Hurricane Irma as seen from the International Space Station

September 6, 2017 by  
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NASA captured an astonishing video of Hurricane Irma from space. Soon after the National Hurricane Center upgraded Irma to a Category 5 storm , the International Space Station’s external cameras caught what NASA described as a dramatic view of the hurricane . Irma has already smashed records – meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said on Twitter earlier this morning Irma has broken the Atlantic record previously held by 1980’s Hurricane Allen for Accumulated Cyclone Energy produced during 24 hours. Hurricane Irma is currently moving over Caribbean islands, and looks to be en route to Florida with winds reaching up to 185 miles per hour. As the International Space Station orbited the Earth, the station’s cameras shot the hurricane from multiple angles, showing how truly massive it is. According to weather forecaster Liam Dutton , Hurricane Irma is so large it would cover both Ireland and the United Kingdom. Related: Category 5 Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever Most of the people on Antigua and Barbuda lost power, and in Antigua around 1,000 people spent the night in shelters, according to ABS TV and Radio director of news Garfield Burford. He said the winds posed a major threat, and that a few rooftops had already blown away. Around 1,600 people reside on Barbuda, where the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over. Irma – des images de Saint Barth @ParisMatch pic.twitter.com/KhbYgMr6ha — Pauline Lallement (@pau_lallement) September 6, 2017 The hurricane also hit Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, causing blackouts and flooding . French Overseas Territories Minister Annick Girardin was quoted by AFP as saying Hurricane Irma has resulted in major damage on multiple Caribbean islands. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters of Saint Martin, “We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed.” Image d'un hôtel à #StMartin après le passage #IRMA #ouraganIRMA via @guadeloupe_1ere pic.twitter.com/im6ORYro8m — La1ere.fr (@la1ere) September 6, 2017 According to The Guardian, Tropical Storm Jose, which is the weather system following Hurricane Irma, is forecast to turn into a hurricane by tonight. Via Reuters , The Guardian , and NASA Images via screenshot and screenshot

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Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

August 31, 2015 by  
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Bill McKibbem warned us three decades ago that climate change would create a series of devastating phenomena that we have never before seen, and we are already starting to see that prediction come true. On Saturday evening, for the first time in recorded history, three category 4 hurricanes were churning in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time as illustrated in the above satellite image. Two of the hurricanes have since subsided, but the incident should be a major wake-up call for anyone still insisting that climate change is normal. Read the rest of Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

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Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola waste

October 23, 2014 by  
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Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola waste Janet Howard 7:15am Featured Image:  How do hospitals prepare for the potential Ebola virus waste stream with science-based decision-making and start off with a best management approach to this waste? While this is an emerging topic with evolving practices, the most important resource is The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web page for interim guidance on the best approaches for protective equipment, segregation, storage, packaging and removal of this Category A infectious material. While this waste stream may not become an issue for most hospitals, preparedness is key. Special process for waste disposal Stericycle , a member of Practice Greenhealth , began working with the CDC and the Department of Transportation in August when the first Ebola case entered the United States. As a result of the collaboration, DOT released a special permit process along with requirements for proper segregation, containment, packaging and removal of this Category A infectious waste to address the needs of Dallas Presbyterian Hospital while maintaining overall public safety. Stericycle, DOT and CDC continue to work together to evaluate the process and prepare to address additional Ebola-related waste needs. At present, each incident is addressed on a case-by-case basis. To prepare for waste disposal, hospital staffers should work with their waste hauler for specific packaging procedures and ensure appropriate supplies are on-hand in the hospital and that their hauler is prepared to manage waste removal and disposal. Additional special permits likely will be required from the Department of Transportation to remove the Category A infections waste (PDF) , a different category from traditional infectious material (Category B). The CDC reports that Ebola requires standard, contact and droplet precautions. It is spread by contact with one or more of the following: infected animals; blood or body fluids (including urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk and semen) of a person sick with Ebola or objects (such as needles and syringes) contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bush meat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals (humans, bats, monkeys and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus. According to the CDC site providing guidance for clinicians, the Ebola virus enters the patient through mucous membranes, breaks in the skin or other parenteral means. It infects many cell types, including monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, endothelial cells, fibroblasts, hepatocytes, adrenal cortical cells and epithelial cells. The incubation period may be related to the infection route (six days for injection versus 10 days for contact). Ebola virus migrates from the initial infection site to regional lymph nodes and subsequently to the liver, spleen and adrenal gland. The CDC reports on the details regarding personal protective equipment. For waste collection, environmental services staff are recommended to wear, at a minimum, disposable gloves, gown (fluid resistant/ impermeable), eye protection (goggles or face shield) and face mask to protect against direct skin and mucous membrane exposure of cleaning chemicals, contamination and splashes or spatters during environmental cleaning and disinfection activities. Additional barriers (leg covers, shoe covers) should be used as needed. If reusable heavy-duty gloves are used for cleaning and disinfecting, they should be disinfected and kept in the room or anteroom. Be sure staff is instructed in the proper use of personal protective equipment including safe removal to prevent contaminating themselves or others in the process, and that contaminated equipment is disposed of appropriately (included in the Category A waste collection). Any mattresses or pillows that are not covered with an impermeable plastic covering should be treated as Category A infectious waste, as well. Check the CDC website frequently for any updates. The CDC also recommends that any room with a patient on isolation for the Ebola virus should be free of cloth materials such as carpeting, curtains or furniture. EPA-registered hospital disinfectants with a label claim for a non-enveloped virus shall be used on all surfaces and all waste should be collected as Category A regulated medical waste, including reusable linens. Sustainability and infection control Sustainability teams , led by infection control, work together to educate new and existing employees, develop posters, strategically place waste bins and monitor waste segregation practices. According to the Practice Greenhealth Sustainability Benchmark Report , award-winning hospitals average a 9 percent regulated medical waste generation with top performers at a 2.3 percent compared to total waste. With waste fees at least five times more than for solid waste, it’s worth the effort, saving anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in waste removal and treatment fees. Top image of biohazard symbol by Maxal Tamor via Shutterstock. This article first appeared at CSRwire . Topics:  Virtualization Health Care

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Ecopreneur Interview Series: Swap.com

May 31, 2011 by  
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Part 20 in a series where Krates Ng (co-founder of Mokugift the ecard service) interviews fellow ecopreneurs.

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The Most Popular Posts in Travel and Nature 2010 (Slideshow)

December 30, 2010 by  
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Photo: WIkimedia Commons It’s no secret, we like trees. But trees photographed using infrared look truly magical.

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Toronto Mayor Plans To Abolish Plastic Bag Tax

December 30, 2010 by  
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Throwing Candy at Children, Santa Claus Parade. Image credit Jason Verwey Toronto used to be known for its green initiatives under former Mayor David Miller; the new mayor, Rob Ford, appears intent on not only stopping the City’s green progress, but actively rolling it back. Next up: cancelling the 5 cent plastic bag charge that has reduced bag use in Toronto by 71%.

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Best of Green: Fashion & Beauty (Slideshow)

April 5, 2010 by  
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– Produced by Mairi Beautyman While green fashion and natural beauty might get lost amidst haute hybrids, architectural wonders, and renewable energy here on TreeHugger, if you’re dressed or showered, this category applies to you. After years of covering innovations in sustainable textiles; organic, natural, and chemical-laden beauty products ; tracking the trends from runway to ready-to-wear, featuring up-and-coming designers who are

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