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On your bike: Cycling to work linked with large health benefits
21 April 2017 - People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely, and governments should do all they can to encourage more active commuting, scientists said on Thursday. (more)

UK provides millions to help build more electric vehicle batteries
10 April 2017 - Britain awarded millions of pounds on Tuesday to help boost manufacturing of electric vehicle batteries, including a project to build the country's second purpose-built electric battery plant and another to make the technology more powerful. Carmakers are racing to build greener cars and improve charge times in a bid to meet rising customer demand and fulfill air quality targets . . . (more)

UK: Funding boost to help save England's rarest species from extinction
31 March 2017 - Efforts to save some of England's rarest species, including the shrill carder bee and the chequered skipper butterfly, from extinction are being backed by [British Pound Sterling] 4.6m in lottery funding. The money will support the 'Back from the Brink' initiative to bring together leading charities and conservation bodies in the first countrywide coordinated effort to safeguard species from extinction and deliver conservation measures across England. (more)

UK breaks solar energy record on sunny March weekend
28 March 2017 - For the first time, on Saturday 25 March 2017, electricity demand in Great Britain was lower during the afternoon than it was overnight due to high solar generation. National Grid, which runs the transmission network, described the moment as a 'huge milestone'. The company sees the solar power generated on the distribution networks - or local roads of the system -- as reduced electricity demand. he sunshine meant that solar power produced six times more electricity than the country's coal-fired power stations on Saturday. (more)

UK: Quiet revolution cuts energy consumption
27 March 2017 - After decades of constant increases, the consumption of electricity in many European countries is going down. Coupled with the rise in the use of renewable energy, this has cut carbon emissions faster than expected. Some countries, notably Germany, have been expecting and planning for this to happen, but the UK government has been surprised by the trend. It forecast a continued rise in the use of electricity, but it has been falling. (more)

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides
23 March 2017 - The world's most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European commission, seen by the Guardian news. The documents are the first indication that the powerful commission wants a complete ban and cite 'high acute risks to bees'. A ban could be in place this year if the proposals are approved by a majority of EU member states. (more)

We want more Syrian refugees: council offers exceed official UK pledge of 20,000
9 March 2017 - [The UK government] is under pressure to increase the number of Syrian refugees offered asylum in Britain as local authorities say they can take in more than the government's offer of 20,000 spaces. Local councils have pledged enough homes to accommodate almost 22,000 Syrian refugees, according to a comprehensive tally by The Guardian news organization. The government originally committed to providing places for 20,000 Syrians in September 2015, at the height of the European migration crisis. Councils have been overwhelmed by community support for the scheme to resettle Syrian refugees, with many local authorities increasing their pledges after campaigns from local charities and citizens' groups. (more)

Meet Marianne North, who defied Victorian convention to paint the world's jungles
7 March 2017 - By contemporary standards, Marianne North led an extraordinarily creative and productive life. Over the span of 15 years, she traveled to five continents and 17 countries, seeking out the most remote and hazardous parts of the tropics to paint exotic and undiscovered plants, presenting them in their jungle environments. The achievement, however, is amplified by the fact she did this in the 1870s and 1880s ... she sailed from England to the distant shores of Borneo, the Seychelles and Chile and produced more than 1,000 paintings ... (more)

Creating a buzz: how UK schools are embracing beekeeping
3 March 2017 - Teachers are discovering that beehives can provide exciting opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Dr Julia Hoggard has kept bees for 30 years and runs a 20-acre, bee-orientated nature reserve in Cumbria. For the past year, she has been working with a local primary school, helping the students to create their own hives. (more)

UK: Solar-powered trains are closer to reality than we might think
15 February 2017 - How can we connect solar photovoltaics (PV) directly to railways to power electric trains? That's the question my [Leo Murray's] charity 10:10 and researchers at Imperial College's Energy Futures Lab are trying to answer. There are already over 5,500km of electrified tracks in the UK, with a major electrification programme building or converting hundreds more over the coming decades. ... While our project has been driven by the UK context, direct connection of solar to railways will be a world first that has far wider potential application. (more)


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Profile: Transcendental Meditation, the 'missing piece of the recovery puzzle'
18 April 2017 - Having overcome alcohol addiction through the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12 step programme, an engineer in Glasgow, Scotland, found Transcendental Meditation to be the missing element in his recovery - allowing him to finally feel rested, and alleviating the high anxiety churning in his 'racing brain'. 'I would be anxious and fearful about something or someone or some event and I would do my TM practice and come out from it rested and full of energy,' he says. 'My ''great fears'' would have evaporated to the point where I had forgotten about what was giving me so much grief in the first place.' With TM, 'the energy of that anxious catastrophic ''racing brain'' is now channelled into creativity both in my personal and professional life.' (more)

UK: 'Ayurveda for Everyone' offers world class speakers and health fair - London, 1-2 April
1 April 2017 - Alongside the Second International Ayurveda Congress, taking place in London this weekend, 'Ayurveda for Everyone', a health fair and full programme of speakers, is being offered to the public. At the Health Fair, experts in Ayurveda, the timeless science of natural medicine, are sharing simple health secrets with the public, such as how to enjoy deep refreshing sleep, banish anxiety and depression, and keep the heart healthy. Exhibitors include leading Ayurvedic institutions and producers of authentic Ayurvedic products and medicines, offering expert advice, sample treatments, and information about health spas, Vedic Architecture, and meditation. (more)

UK: Second International Ayurveda Congress, 1-2 April in London - Minister of AYUSH, Government of India, researchers and scholars from many countries to attend
31 March 2017 - The Second International Ayurveda Congress is being held this weekend in London, with the theme: Ayurveda - the Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-Oriented Health Care. The Congress has drawn more than 80 leading speakers - experts and researchers in the various fields of Ayurveda. The Minister of AYUSH of the Government of India, His Excellency, Minister Shripad Yesso Naik, will honour the Congress by attending. A special Congress extension is planned for 3 April, including sessions on Establishing Ayurveda Globally: strategy and planning with the Ministry of AYUSH and Ayurveda leaders from India and throughout the world; followed by a Global Maharishi Ayurveda Summit, chaired by Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, Patron of the Congress. 'Ayurveda for Everyone', a concurrent health fair and full programme of speakers, is offered for the public. (more)

Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London - 1-2 April 2017: 'Time-Tested, Scientifically Verified Solutions For the Health Problems of Our Time'
10 January 2017 - All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi; International Academy of Ayurved, Pune; and International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands, extend a warm invitation to all health professionals, Ayurvedic scholars, and researchers from India and around the world to participate at this Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London in April. Internationally renowned scholars will be keynote speakers at the Congress and will present scientifically verified solutions to showcase the effectiveness of Ayurveda towards fulfilling the human pursuit of health, happiness, and long life. The International Ayurveda Congress offers a prestigious platform for research scholars to present their findings in various fields of Ayurveda. The latest innovative and pioneering work will be presented in this Congress. (more)

Prince Charles' initiatives in holistic education: Parallels with Consciousness-Based Education
2 December 2016 - In Part 2 of this series, Ann Purcell explores initiatives by Prince Charles of the UK in holistic education, highlighting parallels to the system of Consciousness-Based Education founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In his book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, Prince Charles describes major historical shifts in human thought over the past centuries through which 'nature was understood as being outside of us, something we could conquer and control. Education began to reflect this separation and focused on separate bits of information rather than on connections.' The prince has sought to promote 'a return to holistic education' through establishing innovative educational institutes where children can connect conventional academic subjects with universal patterns in nature, including within their own physiology. In Consciousness-Based Education institutions such as Maharishi University of Management, Ms Purcell writes, 'students learn the universal principles of intelligence that are prevalent in every field of study and discover that all knowledge emerges from the unified field of consciousness' which they experience directly through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. 'Reconnecting students to their own inner harmony and to the interconnectedness of all fields of knowledge', she says, 'is an essential and timely step to meeting the urgent needs of our precarious times.' (more)

UK's first Maharishi Peace Palace - creating peace for the individual and peace for society
7 November 2016 - News media continue to feature Britain's first Peace Palace, most recently in a video report on ITV News. The building, inaugurated last month in Rendlesham, Suffolk, will offer programmes and courses founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Peace Palace and its surrounding residential development were designed in accord with ancient principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture to promote peace and happiness for those who visit the building and in the environment. Richard Johnson, national director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the UK, points out that Maharishi's central objective was to promote peace for the individual and the society. Mr Johnson says, 'We want to create peace on the level of consciousness on a deeper level so that it creates bliss in society and internationally', noting scientific research demonstrating this effect when sufficient people practise Transcendental Meditation. (more)

See inside the Rendlesham Peace Palace - a one-of-kind architectural feat for Britain: East Anglian Daily Times
15 October 2016 - The organization teaching Transcendental Meditation in the UK is celebrating the inauguration of its first Maharishi Peace Palace in Rendlesham, a Suffolk village. The Peace Palace is Britain's biggest building constructed using a set of principles taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - and sits at the centre of similarly designed, east-facing homes in Rendlesham's Garden Village - one of the largest Vedic Architecture settlements of its kind in the world. Richard Johnson, Rendlesham resident and national director of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in England, says: 'The building is about creating peace for the individual and society. Maharishi wanted buildings to be dedicated to that cause.' (more)

Great Britain: Dr Norman Rosenthal presents Transcendental Meditation on extensive tour
12 October 2016 - Dr Norman Rosenthal, psychiatrist and author of The New York Times best-seller ''SUPER MIND: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation'' has launched a British tour presenting Transcendental Meditation as a powerful tool for healing in stress-related illnesses such as anxiety, cardio-vascular disorders, and PTSD. During his presentations at hospitals, medical schools, universities, and public forums, he will include the disorder he is famous for identifying: Seasonal Affective Disorder, also alleviated through TM and light therapy. (more)

How to survive and flourish at school with Transcendental Meditation
20 September 2016 - Iain Robertson Campbell of Glasgow, Scotland, offers insights to encourage and nourish those who, at some point or other, feel despondent and discouraged by education. In addition to being a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, he is an English and Religious Studies high school instructor. After beginning TM, he recalled feeling the relief from stress in an intense academic setting - saying, '. . . you can restore the balance right away.' Among benefits noticed were spontaneously completing projects, more room to be compassionate toward others, and over time, observing the path his interests and skills were taking him. His inner confidence grew and he progressed from just 11 years of education due to undiagnosed dyslexia, to graduate studies in education. He said, ' . . . objective knowledge is rather dry and meaningless if we don't have self-knowledge, or access to real joy'. (more)

United Kingdom: Nigel Barlow recommends Transcendental Meditation to people terrified of speaking publicly
9 May 2016 - If you want to be an effective speaker, Nigel Barlow suggests learning Transcendental Meditation from a certified teacher. Barlow, a creative coach and inspirational speaker, has worked in over 30 countries in most sectors of industry and for some of the world's greatest companies. 'I've done it (TM) for 20 minutes twice a day for decades,' he said, 'and the effect is to allow your breathing to be more easy, your brain waves more coherent (clearer), even in a high stress situation like speaking.' (more)


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Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say researchers
17 April 2017 - The effect on wellbeing of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship, or the death of a partner, research suggests. Pollution from nitrogen oxides is responsible for tens of thousands of premature deaths across Europe, with the UK suffering a particularly high toll. (more)

UK eats almost four times more packaged food than fresh
7 April 2017 - The UK eats almost four times as much packaged food as it does fresh produce, according to new data, with most of western Europe and north America following a similar pattern. The packaged food revolution -- which includes ready meals and calorific cakes and biscuits - is held at least partly to blame for the rise in obesity in the US and Europe. Fresh food has played a smaller and smaller part in some families' lives as the pace of life has speeded up over recent decades, working hours have increased, and more women have entered the workplace. Set against this is the rise of ever more tasty instant meals. (more)

UK: How conniving carmakers caused the diesel air pollution crisis
7 April 2017 - Conniving car makers and their lobbying might, assisted by the 2008 financial crash, were the key factors in producing the diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis the UK is struggling with today, according to key observers of the disaster. The result has been that the air people breathe in cities and towns is now heavily polluted with toxic nitrogen dioxide, causing 23,500 premature deaths a year in the UK and affecting many schools. (more)

UK: Children struggling to concentrate at school due to lack of sleep, MPs told
29 March 2017 - Sleep deprivation is a growing problem in schools, with pupils struggling to concentrate in lessons due to lack of sleep, MPs [Members of Parliament] have been told. Doctors have previously reported a dramatic increase in children with sleep disorders; NHS [National Health Service] data shows hospital attendances in England for under-14s have risen from almost 3,000 in 2005-06 to more than 8,000 in 2015-16. (more)

Many middle-aged workers face job problems due to physical frailty
24 January 2017 - Nearly a third of middle-aged workers suffer from some level of frailty, including fatigue, issues with walking, and other physical limitations that make them less able to hold a job, according to a UK study. Frailty is more often something considered when treating elderly patients, but middle-aged patients may face some of the same symptoms, the study team writes in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Frailty was tied to a large impact on employment. (more)

Britain braced for floods after heavy winds, snow
13 January 2017 - Parts of England were preparing for severe flooding on Friday, after heavy winds, snow, and rain hit the country overnight, cancelling flights, closing schools, and causing disruption to commuters. Around 100 flood warnings are in place across Britain, with 11 at a severe level, meaning that there is a threat to life. (more)

Women suffer much more work stress than men, says psychiatrist
30 December 2016 - Women suffer considerably higher levels of work-related stress, anxiety and depression than men, with workplace sexism and familial responsibilities providing additional career pressures, a leading psychiatrist has said. It comes as official figures show that women aged 25-54 are more stressed than their male colleagues, with this pressure peaking for those aged 35-44, when many women are juggling family responsibilities, such as caring for children and elderly parents. (more)

UK: Rough sleeping on rise in Birmingham after cuts to services for homeless
2 December 2016 - Charities, outreach workers, and the Birmingham (England) city council all view 'frightening' levels of rough sleeping as a result of local authority cuts. Birmingham city council's chief executive, Mark Rogers, acknowledges that one of the clearest consequences of the reduction in local authority budgets over the past six years is the rise in homelessness. He points to reductions in the funding of the Supporting People programme, which was designed to help people with addictions and mental health problems get into secure accommodation, as a key area of concern. 'A very simple indicator of withdrawal of grant funding is the rise in homelessness. Rough sleeping has increased considerably in the city,' he said. (more)

London's homelessness count continues to rise
1 December 2016 - However you cut the numbers, the capital's struggle to house its vulnerable people is getting harder. London dominates estimates of national homelessness newly published by Shelter. This, of course, is no surprise. Neither are high levels of homelessness anything new in the capital. (more)

More than 250,000 people in England are homeless, says Shelter
30 November 2016 - More than 250,000 people in England are homeless or lack a permanent place to live, according to [the charity] Shelter. Releasing figures to mark its 50th anniversary on Thursday, the charity [Shelter] estimated that there were almost 255,000 people living in hostels and other types of temporary accommodation, or sleeping rough on the streets. Shelter says its figures are a conservative estimate. (more)

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