Report: gas is causing unjust health impacts on young people Australian Youth Climate CoalitionA new report from the Climate Council finds that gas is harming human health at every step of the process, from extraction and processing to burning for heating and cooking in our homes.Communities on the frontlines of gas extraction and young people are the most impacted groups.“Young people will not only face the worst climate change impacts, made worse by the burning of gas for power, but are also first and worst hit by the health impacts of using gas for cooking and heating in their homes. This is yet another injustice at the hands of fossil fuel companies,” said Alex Fuller, National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC).The Climate Council report found that cooking with gas is estimated to be the cause of up to 12% of the childhood asthma burden in Australia. This means that a child living with gas cooktops in the home faces a comparable risk of asthma to a child living with household cigarette smoke.Gas heaters can also spill poisonous carbon monoxide if they haven’t been regularly serviced, if they have a blocked flue or chimney, or if there’s a lack of adequate ventilation.“My family was subject to carbon monoxide poisoning when I was growing up,” said Olivia Sutherland, AYCC Volunteer, 20 years old, Victoria.“We were a young family with a single mother and two children under 6. Living below the poverty line didn’t equip us to be both warm in the winter and adequately protected from the dangers of poorly fitted gas heaters.” Ms Sutherland said.“It’s scary to think that we’re being put in immediate physical danger, as well as ecologically through the climate impacts of gas extraction and use. I would like to see the government take action to transition gas out of people’s homes and our energy sector for people’s health now and into the future.” Ms Sutherland said.AYCC are concerned the use of gas puts young people at particular risk.“Young people are disproportionately in older rental properties, often with poorer ventilation and heating. Across Australia, young people are left with no other choice than to use gas in their homes for cooking and heating,” Ms Fuller said.“The government should quickly transition away from gas that is impacting people’s health and causing climate change from burning fossil fuels. We do not need gas, renewable energy is the cheaper and cleaner solution,” Ms Fuller said.Alex Fuller and Olivia Sutherland are both /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, childhood, children, climate, climate change, Climate Council, director, Government, human health, poisoning, renewable, renewable energy, Victoria, young, Youth
The recession has caused an ‘explosion’ in the number of cohabiting couples seeking advice on relationship breakdown, according to family lawyers who have called for the ‘complex’ laws applied to them to be updated. Vanessa Lloyd Platt, founder of London firm Lloyd Platt & Co, said: ‘We have seen an explosion in the number of cohabitees coming to us to deal with the breakdown of their relationships, with cases up 15% over the last three months.’ She said part of the rise is because fewer people are marrying, but she attributed the recent surge to the impact of the recession. ‘Struggling relationships are ending sooner than they otherwise might, due to the economic climate, particularly where one partner owns the home in which they live,’ said Lloyd Platt. She said: ‘People need to release the capital from their homes in order to live, especially if they have been made redundant or face the prospect of losing their job.’ Lloyd Platt said the law in relation to cohabitees is ‘complex’ and disadvantages women who may have given up a career to take care of children, and should be brought in line with the law applied to married people and same sex couples in civil partnerships. Gianna Lisiecki, acting head of the family team at Manchester firm JMW, said she had seen a definite increase in the number of cohabitation disputes in recent months. ‘People are under financial strain, which can place pressure on their relationship and as a consequence causes some relationships to breakdown,’ said Lisiecki. But Caroline Falkus, partner and collaborative lawyer at north London firm Bross Bennett, said the effect of the recession will not be felt by most couples until next year when the public sector spending cuts start to bite. She said cohabiting clients are suffering because of the outdated law that is applied to them. ‘Relying on ancient trust law to unpick the threads of a loving relationship over many years is clearly ridiculous,’ she said, and called for civil partnerships to be extended to heterosexual couples. See Why civil partnerships for heterosexual couples could be a good idea.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “If they (WTA) don’t listen to what we have to say we might even choose to boycott the new tour,” Safina told reporters after losing 6-2, 7-6 to compatriot Vera Zvonareva in the Kremlin Cup semifinals.“They said the leading players would have to play in designated tournaments while lower-ranked players would be able to enter any event they like. There’s no logic in that at all.“What if all the top players choose to enter the same tournament? What will the WTA do then? We want to know,” added Safina. MOSCOW, REUTERS — The top players could boycott next year’s WTA Tour if their questions were left unanswered, world No. 3 Dinara Safina said Saturday.The Russian said the players were unhappy with the changes being made to the schedule. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
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We will try not to show you such ads again. × Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Twelve Inappropriate / Offensive (657) DEAL OF THE DAY By Nate ThompsonLocalSportsJournal.comGRAND HAVEN – When the Grand Haven-Spring Lake basketball rivalry was renewed nearly a decade ago, the Buccaneers tended to dominate, with several lopsided victories in their favor.But Spring Lake has turned up the thrill meter in the Drawbridge Classic quite a few notches since then.After Spring Lake fell by one point at home in overtime to Grand Haven last season, the two squads one-upped themselves on Friday at Grand Haven Fieldhouse, with the unbeaten Lakers pulling out a heart-stopping 69-66 triumph in double overtime.Spring Lake, which just defeated Class A foe Rockford on Tuesday in overtime, improved to 3-0, while the Bucs fell to 1-1.Griffen Lorimer goes up for the jump shot over Grand Haven’s Adam Strom. Photo/Tim Reilly“I think it was the start of the second overtime, I’m feeling like a fan just like everyone else,” said Spring Lake coach Bill Core. “I could sit here for 10 overtimes, and I’d enjoy every second.”Grand Haven led 19-12 after one quarter, 30-27 at halftime and 40-39 at the third break.Spring Lake had a 56-52 advantage with 2:10 left in regulation, but the Bucs roared back with a three-pointer by Dimitrius Neely, and later tied the game 56-56 when Kellum Bridgeforth split a pair at the free throw line with 1:20 left.The game was tied 59-59 after the first OT, leading to the final extra session, when the Lakers got the win.It was the Lakers’ dominant senior post duo of 6-foot-6 Griffin Lorimer and 6-9 Sam Johnson that made sure the game didn’t go more than two extra sessions.Lorimer had a monster game with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Johnson scored six of his 12 points in the second overtime to help hold off another Bucs’ rally.The pair were pivotal in helping Spring Lake dominate in two key areas. The Lakers held a 39-21 rebounding advantage and connected on 26-of-36 shots from the free throw line. The Bucs were just 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.“In practice this week, we challenged our bigs,” Core said. “We knew that’s where our advantage had to be. And to dominate the boards like we did, and to dominate the attempts at the free throw line, those were huge for us.”Dimitrius Neely lofts a layup over Spring Lake’s Sam Johnson. Photo/Tim ReillyLorimer the most consistent difference-maker throughout the game. He connected on a pair of 3-pointers, drew a key charge foul in the second overtime and also made two clutch free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Lakers their final 69-66 advantage.With a chance to tie, Grand Haven’s Bryce Taylor’s straightaway three-pointer was wide right, and the mad scramble for the loose rebound resulted in a jump ball, with the possession arrow favoring the Lakers.Spring Lake was able to throw deep and dribble out the clock on the run, setting off a celebration with the Laker student section rushing the court.Lorimer said he always felt like the Lakers had the upper hand throughout the tight fourth quarter and two overtimes, even after his team coughed up a pair of slim leads with under four minutes left in the fourth quarter.“I was just happy to still be in it,” Lorimer said with a grin. “I was living in the moment. I was like, ‘Alright, you’re going to give us another chance, let’s do it.’ That’s how I approached it.“It felt like every time we got a little bit ahead, they’d make some big threes to tie it. Ultimately, our free throw shooting helped us stay in it at the end.”Casey Constant led Grand Haven with 16 points while Taylor and Bridgeforth scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.Jack VanWingen totaled 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals for Spring Lake.“Give credit to Spring Lake,” said Grand Haven Coach Greg Immink. “They made the winning plays when they needed to. Their rebounding hurt us and their free throw shooting; they made them all. 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