May 8th, 2014 by American Thoracic Society
Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the human heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease.
The research was published in the paper, ‘Traffic-related Air Pollution and the Right Ventricle. The Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis‘, in the American Thoracic Society‘s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,
“Although the link between traffic-related air pollution and left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and cardiovascular death is established, the effects of traffic-related air pollution on the right ventricle have not been well studied,” said lead author Peter Leary, MD, MS, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Continue reading
May 8th, 2014 by Goldridge Estate Agents
Goldridge Estate Agents is sponsoring island cricketer David Hooper for the sum of £1 for each run he scores and £10 for each wicket he takes in the KRyS Global Premier Evening League 1. The money raised will go to local charity Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG).
‘Hoops’, as he is known, plays for Goldridge Griffins.
“Hoops is one of Guernsey Cricket’s star performers, and plays for one of our teams, so he seemed an obvious choice for further sponsorship in aid of the charity.” Continue reading
May 8th, 2014 by Guernsey Community Foundation
From Monday 2 June to Saturday 7 June 2014, the Pop-Up shop will be occupied by a wide range of charities that are actively seeking volunteers.
For those thinking about volunteering, this presents an easy opportunity to drop in for an informal chat about what opportunities are out there.
The shop on Smith Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
“We want to make volunteering as accessible as possible, so the pop-up shop is perfectly located to catch workers during their lunch break or after work,”’ Laurel Le Tocq of the Continue reading
May 7th, 2014 by Saffery Champness
He is once again looking forward to what he considers to be a highlight of the route – walking along the south coast cliffs at dawn on what he hopes will be a calm and sunny morning on 7 June 2014.
Encouraged by friends who were also participating, Mr Russell’s first walk in 2005 took him 13 hours to complete, pacing himself throughout the day and stopping regularly to rehydrate. Continue reading
April 7th, 2014 by Appleby
April 4th, 2014 by Guernsey Water
The utility has been carrying out investigations into the sewerage system in this area after the heavy rainfall and high tides of January and February 2014 led to some localised flooding.
A section of sewer has been identified as a potential cause for some of these problems, and will be repaired as a matter of urgency.
The utility anticipated carrying out the works immediately, but due to the spring tides forecast for the next few days, a decision was made to defer the works for another week.
The road will therefore remain under a one-way traffic flow restriction, currently in place due to an existing excavation, until the closure begins on 7th April 2014.
Mark Walker, Acting director of water services said “the expected spring tide could have a negative impact on the repairs and lead to further problems, so it was felt sensible to wait until the tide had reverted to a neap tide.”
If customers do notice that there is no work going on in the road over the next few days despite being one-way, this is the reason.
We apologise for any inconvenience that these important works may cause to customers.”
Further information on traffic management arrangements is online at www.iris.gov.gg.
March 31st, 2014 by Male Uprising in Guernsey
The two charities have joined forces to drive home the message that adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best way to avoid bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer is Guernsey’s third most common cancer with around 40 to 45 new cases diagnosed each year.
According to Cancer Research UK studies show that exercise could reduce colon cancer risk by about a quarter.
By maintaining a healthy weight, the risk of developing the disease could be as much as halved, compared to people who are overweight and don’t exercise. Continue reading
March 30th, 2014 by Chalmers
Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2° Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which is published in “The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets” in the Journal of Climate Change.
On Monday 31 March 2014 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents their report on the impacts of climate change.
Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy and transportation sectors currently account for the largest share of climate pollution.
However, a study from Chalmers now shows that eliminating these emissions would not guarantee staying below the UN limit.
Emissions from agriculture threaten to keep increasing as global meat and dairy consumption increases.
March 28th, 2014 by The Lancet
The introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe has been quickly followed by large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma, according to the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke-free legislation on child health, published in the paper ‘Effect of smoke-free legislation on perinatal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis‘ in the The Lancet.
The analysis of 11 studies done in North America and Europe, involving more than 2.5 million births, and nearly 250 000 asthma exacerbations, showed that rates of both preterm births and hospital attendance for asthma were reduced by 10% within a year of smoke-free laws coming into effect.
Currently only 16% of the world’s population is covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws, and 40% of children worldwide are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke.
To date, most studies have looked at the impact of smoking bans on adult outcomes, but children account for more than a quarter of all deaths and over half of all healthy years of life lost due to exposure to second-hand smoke. Continue reading
March 25th, 2014 by World Meteorological Organization
The year 2013 demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate.
The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend.
It provided a snapshot of regional and national temperatures and extreme events as well as details of ice cover, ocean warming, sea level rise and greenhouse gas concentrations – all inter-related and consistent indicators of our changing climate.
Thirteen of the fourteen warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century, and each of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one, culminating with 2001-2010 as the warmest decade on record. Continue reading