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  • Dec
    8
    2014

    Heatwaves likely 'every other year' by 2030s, says Met Office study

    By: HHI Admin

    Arthur Nelsen

    December 8, 2014

    The Guardian

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  • Dec
    4
    2014

    White House Announces Initiative To Improve Climate Education In The U.S.

    By: HHI Admin

    Katie Valentine

    December 4, 2014

    Think Progress

    The White House is hoping to make climate education more of a priority in the U.S. through a new initiative announced this week.

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Wednesday launched its Climate...

  • Dec
    3
    2014

    4 Environmental Health Lessons Learned From the Bhopal Disaster

    By: HHI Admin
    Gary Cohen December 3, 2014 Huffington Post  

    Photograph by Bhopal Medical Appeal

    The Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India is an oasis of healing. Combining Western and traditional healing philosophies, the clinic empowers people to take responsibility for their own health. Clinic staff and patients maintain a healing garden where patients learn about the medicinal qualities of plants and then take home a plant to remedy some of their health problems. Satinath Sarangi, the clinic's director, says that "people take care of the plants and the plants take care of them." All this,...
  • Dec
    2
    2014

    ‘Superbugs’ Kill India’s Babies and Pose an Overseas Threat

    By: HHI Admin

    Gardiner Harris

    December 3, 2014

    New York Times

    AMRAVATI, India — A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, and among its many victims are tens of thousands of newborns dying because once-miraculous cures no longer work.

    These infants are born with bacterial infections that are resistant to most known antibiotics, and more than 58,000 died last year as a result, a recent study found. While that is still a fraction of the nearly 800,000 newborns who die annually in India, Indian pediatricians say that the rising toll of...

  • Dec
    1
    2014

    Record temperatures raise pressure on UN climate talks

    By: HHI Admin
    Ed King December 1, 2014 RTCC   Two weeks of UN climate change negotiations start in Lima today, with time running out for countries to develop the structure of a global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Envoys arriving in Peru’s capital are tasked with crafting a draft version of a deal that nearly 200 governments can assess by May 2015 and sign that December.  It will need to limit warming to below 2C, beyond which scientists say climate-related impacts could become dangerous and potentially irreversible. By the end of the conference, the 20th since climate negotiations started,...
  • Nov
    23
    2014

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

    By: HHI Admin
    By Dianne Cardwell November  23, 2014 New York Times   For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.   That day appears to be dawning.   The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.   Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing contracts, known as power purchase...
  • Nov
    21
    2014

    Clearing the air: Healthier interiors in healthcare

    By: HHI Admin
    Jeff Brown November 21, 2014 Healthcare Facilities Today Every day, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals, in our food, water, the air we breathe, the clothing we wear, the furniture we use and the carpet we walk on. Mounting data suggests that some of the chemicals we come in contact with — in our homes, workplaces, schools and stores — contain toxicants that can have adverse affects on human health and the environment.   Hospitals and healthcare facilities are no exception. In recent years, we’ve learned that certain materials and products we use, including furniture, fabrics, building...
  • Nov
    20
    2014

    Practice Greenhealth Members Named Nonprofit Health CEOs to Know

    By: HHI Admin

    130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2014

    By Shannon Barnet, Ayla Ellison & Heather Punke | November 20, 2014

    Becker's Hospital Review has named the following hospital and health system leaders to its list of "130 nonprofit hospital andhealth system CEOs to know." The leaders on this list lead some of the largest and most prominent hospitals and healthsystems in the nation. They were selected to this list based on their experience, professional achievement and involvement in their communities.

    Note: This list is not an endorsement of included...

  • Nov
    20
    2014

    Robin Guenther named LEED fellow

    By: HHI Admin

    November 20, 2014

    GreenBuilding News

    Perkins+Will announced that Robin Guenther, FAIA, an international leader in sustainable health care architecture, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building...

  • Nov
    19
    2014

    Practice Greenhealth Congratulates Member Gundersen Health Systems

    By: HHI Admin

    News Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    November 10, 2014

    Gundersen reaches energy independence

    First health system in nation to achieve this distinction

    LA CROSSE WI--Gundersen Health System achieved its first day of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. On Oct. 14, 2014, Gundersen produced more energy than the health system consumed. 

    In 2008, Dr. Jeff Thompson, Gundersen CEO, set a goal for the organization to control rising energy costs and improve the health of the communities it...

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