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On verge of extinction: Cheetah killed in road accident in northeastern Iran

“Hamid Zohrabi, deputy environment chief for Department of Environment (DOE) natural environment and biodiversity directorate have criticized Transport Ministry incompetence in fencing the roads which has worsened the situation” reports tehrantimes.com. TEHRAN – A female Asiatic cheetah lost life after being severely wounded in a car crash in Jajarm road in North Khorasan province, the provincial department of environment (DOE) public relations has announced. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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Why is palm oil bad for the environment, and how can people help?

“The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certifies some palm oil as sustainable if its production has been deemed socially and environmentally responsible, and consumers can look out for its label on products” writes Josh Gabbatiss for independent.co.uk. In total, palm oil plantations are now thought to cover more than 27 million hectares.However, it is possible to purchase products made with palm oil deemed sustainable.However, this demand is likely to subside under current plans to phase out palm oil for fuel by 2030.It is also a critical component in fuels, with…

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SUSTAINABILITY: Real Or Fake Christmas Tree: Which Is Better For The Environment?

“But when it comes to real versus fake, what is the most environmentally-friendly tree you can get?” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. When it comes to real Christmas trees, however, production can have a positive effect on the environment: as they grow, the trees will absorb carbon dioxide and other potentially harmful gases from the atmosphere while emitting oxygen. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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If Your Employees Aren’t Speaking Up, Blame Company Culture

“Companies benefit when employees speak up” reports hbr.org. This finding suggests that if you want employees to speak up, the work environment and the team’s social norms matter.By contrast, the situational perspective argues that employees fail to speak up because they feel their work environment is not conducive for it.This suggests that work norms can not only encourage all employees to speak up but also focus their voice on specific issues confronting the organization. Source: hbr.org Share This:

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New homes should be ‘beautiful’, Government adviser says as he warns skyscrapers are ‘mutilating’ skyline

“He told The Telegraph: “I have loved the built environment and felt wounded by the damage done to it” writes Liam Fox for telegraph.co.uk. All new homes should be beautiful, a new Government adviser has said as he warned that British skylines are being “mutilated” by skyscrapers and tower blocks.Professor Sir Roger Scruton, a philosopher and academic, has been appointed to chair a new Government commission that will “champion beautiful building”.I want new buildings to harmonise with the urban environment to make them places for communities to live in.”.  Source:…

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The head of the Anti-Defamation League demanded Sunday that technology giants help curtail bigoted rhetoric being spread online.

“The head of the Anti-Defamation League demanded Sunday that technology giants help curtail bigoted rhetoric being spread online” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “Not only is the political environment contributing to this, social media is amplifying and accelerating it in shocking ways,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO and national director, said during an interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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‘Safe’ 15 mph zones would be worse for the environment than higher speeds, campaigners warn

“Plans to introduce ‘safer’ 15mph zones on major city roads would be worse for the environment than higher speeds, motoring campaigners warned” writes Ben Lawrence for telegraph.co.uk. The corporation, which governs the City of London, suggested a city-wide 15mph restriction could help “eliminate” deaths on the streets by encouraging motorists to show safer behaviours behind the wheel.The Department for Transport would have to approve any 15mph restriction, thought to be the first of its kind on city centre roads, which the corporation said it wants to adopt by 2022. Source: telegraph.co.uk…

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Indoor plants can increase your life expectancy

“This holds true to city environments as well; Having more foliage through out a city system has shown to improve residence health and well being” writes Mickey D for greenism.com. Perhaps where our prison systems could greatly benefit from this research is by adding plants to a delinquent environment.The development of information technology has allowed people to connect and stay connected to a computer environment; decreasing the amount of time that they spend outside interacting with the natural world.This could potentially decrease inmate combativeness and reduce psychological issues related to incarceration…

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Buy MedTech names due to improving fundamentals, Barclays says in sector initiation

“Now is the time to buy MedTech names because positive fundamentals and a favorable regulatory backdrop will continue to drive gains, Barclays analyst Kristen Stewart wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday” writes Pippa Stevens for cnbc.com. Stewart initiated coverage on the sector with a “positive view,” noting that “innovation trends continue to improve thanks in part to a more favorable FDA environment” and that “the industry’s structure (e.g. oligopolies) is favorable and conducive to profitable growth.”.  Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Virtual Reality Can Make Your Food Taste Different

“Scientists at Cornell University have used virtual reality to show how an environment can alter how our food tastes” reports yellrobot.com. In a study, published in the Journal of Food Science, 50 people were given virtual reality headsets, which placed them in three different digital environments, a sensory booth, a cow barn, and a park bench.It’s not just flavors or taste buds that affect how you perceive the food you eat. Source: yellrobot.com Share This:

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