Crackdown on Pollution in Scotland

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe environment minister in Scotland announced new sewage pollution guidelines for 80 lochs and rivers, a 20-fold increase in the number of protected waterways in Scotland. (read more from the Scotsman) Also, read about several green campaigns in Scotland: St. Andrews becoming the first ‘carbon neutral’ university; proposals for a revolution in building standards; and their goal of becoming the greenest nation in the UK. (Registration is required, but free, for these stories at Scotsman.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Something Good About You

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDo you want to hear something good about yourself?From Netropolis Design in Australia comes the Automatic Flatterer. Just tell the web page your name and you get the opportunity to read all sorts of good things about yourself. (It’s true that despite all of our foibles, we really are good!)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Miracle Baseball League Helps Disabled Kids Play the Game They Love

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThirteen-year-old Justin Clemens loves baseball. Though born premature and covered with bruises after complications at birth, he’s more mature than most boys his age, has a great sense of humor and an outgoing personality. Cerebral palsy may limit Justin’s use of his left arm and both legs, but he plays his favorite sport on the Montgomery Miracle League. With help from parents and coaches he swings at pitches and scoots to first base with his walker. “When he’s going for home, he feels like a million bucks“… Baseball diamonds are mostly unplayable for people with wheelchairs and walkers. That’s why five years ago Diane Alford in Conyers, Ga., started the movement to fund parks to cater to kids and adults with physical challenges. Today there are 17 Miracle Leagues operating from Phoenix to Florida, New Jersey to Minnesota. Another 61 fields are in some phase of construction helping to fulfill Diane’s goal of 500 diamonds serving 1.3 million children. The Miracle field surface is made up of a custom-designed, cushioned, synthetic turf to accommodate wheel chairs and walkers. The stadium restrooms are completely accessible to people with disabilities and the dugouts make it easy for wheelchairs to easily roll in and out. Whether it’s autism or spina bifida, Down syndrome or blindness, the Miracle League is a “field of dreams” for kids and adults who want to be a part of America’s pastime. Their motto is “Every Child Deserves A Chance To Play Baseball,” but it takes a lot of time and money to keep the Miracle League up and running — even once the park is built. To help keep Justin and his teammates of Montgomery, Alabama, in the game, you can send a tax-deductible check made payable to The City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Miracle League Field Project to the address below. Or make a donation online using Paypal or credit card to the national organization on their Donations page. Parks and Recreation Department of Montgomery Miracle League Fund 1010 Forest Avenue Montgomery, Alabama 36106 (334) 300-1088 or (334) 201-0199 Or e-mail them To find where Miracle Leagues are being built or to start a league in your community, please contact the national office at (770) 760-1933 or (770) 241-8694 or e-mail them (Justin’s full story can be found in Montgomery Advertiser) UPDATE, May 4- A new field breaks ground in Auburn, ready to deliver their dreams to kids like Colt Stillwell. His mother says even though faced with day-to-day challenges, “This means he can feel like one of the guys.” (Auburn News) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Nobel Peace Prizes Spread Across Globe

first_img2006 Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank (Asia) 2003 Shirin Ebadi, Children’s Rights Support Association in Iran (Asia) 2002 Jimmy Carter (North America) Additional sources: An interactive map of the Peace Prize and World Conflicts Educational gamesare provided at nobelprize.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The list of 21st century laureates: 2004 Wangari Maathai, The Green Belt, planted 30 million trees in Kenya ( (Africa)center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStockholm, Sweden – Nobel Peace Prize winners are increasingly chosen from among diverse nations, as more nominations for the honor are directed toward Africans, Asians, Eastern Europeans, and Latin Americans. Nominees as well as winners are spread more evenly across the globe as war-torn regions give host to those with the strength to work for peace. (below, Geographical distribution of Peace Prize laureates 1901-2000) In the earliest days of the Nobel Peace Prize, Europe possessed nearly three-quarters of all laureates. By last quarter of the 20th century, all regions had a significant share of prizes, with Asia receiving a plurality. Laureates and nominees now hail from widely diverse backgrounds and provide unique stories in the evolution of peace. The trend can be attributed to several factors. Historically impoverished areas are rising to meet the challenges of the global economy, and give rise to world leaders in conflict resolution and peace activism. Eurocentric mentalities are giving way to a heightened desire for diversity of opportunity and achievement. Most importantly, regions such as Europe and much of Latin America, which previously saw major periods of conflict, have become more peaceful.Chart Showing Geographical Distribution of Nominees, 1901-2000 2001 Kofi Annan, United Nations (Africa) 2005 Mohamed ElBaradei, International Atomic Energy Agency (Africa)last_img read more

Poll: What Makes Teens Happy? Family Ties

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“Spending time with family was the top answer to what makes teens happy, according to an extensive survey — more than 100 questions asked of 1,280 people ages 13–24 — conducted by The Associated Press and MTV on the nature of happiness among America’s young people.”(NY Times) Thanks to Daniel for submittingAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

A Beautiful Mind: the Schizophrenia Artist

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”A 43-year-old photographer and writer was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1996. On World Mental Health Day, he delivers a unique personal insight into how his condition has nurtured his artistic expression.” (BBC w/ gorgeous photograph) Thanks, Andrew, for the great link! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Fishermen Can Make Cash Without Overfishing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“Can commercial fishermen make more money by fishing less?  They can, according to a study published in the journal Science — with one condition. They must be in a cooperative fishery, like those operating in New Zealand and Australia, where individual fishermen own a share of the total harvest, rather than competing in a race to catch the most fish.(Associated Press)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Shark Victims Unite to Save Their Attackers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Last month a group of unlikely lobbyists came to Washington, DC, survivors of shark attacks — many with missing limbs and legs — to help save the very predators which attacked them, but are in danger of being hunted to extinction. They are attempting to perusade US legislators – starting in the Senate – to back a tough new US law to clamp down on the widespread killing of shark, which has steadily risen in response to Asia’s insatiable appetite for shark fin soup. (Read more in the Daily Telegraph) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Moderate Drinkers Are Healthier, But the Reason is Unclear

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA recent study out of France shows those who drink low or moderate amounts of alcohol are healthier than those who drink more — or who don’t drink at all. The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, evaluated all sorts of health data on 150,000 people, and the results are part of a growing body of research showing the possible health benefits of alcohol. (READ More at NPR.org) Photo by MarcoMaru at Morguefile.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Mountain Gorilla Numbers Soar

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe number of mountain gorillas living in the Virunga Massif in central Africa has soared by 26.3% since 2003, according to a new census. The increase in numbers from 380 to 480 individuals — an average growth of 3.7 percent per year —  is thanks to “immense” efforts to reduce poaching and disease, scientists said.(READ the story in the Guardian)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img