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Warming Trends: Sports and Climate Change in Texas, Community Housing Projects Named After Rachel Carson, E-Bike Conversion Kits for Bikes


Deadly Mix in Texas: Sports and Climate Change

In Texas, football is life, the days are getting hotter, and climate change denial is taking a toll.

This is a study by undergraduates at Rice University in Houston surveying coaches and other athletic trainers in schools and colleges across the state to see if hot temperatures, humidity and climate change are perceived as health risks for student-athletes. It was the impetus for proposing the project. Sylvia Dee, a climate scientist and assistant professor at Rice University, helped turn the project into a research study, published this week in her journal GeoHealth.

A survey of 224 coaches in Texas found that nearly half were “mildly” or “not at all concerned” about how climate change might affect their practice or the health of their student-athletes. It was shown that there is only “no”. health temperature. Average summer temperatures in Texas are expected to rise several degrees by the end of the century, with cities such as Houston, Austin and Dallas expected to reach average summer temperatures of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity is also expected to rise, pushing the heat index into the lethal zone.

When asked how hot it would be to cancel practice, more than a third of coaches said it exceeded the threshold of 103 degrees, which the National Weather Service considers dangerous for physical activity. set the limit.

“It could reflect local attitudes,” Dee said.

Even though athletes are accustomed to exercising on hot and humid days, they are still vulnerable to heatstroke, which is one of the leading causes of death among high school athletes, ranging from heat rashes and cramps to heat stroke.

Dee said these results, especially as climate change has resulted in more hot and humid days in Texas, will help educate and educate coaches about the dangers of heat and how to protect student-athletes from heatstroke. I said it shows that outreach needs to be done.

However, the dynamics between coaches and student-athletes can be complicated. A coach’s job is to encourage student-athletes to work harder and perform better. Dee said it’s important to recognize the signs of heat stroke and let students know they can stop if they feel they are experiencing symptoms.

“No victory is worth getting someone sick and dying,” she said. “I hope all coaches understand that. I think the education and outreach part is an understatement. can you stop?”


More plant-based meat means less meat-based jobs

A cultural shift to plant-based meat alternatives could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of food production in the United States. uncertainty remains about how industry resources will change in the economy, new research reveals.

Researchers at Cornell University and other institutions have found that 10%, 30%, or 60% of a country’s beef demand is replaced by plant-based beef alternatives, with the aim of revealing the ethical and economic implications. We modeled three economic scenarios. Their findings, published this month in The Lancet, show that these scenarios lead to 2.5% to 13.5% reductions in carbon emissions from food production, but 7 to 45% reductions in cattle and beef processing economies. Indicates a possible connection. Employs 1.5 million people.

These jobs won’t be easily replaced by jobs in the plant-based meat substitute industry, said Daniel Mason de Croz, lead author of the study and a senior fellow at Cornell University. . Pursue a new career.

“People who make a living in these areas will be adversely affected,” said Mason DeKroz. “Next, in terms of trying to make a fair and just transition, it’s important to think about ways to mitigate the negative impact on the lives of these people.”

Mason-D’Croz said more needs to be done to understand the health effects of plant-based meat alternatives. The negative health effects of consuming processed meat are well known, but what are the effects of consuming processed plant-based substitutes?

The uncertainties and concerns that this study raises should not be interpreted as a reason for not adopting more plant-based foods, but rather make people think about what the implications of that adoption might be and encourage them to Prepare.

“No single technology or intervention can solve the kinds of problems we face today regarding climate change, unsustainable resource use, and inequality and inequity in food systems,” said Mason Do Cloz said. I think we should “stop looking for the silver bullet. Instead, I think we need a quiver of solutions to help us navigate this very difficult problem we are facing right now.”


“Continuing Her Legacy”

Scheduled to begin construction this fall on approximately five acres on the Chatham University campus in Pittsburgh, the Rachel Carson Eco Village will include 35 individual and multifamily homes, surrounded by restored forest for decades to come. ,Pasture.

Community housing, or “co-housing,” is a way of designing a neighborhood of private homes that fosters connections between residents through shared spaces, such as co-housing with large kitchens for communal meals. There are currently over 160 such communities in the US, with another 140 or so in development.

Claiming to be the first community housing project on a college campus, the Rachel Carson Eco-Village homes will cost between $200,000 and $500,000. This community is multi-generational, welcoming families of all ages, retirees, and singles. The on-campus location allows residents to access the university and take classes.At least one house is owned by the university and rented to graduate students to strengthen that connection, the architect said. Village founder Stephanie Danes said.

Rachel Carson Eco-Village is named after the environmentalist and author of Silent Spring, a book detailing the environmental damage caused by pesticides and other chemicals. Carson is one of Chatham’s most famous alumni, and the village is just minutes from her homestead outside Pittsburgh.

“There is a real sense that this is carrying on her legacy,” said Danish. It’s a core value of community: how to connect with a place.”

Multi-housing communities often prioritize sustainability. The village plans to recycle and compost, share community gardens, limit parking spaces, reduce car driving and encourage cycling. Homes have passive heating and cooling designed to reduce energy consumption.

The Danes said the village is working with ecologists to understand the landscape and surrounding ecosystems and learn how best to support a life in harmony with the surrounding nature. created a 30-year land management plan for planting trees, grass, and flowers that produce

“We’re really trying to get to know the place and build the place, not the place,” she said.


Turn a manual bike into an e-bike and back again

If you want an electric bike option but love the one you have, consider an electric bike conversion kit.

This month, Swytch debuts a new e-bike conversion kit that weighs around 1.5 pounds and features a smartphone and a not-so-bulky portable battery pack. Riders can lock their bikes, carry their batteries with them to prevent theft, and charge them before their next ride.

The UK-based company sells a kit that allows you to convert a conventional bike into an electric bike. This kit anyone can install him in less than an hour and includes a battery pack with holder, a monitor for the pedals and a new interchangeable front wheel.

Swytch and third party conversion kits often have large batteries and are not easy to install. Swytch’s kit costs about $1,200, while new electric bikes cost him $1,000 to over $5,000.

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This kit provides an option for people who don’t want to have a full e-bike and want to be able to go off-road or commute without an e-bike kit. Swytch’s representative, Isabelle Ross, said:

The company says converting an existing bike to an e-bike may be a more sustainable option than buying a completely new e-bike.

“I don’t think a lot of people know it’s even possible. I think they think there are two options. You can have a manual bike, or you can get an electric bike.” “Our biggest push right now is letting people know that it can be done and they can keep their current bike without having to go through the hassle of finding a new one .”