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US: After 130 Years, Harvard Law Review elects a black woman president
28 February 2017 - It has been 27 years since the first black man, an older student by the name of Barack Obama, was elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. It has been even longer - 41 years - since the first woman, Susan Estrich, was elected to the position. . . . Only now, for the first time in the history of the venerable 130-year-old journal, is the president a black woman. ImeIme (pronounced ''Ah-MAY-may'') Umana, 24, the third-oldest of four daughters of Nigerian immigrants, was elected on Jan. 29 by the review's 92 student editors as the president of its 131st volume. The Harvard Law Review - which, like other law reviews, allows students to hone their legal writing skills and gives scholars a forum in which to thrash out legal arguments - is often the most-cited journal of its kind and has the largest circulation of any such publication in the world. (more)

Bangladesh opens first solar-powered food warehouse
27 February 2017 - Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated on Sunday the country's first solar-powered food warehouse with a capacity of 25,000 tonnes of grain in the northern part of the country. The modernised, multi-storey warehouse was built with financial and technical support from Japan. Food silos are crucial for natural disaster-prone Bangladesh to keep stocks safe from water and other threats. (more)

Even in Texas, mass imprisonment is going out of style
26 February 2017 - On one serious problem [mass incarceration] in the US, continued progress is not only possible, it's probable [and] has bipartisan support. . . . After quintupling between 1974 and 2007, the imprisonment rate is now dropping in a majority of states. Overall, it fell by 8.4% from 2010 to 2015, while crime dropped by 14.6%, according to research by the Pew Charitable Trusts. California slashed its incarceration rate by 27% between 2006 and 2014 after a court order. New York cut its rate by 18%. . . . More remarkable - is the shift in red states, where incarceration rates have been the highest. In the last decade, they have dropped substantially in South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and, notably, in lock-'em-up Texas. The rate of incarceration in Texas state prisons fell by 17% from 2007 to 2015, according to the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, and the juvenile incarceration rate fell by nearly three-quarters. Recidivism is dropping steadily. At the same time, the crime rate has dropped by 27%. (more)

In Denmark, brewery's departure offers a chance to go green
25 February 2017 - University College Copenhagen, with its 11,000 faculty members and students, is one of the first occupants of Carlsberg Byen, or Carlsberg Town, a $2 billion redevelopment that is central to Copenhagen's ambitious plan to be the world's first carbon-neutral capital city within a decade. Named after the brewery that was here until recently, Carlsberg Byen is trying to bring a green spin to the usual mix of retail, office and residential space. Developers are aiming to conserve rainwater, generate solar energy and reuse building materials. They envision visitors cycling past shops, homes and galleries. In effect, the project is designed to blend the environmental with the economic. (more)

Q and A: Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, the vegan Saudi prince investing his millions in sustainable solutions
24 February 2017 - Saudi Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed is the son of one of the wealthiest men in the world and comes from a country of billionaire elites who have amassed great fortune from oil reserves. But the 38-year-old businessman, an avowed vegan and animal lover, is determined to leave a cleaner, greener mark on this earth than other members of the Saudi royal family. (more) - Interactive multimedia gallery highlights 'TRAPPIST-1' exoplanet discovery
23 February 2017 - News of an 'exoplanet' system called TRAPPIST-1 -- the most Earth-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star outside our solar system, was announced yesterday at a press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This system of seven rocky worlds -- all of them with the potential for water on their surface -- is an exciting discovery in the search for life on other worlds, expert panelists said. Coinciding with publication of the results in the journal Nature, NASA has made available on a wide range of online resources - including an extensive multimedia gallery of TRAPPIST-1 images, video, and interactive experiences. (more)

NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star
22 February 2017 - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a new exoplanet discovery: the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water - key to life as we know it - under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone. 'This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,' said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. 'Answering the question ''are we alone'' is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.' (more)

Vatican and Rome's Jewish Museum team up for menorah exhibit
21 February 2017 - Rome's Jewish community and the Vatican have teamed up to produce an exhaustive exhibition on the menorah* . . . an enduring symbol of Jewish culture and religion, in a collaboration that leaders of the two communities described as a further step in solidifying their ties. 'This is a historic event,' Ruth Dureghello, the president of Rome's Jewish community, said at a news conference on Feb. 20. The menorah has connections to Rome, she added, 'so such an important exhibit could only start here.' Jews and Catholics have a long history of mutual suspicion and conflict, but relations between the two religions have been increasingly positive [in the last fifty years]. The exhibit, 'Menorah: Worship, History, Legend,' which includes about 130 artifacts, will open in May and will be presented at the Vatican Museums and at Rome's Jewish Museum. (more)

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution
20 February 2017 - When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Last week, the Italian architect, famed for his tree-clad Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper complex in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. The [project] will be composed of two neighbouring towers coated with 23 species of tree and more than 2,500 cascading shrubs. 'Such a large number of plants, trees and shrubs is contributing to the cleaning of the air . . . absorbing CO2 and producing oxygen,' the architect said. The structures will reportedly house offices, a 247-room luxury hotel, a museum and even a green architecture school, and are currently under construction, set for completion next year. But Boeri now has even bolder plans for China: to create entire 'forest cities' in a country that has become synonymous with environmental degradation and smog. (more)

Enel Green Power gives renewable energy to new paediatric surgery hospital in Uganda
19 February 2017 - Enel Green Power (EGP) is participating in the project of Emergency [an NGO] and the architect Renzo Piano for the construction of a paediatric surgery hospital in Entebbe, Uganda, which is planned to be a model of paediatric excellence, environmental sustainability, and energy independence in Africa. EGP will provide 2,600 thin-film photovoltaic [solar] modules manufactured at its 3Sun factory in Catania (Italy), for a total of 289.24 kWp (kilowatt peak). The plant, which can be connected to the local medium voltage distribution grid, will give the new hospital energy autonomy and sustainability. The photovoltaic system will be installed on the roof of the hospital in such a way as to ensure its integration with the hospital's architecture, and it will also shelter the underlying structures from sunlight and rain. (more)

Thailand: This company makes food packaging out of bamboo to cut down on trash
18 February 2017 - After growing rapidly in recent decades, Thailand has become one of Asia's biggest economies. But like many other countries in the region, it's been slow to try to combat the millions of tons of trash produced each year. One company is turning to the country's plant life. Universal Biopack makes packaging that it sells to restaurants, organic farmers, and manufacturers. But rather than plastic, it uses a mixture of bamboo and cassava, crops that are widely found across the country. The company is using a technology devised at a Bangkok university to make its zero-waste packaging. It hopes it will eventually replace many of the Styrofoam boxes and plastic bags that end up in huge garbage dumps across Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. (more)

No alcohol, no violence: life inside the Bolivian community led by women
17 February 2017 - Visually, there is little to distinguish the barrio of Maria Auxiliadora from the other barrios of the working-class southern periphery of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Despite its innocuous appearance, a remarkable history sets this neighbourhood apart: since 1999, Maria Auxiliadora has worked to create a safe environment free from domestic violence, under the leadership of women. Families wishing to live there have to abide by the rules established in the community: no sales of alcohol, and no gender-based attacks. [Its success] has been recognised on an international level. The community was a finalist in the 2008 World Habitat Awards, run by Building and Social Housing Foundation in partnership with UN Habitat. The nomination explicitly recognised the project's success in reducing domestic violence and promoting female leadership in a traditionally patriarchal culture. (more)

Argentina: The caterers with Down's syndrome - video
16 February 2017 - After years of facing social and work-related discrimination, four friends with Down's syndrome started their own pizza company in Buenos Aires in 2016. Los Perejiles now has 24 employees and caters for parties across the Argentine capital, supporting people with Down's syndrome to overcome social stigma. 'I started Los Perejiles so I could work, and to make people happy,' said one of the founders. (more)

2016 was US solar's biggest year to date with record-breaking 95% growth
15 February 2017 - In 2016, the US solar market nearly doubled its annual record, installing 14,626MW [megawatts] of solar PV [photovoltaic systems]. This represents a whopping 95% growth increase over 2015's cumulative 7,493MW, according to latest figures from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Last year was a record-breaking year for US solar on many counts; as it ranked as the number one source of new electric generation capacity additions on an annual basis for the first time ever in 2016. Solar accounted for 39% of new capacity additions across all fuels sources. 'What these numbers tell you is that the solar industry is a force to be reckoned with,' said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA's president and CEO. '. . . More than 260,000 Americans [are] now employed in solar.' (more)

UPS announces $18 million investment in onsite solar energy, 5x onsite solar growth
14 February 2017 - The shipping giant UPS will be investing around $18 million in new onsite solar photovoltaic (PV) projects expected to be completed by the end of the year in the US. The new projects will increase UPS's total onsite solar energy production capacity nearly 5-fold once completed. Altogether, these projects will reportedly total around 10 megawatts (MW) in nameplate electricity generation capacity. The company claims that [the] projects will offset around 8,200 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year. Solar panels have the ability to generate electricity for more than 25 years. UPS will purchase over 26,000 solar panels during the expansion. Once installed, each building will effectively produce 50% of its daily energy use via the sun. (more)

Marine bacteria produce an environmentally important molecule with links to climate: New study
13 February 2017 - Scientists from the University of East Anglia (UK) and Ocean University China have discovered that tiny marine bacteria can synthesise one of Earth's most abundant sulfur molecules, which affects atmospheric chemistry and potentially climate. This molecule, dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) is an important nutrient for marine microorganisms and is the major precursor for the climate-cooling gas, dimethyl sulfide (DMS). It was previously widely thought that only eukaryotes - 'higher' organisms with complex cells, such as seaweeds and phytoplankton - produced DMSP. However, researchers have discovered that many marine bacteria also produce this sulfur compound, and have identified the key gene in the process. (more)

Dutch get creative to solve a prison problem: Too many empty cells
12 February 2017 - The Netherlands has a problem many countries can only dream of: a shortage of prison inmates. While countries like Belgium, Britain, Haiti, Italy, the United States and Venezuela have grappled with prison overcrowding, the Netherlands has such a surplus of unused cells that it has rented some of its prisons to Belgium and Norway. It has also turned about a dozen former prisons into centers for asylum seekers. About a third of Dutch prison cells sit empty, according to the Ministry of Justice. Criminologists attribute the situation to a spectacular fall in crime over the past two decades and an approach to law enforcement that prefers rehabilitation to incarceration. . . . Recorded crime has shrunk by about a quarter over the past nine years, according to the country's national statistics office, and that is expected to translate into a surplus of 3,000 prison cells by 2021. The government has shuttered 19 of nearly 60 prisons over the past three years. (more)

Latest record-low bids underscore solar's vast commercial viability: IEEFA India
11 February 2017 - The record low bids for solar power projects in India may not be a threat to the sector after all. According to a report by Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), these bids are not only commercially viable, they are replicable and sustainable as well. 'This trend is not occurring in a policy vacuum. India's new draft National Electricity Plan, released in December, calls for a fivefold expansion to 258 Gigawatt of renewable capacity by 2027, an expansion that would reduce thermal power capacity share to 43 per cent of India's total from 66 per cent today,' the report said. It added that the solar-auction results mean this target just got substantially easier and more cost effective to implement. 'Costs per unit of power to purchase are tumbling, and - of critical importance - it can now be shown that these prices are not only commercially viable but are likely to be beaten again in 2018, and again in 2019 as total solar costs continue to decline globally at a rate of 10 percent annually,' IEEFA said. (more)

Evidence of 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars: Meteorite found in Africa provides clues to evolution of the red planet
10 February 2017 - Analysis of a Martian meteorite found in Africa in 2012 has uncovered evidence of at least 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars. This confirms that some of the longest-lived volcanoes in the solar system may be found on the Red Planet. Tom Lapen, a geology professor at the University of Houston and lead author of a paper published Feb. 1 in the journal Science Advances, said the findings offer new clues to how the planet evolved and insight into the history of volcanic activity on Mars. (more)

Rare images shed light on a century of African-American life
9 February 2017 - Cornell University Library has just made its Loewentheil Collection of African-American Photographs - 645 rare images dating from the 1860s through the 1960s that show a slice of American life not widely visible or preserved - available online. Donated to the university by Stephan and Beth Loewentheil in 2012, the collection includes famous faces, like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali, but mostly historical images of African-Americans going about their daily business or commemorating occasions like graduations and weddings. (more)

IBM to train 25 million Africans for free to build workforce
8 February 2017 - International Business Machines Corp. is ramping up its digital-skills training program to accommodate as many as 25 million Africans in the next five years, looking toward building a future workforce on the continent. The U.S. tech giant plans to make an initial investment of 945 million rand ($70 million) to roll out the training initiative in South Africa, a country where 31 percent of 15-to-24 year-olds are unemployed, according to Statistics South Africa. At the same time, the program will be started at IBM's offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt, enabling an expansion of the project across the rest of the continent. (more)

UK changes tack with help for renters, not just homebuyers
7 February 2017 - Britain set out plans on Tuesday to make renting more affordable, protect tenants and punish developers for not building quickly enough, in a shift away from decades of policy almost solely promoting home ownership. In a white paper entitled 'Fixing our broken housing market', the government laid out proposals to build more homes for rent, extend the length of tenancies and change planning laws to encourage developers to boost supply for renters. The measures, including support for smaller developers, are designed to increase the number of new homes coming onto the market in England from 190,000 units a year to at least 250,000, after decades of falling short. (more)

Arctic Samis celebrate their national day centenary
6 February 2017 - With chants, poetry and traditional dress, the indigenous Sami people of Europe's Arctic north, formerly nomadic reindeer herders in Lapland, celebrated their national day Monday with hundreds of events across the Nordic lands. The Sami settled with their reindeer herds 9,000 years ago in Europe's Arctic and now number 70,000 people spread across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Monday's start to the weeklong festivities - attended by Norwegian King Harald and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Norway, and Finland's president, Sauli Niinisto, in Finnish Lapland - marked the centenary of the Sami people's first congress in the Norwegian city of Trondheim in 1917. (more)

Storms Filled 37 Percent of California Snow-Water Deficit
5 February 2017 - The 'atmospheric river' weather patterns that pummeled California with storms from late December to late January may have recouped 37 percent of the state's five-year snow-water deficit, according to new University of Colorado Boulder-led research using NASA satellite data. Researchers at the university's Center for Water Earth Science and Technology (CWEST) estimate that two powerful recent storms deposited roughly 17.5-million acre feet (21.6 cubic kilometers) of water on California's Sierra Nevada range in January. Snowmelt from the range is a critical water source for the state's agriculture, hydropower generation and municipal water supplies. (more)

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