Read Full Story Antonella Zanobetti, principal research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health, discusses a new study that found that people appear to adapt over time as temperatures creep higher, but also may face increased mortality risk from extreme temperature swings—and their level of risk may depend on where they live.What did you discover that hadn’t been known before?It’s long been known that there is an effect of both heat and cold on mortality and that heat-related mortality is lower in warmer U.S. cities, and cold-related mortality is lower in colder cities. But, until now, no one had looked at how temperature changes over time were affecting health across the nation.We looked at the relationship between mortality and temperature by region, from the 1960s until now, to see how that relationship is changing. We looked at six different U.S. regions, grouping cities into those regions according to their seasonal temperatures and humidity. We found that, as average summer temperatures increased, the effect of very warm temperatures on mortality decreased. But we found the opposite effect with very cold temperatures—as average winter temperature increased, so did mortality. We also found that temperature-related mortality varied by region. For example, along the Pacific coast, the climate is milder than in other parts of the country, so when there’s an extreme temperature event there, people appear to be more susceptible.
Several prominent area business organizations have joined forces to create a new alliance, the Business Alliance for a Clean Lake (BACL), first announced in January 2010. The BACL will bring their member organizations to the Statehouse on Friday, February 19th, to meet with legislators and introduce them to the issues the BACL supports. They will be in the Statehouse cafeteria from 7:45 to 9:30. A brochure describing their program will be available.Founding members of the BACL are: Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce Friends of Northern Lake Champlain Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of CommerceParticipating organizations:- Addison County Chamber of Commerce- Burlington International Airport- Burlington Business Association- Church Street Marketplace Commission- Farmers’ Watershed Alliance- Franklin County Board of Realtors- Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation- St. Albans Area Watershed Association- Vermont Convention BureauMission Statement of Business Alliance for a Clean Lake: Lake Champlain is an incomparable natural, social and economic resource. The Mission of BACL is to support efforts to clean the lake, to prevent further man-made impacts that would reduce its safe and enjoyable use, and to protect the Lake for the future of our economy and for future generations.
The message has been ringing load and clear throughout the credit union industry for years: make better use of data and analytics or lose “member share” to more progressive CU peers or (horrors!) banks and fintech startups.Despite the warning cries, the proportion of credit unions embracing this trend is (horrifyingly!) low.A recent McKinsey & Company report emphasizes the fact that many industries are achieving only a fraction of their “digital potential”. However, the report observes, “In the United States, the information and communications technology sector, media, financial services, and professional services are surging ahead…”. This means other players in the marketplace served by credit unions have a big head start.Credit unions that have been sitting on the sidelines can wait no longer. To get off the bench, these organizations need to ask:What are the basic questions about the organization’s strategic direction that cannot be answered today?How can existing data be better “generated, collected, and organized”?What data outside the organization would be useful?What skillsets are missing internally and to what degree can they (or should they) be outsourced?Once “insights” are uncovered from analytics, what are the practical steps to leveraging them to create value? continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Aker BP a drilling permit for an appraisal well in the North Sea offshore Norway.Deepsea Nordkapp rig; Source: Odfjell DrillingThe well 25/2-22 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Nordkapp semi-submersible drilling rig. Aker BP has already secured consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), to use the Deepsea Nordkapp rig for this well. The drilling is planned to start in mid-January 2020.The drilling program for well 25/2-22 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production license 442. Aker BP is the operator with an ownership interest of 90.26 percent. Other licensee is LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge (9.74 percent).The area in this license consists of parts of blocks 25/2 and 25/3. The well will be drilled about 37 kilometers north of the Heimdal field.Production license 442 was awarded on June 15, 2007 (APA 2006). This is the 9th exploration well to be drilled in the license.The Deepsea Nordkapp is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Moss Maritime CS 60E type, owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The rig was issued with Acknowledgement of Compliance by the PSA in April 2019.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.