Aging population increases energy use

first_imgNew research links two of the biggest drivers of global change today: the population’s rapid aging and the planet’s rising heat.The research, among the first to explore how residential energy use changes over the human lifespan, finds that we use more energy as we age, that local climate changes energy-demand patterns, and that demand due to warmer temperatures spikes among the elderly.Hossein Estiri, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Laboratory of Computer Science and one of the new study’s authors, said the trend is separate from others also driving up residential energy demand, like larger homes that house fewer people. When those factors are added together, he expects an “amplification of effects.”“We think it’ll be beyond our expectations and put a lot of pressure on energy supplies,” said Estiri, who is also an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.The work, conducted with Emilio Zagheni of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and published in the journal Energy Research & Social Science, uses new statistical methodology to extrapolate individual energy usage from U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Surveys conducted in 1987, 1990, 2005, and 2009.The research creates and tracks “pseudo cohorts” by linking data from different age groups in each of the surveys. It shows that residential energy use climbs with age, starting when young adults leave the family home in their late teens or early 20s. Consumption remains flat until individuals reach their 30s and then climbs to a peak in their mid-50s, roughly coinciding with the end of family rearing. From 55 to 64 is another period of slow growth, with consumption increasing rapidly after age 70.,The work examines a trend that is likely to become increasingly important as the population ages and transforms the demographic pyramid that has described the human population structure for much of its history: many younger people on the bottom supporting fewer older people at the top. As more survive into old age and very old age, the pyramid is gradually becoming more like a column, with roughly equal numbers across age groups.In September, the U.S. Census Bureau targeted 2035 as the year the U.S. will pass an important population milestone: The elderly will outnumber children for the first time in the nation’s history. Estimates expect 78 million Americans 65 and older that year versus 76.7 million younger than 18.The work zeroes in on residential energy use, a key part of the global energy picture because it is the largest portion of overall building energy consumption, itself the largest single global energy consumer, accounting for about 40 percent of global demand. Studies of residential energy use have typically focused on structures’ physical attributes and building technology rather than the role of buildings’ occupants, the authors wrote. Overall global energy demand is expected to rise by about 60 percent between 2010 and 2040.After examining how energy use changed across the human lifespan, Estiri and Zagheni examined how local temperatures affected residential energy use. Using survey data about “degree days,” which measure heating and cooling demand, they showed that the change in demand due to aging was highest in warmer temperatures, spiking among those 70 and older, likely because of cooling needs.The results, Estiri said, warn that the energy needs of the rapidly growing elderly population — likely to be among society’s most vulnerable — may need special consideration. That will be particularly true as global temperatures climb and summer heatwaves both intensify and multiply. It may mean thinking of innovative building solutions for elderly residences, like incorporating solar panels and making energy-saving changes to building design.“Population aging is going to have huge impacts in the future, starting in the near future,” Estiri said. “There’s going to be a lot of problems that we’d better start thinking about.” Plan on less meat, more plants, and … err … pass the crickets, panelists suggest As climate changes, so will wine grapes Former EPA chief Gina McCarthy reflects on the Cuyahoga River cleanup as a symbol for the nation’s progress on clean water Protecting P-town GSD students imagine approaches to climate change that save the town’s quintessential New England character The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. To adapt to warmer temperatures, vintners may have to plant lesser-known varieties How to feed 10 billion by midcentury Related Sparking a national debatelast_img read more

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Wicked Becomes the Ninth Longest-Running Show on Broadway

first_img Oh what a celebration we’ll have today! Broadway’s soaring hit Wicked is officially the ninth longest-running show on the Great White Green Way. This marks 5,462 performances at the Gershwin Theatre on December 4. Beauty and the Beast was the previous holder of the ninth spot.To properly rejoicify about this gravity-defying occasion, we’ve included nine of our favorite show clips featuring the Broadway sensation’s original cast. Let the binge-watching (and inevitable singing along) begin!1. Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth Sing “For Good” Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth in ‘Wicked'(Photo: Joan Marcus) 5. Wicked Cast Sings “One Short Day” 7. Norbert Leo Butz Sings “Dancing Through Life” 9. Idina Menzel Sings “Defying Gravity” 4. Kristin Chenoweth Sings “Thank Goodness” 6. Joel Grey Sings “Wonderful” Related Showscenter_img 3. Norbert Leo Butz & Idina Menzel Sing “As Long As You’re Mine” Wicked 2. Kristin Chenoweth Sings “Popular” 8. Idina Menzel Sings “The Wizard and I” View Comments from $95.00last_img read more

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Pensions fraud doubles in UK in two years, poll shows

first_imgThe share of pension schemes in the UK saying they have experienced fraud has more than doubled in 2015 from the proportion seen two years before, according to a study.Audit firm RSM said in its ‘Pensions Fraud Risk Report’ published yesterday that 37% of pension schemes in its 2015 survey reported experience of fraud, compared with 17% in the 2013 study.The survey polled 142 scheme trustees, secretaries and pension managers, responsible collectively for more than £40bn (€55bn) of savings.The data was collected in September after the introduction of the pension “freedoms” by the UK government in April 2015, which allow people aged 55 and over to take their pension as a lump sum, rather than being forced to buy an annuity with most of it. Ian Bell, head of pensions at RSM, said: “The pension freedoms introduced in April 2015 have transformed the pensions landscape for savers but also created an environment in which fraudsters see an opportunity to prey on savers’ confusion by offering questionable investment opportunities.”He said there was a lot to do in terms of educating pensions savers, but that schemes also had to share the responsibility. “The reputation of the pensions industry has been tarnished by high-profile frauds in the past, and it is imperative that those responsible for safeguarding the lifetime savings of members must not allow this to happen again,” he said.David Kirk, chairman of independent body the Fraud Advisory Panel, said the survey results showed too many pension scheme trustees, managers and administrators were failing to recognise their responsibilities properly.“Fraud and cybercrime are now firmly part of everyday life, and we must all play our part to protect ourselves, our organisation and our members from the threat,” he said.The survey showed transfers and other member transactions were the areas most often targeted.RSM also said there were “worrying levels of ignorance and complacency” among some pension trustees.It found that just over one-quarter of trustee respondents did not know that they were responsible for fraud detection and prevention systems.Forty percent said they had not tested their internal controls within the past 12 months, RSM said, adding that this fell short of The Pensions Regulator’s recommendations.last_img read more

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Greg Olsen, Austin Hooper, Evan Engram, more TEs affect Week 14 start ’em, sit ’em calls

first_imgWEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Greg Olsen playing in Week 14?Olsen (concussion) didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and he’s going to be in a race to be cleared by the league’s concussion protocol ahead of Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Ian Thomas would start if Olsen is out.Thomas becomes a serious streaming option if Olsen is out and makes for a very easy plug-and-play replacement for Olsen owners. Thomas’ stats this season have been almost non-existent, but that’s because he and Olsen almost never are on the field at the same time. If Olsen is out, Thomas should take on his whole role in the Carolina offense — the same role that saw him flourish down the stretch last year while Olsen was out. WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPAustin Hooper injury updateHooper (MCL) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday for the Falcons, his first official practice action since being injured in Week 10. Atlanta takes on Carolina at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.Hooper’s return would make him a Week 14 fantasy starter – his backups weren’t really in play, anyway. The later-week practices should provide confirmation that Hooper is hopefully good to go.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endEvan Engram injury newsEngram (foot) told reporters Wednesday he expects to play on Monday night against the Eagles. On Thursday’s New York injury report, Engram was listed as a limited participant in practice.Engram’s return makes him a fantasy starter and crushes any streaming appeal that his backup, Kaden Smith, might’ve had. If you own Engram and things are still iffy heading into the weekend, Smith is a fine stash in case Engram is a surprise scratch.MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSGerald Everett injury statusEverett (knee) missed Wednesday’s practice after his Week 13 absence allowed Tyler Higbee to shine against the Cardinals. The Rams don’t play until Sunday night in Week 14, and Everett’s playing time was already trending downward in the weeks before his absence.Higbee is probably the preferred tight end here regardless of Everett’s active/inactive status, but expecting a repeat of Higbee’s 100-yard game against the Cardinals would be foolish. He’s in another favorable spot against the Seahawks, so he’s still worth starting, but temper your expectations. Two big-name tight ends both look like they could be active in Week 14, as Evan Engram and Austin Hooper bolster the tight end rankings with probable returns from injury. Things don’t look as good for Greg Olsen, but his absence would create a tight end sleeper in Ian Thomas. And then there are Gerald Everett and David Njoku, two trickier situations that will cause start ’em, sit ’em headaches throughout the day on Sunday. For updates on banged-up WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Julio Jones and more, click here; for news on injured RBs Dalvin Cook, Josh Jacobs, Marlon Mack, and more, go here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @SN_Fantasy. MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWhen will David Njoku be activated from IR?This situation is getting bizarre, as Njoku has told reporters he’s ready to play but the Browns are still not activating him. They have until the middle of next week to utilize his return from IR function based on when he had returned to practice. Cleveland plays Cincinnati in Week 14 before the Cardinals in Week 15.#Browns Freddie Kitchens on waiting to activate TE David Njoku from IR: Just want to make sure he’s ready to go. At that position, there’s no half-stepping it. He has to be ready to go in the game.— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) December 4, 2019At this point, Njoku is mostly still in play because of that dream Arizona matchup in Week 15, and a return this week would have him on the border of being a fantasy starter simply due to his talent. Demetrius Harris and Ricky Seals-Jones would compete for Cleveland TE snaps with Njoku out.last_img read more

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Klopp says City showdown won’t influence Liverpool’s title bid

first_imgJurgen Klopp. PHOTO via @LivEchoLFCEdinburgh, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City on Sunday will have no bearing on their battle for the Premier League title.The two sides will renew the rivalry that saw them take the title race to a tense final day last season.City eventually claimed their second successive Premier League crown by a single point as Liverpool’s bid for a first title since 1990 reached a painful conclusion.Klopp’s men made amends for that angst just weeks later as they beat Tottenham in the Champions League final and the Reds are expected to fight it out with City for the major honours again in the coming campaign.A win against Pep Guardiola’s team at Wembley would be a welcome psychological boost for Liverpool.But, having seen his pre-season plans disrupted by the absence of key players such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and keeper Alisson due to the Copa America and African Cup of Nations, Klopp isn’t putting too much stock in the result of the curtain-raiser to the English top-fight season.“For me, it has nothing to do with the rest of the season,” Klopp told reporters.“It’s a game and, even if we only have eight players available, I would like to try to win it.“If we win it, good. Will it have an influence on the season? I don’t think so.“If we lose it, not good. Will it have an influence on the season? No, again, I don’t think so.“We have to prove ourselves during the season, not in one game. If I have to say this would be the statement for the season, I would be really mad.”Klopp admitted he was surprised the Community Shield isn’t taken more seriously in England as he prepares to take part in the match for the first time.“It’s a final. This is the first time that I realised nobody sees it like that to be honest. A ‘curtain-raiser’ is unbelievable,” he said. “We think constantly about the game and how we can prepare for it and then everyone thinks, ‘Oh, do they really play?’“That’s not too cool, but it’s how it is. I don’t know exactly why people play this competition if it means nothing. Why don’t we cancel it then?“In Germany I won it five times, but nobody mentions it. We played every year. The Super Cup, you win it, nobody cares, you lose it and some care.”– ‘Most difficult game’ –Klopp said he would not take risks with his line-up against City, especially with players just returning to training ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Lyon in Geneva.Mane will remain absent until next week after playing for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations final.But with his side having suffered a 3-0 defeat against Napoli in Scotland on Sunday — a third pre-season loss in four games — Klopp hopes Liverpool avoid another blow to their confidence if they are similarly below par against City.“We saw last year that City is the most difficult game to play during the season,” Klopp added.“We didn’t defend counter-attacks well against Napoli. We lost the ball in the wrong moments and didn’t protect it, and if that happens against City, you don’t have a chance.“You have to be ready. It’s a good test of the things that are there. We have to defend in a good way because if you don’t defend well against City we can get a proper knock.“I don’t think we can expect to play our best game of the season on Sunday.“That’s how it is with pre-season. But it’s about winning a football game. Hopefully we’ll find a way to do that.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Why did Asha Bhosle’s daughter Varsha commit suicide? Police clueless

first_imgA day after noted singer Asha Bhosale’s daughter Varsha committed suicide at her home in Peddar Road, the Gamdevi police in Mumbai still have no clue why the singer’s daughter took such a step. Investigations have been moving at a slow pace as the police have not been able to question Varsha’s family members. According to Gamdevi police officials when ever they tried questioning the family most of them broke down.”The family is still is in a state of shock, and despite our numerous attempts since Tuesday morning, we haven’t been able to get much insight into the reason why she (Varsha) took such a drastic step,” said an officer from the Gamdevi police. Police officials said that they would be looking at two scenarios; whether Varsha had got some news that immediately depressed her or whether she was depressed because of some development that happened a few days back.The police are hence trying to find out whether Varsha, who was depressed, received or made any phone calls before shooting herself. The police would now be scrutinizing her call records to see if any such call acted as the trigger. The calls are important as Varsha’s driver and her maid have told the police that they did not notice anything amiss in her behaviour when they saw her last at 4.30 pm on Sunday. Police officials believe that Varsha committed suicide sometime during the night.The police are also investigating who owns the .22 Browning pistol with which Asha shot herself. The police have a record of two licenced guns in the family. While one .32 pistol belongs to Asha Bhosale’s brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar, her son Anand owns a .45 pistol.The Bhosle family members till now have not been able to shed any light on who the gun belonged to. Police officials said that if the gun was licenced then the owner could face a case under the Arms Act as one of the conditions of the licence is to see that the licensee should keep the gun out of the reach of any one except him. If the gun is unlicensed then the police investigation would concentrate on how did Varsha lay her hands on the pistol.advertisementVarsha commits suicide Varsha Bhosle, daughter of legendary singer Asha Bhosle, allegedly committed suicide on Monday by shooting herself with a licenced gun at her South Mumbai residence.Varsha’s body was discovered in a pool of blood by her maid servant and driver early on Monday morning. Varsha was known to be depressed for a long time and had attempted suicide on two occasions in the past.Varsha, 56, was a singer and a former columnist for web portals and magazines and had a history of depression for which she was undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital. Varsha had reportedly attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills in 2008.However, the family maintained that her previous attempts were actually adverse reactions to medicines.Sources close to the family, however, said that Varsha was indeed undergoing psychiatric treatment for a better part of the last few years.On Monday, Asha’s driver and maid discovered Varsha’s blood soaked body on the sofa of their ‘Prabhu Kunj’ residence at Peddar Road in Mumbai. Asha was away in Singapore for an event on Marathi music.Varsha’s aunt and Asha’s older sister, Lata Mangeshkar, who resides in the adjacent flat was also not at home. It was early morning when Asha’s maid Deepali arrived as usual and knocked at Asha’s door. When no one answered, she went down to the driver to ask him if Varsha was at home.”The driver told her that it is possible that Varsha might be sleeping. Deepali returned a couple of hours later to still find no answer to the door. This is when, worried, she rushed to the driver and asked him to enter the house. The driver then entered Ashaji’s house from Lataji’s flat and found Varsha’s body,” a police officer said.Police have said that Varsha used a licenced gun to shoot herself in the head. They are now investigating who the gun belongs to. Varsha, however, has left no suicide note in the house.”We are awaiting the post-mortem report from JJ Hospital, where the body was taken for autopsy. We are also waiting for Ashaji to arrive. We will be able to get clarity on who owned the weapon and also on the mental state of her daughter immediately before she may have taken the drastic step. As of now, it is the case of an accidental death. When we are through with the investigations, we’ll be able to arrive at the exact nature of the death,” said a senior officer.The police have also said that primary investigation has brought to their notice that Varsha was suffering from severe depression after the death of noted fashion photographer Gautam Rajadakshya, who she was very close to. Rajadakshya passed away last year.Varsha, who was Asha’s daughter from her first marriage to Ganpatrao Bhosle, used to live with Asha at Peddar Road and also their apartment in suburban Khar. She had been living with Asha for many years, especially after her divorce from her husband, Hemant Kenkre, who is a freelance sports writer.Varsha had written a few articles in praise of her mother for websites. Asha arrived in Mumbai late on Monday evening from Singapore.advertisementlast_img read more

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Danny Ainge Rajon Rondo is Major Part of the

The Boston Herald talked to Danny Ainge on Monday and once again he was asked if the Celtics were at all interested in trading Rajon Rondo. Clearly, Ainge is getting a little annoyed by the question that has been asked repeatedly since Rondo tore his ACL.“I haven’t talked to any teams about Rajon Rondo,” Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, said.He has, however, fielded a number of calls wanting to know if the rumors are true.“It’s frustrating,” Ainge said.He reiterated that Rondo, still rehabbing from ACL surgery, is a major part of the Celtics’ plans going forward.Rondo has been involved in trade rumors for nearly three years now, which leads many to believe Ainge is shopping. Upon Rondo’s return, Boston will not be a better team. Rondo is perfect for trading right now. He has concerned the Celtics by being both an All-Star and a player of questionable growth for years.He’s a phenomenal point guard who doesn’t get along well with others, clashes with his coaches, struggles shooting, and can make the most amazing plays at both ends.If other teams are calling for Rondo, Ainge is listening. It may be he’s not being completely upfront on this one. read more

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Dotting the i Jamarco Jones living nextmanup mentality

OSU junior offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (74) blocks Rutgers redshirt junior Darnell Davis (59) during the Buckeyes game against the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast Saturday against Indiana, the Ohio State Buckeyes did something they almost never do. Just before the half, OSU allowed the Hoosiers to cut the lead to seven with 1:03 left in the half. A seven play, 65-yard drive that took just 2:29 to march into the teeth of the south end zone.OSU was about to head into halftime ahead by just one score against a team many thought should have been blown out. After a 91-yard kickoff return by redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell gave the Scarlet and Gray optimal field position, junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones didn’t squander the opportunity to regain momentum before halftime. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett took the snap and ran to left where Jones stood up Indiana linebacker, and leading tackler Tegray Scales, paving the way for Barrett’s five-yard touchdown run.Jones was one of only two players on the offense to be graded as a champion of the Indiana game. The other was redshirt senior captain center Pat Elflein.“When opportunity meets preparation, you get graded as champion every week,” Elflein said on Monday. “We rely on him for leadership, even though he’s a first-year starter, and he’s playing very well right now.”OSU coach Urban Meyer named Jones a starter back in the spring after three members of the 2015 offensive line had left, two of which were key members of the 2014 national championship team. The program notably believes in the “next man up” mentality, but it’s one thing to embrace it and another to perform.Jones stepped into the role of left tackle following the departure of Detroit Lions’ first-round pick Taylor Decker, who was a three-year starter with the Buckeyes. Not only did he have big shoes to fill, he also had to protect the weak side of the team’s most valuable asset, Barrett.To date, OSU has allowed just three sacks all season and Jones is one of the first people you can look to for a reason as to why teams struggle to get into the OSU backfield. Junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said he faces Jones everyday in practice and believes the 6-foot-5, 310-pound left tackle can be in the same conversation as some of the recent great offensive linemen who came through Columbus.“He’s like up there with them. I feel like he’s always been good,” Holmes said. “He’s just very patient with his technique. He’s fundamentally sound and has gotten a lot stronger at the point of attack. He gets me better everyday.”Jones and Holmes came into OSU in the same class and took fairly similar routes to seeing the field. Both played as freshman in 2014 when OSU romped Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, 59-0. On Saturday, the second-ranked Buckeyes travel to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since 2012 to take on the No. 8 Badgers, where the game will likely be much different that the Big Ten title.Wisconsin poses one of the premier defenses in the country, especially against the run. OSU has two standout ball carriers in junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber. The duo ranks among the best in the conference and heavily contributes to the team’s 323.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the NCAA. Wisconsin, who surrenders just 90.4 yards per game on the ground, will be Jones’ and the offensive line’s biggest test of the season.“It’s fun blocking for guys like that. It makes you go hard every play because you don’t want to be that guy that let their man beat them and be the reason why we didn’t score a touchdown on that play,” Jones said. “We got our work cut out for us.”Jones is one of the few Buckeyes who understands the game atmosphere the team will experience on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin. As a recruit, he visited the school during a big-time matchup. Jones said he remembers how loud the stadium was and how the Badgers’ fed off of the crowd’s intensity.“It should be a very fun environment to go in and play. Those guys are going to be ready,” he said.The No. 8 Badgers pose a gargantuan challenge to the Buckeyes, who look to move to 6-0 and remain undefeated. Elflein said even for Jones’ first Big Ten road game as a starter, he has been well prepared before this season.“Jamarco’s been ready to play. He was ready to play last year,” Elflein said. “His time is now.” read more

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