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'To Burn Off Calories in This Soda, Walk 5 Miles': Teens drank fewer sugary drinks when energy content info was converted to exercise, study found
Health Day October 16, 2014
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Alerting teens about how much walking or running they would have to do in order to burn off the calories in a soda or other sugary drink might convince them to choose a lower-calorie beverage, researchers say.
Green groups lose bid to stem flow of water for natural gas fracking
Dene Moore, The Canadian Press October 16, 2014
VANCOUVER - A judge will not stop the flow of fresh water from British Columbia's lakes and rivers to hydraulic fracking operations, but did recognize the issue as a growing public concern.
2 UN human rights experts visit Detroit, say city should restore water to those unable to pay
Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press October 20, 2014
DETROIT - United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as "a man-made perfect storm" Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
AT THE GALLERIES: Requiem for Nova Scotia rivers
Elissa Barnard, Arts Reporter at the Galleries, The Chronicle Herald October 17, 2014
MacLeod’s photos of waterways at risk from acid rain are among a wide array of images at Photopolis, across Halifax
Heather MacLeod’s beautiful photographs of Nova Scotia rivers contain a hidden menace — acid rain.
“A lot of people think acid rain was dealt with years ago,” says MacLeod.
“It’s still an ongoing problem, and it’s invisible.”
She photographed the 14 Nova Scotia rivers that are most affected by acid rain. They have pH levels below 4.7. At a pH of five, most fish eggs cannot hatch.
MacLeod’s series, Acid Rivers, and the companion series, River Guardians, celebrating community river conservation, are on exhibit at the Nova Scotia Archives to Oct. 31 as part of Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography.
MacLeod, who teaches environmental studies at Saint Mary’s University, photographed the rivers with a medium-format camera for rich, panoramic views that invite the viewer right into the tranquil, pastoral landscapes.
It’s eerie to think that these no longer support salmon or trout — rivers like Larry’s River, Guysborough County, and the Clyde and Roseway rivers in southwestern Nova Scotia.
Most of the rivers are in southwestern and eastern Nova Scotia, where thin soil on top of bedrock makes for a lack of calcium to absorb the acid rain coming from the power plants and car exhaust sweeping over the province from the eastern United States and Central Canada. The American Clean Air Act helped reduce power plant emissions by as much as 25 per cent, says MacLeod, but that didn’t eliminate the problem.
MacLeod focused on two of the province’s over 30 community river conservation groups — the Sackville Rivers Association, active since 1988, and the Clean Annapolis River Project, active since 1990.
Her hopeful documentary photographs in River Guardians depict a couple taking a water sample from the Annapolis River, waders worn by people fishing out garbage and conservationists planting on the river bank.
An inner cheer goes up inside viewers seeing a live fish being helped up a fish ladder on the Sackville River.
MacLeod’s family roots are in Prince Edward Island, and her connection is to the Murray River.
“I’m interested in the state of the land and the water and how we impact them.”
Everyone contributes to this problem.
“It’s how we fuel ourselves and our driving habits. We all have to be aware of how we can lessen our impact.”
Today, 1-3 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Archives, there is a panel discussion, Talking About Our Rivers, with river lovers and conservationists.
MacLeod had this show booked long before she ended up being director for Photopolis 2014, a city-wide festival of 35 exhibits, 40 events and a symposium Oct. 25.
“It’s a celebration of photography, and it shows photography that has a lot of intention behind it, that’s quite socially engaged photography, and I think people are interested in that.”
People can simply enjoy the backdrop of Yassine Ouhilal’s dramatic Thawscapes photographs while having a coffee at Lion & Bright or go to the Anna Leonowens Gallery for three shows: Adrian Fish, The Aquaphilia Project, documenting the behind-the-scenes machinations at the Georgia Aquarium; Lorraine Field, At the Edge of Infinity, photographs taken in the Syrian Desert before the uprising and civil war that began in 2011; and Jeff Whetstone, New Wilderness: Seducing Birds, Snakes, Men, three HD video and audio projections.
The environment is a big theme at this year’s Photopolis. Parking the Common, running to Tuesday at Dalhousie’s School of Architecture, 5410 Spring Garden Rd., is a playful, pointed show on monitors in the main entrance by photographer Kathleen Flanagan and biologist Peggy Cameron about how the historic Halifax Common, established in 1763, has been eroded by an invasive species. They give Latin names to the parking lots and buildings eating away at the land.
BEE, by American photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher, is a simply amazing exhibit of black and white photographs of bees and their body parts magnified hundreds to thousands of times. Fisher presents the spellbinding, other-worldly architecture of bee’s bodies, and she describes the processes of bees turning pollen into nectar and how they see flowers and pollen with eyes superior to ours. Bees, whose survival is threatened, are, in Fisher’s photographs, magical, magnificent, scientific wonders.
BEE is at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, which is holding over Roberto Dutesco, The Wild Horses of Sable Island, through Sunday. This series of large black and white photographs printed on aluminum reveal the horses’s characters and relationships.
The museum’s newly opened permanent exhibit, Sable Island: Over the Dunes, Beyond the Wild Horses, includes horse and island photography by Damian Lidgard and Debra Garside, whose huge, rearing horse image is visible backlit at night when the museum is closed.
The exhibit has an example of a field station on Sable Island, complete with seagull poop on the roof, a case of horse’s skulls and examples of the garbage that washes up on the island.
“It wasn’t just going to be about pretty horses,” says Jeff Gray, the museum’s curator of marketing and communications.
“For us, we wanted to talk about the garbage; it’s everyone’s responsibility.”
Some good! Halifax wins best-tasting water award
Mary Ellen MacIntyre, Staff Reporter, The Chronicle Herald October 21, 2014
Each standard wine glass was filled just to the quarter.
The connoisseurs twirled their glasses, lifted them to noses and inhaled deeply. A cautious tip of the glass ended with smiles all around.
Some giggled. Others laughed outright because the “nectar of the Gods” capturing their attention Tuesday was nothing but plain old water. More to the point, it was municipal water.
“This is really just for fun. You get bragging rights with this taste test,” said Robert Gillis, co-chairman of the Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association’s 67th annual conference, taking place in Halifax.
“The people who work in this industry are interested in safe, clean water that tastes good, and there’s a lot of work involved in making sure of all those things.”
The 17 entries in the taste test came from municipalities across the region.
First place finish went to the JD Kline Water Treatment Plant in Halifax. Moncton’s Turtle Creek came in second and New Waterford and East Hants tied for third place.
Judges included Barb Martin and Jim Chaffee of the American Waster Works Association and Sandra Ralston of the Water Environment Federation. They rated the water on a number of qualities, much like a wine-tasting event.
“Oh, you can see they seriously rated these water samples, you can see it in the scoring,” said Gillis.
The comments on the score cards included phrases such as: “a hint of chlorine,” “earthy,” “smooth” and “light tasting.”
“We have 260 delegates to this conference, mostly from Atlantic Canada but also other parts of Canada and the United States,” said John Eisnor, also a conference co-chairman.
“There are 126 exhibitors, consultants, people from academia, suppliers, some regulators — all kinds of people who are interested in this subject.”
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