Outdoor Updates: Toxic algae is killing dogs in the southeast

first_imgOn Monday the Trump administration announced plans to weaken the Endangered Species Act during a time of record global extinctions. Under the new rules, officials will be able to attach a price tag to saving a plant or animal, even though Congress decided that economic costs should not be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to save a species. Blanket protections for newly listed animals will also be removed.  Dog owners: beware. A toxic blue-green algae has killed four dogs in North Carolina and Georgia this week. The dogs died after swimming in, and most likely drinking, algae-contaminated water, leading to liver failure.  Toxic algae can bloom in freshwater and saltwater and may be hard to spot. Look for foam or scum on the water and blue, red, vibrant green or brown colors on top of the water that can resemble spilled paint. Toxic algae can also smell very bad, though animals may be attracted to the odor. Symptoms of exposure in dogs include diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, drooling, difficulty breathing or seizures. If your dog experiences any of these symptoms, take the animal directly to the vet.  Toxic algae is killing dogs in the southeast The money will buy new school buses, public buses, garbage trucks, and electric-vehicle charging stations. While the projects include two new electric buses, one-third of the projects will replace old diesel vehicles with new ones. Several projects include natural gas or propane vehicles. In total, the state of Pennsylvania was awarded $118 million from the Volkswagen emissions scandal known as Dieselgate. Since President Nixon signed it into law in 1973, protection under the Endangered Species Act has saved over 1,400 species of plants and animals. In total, ninety-nine percent of plants and animals given protection under the law have been saved. There are currently about 1,600 plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.  Pennsylvania will use Dieselgate settlement to buy more diesel vehicles Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state will spend $8.5 million from the Volkswagen Dieselgate settlement to fund 34 cleaner energy projects. Critics, however, point out that much of the money will go to fund diesel instead of electric vehicles. The Trump administration has released plans to weaken the Endangered Species Actlast_img read more

3 tips for winning over your harshest critics

first_imgLet’s face it: we can’t please everyone. If you’re like me, sometimes this is hard to accept. When certain colleagues don’t see your full potential or are skeptical of your abilities, it’s important you not get discouraged, even though that can prove difficult. The next time you face critics at work, consider these three tips for changing their mind and knocking it out of the park.Keep your head downWhen coworkers demonstrate doubt in your ability to perform in your position, the best decision you can make is to lay low and keep your nose to the grindstone. Many critics are only out for themselves, so don’t let them negatively influence you. The most effective way to prove yourself is to stay focused and work toward your goal.Communicate your strengthsWhen someone doubts you when you know for certain you are capable, don’t be afraid to communicate to them why you are sure of yourself. If you’ve been tasked with a project that others think you may not be right for, demonstrate to your colleagues what it is that makes you perfect for the role.Resist the urge to get defensiveRemember it’s not personal, it’s work. That can be hard for some (including myself) to accept. But when others are critical, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t appreciate you as a person. Remain calm when your critics express themselves and consider their feedback and look at things from their perspective. You never know; what may seem like negative criticisms may actually end up benefiting you in the end. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Poland increases capacity in updated draft offshore wind bill

first_imgThe Polish government has published a revised draft offshore wind bill which would allow for 5.9 GW instead of 4.6 GW of capacity to be offered via Contracts for Difference (CfDs) by the end of June 2021. The new draft also proposes solutions for the connection of offshore wind farms to the national grid, which envisages investors to be responsible for constructing and financing the connection. The government plans the second phase of development to include two auctions, the first in 2025 and the second in 2027, both for 2.5 GW of capacity. This means that the revised draft does not include the 2023 and 2028 auctions as announced in January.center_img According to the Polish Wind Energy Association (PSEW), this 5.9 GW in the first phase of development correspond to the real potential of advanced projects, i.e. those that already have or will be able to sign a connection agreement within a specified period of time. However, state-owned transmission system operator Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne will have the right of first refusal in case of a potential sale by the investor.last_img read more

West Nile Virus reported in Palm Beach County

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health is reporting that at least one person in Palm Beach County has acquired the West Nile Virus.No other information regarding the person was given other than that the virus was acquired locally.The mosquito-born virus has not been reported in the area since 2018, however, there have been several cases of the virus reported in Miami as recent as June.Authorities believe the uptick in cases is due to the increased rain fall which is creating more areas of standing water.The health department is advising people to dump standing water where it has collected and discarding old tires, cans, broken flower pots, that may collect water.They also suggest wearing items that cover your skin and or mosquito repellent when outdoors.For children under the age of two-months, mosquito netting is suggested.last_img read more