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US: Putting the sun in Sunshine State? Florida's about-face on solar power
14 February 2019 - Despite being the Sunshine State, Florida has long lagged when it comes to tapping into the abundant rays overhead. But now that is changing as utility companies in the state have begun to recognize solar power as a vital component of a diverse energy future. Florida utilities' newfound embrace for solar power echoes trends seen across the country, as the renewable energy source has shifted from a fringe indulgence for wealthy environmentalists to becoming a conventional part of power production. (more)

Spain plans to close all nuclear plants by 2035
13 February 2019 - Spain aims to close all seven of its nuclear plants between 2025 and 2035 as part of plans to generate all the country's electricity from renewable sources by 2050. (more)

US: Los Angeles abandons new natural gas plants in favor of renewables
13 February 2019 - Los Angeles will abandon a plan to replace three aging gas power plants along its coast with newer natural gas technology and will instead invest in renewable energy as it seeks to move away from fossil fuels, the city's mayor said on Tuesday (12 February). (more)

Minister plans to quadruple organic farming in Luxembourg
11 February 2019 - Luxembourg's Minister of Agriculture, Romain Schneider, wants to quadruple the amount of land in Luxembourg, devoted to organic farming over the next seven years. Schneider says that the target by 2025, for organic farming, should increase from 4.6 percent now to 20 percent. (more)

Australia will easily meet Paris climate accord target: study
7 February 2019 - Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target under the Paris Climate accord well before 2030, thanks to increasing growth in wind and solar power, a study has found, contradicting a report last month calling for sharper emissions cuts. Australia is adopting renewable energy faster per capita than the rest of the world, said a study published by Australian National University (ANU) researchers on Friday. (more)

India: Kerala sets EV roadmap; targets 1 million electric vehicles by 2022
1 February 2019 - The government of India has made it very clear, that electric vehicles are the future and its one way of curbing pollution too. ... In a major boost to the electric vehicle market, the state government announced that it has set a target of having 1 million EVs by 2022. In his Budget Speech on Thursday, January 31, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said that by 2019-20, Kerala RTC buses will be replaced by electric buses. (more)

US: First quiet-running, zero air-polluting electric bus hits the streets in Greensboro, North Carolina
31 January 2019 - Greensboro became North Carolina's first community Thursday (31 January) to put an all-electric, battery powered bus into daily passenger service. Greensboro Transit Authority expects to have 10 of the quiet-running, zero air-polluting buses in its fleet by the end of next month, said Adam Fischer, the city's director of transportation. (more)

Indian Railways planning 4 gigawatts solar power capacity
29 January 2019 - India's push to promote domestic manufacturing in the solar power segment may soon get a boost, thanks to the Indian Railways. The world's fourth-largest railway network is planning to replace almost its entire power supply from thermal power plants with solar power plants. According to media reports, the Ministry of Railways could soon issue tenders to set up solar power projects of 4 gigawatts of capacity to power locomotives. (more)

US: Asheville's zero-emission electric buses to be deployed this spring
28 January 2019 - In 2019, the city of Asheville (North Carolina) will deploy five zero-emission electric buses for the city's transit system, Asheville Redefines Transit. The estimated impact is an approximate reduction of 54 tons of emission per year per bus, which adds up to a total of 270 tons of emissions per year once all five ART buses are deployed, city officials said. (more)

Germany sets 2038 deadline to end coal use
27 January 2019 - In a pioneering move, a German government-appointed panel has recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change. The Coal Commission reached a deal early Saturday (26 January) following months of wrangling that were closely watched by other coal-dependent countries. (more)


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USA: State's attorney brings Transcendental Meditation to New England courthouse and beyond
29 December 2018 - While Senior Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Dunn pursues his hectic, high-stress profession as a prosecutor for domestic violence cases in Connecticut, USA, he also encourages people to learn and practise Transcendental Meditation, as he has twice daily for over 40 years. Dunn has organised regular TM group meditations in a courthouse in Bridgeport, attended by colleagues from all areas of the regional legal system: prosecutors, defence attorneys, social workers, police officers, and family resource officers. Participants have noticed good effects from their TM practice, including reduced stress, a more settled mind, inner peace, and newfound energy. (more)

Japan: Applying a Maharishi University of Management education in the political sphere
19 December 2018 - Kenichi Suzuki serves as the assistant general manager of the Communication Department of the Democratic Party for the People in Japan. He recently published an article in The Diplomat, an international current affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting how South Korea's National Security Advisor played a key role in the recent North Korea summits. An alumnus of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, Kenichi appreciates how practising the Transcendental Meditation technique supports his everyday life. 'TM helps to bring me confidence in my mind,' he says. 'This, in turn, enables me to keep trying new things and yet keeps me calm in the midst of such activity.' (more)

Mozambique: Profile of esteemed 'elder statesman' President Joaquim Chissano, whose leadership brought peace, reconciliation, and economic progress to his nation
17 November 2018 - When he became president, Joaquim Chissano would make moves that would see Mozambique become a better country. He signed a historic peace agreement with Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) in 1992, ending the Mozambican Civil War that had ravaged the country since 1977. He also introduced the Transcendental Meditation technique in the government and the military. The technique is said to have contributed to reduced crimes. 'First I started the practice of Transcendental Meditation myself,' he said, 'then introduced the practice to my close family, then to my cabinet of ministers, then to my government officers, and then to the military. The result has been political peace and balance in Nature in my country.' He received the inaugural Mo Ibrahim Prize in 2007, 'for his achievements in bringing peace, reconciliation, stable democracy and economic progress to Mozambique following the civil war'. (more)

Mozambique: President Chissano receives Athens Democracy Award, introduced Transcendental Meditation to government, military
21 September 2018 - Joaquim Chissano, Mozambique's second president, known for transforming the war-torn country into one of Africa's most successful democracies, was bestowed with the 3rd City of Athens Democracy Award this week by Athens Mayor Georgios Kaminis. President Chissano was selected for the acclaimed award in recognition of his efforts to end the 16-year Mozambican Civil War in 1992 and negotiate a peace treaty with the rebel forces that involved no prosecutions or punishments. Besides bringing peace, reconciliation, stable democracy, and economic progress to Mozambique, he introduced Transcendental Meditation techniques to government officials, police and military. (more)

Brazil: Maharishi University of Management faculty assist in introducing integrative medicine
30 August 2018 - Brazil is one of the first non-Asian nations to introduce integrative healthcare into the national healthcare system, and faculty of Maharishi University of Management, USA are significantly contributing to the initiative. This year professors Robert Schneider, Sandy Nidich, and John Fagan spoke in Brazil at the 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health, and MUM President John Hagelin and Professor Fred Travis sent presentations. 'This initiative by the federal government of Brazil is real,' Dr Schneider said. 'This is a major step of government implementation that will entail bringing Maharishi Ayur-Veda, Transcendental Meditation, and other prevention-oriented, natural health approaches to the people of the country through their national health care system.' (more)

Head of worldwide Transcendental Meditation organisation addresses International Yoga Day celebration, UK Parliament
26 June 2018 - Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, addressed this week's celebration of International Yoga Day held in the Parliament of the United Kingdom at Westminster, London. Dr Nader is a distinguished neuroscientist and the leader of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation organisation founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The celebration was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences. Dr Nader spoke on 'Yoga, consciousness and prevention' and presented the scientific basis of yoga, including scientific research on the benefits of yoga, of which Transcendental Meditation is a central aspect; and how the principles of yoga are found reflected in physics, physiology, and other areas of modern science. He presented published research showing the relevance of yoga for promoting health and preventing disease. (more)

Maharishi University of Management graduation speaker: Former government official Scott Gould to encourage public service
23 June 2018 - Scott Gould, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration and current CEO of Mountain Lake associates, LLC, will encourage Maharishi University of Management graduates to volunteer for public service at today's 2018 commencement ceremonies in Fairfield, Iowa. 'I'm eager to encourage graduates to consider a career that serves people, whether serving in the military, working in federal, state, or local government, or working with a nonprofit,' said Dr. Gould, a Cornell graduate who holds an MBA and an EdD from the University of Rochester. Dr. Gould is a prime example of service. In addition to being a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, he is a 26-year veteran of the Navy Reserves and has held top positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. (more)

New study: Transcendental Meditation helps women reduce trauma in prison, gain 'self-care for life'
24 August 2017 - Research finds that women are the fastest growing population in U.S. prisons, nearly double the rate of men, and enter prison with high rates of abuse and proportionally more trauma. Fortunately, a 2017 randomized controlled study published in The Permanente Journal found that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique significantly reduced trauma symptoms in female inmates at an Oregon prison. 'Meditating twice a day has helped lessen my stress levels, allowed me to connect to and centre myself at deeper levels, and to retreat, reflect, and problem-solve,' said one inmate. Another said, 'I no longer feel imprisoned. I now feel my freedom from the inside of me.' The TM technique has critical advantages as a mind-body intervention for underrepresented populations, according to Charles Elder, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., author of a companion editorial in The Permanente Journal. (more)

Post-Traumatic Growth: 'Transcendental Meditation has given me the opportunity to live a life that is truly full of purpose, meaning, connection, and service'
1 August 2017 - Suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS), and finding no relief through treatments provided by the U.S. Veterans Administration, Marine Corps veteran Paul Downs went to Boulder Crest Retreat Facility for veterans in Virginia, which partners with the David Lynch Foundation to offer Transcendental Meditation as part of its programme. One of only five witnesses testifying before the recent U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs' hearing on PTS, Downs said that after just a few weeks of practising TM, he felt less anxious, less angry, more focused, more energized, more directed. 'I gained a connection to self that I didn't have before. I found peace with my past. I realized who I am - and there's no pill for that. . . . It is hard to believe that 20 minutes, twice a day, is exactly what we require. But it is. It works for me, and for thousands of my brothers and sisters. It has given me the opportunity not just to survive on earth, but thrive here - and to live a life that is truly full of purpose, meaning, connection, and service.' (more)

US: Veterans are using Transcendental Meditation to treat PTSD
22 July 2017 - Thousands of veterans have turned to Transcendental Meditation to treat their PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder]. The David Lynch Foundation has worked with US Veterans Administration centres, Army and Marine bases, and veterans' organizations to bring TM to vets and active-duty soldiers, Mother Jones reports. Research has found TM to be effective in reducing PTSD. One veteran, a former Army nurse in Iraq who has been practising TM for four years, says painful memories are still there, but increasingly they seem like a thing of the past. 'Very recently,' she says, 'I've started to feel happiness, which I hadn't felt in years.' (more)


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Brazil has nearly 4,000 dams at high risk: minister
29 January 2019 - Brazil has nearly 4,000 dams that are classified as having 'high damage potential' or being at high risk, with 205 of those dams containing mineral waste, the country's Regional Development Minister Gustavo Canuto said on Tuesday (29 January). ... A tailings dam at an iron ore mine owned by Vale SA in Minas Gerais state that burst last week has killed at least 65 and left nearly 300 missing. (more)

Gap between rich and poor growing, fueling global anger: Oxfam
21 January 2019 - A new billionaire was created every two days last year, just as the poorest half of the world's population saw their wealth decline by 11 percent. Tax systems that put a high burden on the poor mean public services are underfunded, stretching the gap between rich and poor and fuelling global public anger, Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, said on Monday (21 January). (more)

Japan to withdraw from International Whaling Commission: Kyodo News
20 December 2018 - Japan will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in a bid to resume commercial whaling, Kyodo News reported on Thursday (20 December), citing government sources. ... Japan halted commercial whaling in 1982 in line with a moratorium adopted by the IWC. Japan has hunted whales in the Southern Ocean since 1987 for what it calls 'scientific research' purposes, but this has been criticized internationally as a cover for commercial purposes. (more)

It's official: Brexit deal will hurt the UK economy
28 November 2018 - It's official: The British government's plan for leaving the European Union will be bad for the economy. The government published a report Wednesday (28 November) that outlines the economic costs associated with a range of Brexit scenarios. The Bank of England followed later in the day with its own assessment. (more)

Ukraine leader warns of threat of full-scale confrontation with Russia
28 November 2018 - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko warned that his country's simmering conflict with Russia could quickly spiral into full-scale confrontation following a maritime clash between the two countries over the weekend. The incident between the Kiev and Moscow ended with three Ukrainian ships in Russian custody. Ukraine and Russia have offered conflicting accounts of what happened, each accusing the other of violating the laws of the sea. Poroshenko says Sunday's (25 November) events were 'extraordinary,' accusing Russia of attacking his country's ships. (more)

World is woefully short of 2 degree goal for climate change, according to UN report
28 November 2018 - If there is one consistent message about climate change that has been made abundantly clear in a flurry of recent major assessments on the topic, it is that our planet's climate is already changing, and now is the time to act to avoid devastating impacts. According to a United Nations report released Tuesday, however, projected emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, from nations around the world fall woefully short of the 2 degree Celsius goal set in the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. (more)

Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years
27 November 2018 - Global efforts to tackle climate change are way off track says the UN, as it details the first rise in CO2 emissions in four years. The emissions gap report says that economic growth is responsible for a rise in 2017 while national efforts to cut carbon have faltered. (more)

Scientists warn new Brazil President may smother rainforest
26 November 2018 - Scientists warn that Brazil's President-elect could push the Amazon rainforest past its tipping point -- with severe consequences for global climate and rainfall. Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office January 1, claims a mandate to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms, calling Brazil's rainforest protections an economic obstacle. (more)

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reaches decade high
23 November 2018 - The destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest reached its highest level in a decade this year, government data released on Friday (23 November) showed, driven by illegal logging and the encroachment of agriculture on the jungle. Deforestation is a key factor behind global warming, accounting for around 15 percent of annual emissions of heat-trapping gases, similar to that of the transportation sector. (more)

Several dead, thousands flee homes in Iraq floods
23 November 2018 - At least seven people died and thousands fled their homes in flash floods around the northern Iraqi town of Shirqat on Friday (23 November), its mayor said. The floods, after unusually heavy and early rainfall in recent weeks, have piled more pressure on Iraq's new government to provide services and fix infrastructure in provinces hard-hit by the 2014-17 war against Islamic State militants, and by years of neglect that critics blame on corruption. (more)

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