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The Mesothelioma Veterans Center

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About Us

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center was created to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits for veterans suffering from asbestos illnesses. The MVC was founded by retired Navy LCDR Carl Jewett. Commander Jewett is a VA-accredited claims agent and has helped hundreds of veterans get approved for their VA benefits after developing mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer from their asbestos exposure in the military.


Earth Day Network

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About Earth Day Network

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

But Earth Day Network does not stop there.

All of EDN’s activities, whether greening schools or promoting green economic policies at home and abroad, inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children. With its partner organizations, EDN provides civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels. At every turn, EDN works to broaden the definition of "environment" to include all issues that affect our health, our communities and our environment, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.

Over the last 40 years, EDN has executed successful environmental campaigns on issues ranging climate change and drinking water to voter registration and saving the whale. EDN is a recognized leader in creating civically–oriented innovative programs with partners outside of the environmental movement to tackle new challenges. Our core programs today focus on:


Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale

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Creating dialogue with religions and other disciplines to find comprehensive solutions to environmental problems.

The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale is the largest international multi-religious project of its kind. With its conferences, publications, and website it is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, and ethics in order to broaden understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns.

The Forum recognizes that religions need to be in dialogue with other disciplines (e.g., science, ethics, economics, education, public policy, gender) in seeking comprehensive solutions to both global and local environmental problems.

Institutional support for the Forum includes: The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Divinity School, Yale Center for Bioethics, the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Germeshausen Foundation, the Kendeda Sustainability Fund, and the Thomas Berry Foundation.


Passive & Low Energy Architecture

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Innovative Sustainable Architecture by TYIN Architects in ThailandPLEA is an organisation engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through annual international conferences, workshops and publications.

It has a membership of several thousand professionals, academics and students from over 40 countries.

Participation in PLEA activities is open to all whose work deals with architecture and the built environment, who share our objectives and who attend PLEA events.

PLEA stands for “Passive and Low Energy Architecture”, a commitment to the development, documentation and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design.

PLEA serves as an open, international, interdisciplinary forum to promote high quality research, practice and education in environmentally sustainable design.

PLEA is an autonomous, non-profit association of individuals sharing the art, science, planning and design of the built environment.

PLEA pursues its objectives through international conferences and workshops; expert group meetings and consultancies; scientific and technical publications; and architectural competitions and exhibitions.



The Initiative for Renewable Energy in Architecture (re-ARCH)

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“Each hour, the sun radiates more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in one whole year.”
American Energy Independence, www.americanenergyindependence.com

The Initiative for Renewable Energy in Architecture (re-ARCH)

The Initiative for Renewable Energy in Architecture (reARCH) is a collaboration which brings together the educational and technological expertise of the School of Architecture at the College of Design and the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota, the American Institute of Architects Minnesota in cooperation with the Committee on the Environment, the Green Institute, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

re-ARCH’s primary initiative is to provide hands-on knowledge, resources, and tools that design professionals need to integrate renewable energy, assess its economic costs, and determine its environmental benefits. The goal of re-ARCH is to substantially increase the knowledge and technical abilities of Minnesota design professionals in the field of renewable energy. re-ARCH is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Funded in part by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)


Asia Geospatial Forum 2012

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Asia Geospatial Forum


Asia Geospatial Forum has matured as a conference and is now widely recognised as one of the largest and most important geospatial industry event in Asia Pacific. Being a media company born out of the sheer need for reliable information, resource material and latest developments in the realm of geospatial technology, Geospatial Media & Communications endeavours to create awareness about geospatial technology; connect various stakeholders of geospatial community; advocate in creating the right policy environment; and provide an ideal platform for business development activities. For these exact reasons, developing countries with emerging geospatial drive are chosen to host Asia Geospatial Forum, with main objective of fostering the industry’s growth within the country and region.

Vietnam has been putting itself on the path of economic growth and development post the War. The country is adopting modern technologies to be on par with other South East Asian countries and is capitalising on the second mover advantage to evolve its geospatial footprint. With its first remote sensing satellite on the way, and Spatial Data Infrastructure Program initiated, Vietnam is on the right track towards full utilisation of geospatial information. Although the major usage is still in the natural resource management such as land and forestry, geospatial elements has also tapped into the fast-rising sectors such as transportation, utilities, public safety and urban planning.


Geospatial World Forum 2012

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As you read this, Geospatial World Forum 2012 will be well underway in Amsterdam. After three editions in India, this is the first time that the event has crossed Indian shores. Centred on the theme 'Geospatial Industry and World Economy', it will cover the dimensions of the industry in the fast changing world. Our two top stories are perhaps indicative of the importance of the topic. Geospatial technology is now crucial enough to spawn technical espionage. The second story also shows that regimes of denial are in the end counter-productive as far as the industry is concerned. In a way, these are the symptoms of an industry that is grappling with the real world which it has entered.

Prof Arup Dasgupta
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Download press-release 10.10.11 (.doc)

Download press-release 11.11.11 (.doc)

The International Environmental Forum “Ecology of Big City” is targeted at the representatives of the environmental authorities of the Russian regions and cities (municipal entities), producers/suppliers of equipment and providers of services used for fulfillment of environmental tasks in urban areas.

The Forum is organized under the support and with participation of the Government of St. Petersburg, the Government of the Leningrad Region, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, professional associations, specialized and business mass-media.


Statistical Services forge links with Turkish university

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Statistical Services forge links with Turkish university

Course participants with (from l-r, front row) Dr Fazil Baksh, Mr James Gallagher, Prof Fikret Ikiz, Prof Dankmar Böhning, Dr Mehmet Orman and Dr Timur KöseProfessor Dankmar Böhning and Dr Fazil Baksh (Applied Statistics) and Mr James Gallagher (Director of the Statistical Services Centre), all from Reading's School of Biological Sciences, recently returned from a week's visit to the University, Izmir, Turkey, as part of the ERASMUS Teaching Staff Mobility Programme.

This is the fourth consecutive year that staff from these areas have participated in the programme, which aims to encourage higher education institutions to broaden and enrich the range and content of courses they offer, by enabling staff to teach at another institution in a participating country.

The three visited Ege's Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, continuing with their exchange of ideas related to teaching and research collaborations.

The centrepiece of their visit was the successful delivery of a three-day short course on Capture-Recapture Methods and their Application in the Medical and Life Sciences. Organised by Prof Fikret Ikiz (a Reading MSc Biometry graduate), Dr Mehmet Orman and Dr Timur Köse, 23 MSc and PhD students and junior staff from 11 Turkish universities learnt about this statistical method, which has many real-world applications.

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