Earth: It Gives You a Lifetime, Can You Give It an Hour?

first_imgWhy turn out the lights?One of the neat things about Earth Hour is that it creates a “rolling blackout” (of the good kind) across the planet. As each time zone reaches 8:30pm, people turn out their lights to show their support. Last year that included 12,000 landmarks and participants in 187 countries. This visible (or invisible?) display is meant as a symbolic gesture. Its goal is awareness and longer-term behavior change, not simply to reduce the electricity demand for an hour. That said, the connection between turning out the lights and taking climate action is strong. Throughout most of the world, the majority of electricity is created by burning coal or natural gas – both of which create carbon emissions. Think of Earth Hour as your first step toward taking meaningful climate action.So, it’s dark… now what?I hope you’ll join us by turning off the lights where you are at 8:30pm on Saturday night. What you do once the lights are out is up to you (keep it clean, people). Some of the larger cities have public events – Singapore has had a week-long event with concerts, festivals and a count-down to dimming the skyline Saturday night. Some local Planet teams have organized events and learning opportunities. Planet Bangalore, for example, has a selfie kiosk they’ll be setting up for Earth Hour and Planet Malaysia published a list of “Fun things to do in the dark.” Or you may choose to dine by candlelight or even just go out and look at the stars for a change. What you do is up to you.The important thing is to re-establish a connection with nature.And why is Dell involved?Climate change is an economic, social and environmental challenge with increasingly evident consequences. It is affecting the natural systems around us, changing migration patterns and growing seasons, increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather and drought, and damaging our oceans.Our products use electricity, and unless you are purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity, that means you are creating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using them. We continue to work hard to reduce the “embedded emissions” on our end: we work with our suppliers to set GHG emissions reduction targets, we sourced approximately one-quarter of our electricity needs from renewable generation (both purchased and electricity we generated on-site), and we’ve reduced the energy intensity of our entire product portfolio by an astounding 54 percent since 2011.This last one is especially important to our customers, because it affects their carbon footprint (and, obviously, their electricity costs).It’s also important because of the role technology is likely to play in helping the world address climate change. It will take a wide range of concerted, collaborative actions, many of which will be enabled by the products and services we provide. High-performance computing, cloud storage, virtualization, big data analytics and the Internet of Things all have important roles to play in understanding how the climate is changing and in changing the way we manage our world to use less energy, water, and other resources.I’m ready – let’s fight climate changeSo Mother Nature thanks you for your commitment to turn out the lights on Saturday at 8:30pm. Help us let the world know Dell has been participating and show us your selfie of what you do in the dark, tagging #EarthHour and #LegacyofGood. No idea what to do? Host a party, have dinner by candlelight, or find some friends and play.Beyond Saturday, there are plenty of resources out there for you:To learn more about Earth Hour, you can visit their site.Join forces with one of the many environmental organizations working hard to preserve the You may even have an environmentally-focused employee resource group at your own workplace.Find out how Dell is Building a Legacy of Good. This Saturday (March 24) at 8:30 pm, millions of people, businesses and landmarks around the globe will set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and make some noise for action on climate change.It’s called Earth Hour, and I’m proud that Dell is once again turning off logo signs on many buildings and darkening areas (where it won’t interfere with safety or security) from 8:30-9:30pm local time. Dell Facilities, Planet ERG and the Legacy of Good team have been working together to support the effort. This story shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.We invite you to explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyofgood.dell.comlast_img read more

Duterte decision on doctors’ plea for ECQ return out today

first_imgDozens of doctors’ groups on Saturday warned the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, calling for a “timeout” and urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown to an enhanced community quarantine. FILE PHOTO Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) is scheduled to meet with medical frontliners group on Monday to reconfigure existing strategies in dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In a letter signed by 40 medical societies, it said that the health care system has been overwhelmed, with hospitals temporarily closing to decongest and health workers falling ill as COVID-19 cases in the country surged under eased lockdown measures. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on whether to grant medical professionals’ call for Mega Manila to revert to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will be known today. directed the IATF-EID to act on these concerns immediately,” Roque said. “Your voices have been heard. We cannot afford to let down our modern heroes. This is our commitment,” he added.center_img The letter cited a potential collapse of the health care system, with more COVID-19 patients being admitted into packed hospitals, while health facilities are understaffed as medical workers have also contracted the disease./PN The groups called for a return to ECQ for at least two weeks, from Aug. 1 to 15, to give exhausted health workers “breathing space” as they served in the frontlines of a pandemic that has seen no letup. “President Rodrigo Duterte has heard concerns of the medical community and the Chief Executive “We propose that the ECQ be used as a timeout to refine our pandemic control strategies addressing the following urgent conditions or problems: hospital workforce efficiency; failure of contact tracing and quarantine; transportation safety; workplace safety; public compliance with self-protection; social amelioration,” the letter read.last_img read more

Professors study bacteria fighting method

first_imgThree USC professors have found a way to combat deadly bacteria through a computer-simulated study.The study was conducted using computer simulations. Photo from Viterbi School of Engineering.USC professors Priya Vashishta from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering; Rajiv Kalia from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; and Aiichiro Nakano from Viterbi, were hired in 2002 by President C. L. Max Nikias to conduct the study.“We were hired jointly in three separate departments,” Vashishta said. “The idea was to establish a group who would do simulations using computers. You need all three of those departments for this kind of study.”Simulations have become an increasingly common research method. Conducting research on a computer lessens the cost of materials and shortens a lengthy, repetitive trial process, Vashishta said.The professors, along with Aravind Krishnamoorthy, a Viterbi postdoctoral fellow, used simulations to find the optimal conditions for killing the bacteria, even with the presence of spores, which are a protective mechanism developed by bacteria to allow bacteria to withstand most harm.“Once they go to the dormant state, nothing [can] kill them,” Nakano said. “No radiation, no chemicals — they survive. it’s extremely hard to kill in this dormant state of the spore. Basically the simulation found how much heat and how much water content is needed to make it easy to kill the bacteria.”The study is rooted in the concept that a certain amount of water and heat cause bacteria to germinate before detecting conditions are harmful and entering spore mode, which makes bacteria impossible to kill.“You allow it to germinate but not to go into full spore mode,” Vashista said. “So if you just barely germinate, you’ll be able to kill it. At that point of wet heat, we will kill [them], and that is the simulation.”The computer simulation revealed that the bacteria can be killed at the optimal temperature of 90 to 95 degrees Celsius with a water concentration above 30 percent, according to Vashista.Once the bacteria is in the right environment, they are killed with black silicon nanopillars, which Nakano described as similar to a “bed of nails.”The research project was funded by a grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, who’s looking for ways to combat bacteria as a biological weapon.“The funding comes from the DTRA, as they are primarily interested in find out how and when these bacterial spores die,” Krishnamoorthy said. “It’s important because if you’re trying to disinfect something with the presence of this bacteria, you have to be sure that these bacterial spores die. They want to know what are the conditions in which these things die, because if you don’t kill them completely, they can come back.”Krishnamoorthy said the study will have real-life applications. It can be used to counter biological weapons, lessen the spread of bacterial diseases and provide breakthroughs in food preservation.last_img read more

PVL: PetroGazz fends off Pocari-Air Force for 3rd straight win

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film NLEX rallies to beat Blackwater in first game without Ravena Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “I see improvement and we’ll just work on our slow starts,” said Angels head coach Jerry Yee in Filipino. “I can see that they can hang on and they show the determination to win.”The Angels eventually kept its distance late in the set against the Lady Warriors with Cherry Nunag scoring on a quick kill for the 23-20 lead. Anastasiia Trach then put it away with a crosscourt kill that crept along the net.Olena Lymareva-Flink put up a game-high 30 points for the Angels while Trach added 17.Myla Pablo had 20 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Madeline Palmer and Arielle Love had 17 and 13 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Angels started the tournament with a 0-3 record but are now tied with the Lady Warriors at fourth seed with a 3-3 mark.But this win didn’t go as smoothly as the Angels intended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPocari-Air Force held a big 16-8 lead in the pivotal third set but the Angels persevered and went on an 11-1 run to take the 19-17.The Angels pulled off another comeback in the fourth set with Paneng Mercado scoring two consecutive points to tie the period at 14-14 after the 14-10 deficit. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PetroGazz finally established a solid foundation and streaked to its third straight win after dismantling Pocari-Air Force, 25-19, 20-25, 28-26, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho given huge injury news ahead of Manchester derby

first_img 2 Mourinho’s men have won their last three matches against Everton, Bournemouth and Juventus with Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez deputising up front, while Anthony Martial’s form has earned him his place back in the France squad.A defeat for United this weekend will leave them 12 points behind league-leaders City. Romelu Lukaku has returned to training ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby.The Belgian striker has missed Manchester United’s last two games through injury. 2 Despite Lukaku’s return to fitness, Jose Mourinho did not confirm whether he’ll feature against Manchester City.The Red Devils boss said: “Lukaku is training with the team this morning.“If the answer is positive – and we have of course one more session tomorrow – he is ready.“In this moment, I can only say that he trains with the team.”Lukaku has gone nine games without a goal – his longest drought in a United shirt – and will find it hard to regain his starting place. Romelu Lukaku’s last goal for Manchester United came in September Romelu Lukaku trained with Manchester United this morning last_img read more