News / UK and world by Press Association April 5, 2019, 10:02 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Using smartphones and other screens has little impact on the wellbeing of teenagers – even before they go to sleep, according to a study. Despite the common belief that screen time could damage young people’s mental health, researchers at Oxford University have found little evidence to support these fears, using data from more than 17,000 teenagers. “Implementing best practice statistical and methodological techniques we found little evidence for substantial negative associations between digital-screen engagement and adolescent wellbeing,” said Amy Orben, researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. Time-use diaries and self-reported measures were used in the study from almost 12,000 adolescents in the UK, just over 4,500 from Ireland, and 790 in the US. Results suggest that the total amount of time spent on screens per a day … [Read more...] about Little evidence wellbeing of teenagers damaged by screen time, study says
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By The Washington Post | January 24, 2019 at 12:35 pm By Juliet Eilperin | Washington Post WASHINGTON – Civil penalties for polluters under the Trump administration plummeted during the past fiscal year to the lowest average level since 1994, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data. In the two decades before President Donald Trump took office, EPA civil fines averaged more than $500 million a year, when adjusted for inflation. Last year’s $72 million in fines was 85 percent below that amount, according to the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance History Online database. Cynthia Giles, who headed EPA’s enforcement office in the Obama administration and conducted the analysis, said the inflation-adjusted figures represent the lowest since the agency’s enforcement office was established. The decline in civil penalties could undermine EPA’s ability to deter wrongdoing, some former agency officials said, because they … [Read more...] about Penalties for polluters down drastically under Trump
Gallery Tattersett Business Park owner, businessman Roger Gawn, with the mound of car and lorry tyres. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY It was once described by experts as the county’s most potentially dangerous fire hazard. But now the end could be in sight for one of Norfolk’s biggest and longest running blights - Tattersett’s notorious tyre mountain near Fakenham. The saga began two decades ago when a licence was granted by Environment Agency for tyre collection business at Tattersett Business Park in 1998.But by 2000 more than a million car and lorry tyres were believed to be on the site with claims that more were arriving daily by the lorry-load.Soon after that, a small fire broke out which sparked fears over the detrimental and irreversible damage which could be caused to the environment if a blaze on a larger scale happened.Aerial shot of the Tattersett tyre mountain near Sculthorpe. Picture: MIKE PAGEThe potential dangers.The main concern was over acrid … [Read more...] about The long read: Could this finally be the end of Norfolk’s notorious tyre mountain following its 20-year saga?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Climate Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Fact-Check ByLisa Friedman Oct. 15, 2018 Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump now denies denying climate change. In an interview on Sunday with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Mr. Trump backed off his long-held claim that global warming is a hoax. But he also made several new assertions unsupported by science. Here’s a rundown of the president’s first extensive comments on climate change since Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle and the United Nations warned that time is running out to stave off the worst consequences of rising temperatures. Natural cycles What Mr. Trump said “I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it will … [Read more...] about ‘I Don’t Know That It’s Man-Made,’ Trump Says of Climate Change. It Is.
Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post Published 8:46 pm PDT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course late Thursday and announced it would enforce stricter pollution controls on freight trucks known as "gliders," which emit dozens of times more soot and contaminants compared to those with new diesel engines. In a three-page memo to his deputies, acting administrator Andrew Wheeler said he would withdraw the "no action assurance" the agency had given the manufacturers of glider trucks on the last day that his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, headed the EPA. That letter assured firms that they would not have to limit their annual production to 300 vehicles through the end of 2019. The EPA initially proposed a rule last November to repeal tighter emissions standards for glider trucks, which had been set to take effect in January. An Obama-era regulation aimed at controlling soot and other pollutants, as well as … [Read more...] about EPA reverses course, says it will enforce stricter pollution limits for glider trucks