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Cleaner air, better lungs

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first_img Read Full Story Reducing air pollution was associated with increased lung function in children ages 11 to 15, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The new findings suggest that it’s important to continue efforts to improve air quality, say two Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health professors who wrote an editorial accompanying the study.“Some have argued that the substantial improvements in air quality over the past 40 years are sufficient to protect public health and that there is little evidence to support more stringent standards,” wrote Douglas Dockery, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and chair of the Department of Environmental Health, and James Ware, Frederick Mosteller Professor of Biostatistics and associate dean for clinical and translational science. “However, the current report and other studies suggest that further improvement in air quality may have beneficial public health effects.”In a March 4, 2015 New York Times article, Dockery noted, “If there is an opportunity to improve air quality, we should think about those types of improvements to benefit our kids.”last_img read more

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PGNiG gains permit for Norwegian Sea well

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first_imgThe Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG a drilling permit for a well in the Norwegian Sea.Odfjell Deepsea Nordkapp; Source: Odfjell DrillingThe NPD said on Friday that the wildcat well, designated 6507/5-9 S, would be drilled from the Deepsea Nordkapp drilling rig after completing the drilling of development wells on Skogul in production license 460.The drilling program for the well relates to the drilling of wildcat wells in production license 838. PGNiG’s Norwegian subsidiary is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Aker BP and Wintershall DEA with 30 percent each.The area in this license consists of part of block 6507/6 and part of block 6507/5. The well will be drilled about 4.5 kilometers southeast of the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea.Production license 838 was awarded on February 5, 2016, in APA 2015 on the Norwegian shelf. This is the first well which will be drilled in the license.To remind, the Deepsea Nordkapp rig was recently involved in Aker BP’s small gas discovery near the Bøyla field.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.last_img read more

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Hammers issue stadium denial

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first_imgWest Ham are confident that the deal to move into the Olympic Stadium does not contravene domestic or European legislation.The Premier League club are set to move into the London 2012 showpiece venue for the start of 2016-17 season, but the journey there has been a tortuous one, fraught with controversy.Fresh questions were raised about the award of the 99-year lease to West Ham on Tuesday, when it was suggested the deal may contravene European state aid law.The report suggests the failure of London Mayor Boris Johnson and the London Legacy Development Corporation to obtain prior approval from the European Commission before signing the deal opens up the possibility of challenges from anyone who feels disadvantaged.That could leave West Ham facing a large compensation bill, but the club defended their position in a lengthy statement about the Olympic Stadium deal. A West Ham spokesman said: “West Ham United is confident that its agreement with the LLDC complies with all relevant UK and European legislation and categorically does not constitute state aid. “Indeed, the European Commission looked into a complaint in relation to our move to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2013 but ‘decided not to further pursue’ the matter.”The club was selected as anchor concessionaire following a fair, transparent and robust process that was open to any group or organisation in the country. “Out of the four proposals submitted, West Ham’s was selected as it delivered a sustainable and viable future for the Stadium and, crucially, provided the best return for the taxpayer. “The agreement with the LLDC will see West Ham make a substantial capital contribution towards the conversion works of a Stadium that it may only rent for up to 25 matchdays a year, pay a multimillion pound annual usage fee, as well as offering a share of food and catering sales from its supporters.”The worldwide draw of hosting the most popular and watched football league in the world in such an iconic venue will add value to any sponsorship and commercial agreements related to the Stadium, which the public purse stands to further benefit from.”It is clear that the linking of the naming rights to West Ham United generates real cash value for the LLDC. “Without West Ham United, the Stadium would continue to cost the taxpayer millions of pounds a year.”With us, the public purse will see a return on the hundreds of millions of pounds that were committed to build the Stadium, long before West Ham’s association had begun.”last_img read more

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