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January 30, 2013
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  • Humans have polluted the air much longer than thought
    Scientists studying ice cores taken from Greenland have determined that methane levels have been affected by human activity as far back as about 100 B.C. "It used to be that before 1750, everything was considered 'natural,' so the baseline needs to be reconsidered, and we need to look farther back in time to see how much methane there was before humans got involved," said scientist Célia Sapart of Utrecht University. Smithsonian Magazine (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Wind power is good for Ore.'s air, water resources
    The environmental benefits of Oregon's wind power industry are equal to eliminating 550,000 vehicles from the streets annually, according to a report from Environment Oregon. Aside from being less polluting than fossil fuel-burning power plants, wind farms consume virtually no water, the report showed. In 2011, wind power production in Oregon cut more than 3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions and saved more than a billion gallons of water, the report found. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Alleviate stress by taking an 8-minute pause
    Dedicate eight minutes in the middle of your day to completely unplugging from work and relaxing, Amy Jo Martin suggests. "It can be as easy as listening to a few songs, or going for a walk. However you choose to take it, make sure there are no distractions. No phones, conversations, or computers," she writes. Fast Company online (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    The subject line in the Jan. 23 issue of A&WMA SmartBrief gave the incorrect title for A&WMA Executive Director Jim Powell. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."
--Florence Nightingale,
British social reformer, nurse and statistician

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