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PREMIUMDevelopers turn to smart homes to lure house hunters

first_imgRetno Anjani, a 39-year-old from Bekasi, West Java, was in awe after watching a simulation of how an advanced air filtration technology, called energy recovery ventilator (ERV), works during a recent event. She was amazed by how the technology could absorb excessive carbon dioxide from the air and transform it into gusts of fresh oxygen.The technology was introduced as one of the appliances installed in smart homes, a colloquial term for houses equipped with high technology. The appliances can control many aspects of the house, from maintaining air quality to monitoring security. Some of the technologies can even be managed using a smartphone.“I want a smart home due to its convenience,” said Retno, who visited the launch of a smart home project in Cikarang, West Java on Saturday.Meanwhile, Frederika, a 37-year-old resident of Cikarang, also expressed her interest… Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? developer House smart-home technology Cikarang West-Java Greater-Jakarta housing housing-sector Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Topics :last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollution

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell today announced the issuance of new general permits for unconventional natural gas wells and compression, processing, and transmission facilities that will reduce air pollution and establish a control threshold on methane emissions.“These permits represent the first step of my Methane Reduction Strategy and my administration’s continuing commitment to cleaner, healthier air across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Cleaner air means healthier communities – for our citizens, and especially for our children. These new permits are one example of a way that we can have positive economic development without compromising public health. These permits are a win-win, helping industry control methane emissions that cost them money, while also helping defend our children and keep our communities healthier through cleaner air.  We’ve arrived at these permits through a comprehensive process that included feedback and input from both industry and the environmental community, and I am proud of the finished product that we are unveiling today.”Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.“Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the nation behind Texas,” said Governor Wolf. “We are uniquely positioned to be a national leader in addressing climate change while supporting and ensuring responsible energy development, while protecting public health and our environment.“These permits incorporate the most current state and federal regulations for controlling air pollution,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The permits for new unconventional natural gas wells and new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines are some of the first in the nation to comprehensively address methane emissions from all equipment and processes, and they also address other types of air pollution that contribute to poor air quality.”The newly revised general permits, GP-5 and GP-5A, will be required for new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines, and new natural gas wells, respectively.In addition to the methane controls, the permits also set thresholds on other types of air pollution, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Operators will be required to meet federal new source standards and state Best Available Technology (BAT) included in the permit conditions for equipment and processes to control pollution emissions.“Reducing air pollution from gas wells and compression, processing and transmission facilities is key to responsibly developing Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources,” said McDonnell. “Everything we can do to reduce air pollution will improve public health.”DEP held multiple comment periods on the permits, which attracted more than 9,000 comments in total. The permits will go into effect on August 8, 2018.More information about the new permits can be found at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/Pages/Methane-Reduction-Strategy.aspx June 07, 2018center_img Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollutionlast_img read more

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Hijacking Science: How the “No Differences” Consensus about Same-Sex Households and Children Works

first_imgPublic Discourse 14 October 2016Family First Comment: This is a fascinating and revealing read on how research has become advocacy and manipulation of figures – (written by a researcher who dared to research and publish the real facts!) “If I were up against 19,000 quality studies that disagreed with me, I would have long ago gladly capitulated. But that’s not the scientific reality. Instead, two datasets—each of which has significant problems here—are responsible for the majority of studies upon which this “consensus” (of same-sex parenting) is based.”The claim that there are no differences in outcomes for children living in same-sex households arises from how scholars collect, analyze, and present data to support a politically expedient conclusion, not from what the data tend to reveal at face value.It was nearly five years ago that I first received data back from the research firm that had carried out the New Family Structures Study (NFSS) protocol. Shortly thereafter, I began to question the scholarly consensus that there were “no differences” between same-sex and opposite-sex households with children. My skepticism didn’t sit well with the guild.Social network analyst (and friend) Jimi Adams subsequently assessed patterns of “citation networks” in the same-sex parenting literature and concluded that there is indeed a consensus out there that claims there are “no differences.” I see it. I just think the foundation for it is more slipshod than rock-solid. It is the result of early but methodologically limited evaluations that formed a politically expedient narrative. It is not the product of a rigorous, sustained examination of high-quality data over time, across countries, and using different measurement strategies and analytic approaches.Some liken the debate over the science of same-sex parenting to the one over climate change. They argue that the science is so extensive, the published studies so numerous, and the conclusions so overwhelmingly unidirectional that only scientists acting in bad faith would object. But that’s not where this field of study is. How can one possibly come to a legitimate consensus about the short and long-term effects of a practice (childrearing) of a tiny minority about whom generalizable data of sufficient size for valid comparative analysis were not available until the past decade? The answer, of course, is that you cannot.What we have, rather, is a political consensus generated by lots of small studies of tiny, non-representative samples misinterpreted as applying to the entire population of same-sex parents. It is—by comparison to climate change—like saying that since the surface temperatures in Taiwan, Togo, and Texas have inched up a degree or two that the entire globe must have as well. Scientists know better than to declare such a thing based on limited evidence.In fact, I am unaware of any other domain of science in which scholars have so little high-quality data to answer comparatively new research questions and yet are so quick to declare those questions answered and done with. We don’t do that in any other field or with any other question. What ought to be an empirical matter—an important one, no doubt—has instead turned into a moral test of fealty.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/10/18033/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=d5251bf0a6-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-d5251bf0a6-84094405Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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