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Editorial: ‘We All Breathe the Same Air’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Missoulian (Montana):Montana is home to one of the top 10 emitters of greenhouse gases in the nation. The coal-fired power plant at Colstrip is by far the largest industrial source of greenhouse gases in Montana, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Nevertheless, thanks to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Montana was finally on its way to charting a course for cleaner energy. In the past few years the state had put together a blueprint of sorts for complying with the plan, and earlier this year Gov. Steve Bullock announced the members of a 27-member advisory council charged with making recommendations on how to cut carbon pollution in the most environmentally effective, least economically damaging way possible.Then the Clean Power Plan got tangled up in the courts, coal began a steady global collapse and Montana’s leaders seemingly abandoned efforts to help mitigate climate change in order to focus their attention on saving the Colstrip power plant.Montana’s state and federal leaders have been spending a great deal of time talking about how to keep Colstrip viable. Bullock is even taking steps to put together a working group addressing Colstrip’s future.They are taking this train in the wrong direction. Regardless of how the Clean Power Plan plays out in court, Montana must get back on track. It must not commit public resources to propping up an industry that damages public health. Montanans must remind our governor and congressional delegates that the state still needs to plan for a future that includes a strong, diversified energy industry, good-paying jobs and most of all, clean air.There’s no reason to delay, and every reason to move forward with urgency. Montanans’ health depends on it.Just this month, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released a new report that links the effects of climate change with public health, and noted that if things don’t change, Montana can expect to see more drought, soil erosion and dust activity, for instance. The report, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment,” connects these outcomes to human activities including agriculture, livestock grazing, irrigation and the like.It also, of course, notes that Montana can expect more wildfires and more smoke – and therefore, poorer air quality.In Missoula and Ravalli counties, poor air quality is particularly concerning. Although Missoula has made some headway thanks to local standards, it is still losing ground and its air quality continues to receive the poorest possible grade from the American Lung Association.The American Lung Association will be releasing its annual State of the Air report later this month. Last year’s report, which studied the years 2011-2013, showed that hotter, drier summers – with their more frequent, more intense wildfires – were responsible for increased particle pollution in places like Missoula and Ravalli counties. In Missoula County, for example, 86 percent of the poor air quality days were directly attributed to wildfire smoke.Consequently, Missoulians can expect to see more cases of chronic illness and respiratory disease. Children and the elderly, pregnant women, and people with heart or lung disease are especially vulnerable. Climate change is even extending the allergy season, including more – and more potent – airborne allergens.County-level air quality standards are effective, but they can only go so far. Montana must join the national push to mitigate wildfires by curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and it can accomplish this by dramatically reducing the use of coal as an energy source.And then what? Montana must continue to hold a statewide discussion that focuses on replacing polluting energy sources with cleaner ones, making use of new energy technologies and training a workforce equipped to overcome the inevitable challenges of such a massive transition.Recent polling data shows Montana residents want to do something about climate change, but are skeptical of the Clean Power Plan. A poll released last month by the University of Montana and Stanford University found that 54 percent of Montanans agree that climate change’s effect “pose a serious problem for the state.” And a whopping 71 percent would prefer to see the state “develop its own plan to reduce emissions” instead of allowing the federal government to call the shots.Montanans can already see that climate change is costing us immensely, and we shouldn’t wait to begin taking steps to reduce that threat by implementing our own standards. Bullock ought to reconvene the Clean Power Plan advisory council, and direct the group to continue working on this issue.The council should be given the support to continue to develop state-level solutions to the global problem of climate change.Montanans may remain divided on the Clean Power Plan, whether to lend public support to propping up Colstrip and, if so, how far to go. Regardless of those divisions, it would be wise to keep in mind that we all breathe the same air.Missoulian Editorial: Return focus to clean energy, healthy air Editorial: ‘We All Breathe the Same Air’last_img read more

3 ways to make your employees your best brand ambassadors

first_img 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Be an example of leadershipYour employees will be highly influenced by your leadership. If you’re not a good leader, you won’t have the staff that you want. Be an example of the kind of employee you want them to be, and you’ll see great results. Believe in your staff and be a great communicator. If you’re open and honest with them, they’ll respect you and that will allow them to be great.Let them be the solutionNo one knows your customers better than your front-line staff. They help customers deal with the everyday problems that they face. Use this data for good. Find out what customers are saying and use this information to improve your products and services. Your employees will feel like their voice matters, and your customers will love a company that listens to their needs.Recognize great workWhen someone’s work is recognized as being exemplary, it only inspires them to continue being great. No matter what department an employee works in, recognize them when they’ve gone the extra mile. A great employee who works for a company they believe in is an employee who will stick around and be a top-notch performer.last_img read more

Hector Bellerin insists ‘everyone’ at Arsenal ‘trusts’ Unai Emery after frustrating start

first_imgBellerin has only played in Arsenal’s cup competitions this term (Picture: Getty)Despite the Gunners’ worrying start to the campaign, Bellerin has jumped to Emery’s defence and claims the entire squad have confidence in the Spaniard.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think this team has evolved a lot since the beginning of last season,’ Bellerin said.‘When the board sign a manager like Unai, they know it’s all going to be part of a process.‘He has his ideas and he’s done so well at Sevilla and Valencia and Paris – so everyone trusts in the manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Sometimes things don’t go your way but then it’s about turning it around.‘I think if you take out from last season those three games which we lost – it would have been a very positive season and turned out another way.‘It is part of a process and I think we are improving as players and the manager is getting to know us every single day and for us it is to just to keep going forward with the head up.’ Hector Bellerin insists ‘everyone’ at Arsenal ‘trusts’ Unai Emery after frustrating start Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:44FullscreenArsenal v Crystal Palace: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-crystal-palace-unai-emery-press-conference-2035670/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Bellerin is yet to feature in the Premier League since returning from a serious knee injury, but the right-back has told Emery he’s ‘ready’ to face Palace this weekend.‘When something you love so much, for whatever reason, is stopping you from doing it, I don’t think there is a worse thing.‘But while the process has been really hard, I’ve also taken a lot of positives out if it – as a person and as a player.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I had family and friends with me and other distractions that in the past six years of my life I wasn’t able to do while I was playing all the time, like being in my home town for two months.‘Even though I was sitting on the sofa and couldn’t move, it was a long time since I’d been able to enjoy my friends and family. When life takes things from you, it gives you other positives and always important to look at the brighter side.‘I am feeling better every day. I am ready whenever the decision of the manager is to play me.’Will Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Unai Emery says he agreed Mesut Ozil exile with Arsenal top brass Advertisement Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 8:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link239Shares Advertisement Hector Bellerin has full confidence in Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin has backed Arsenal to get over their frustrating start to the season and insists ‘everyone’ at the club ‘trusts’ Unai Emery.Arsenal have only managed two wins from their seven matches in the Premier League and Emery has faced criticism from pundits and supporters for the team’s playing style and inconsistent results.The biggest concern of all has been Arsenal’s away form, with the north London club beaten in half of their last ten away games on the road, taking just 11 points from a possible 30.A wretched 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United last weekend was arguably their worst performance yet and Emery will be desperate for all three points when the side hosts Crystal Palace on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more