Christina Tang

Thoughts and encounters while pursuing energy efficiency as a mean to improve air quality

The authors demonstrate that givers with a specific, concrete agenda — trying to make someone smile, for instance — experience greater happiness than those pursuing a more abstract goal, like trying to make someone “happy.”

The authors hope their paper can offer practical solutions to the growing problem of donor fatigue or “helper burnout.” Volunteers who seek amorphous goals such as changing the lives of others are destined to experience disappointment and frustration, “making helping a negative rather than a positive influence on givers’ happiness,” they write. “Encouraging givers to re-frame their prosocial goals in more concrete terms might generally reduce helper burnout.”

Furthermore, it can inspire a cycle of doing good deeds for others. As Rudd explains, “When we experience a bigger helper’s high, we not only feel greater happiness in the moment, we may also be more likely to give again in the future.”

This makes me so happy- when we use another perspective to look at Hong Kong

shahdalshehail:

"When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience."

Every entrepreneur should watch this.

China Prime Minister says, “We will declare war on pollution and fight it with the same determination we battled poverty.”

Sunset in Hangzhou

I see Shanghai in the backdrop of smog. I also see rooftops perfect for solar panels. If only we can figure out the process

Because of news as such-

Smog blamed as girl, 8, becomes youngest lung cancer patient

A report from South China Morning Post: An eight-year-old girl has become the mainland’s youngest lung cancer patient, with her illness blamed directly on environment factors.

The girl from Jiangsu lived by a busy road where she inhaled all kinds of dust and particles, China News Service cited Dr Feng Dongjie of Jiangsu Cancer Hospital as saying. These included superfine PM2.5 particles, less than 2.5 microns wide, that are considered the most dangerous component of smog, Feng said.

The country’s breakneck urbanisation and industrialisation has created some of the world’s worst urban pollution, which is blamed for soaring rates of cancer and respiratory diseases.

In Beijing, which has suffered frequent, severe smog in recent years, deaths from lung cancer rose by 56 per cent from 2001 to 2010. A fifth of all cancer patients suffer lung cancer, figures from the Beijing Health Bureau show. It became the leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the capital and the second-biggest among women, after breast cancer, in 2010.

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There is a need to reduce reliance on dirty fuel. Clean energy is reaching a level of grid parity, with the provision of financing and integrated solution, there is a way out. 

People, work and food, 10 months flew by, last day in the field as an Acumen Global Fellow in Ghana, working with WaterHealth International

nataliegrillon:

Last sunrise in Gulu before I start on my way home.

In the home stretch of acumen fellowship