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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

Tata Steel Chess: Anand starts well, Carlsen leads after day one

first_img COMMENT 9 months ago Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, and Anand Ahuja’s LA vacay is all things fun, see pics WATCH US LIVE 1. Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 5); 2. Hikaru Nakmura (Usa, 4); 3-7: Anish Giri (Ned), Ding Liren (Chn), V Anand, VIdit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna (All Ind) 3 points each; 8-10: Levon Aronian (Arm), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus). 9 months ago Watch: Subramanian Swamy responds to Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha on SPG cover to Gandhis WE RECOMMEND Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s vacation pictures are a must-see First Published: 23rd November, 2019 09:39 ISTcenter_img LIVE TV FOLLOW US 10 months ago Halloween 2019: Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja amaze as Anarkali & Salim Viswanathan Anand drew with Ding Liren of China and Wesley So of the United States before going down to Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia on the first day of the Tata Steel Chess tournament here on Friday. World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway steered ahead of the rivals winning two and drawing one game and ended the day with five points overall as each of the rapid games are worth two points for a win and one for a draw. With Carlsen surging ahead, Hikaru Nakamur of the United States emerged on the second spot with four points in all. Anand shared the third spot with Anish Giri of Holland, Ding Liren and compatriots Vidit Gujrathi and P Harikrishna. READ | Vijender Outpunches Charles To Win His 12th Pro Boxing Fight In-a-rowThe efforts of Harikrishna and Gujrathi were praiseworthy on an opening day as they both remained undefeated and pulled out three draws apiece. Levon Aornian of Armenia, Wesley So and Nepomniachtchi shared the eighth spot on two points apiece with six rounds still to come in the rapid section of the super tournament, which will be followed by a blitz event that will last another eighteen rounds.  The event carries a total prize pool of USD 150000 (slightly over Rs 1 crore).READ | Manavaditya Wins His Maiden Junior Men’s Trap National TitleAnand’s campaign got off to a good start as he played out a draw as black against Ding Liren in the opener. Things got even better as Anand was able to beat arch-rival Wesley So in his bid to stay in contention for a place in the grand finale of the grand chess tour to be held at London in about a week’s time. However, things took a turn for the bitter in the final game of the day as Anand faced a rejuvenated Nepomniachtchi after two successive losses in the first two games. The Russian capitalized on a  kingside attack to romp home in a quick time. Anand displayed exceptional technique meanwhile to beat Wesley So out of a Ruy Lopez game. It was a closed set up that looked level with dynamics in place. Anand went for an endgame that gave him a better Bishop against a Knight. It was a long grind that lasted 72 moves. Anand needs to finish in a minimum of sixth place here in order to qualify for the grand finale which will be played at London amongst the top four finishers of the tour.READ | Deontay Wilder Vs Luis Ortiz 2 Live Streaming And Schedule: Where To Watch & PreviewStandings after round 3 rapid Last Updated: 23rd November, 2019 09:39 IST Tata Steel Chess: Anand Starts Well, Carlsen Leads After Day One Anand drew with Ding Liren of China and Wesley So of the US before going down to Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia on the first day of the Tata Steel Chess READ | UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals Conor McGregor’s Words Before Winning UFC 229 Fight 10 months ago Anand-Carlsen duo on Sourav Ganguly’s wishlist to ring Eden Bell Press Trust Of India last_img read more

Qantas offers new inflight experience

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Qantas upgrades Boeing 747-400 expereince In a move to enhance the in-flight experience for more Qantas passengers the airline will introduce its fourth newly-fitted Boeing 747-400 to its international network.Qantas Executive Manager Customer Experience Alison Webster said international travellers flying on the newly fitted aircraft were pleased with the new services, which is in line with their flag ship A380 service.“In-flight entertainment is now available on larger personal screens with over 1,500 content Selections,” Ms Webster said. “Our   customers   in   Business   now   enjoy   new   cabin   mood   lighting   and   the   award-winning fully-flat Skybed designed by Marc Newson.“Economy customers also receive a new level of comfort with a custom designed seat featuring a unique footrest net and ergonomic cushioning and a self- service snack bar,”Ms Webster said the fourth newly-fitted B747 is scheduled to go into operation at the end of this month.The Reconfiguration Program comprises of a complete fit out of the aircrafts interior including new seats and new cabin configurations. The aircraft is fitted with 364 seats 58 Business, 36Premium Economy and 270 Economy.According to the airline by mid 2012, Qantas will have six newly-fitted B747 aircraft operating on long haul Pacific routes including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Santiago.last_img read more

Its the biggest deal in Salesforces history

first_img Sponsored Content Salesforce shares fell 5.3% to $152.80 on Monday, implying that Wall Street investors were skeptical of the deal. As Wedbush Securities analyst Steve Koenig said, per Reuters, “Salesforce shares are trading down, may be out of fears that the company is buying growth because organic growth is slowing.”Ultimately, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told analysts during a media briefing on Monday that by owning Tableau, Salesforce would be able to better court customers who are seeking a “completely strategic product line,” implying that companies are looking to buy enterprise software from companies that sell multiple products that work well together.Benioff explained that Salesforce needed to “go even more deeply” into providing data visualization tools for its customers. The next step, he said, is to make a big sales push of Tableau’s products.“I mean we’re going to plan to put that thing on overdrive,” Benioff said.More must-read stories from Fortune:—Phishing hackers can now bypass two-factor authentication—Apple’s sign-in feature is a “shot across the bow” at tech giant rivals—Uber’s CEO has absorbed the COO role for more control—Google is changing its search results. Here’s what to expect—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 DailyCatch up with Data Sheet, Fortune‘s daily digest on the business of tech.You May Like by Ultimate Software ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSalesforce’s plan to buy data-analytics company Tableau for $15.3 billion would be its biggest acquisition ever.The deal, announced Monday, would eclipse the size of the business software giant’s previous acquisitions, including the $6.5 billion it paid for enterprise software company Mulesoft in 2018, and $582 million for workplace software firm Quip in 2016.Although relatively large, Tableau is not a hot young data startup. Founded in 2003, it has been trying to shift to charging subscriptions for its data visualization products instead of selling software licenses.It’s a big business overhaul similar to what other enterprise companies like Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are attempting to do. These companies are trying to keep up with current IT-purchasing trends, in which companies are increasingly buying business technology via the cloud.What customers do like about Tableau, however, is that its tools are “simple, easy-to-use” and geared towards business leaders, explained Forrester vice president and principal analyst Liz Herbert.The deal expands Salesforce’s product portfolio to include data visualization tools alongside its core customer relationship management software and the word processing and spreadsheet tools. In this way, Salesforce is becoming more of a one-stop shop that directly competes against tech giants like Microsoft and Google that sell a variety of enterprise software and services.Get Eye on A.I., Fortune’s newsletter on artificial intelligence.Google, for instance, said last week it plans to buy data analytics company Looker for $2.6 billion in a bid to sell services that let businesses merge and analyze corporate data that is stored in multiple databases or cloud services.Constellation Research analyst Holger Mueller compared Salesforce and Google’s recent deals and claimed that Google “got the better deal” because the search giant paid far less for Looker. Furthermore, it doesn’t have to worry about continuing to shift Tableau’s business to a subscription model. A Work Culture Built for All Generations HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 MyPOV – @Google got the better deal with @LookerData than @salesforce with @tableau – less customers is the only part speaking for @Tableau but not at 6x the price. Most importantly – no need to rebuild Looker for cloud era. And visualization is picked by #AI in the cloud era. pic.twitter.com/upQPsTLGZe— Holger Mueller (@holgermu) June 10, 2019last_img read more