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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Warming climate may release vast amounts of carbon from long-frozen Arctic soils -- ScienceDaily

Warming climate may release vast amounts of carbon from long-frozen Arctic soils -- ScienceDaily: "While climatologists are carefully watching carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, another group of scientists is exploring a massive storehouse of carbon that has the potential to significantly affect the climate change picture.

University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researcher Aron Stubbins is part of a team investigating how ancient carbon, locked away in Arctic permafrost for thousands of years, is now being transformed into carbon dioxide and released into the atmosphere. The results of the study were published in Geophysical Research Letters.

The Arctic contains a massive amount of carbon in the form of frozen soil -- the remnants of plants and animals that died more than 20,000 years ago. Because this organic material was permanently frozen year-round, it did not undergo decomposition by bacteria the way organic material does in a warmer climate. Just like food in a home freezer, it has been locked away from the bacteria that would otherwise cause it to decay and be converted to carbon dioxide."



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Jennifer O’Connell: Men, our Lycra leggings are none of your damn business

Jennifer O’Connell: Men, our Lycra leggings are none of your damn business: "It’s no wonder the Lycra march seems to be unstoppable: in the US, sales of yoga leggings, vests and sports bras totalled $15.1 billion (€14.07 billion) in the 12 months to August 2011, according to the research group NPD. That’s 10 per cent up on the previous year. Last October, Nike revealed that sales of female sportswear are outpacing those of male gear.
But the brand really spearheading this spandex creep across society is Lululemon, the Canadian manufacturer of, according to its website, “technical athletic” clothing, which has become – in certain circles – more sought-after than Chanel. Lululemon opened its first European shop in London in 2014 and is currently only available through online outlets in Ireland. The website Racked.com recently reported that canny individuals have built a career buying and reselling popular items on eBay and Facebook, some with a mark-up of more than 1,000 per cent. Lululemon recently launched a shop especially for children, which sells Lycra leggings at €63 a pop, leading the Washington Post to declare that we have reached “peak yoga pants”."



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Friday, April 24, 2015

Inside Frito-Lay growth engine | Baking Business | Baking Industry News and Opinions

Inside Frito-Lay growth engine | Baking Business | Baking Industry News and Opinions: "AUSTIN, TEXAS — Tom Greco, chief executive officer of PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America business unit, has three pieces of advice for anyone wanting to succeed in consumer packaged goods:

• Think bold, push boundaries, take risks and learn;

• Collaborate with partners. “You will not be able to do it yourself,” he said; and

• Move fast. Done is better than perfect. Speed is a weapon.

Mr. Greco spoke April 21 at the IRI Summit taking place this week in Austin, and the backdrop for his advice is what he called the “consumer revolution” that is taking place. He described sweeping societal changes, most notably the growth of smaller, more diverse households.

“If you look back to the ‘70s, 40% of the population was married with children,” Mr. Greco said. “Now it is less than half that. We are seeing much more diversity. There are more single moms, and immigration is changing the ethnicity landscape in the country.”"



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JImmy Carter: Gives meaning to the word Human.

Losing my religion for equality: "Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.

I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service."



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