Archive for the 'Around the World' Category

Bekleidung und Umweltschutz

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Umwelt im Unterricht: Die Textilbranche, “Fast Fashion” und Wege zu nachhaltiger Bekleidung. (2016)

“Die Textilbranche ist stark von der Globalisierung geprägt. Die Produktionsschritte verteilen sich weltweit auf diejenigen Standorte, an denen die geringsten Kosten anfallen. Das ermöglicht niedrige Preise für die Verbraucherinnen und Verbraucher. Doch Umwelt- und Sozialstandards werden auf diese Weise häufig vernachlässigt, zum Teil mit katastrophalen Folgen. Das zeigt zum Beispiel der Einsturz des Fabrikgebäudes Rana Plaza in Bangladesch im Jahr 2013. Welche Folgen haben die Produktionsbedingungen für Mensch und Umwelt? Welche Ansätze zur Verbesserung gibt es?”

Umwelt im Unterricht: Wie PFC in die Umwelt gelangen.

“Immer wieder berichten Medien über Funde von sogenannten per- und polyfluorierten Chemikalien, kurz PFC, in der Umwelt: Im Wasser, im Boden, in der Luft – diese Chemikalien sind inzwischen auf der ganzen Welt nachweisbar. Sie sind biologisch nicht abbaubar, und für einige dieser Verbindungen wird eine toxische und krebserzeugende Wirkung vermutet. Doch wie gefährlich sind PFC tatsächlich für Menschen, Tiere und die Umwelt? Woher kommen sie überhaupt? Und wo sind sie überall verbreitet?”

Buchempfehlung dazu: Heike Holdinghausen: “Dreimal anziehen, weg damit?” Kostet bei der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung nur einen Euro.

“Few people know more about the change of pace in travel than Bette”

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

The Washington Post: Meet the woman who’s spent 60 years making the skies a little friendlier. (Nov 25, 2017)

“It’s early on a Thursday morning and flight attendant Bette Nash has just strolled up to Gate 19 at Reagan National Airport, where American Airlines Flight 2160 bound for Boston is parked and preparing for boarding.

As she pauses at the counter to adjust her scarf, a 20-something guy looks up. He lets out a gasp.

“Oh, my God,” he says excitedly. “Are you Bette Nash? Can I have your picture?”

This is what life is like when you are Nash, 81, who has been flying since Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House and a ticket for a flight cost $12.”

Southern Living: Virginia Woman Celebrates 60 Years of Service in the Skies—World’s Most Senior Flight Attendant. (Nov 10, 2017)

“For years now – decades, really- Nash has been a staple on the shuttle that zips back and forth between Washington, D.C. and Boston. […]
She flies the route several times a day and then drives home at the end of her shift. While the route doesn’t have the glamour of, say, a trip to Paris or London, the regular hours were important for Nash, because it meant that she could be home for her son. Nash a single mother and her child has special needs. “I have my handicap son. I wanted to be home every night. It wasn’t a choice for me,” she told ABC.

Now, at 82 years of age, Nash may be the most senior flight attendant in the world. That hasn’t slowed her down much, though. She can still be seen working on the shuttle as it flies between Boston and D.C. She’s been on the route so long that she knows many of the passengers.”

CNN Business Traveler: Lessons from 60 years as a flight attendant. (YouTube, 4min, published on Dec 2, 2016)

Corresponding article: Meet Bette Nash: She might just be the world’s oldest serving flight attendant.

“[T]here are so many areas where you can get lost and not even realize it until you’re lost”

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

The New York Times Magazine: Tragically Lost in Joshua
Tree’s Wild Interior – Dark Zones

“In June 2010, Bill Ewasko traveled alone from his home in suburban Atlanta to Joshua Tree National Park, where he planned to hike for several days. […]

Ewasko left a rough itinerary behind with his girlfriend, Mary Winston, featuring multiple destinations, both inside and outside the park. […]

The plan was that after he finished the hike, probably no later than 5 p.m., he would call Winston to check in, then grab dinner in nearby Pioneertown. But 5 p.m. rolled around, and Ewasko hadn’t called. Winston tried his cellphone several times, and it went directly to voice mail. She knew he might still be in a region of the park with limited cellular access, but the thought was hardly reassuring. As night fell on the West Coast with no word from Ewasko, Winston tried to call someone at the park, but by then Joshua Tree headquarters had closed for the day. Her only option was to wait.”

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I’ve been following the efforts of Tom Mahood as chronicled on his weblog Other Hand for years, ever since I read about the The Hunt for the Death Valley Germans.

“Anna became interested in home birth and home abortion after having been poorly treated in a hospital.”

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The California Sunday Magazine: “Whatever’s your darkest question, you can ask me.” “A secret network of women is working outside the law and the medical establishment to provide safe, cheap home abortions.”

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“Gobsmackingly uninformed.”

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Washington Post: ‘Mr. Santorum, CPR doesn’t work if all the blood is on the ground.’.

““How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations where there is a violent shooter and you can actually respond to that?” Santorum said. […]
The comments drew ridicule from physicians, among others, who assured Santorum that learning CPR wouldn’t save victims of a mass shooting. […]

Heather Sher, a Florida-based radiologist who examined the gunshot wounds of at least one Parkland, Fla., shooting victim on the day of the shooting, called Santorum’s comments “gobsmackingly uninformed.”

“CPR is not effective with catastrophic bleeding,” she said on Twitter. “Speechless! Learn CPR! Everyone should for cardiopulmonary arrest. But for gunshot wounds, a) attend stop the bleeding course by trauma surgeons or b) pass #gunreform (helpful hint: option b is the better option.)””

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