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American Renewable Energy Day: President Jimmy Carter a speaker

President Jimmy Carter At American Renewable Energy Day http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=4278  39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter will be speaking at the 11th annual American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) Summit; held by the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI).

  President Carter played an important role in raising awareness of solar energy in the 1970’s when he arranged for the installation of a solar hot water system on the rooftop of the White House.
  At the unveiling of the system, President Carter commented: 
  “…a generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people; harnessing the power of the Sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.”
  
Unfortunately, the American people – or more accurately, the subsequent administration – didn’t share in President Carter’s vision.
 
The system was removed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan who believed the installation “didn’t befit a super-power”.
  
We’ll never know how much further the world would be along the clean energy path if President Reagan and some of his immediate successors embraced and supported solar to the degree of Carter.
  
However, the renewable energy revolution is certainly now under way and thanks in part to President Carter.
  
“President Carter’s work was undeniably key in laying the groundwork for the Great Transition,” said Chip Comins, chairman and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI) . “As a country we’ve survived both the Great Depression and the Great Recession, and are now welcoming the Great Transition, in which we must take the critical steps toward an environmentally and economically sound future.”
  
American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) Summit will be held August 10 to 13, 2014 at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado.

April 28, 2014 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

UV radiation, climate change, ozone hole – all bad for health

UV-radiationBe alert, UV radiation reaching alarming proportions in state Sanjoy Dey  Ranchi, April 27, 2014 Be alert, if you feel skin burns, headache or eye inflammation on a brief day out nowadays. This may be ultraviolet (UV) radiation effect, which is alarming in major parts of the state including Ranchi for last few days. So, avoid direct sun heat in the noon, as Jharkhand is already burning at 39 to 42 degrees Celsius. Two global weather agencies — Meteovista and WeatherOnline — have put Jharkhand flag-indiain extreme category UV index. Their statistics suggest that state’s major cities and districts have crossed the UV index of 11.

Meteovista’s statistics of Sunday showed UV index at 11+ while observation of WeatherOnline suggests that UV index hovering around 12 for last few days. Both the agencies predicted that the situation might continue even in the next month.

Even though India Meteorological Department (IMD) raised doubts over the observations of two agencies, Birsa Agricultural University’s (BAU) study on Minimal Erythemal Dose (MED) proves that UV radiation is exceeding the permissible limit at least in the state capital.

AK Sen, director Patna Meteorological Centre, said, “The UV index provides information about the level of UV rays or ultraviolet radiation that reaches the surface. If it exceeds the permissible limit, it has definitely some harm on human body.”

The UV rays are those sun rays that can cause sunburns and long term exposure to UV rays could also cause skin cancer, cataracts and some other diseases, according to the guidebook of IMD. UV Index is divided into five categories-Low (0-2 UV Index), Moderate (3-5), High (6-7), Very High (8-10) and Extreme (11+).

Experts suggested taking all precautions including wear sunglasses, using SPF 30+ sunscreen, covering body with long-sleeve shirt and trousers and avoiding the sun from 11am to 4pm if it is at extreme category……..

BAU study shows that UV radiation is alarming in Ranchi. “We find radiation is exceeding the standard unit limit between 11.30am and 1.30pm these days. The highest MED recorded this week is 2.2 while the standard unit of MED is one,” Wadud said. He said that this has some health impact for sure but crops are still safe from such radiation level.

Wadud blamed the depleting ozone layer as main reason for rising radiation level in Jharkhand. “Since ozone layer is depleting, radiation level is also increasing in the state,” Wadud said.http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/ranchi/be-alert-uv-radiation-reaching-alarming-proportions-in-state/article1-1212946.aspxHindustan Times,

April 28, 2014 Posted by | health, India | Leave a comment