistically significant increases” of toxic materials present in groundwater near their respective coal ash containment ponds. This data clearly won’t sit well with … [Read more...] about Toxic substances from coal ash are leaking into the groundwater, yet utility companies keep petitioning for weaker monitoring rules
The event that many of us have been anticipating for the last 4 years is finally here. Yes, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is happening as we speak. It is time for each country to come together as one in support of their football team. And in turn comes the increased consumption of junk food and drink. Research from Webloyalty - a consumer research organization - predicts that in the UK, people will spend around £271 million ($459 million) on food and drink for the World Cup. It is very unlikely that healthy food and drink choices will be included in this spend. In the first week of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, for example, sales of chips increased by 10% in the UK and sales of chocolate rose by 37%, compared with the same week the previous year. And it seems this pattern occurs during most major sporting events. During the London 2012 Olympics, sales of sugary drinks increased by 10% in value and 8% in volume, compared with the same period the year before. But why … [Read more...] about Should ‘junk food’ companies be sponsoring major sporting events?
Dive Brief: Medical Express Ambulance Service (MedEx), based in Skokie, Illinois, is set to begin a pilot program utilizing Google Glass to allow physicians to look at what paramedics are seeing first-hand. The MedEx program will initially work with the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, with the goal of expanding over time to work with additional hospitals. It will utilize software developed by Pristine. The program reportedly took MedEx two and half years of negotiation with Google and the Illinois Department of Public Health, as well as $250,000 to develop the service and the addition of 10 new critical-care ambulances that include Wi-Fi hotspots to facilitate video transmission to hospitals. Dive Insight: What's of particular interest here is not just the potential for Google Glass to impact patient care, but of how exactly MedEx is managing this program. CEO Lauren Rubinson-Morris told … [Read more...] about Chicago ambulance company runs with Google Glass
Some may not be happy with the pace of change surrounding health systems, especially since a lot of the change involves adopting telecommunications technology for remote treatments and diagnoses - also known as telemedicine. Generally, in the telemedicine industry there needs to be an understanding of guidelines and standards around the proper use of telemedicine. But the regulatory landscape of telemedicine can be tricky. State medical boards generally work with experts in a medical specialty to determine best practices for providing quality care using evidence-based research. They then establish rules and guidelines for standards of care and physicians run the risk of losing their medical license if they fail to abide by them. The American Telemedicine Association’s State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis reported telemedicine adoption has seen some strides in recent years as well as some stagnation in state policies. While medical … [Read more...] about How are telemedicine companies aiding state medical boards for proper use?
Dive Brief: Last week, Cigna reported that low second-quarter medical use helped keep costs down, which allowed the company to beat Wall Street profit estimates. Anthem made a similar statement in its second-quarter report. The announcement came the same week Cigna said it was selling to Anthem for $47 billion. Dive Insight: A weaker economy has led to lower service utilization over the last five years, which along with membership growth, has helped boost profits for insurers. But healthcare spending is expected to rise as the economy continues to improve. And millions more people are now also insured under the Affordable Acre Act, which will also comtribute to increased utilization. The insurance industry has reponded by consolidating to build scale in order to keep costs down and improve negotiating power. "The reason why there is so much consolidation is because utilization and the cost trend overall will go up, which will pressure the profitability for … [Read more...] about Cigna says low utilization keeping costs down
Dive Brief: Atlanta-based telehealth company ExamMed, which is being utilized by about 250 healthcare providers after launching last year, is promoting its use of a new healthcare currency called MedCoins. The company's co-founders claim that the specialized currency "gives providers more insight into what they charge for online and after-hours service—also known as concierge care—while enabling consumers to more easily separate and classify their healthcare costs," reports mHealth News. The currency is said to function much like a health savings account, because its value is for a specific purpose. Each coin worth $5. Dive Insight: ExamMed co-founders Faraz Zubairi and Jeremy Trabucco suggest MedCoins provide more transparency to the telehealth process and separate the company from its field of competitors. While the currency's designated use certainly makes it intriguing, will providers and consumers care to adopt … [Read more...] about Telehealth company uses MedCoins instead of money
Today we have mind boggling technologies emerging, big industries, smartphones and millions of automobiles running on the roads. What keeps them going? The answer is, of course, energy. And the scary thing is that our energy consumption is rising at a stupendous rate. The total oil consumption was 32 billion barrels in the year 2011, and our consumption of such an unrenewable source of energy is rising exponentially. The United States currently leads the pack with a consumption of 18.8 million barrels of oil per day (or nearly 6.9 billion barrels per year), but this rising consumption is destined to lose out to China within the next 10 years. As the transport and manufacturing industries continue to grow heavily in countries such as China and India, it’s estimated that over the next five years, almost 50% of global oil demand will come from China. This gives rise to a billion dollar question: Do we have enough to sustain our future generations? The short answer to this is … [Read more...] about The Rise of Emerging Renewable Energy Companies
Smart meters have arrived in St. Kitts, with a little help from a Canadian company. Earlier this summer, the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC) announced the creation of a smart-meter pilot project, as part of a government program aimed at modernizing the Caribbean nation’s aging power grid. The full island-wide project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with Canadian technology company Corinex Communications Corporation, aims to install 20,000 smart meters in phases, within the two next years. In short, the new system will give customers a quicker, more accurate read of their own energy usage. The new meters will use existing infrastructure already in place in St. Kitts, while also incorporating advanced 40 Mbps broadband technology into the energy network. With quicker data-exchange speeds between the utility provider and customer, the new system will provide near-instant feedback regarding energy usage. According to Corinex, “the utility can now offer … [Read more...] about St. Kitts Takes the Smart Meter Route Thanks to Canadian Company
Green energy is good. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for your health, it’s good for large corporations and their bottom line. Wait, what? Yeah, that’s right! Alternative energy in Tampa and other places in the United States have proven extremely beneficial for large enterprises since most run their operations with it. In 2016, for example, Intel and Microsoft became the largest users of green power in the country with annual usages of 3.4 billion kWh and 2.6 billion kWh respectively. Renewable energy has always been cheaper than traditional sources, like fossil fuels, and this is why more and more corporations are taking up this option when it comes to generating their own power. However, there’s more at play here than just price. A study conducted by PwC found that corporate sustainability guidelines have played a major role in these purchasing decisions. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar, however, account for just 10 percent of the … [Read more...] about How Big Tech Companies Account For Rising Alternative Energy Demands